Simpson memorial Stephen NorwoodOne of the 15 new plaques at Simpson Drill Field in the center of the Texas A&M campus. 

Texas A&M Announces Discovery Of 15 Additional Aggies Killed In WWI 

By Veronica Gonzalez Hoff and Lesley Henton
via the Texas A&M Today web site

Texas A&M University has announced the discovery of 15 additional Aggie veterans who died in the First World War. The additional names have been added to a WWI commemorative site on Simpson Drill Field in the center of campus, joining the 55 Texas Aggie Gold Stars who are all remembered with individual oak trees and plaques.

Recent research efforts by the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee identified the additional Aggie veterans who died during the war, prompting a project to update the Simpson Drill Field memorial, a commemorative site since 1920. Now the memorial site accounts for all Aggies who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.

The new additions to the site are:

  • Charles L. Beaty
  • Robert R. Brown
  • John W. Butts
  • Herbert R. Florence
  • John W. Fuchs
  • Edmund J. Griffin
  • John B. Laden
  • Stephen A. Norwood
  • Joseph Z. Sawyer
  • Joseph L. Smith
  • Ira W. South
  • George W. Splawn, Jr.
  • Alvin M. Stovall
  • James L. Vance
  • Charles M. Whitfield

View a full list of those honored at Simpson Drill Field on the Division of Student Affairs site.

“These additional trees and markers are a testament to our fellow Aggies who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country during World War I,” said Brig. Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr., USA (Ret.), Vice President for Student Affairs. “We are grateful for their service and honor their service today with these memorial trees and plaques. We also appreciate those who gave us this opportunity to complete a project that began more than 100 years ago.”

Leading the discovery is John Blair ‘83, archivist for the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and his colleague Pam Marshall ‘80, honorary chapter regent for the Come and Take It Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution in Bryan-College Station. They met when the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee formed in 2017 as an all-volunteer group to coordinate the awareness, education and commemoration of the First World War.

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