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Mineral Wells, TX
March 24, 2012

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Mineral Wells Honors Wolters Medal of Honor Recipients

On March 23, there were two ceremonies held in Mineral Wells to honor thirteen Medal of Honor recipients who were stationed at Camp Wolters and Fort Wolters, Texas. These ceremonies were an outgrowth of the Wolters Gate restoration project, spearheaded by Mineral Wells Superintendent of Schools Dr. James “Ronny” Collins.

The first of the ceremonies took place at Mineral Wells High School, the location of the Camp Wolters Historical Park. Adjacent to the school is a rock wall, star, and flag pole that were built by the C.C.C. at the Camp Wolters headquarters, which ultimately became the Historical Park. At the ceremony thirteen plaques, circling the flagpole, were dedicated to the honorees. On each plaque is a photo likeness of the recipient, date of award, date of the action, and dates at Camp/Fort Wolters.

The ceremony included remarks by The National Vietnam War Museum treasurer, Dr. Jim Messinger, Dr. Collins, Ms. Mary Creighton, and Mrs. Sandee Swanson, widow of Captain Jon Swanson.

The Fort Wolters honorees are: MAJ William E. Adams, MAJ Patrick H. “Pat Brady, CWO Fredrick Edgar Ferguson, CPT Ed “Too Tall” Freeman, CWO Michael J. Novosel, 1LT James M. Sprayberry, and CPT Jon E. Swanson.

The ceremony included remarks by The National Vietnam War Museum treasurer, Dr. Jim Messinger, Dr. Collins, Ms. Mary Creighton, and Mrs. Sandee Swanson, widow of Captain Jon Swanson. Pre-ceremonial music was provided by the Mineral Wells High School band, and the National Anthem was sung by the high school choir.

Following the morning ceremony at the Camp Wolters Historical Park, a similar ceremony was held at the Fort Wolters Historical Park. The park is located at the “Y” intersection of Lee and Hood roads, about one half mile inside the main gate. When completed, the Fort Wolters memorial will consist of a circular stone patio with a star in the center, surrounded by a low wall mounting obelisks that will hold plaques similar to those at the high school.

Those of us who spent time at Fort Wolters should take pride in the fact that citizens of Mineral Wells are taking steps to preserve our history, and honor our heroes.

Included among the sponsors of both the gate restoration and the Medal of Honor memorials are The National Vietnam War Museum and the Friends of the Museum. Anyone who wishes to support the memorials can do so through the museum. The National Vietnam War Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in the state of Texas.

Edward T. "Edd" Luttenberger
Communications Director
The National Vietnam War Museum

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