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Eden in Concho County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James Earl Rudder

May 6, 1910 - March 23, 1970

 

—Brave Soldier, Trusted Statesman, Distinguished Administrator, Proud Texan, Great American. —

 
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By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. James Earl Rudder Marker
Inscription. Born in Eden, Texas, the son of Dee Forest and Annie Powell Rudder. Was graduated from the A&M College of Texas in 1932 and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry. Was a teacher, coach, area rancher and businessman. Served as mayor of the City of Brady, Texas.

Organized and personally led the 2nd Ranger Battalion (and elements of the 5th Ranger Battalion) in an assault on the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoe during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, June 1944. Wounded twice by enemy fire that cut down half his command. Said General Omar Bradley, “No soldier in my command has ever been wished a more difficult task than that which befell the 34-year-old Rudder …” Named commander of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, which played a major role in repulsing Germany’s last great counter-offensive, the Battle of the Bulge. Retired in 1967 as a major general after 35 years of active and reserve service. Military decorations included Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, French Legion of Honor with Croix de Guerre and Palm, Belgian Order of Leopold with Croix de Guerre and Palm.

Appointed commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas in 1955. Restored confidence in Veteran’s
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By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. James Earl Rudder Marker
Land Affairs while in that public office and significantly increased the financial foundation of Texas’ educational system.

Named vice president of Texas A&M in 1958. Selected 14th president of Texas A&M in 1959 and additionally, president of the Texas A&M University System in 1965. His decade of dedicated leadership earned for him the title “The Builder of A&M”, a tribute to the advancements of the university under his wise and stable administration.

Married in 1937 to Margaret E. Williamson of Menard, Texas. Their children: James Earl, Jr., Anne, Linda, Jane and Robert.
 
Location. 31° 12.898′ N, 99° 50.695′ W. Marker is in Eden, Texas, in Concho County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Main Street (U.S. 83) and Jackson Boulevard, on the right when traveling north on S. Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Eden TX 76837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. General Ira C. Eaker (here, next to this marker); Eden (within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneers Rest Cemetery (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eden Church of Christ
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By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
3. James Earl Rudder and General Ira C. Eaker Markers
(approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church of Eden (approx. ¼ mile away); Eden United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 13.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eden.
 
Also see . . .  James Earl Rudder - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on March 28, 2018.)
 
Categories. EducationWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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