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March 22, 2013

A dedication fit for heroes

Fort Wolters group to formally dedicate Medal of Honor plaza Saturday


With assistance from the Boy Scouts and Civil Air Patrol, Wayne Sanderson will call the roll for each of the Medal of Honor recipients.

Fourteen individuals are being honored Saturday. They all walked through the gates of Camp Wolters or Fort Wolters, serving in the U.S. military. Some died in combat and others lived, but all were awarded the military’s highest honor, for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.

They are as follows:

Camp Wolters Medal of Honor recipients, beginning with the date they served in Mineral Wells, are:

• 1941 – 1st Lt. Vernon Baker, for extraordinary heroism on April 5-6, 1945, in Viareggio, Italy.

• 1941 – Staff Sgt. Edward A. Carter, for extraordinary heroism on March 23, 1945, in Speyer, Germany.

• 1940 – 1st Lt. Jack L. Knight, of Garner, for meritorious valor on Feb. 2, 1945, in Loikang, Burma.

• 1942 – 2nd Lt. Audie L. Murphy, for conspicuous gallantry on Jan. 26, 1945, in Holtzwihr, France.

• 1942-43 – 1st Lt. Charles L. Thomas, for extraordinary heroism on Dec. 14, 1944, in Climbach, France.

• 1942 – 1st Lt. Eli L. Whiteley, for  conspicuous gallantry on Dec. 27, 1944, in Sigolsheim, France.

Fort Wolters Medal of Honor recipients, beginning with the date they served in Mineral Wells, are:

• 1962-63 – Major William E. Adams, for conspicuous gallantry on May 25, 1971, in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam.

• 1963 – Major Patrick H. “Pat” Brady, for conspicuous gallantry on Jan. 6, 1968, in Chu Lai, RVN.

• 1966-67, ‘68-69 – Chief Warrant Officer Frederick E. Ferguson, for conspicuous gallantry on Jan. 31, 1968, in Hue, RVN.

• 1967-68 – Capt. Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, for conspicuous gallantry on Nov. 14, 1965, in Ia Drang Valley, RVN.

• 1965-66 – Staff Sgt. Joe R. Hooper, for conspicuous gallantry on Feb. 21, 1968, near Hue, RVN.

• 1964 – CWO Michael J. Novosel, for conspicuous gallantry on Oct. 2, 1969, in Kien Tuong Province, RVN.

• 1970 – Capt. James M. Sprayberry, for conspicuous gallantry on April 25, 1968, RVN.

• 1965-66, ‘68-69 – Capt. Jon E. Swanson, for conspicuous gallantry on February 26, 1971, in the Kingdom of Cambodia, during the Vietnam War.

Libby Cluett is a reporter for the Mineral Wells Index, a sister publication of the Weatherford Democrat. Contact her at

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