This monument honors the brave Marines from the great State of Texas who selflessly went above and beyond the call of duty defending freedom wherever it was threatened.
Located in The Woodlands, Texas, the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Monument was dedicated on May 25, 2007 in Town Green Park. The memorial monument honors the acts of heroism and sacrifice of Marine Medal of Honor recipients who enlisted in or were born in the State of Texas.
The President, in the name of Congress, has bestowed over 3,400 Medals of Honor on the bravest individuals to have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the decoration's creation in 1861. The citations highlighting these acts of heroism resided in dusty archives until 1973, when the U.S. Senate ordered that they be compiled for publication.
The Texas Marines Medal of Honor Monument was erected to further recognize, commemorate and pay tribute to the selfless acts of valor of those fearless Texas Marines who went above and beyond the call of duty while defending freedom.
THE WOODLANDS, TX –For more than 240 years the United States Marines have done their duty in the face of conflicts “from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.” So it is appropriate that from the Forests of The Woodlands, to the Border and every State Line, the service of all Marines will be honored at a public celebration marking the Corps’ 242nd Birthday on Friday, November 9. The event will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Texas Marines Medal of Honor Memorial, the only monument in Texas that honors all Texas Marine recipients of this country’s highest military service accolade, located in Town Green Park, The Woodlands.
TEXAS MARINE MEDAL OF HONOR FUND
A 501(c)(3) Organization
On May 25, 2007, a memorial monument was dedicated to honor those Marines who had enlisted in or were born in the State of Texas (Texas Marines) and were recipients of the Medal of Honor. This monument resides in Town Green Park in The Woodlands, Texas, 27 miles north of downtown Houston. A group of Texas-based Marines worked together to raise funds and erect the monument. Thomas R. Early, Burt Cabañas, Jim O’Connor and Bill Leigh made important contributions to the effort. Pat Hosford and Jeff Early worked to see the project to fruition as well.
The monument consists of a modified square pyramid base of black granite upon which rests a huge bronze sculpture of the Marine Corps emblem and insignia, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. On the front side of the base, each Medal of Honor recipient’s rank, name, age and battle is etched in gold lettering. The granite face to the left features an 18” bronze medallion with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem repeated while the granite face to the right presents the seal of the State of Texas. The monument stands approximately ten feet tall.
Of the heroes honored on this monument, five served during World War II, five during the Korean War and seven during the Vietnam War. These “bravest of the brave” hailed from San Antonio (2), Claude, Ennis, Rio Grande City, El Paso (2), Indian Gap, Waco, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston (2), Abilene, Amarillo, Edinburg, Corpus Christi and Nacogdoches. All were Texas Marines with the exception of U.S. Navy Hospitalman John Edward Kilmer of Houston.
The Texas Marines Medal of Honor Fund, a 501(c)(3) Organization, is in operation and open to donations. Money has already been donated and/or pledged. The Mission Statement of the fund directs that any monies that exceed the cost of the project will go toward the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and other Marine-based organizations, including the Marine Corps League.
The mailing address is TEXAS MARINES MEDAL OF HONOR FUND, P.O. BOX 7685, THE WOODLANDS, TX 77387.
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THE WOODLANDS, TX 77387
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