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From Bastogne to Texas exists to champion the values of leadership, excellence and selfless service. It is grounded in the core values of Texas A&M University. These values not only guide Aggies but also define generations of Americans who have served and protected our country. FBT’s mission is to create and present creative, engaging and educational exhibits that bring to life stories of real people whose actions have embodied these values.

The first exhibit From Texas to Bastogne: Texas Aggies Go to War tells the story of five former students of Texas A&M University who each had a role in the historic WWII battle that ultimately led to Allied victory in Europe. Future exhibits will highlight stories of citizen soldiers who have served America in other conflicts—using their stories to illuminate the values of leadership, excellence and selfless service.

From Texas to Bastogne: Texas Aggies Go To War
Bastogne, Belgium—December 12, 2014-June 30, 2016

In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, the newly renovated Bastogne War Museum opened the exhibit From Bastogne to Texas in December 2014. This exhibit tells the story of five former students of Texas A&M University who each had a role in the pivotal battle which led to the Allied victory in Europe. These five—James Hollingsworth ‘40, Turney Leonard ‘42, Willie Peña ‘42, Joe Routt ’37 and Earl Rudder ’32 —are representative not only of all Aggies, but all Americans, who served in World War II. Through them a story is told of dedication, sacrifice, reconciliation, healing, and deep ties, both personal and economic, between people an ocean apart.

Sponsors

The Texas A&M University System City of College Station City of Bryan Ville de Bastogne Province de Luxembourg The Research Valley Partnership Idelux Wallonia Export Investment Wallonie-Bruxelles International

Contributors

Texas A&M University Bastogne War Museum The Association of Former Students - Texas A&M University Tempora Texas A&M Health Science Center Texas A&M - University Libraries Museum of the American G.I. Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center Benjamin Knox - American Artist Texas A&M University Press

From Bastogne to Texas: Texas Aggies Go To War
College Station—November 11 to December 18, 2016

Upon completion of its 18 month stay in Bastogne, the exhibit came to Texas with a Preview Exhibit on display on the Texas A&M campus in the Memorial Student Center Veterans Lounge.

This preview coincided with the Belgian Royal Trade Mission to Texas led by HRH Princess Astrid. During her visit to Texas A&M, Princess Astrid visited the Preview Exhibit and made a special presentation to Willie Peña ’42, one of the five Aggies whose story is told in the exhibit. The Belgian Princess presented Peña with her country’s second highest order of Chivalry, the Commander in the Order of the Crown

Sponsors

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Contributors

Texas A&M University Bastogne War Museum The Association of Former Students - Texas A&M University Tempora Texas A&M Health Science Center Texas A&M - University Libraries Museum of the American G.I. Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center Benjamin Knox - American Artist Texas A&M University Press

From Bastogne to Texas: Texas Aggies Go To War
College Station—August to December 2017

A full scale presentation of the Bastogne exhibit will be on display on the Texas A&M campus in the J Wayne Stark Gallery. The exhibit will tell the story of five former students of Texas A&M University who each had a role in the pivotal battle which led to the Allied victory in Europe. These five—James Hollingsworth ‘40, Turney Leonard ‘42, Willie Peña ‘42, Joe Routt ’37 and Earl Rudder ’32 —are representative not only of all Aggies, but all Americans, who served in World War II. Through them a story is told of dedication, sacrifice, reconciliation, healing, and deep ties, both personal and economic, between people an ocean apart.

Texas Aggies Go To War: The Future—A Permanent Home and New Exhibits:

The Bastogne exhibit and its origins will continue to inspire From Bastogne to Texas, Inc. as we move forward to envision and create new exhibits to be housed in a permanent location in Bryan/College Station. New exhibits will be created to educate future generations through examples of those whose lives have exemplified the core values of leadership, excellence and selfless service. The overall theme of citizen soldiers and future stories are drawn from the by the book Texas Aggies Go to War by Henry C. Dethloff and John A. Adams.

FBT Board of Directors

John D. White ‘70

Chairman of the Board
Former Chairman Board of Regents Texas A&M University System


John A. Adams, Jr. ‘73

Steve Aldrich ‘78

John E. Anderson

Vice President, Merrill Lynch

John R. Clark ‘85

Clark Isenhour Real Estate Services, LLC


Yves Dubus

Belgium Trade and Investment Commissioner

David Flores

Family of William Peña

Donald R. “Buck” Henderson ’62

LTC, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Marty Holmes ‘87

Vice President, Association of Former Students
Texas A&M University


Gen. Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ‘79

Commandant, a Corps of Cadets
Texas A&M University

Linda R. Williams ’75

Daughter of J. Earl Rudder


Aggies Go To War Task Force

Steve Aldrich

Texas Aggies Go To War Co-Chairman,
College Station City Council

Jill Giroir

Texas Aggies Go To War Co-Chairwoman


Bobby Bisor

Texas A&M University

Frank Clark

City of Bryan

Brett Cornwell

Texas A&M
Technology Commercialization

Chris Dyer

Arts Council of Brazos Valley


Celia Goode-Haddock

University Title Company

Hunter Goodwin

Oldham Goodwin Group,
B/CS Convention & Visitors Bureau

Linda Harvell

Bryan College Station Sister Cities

Chuck Konderla

Fifth C Fine Jewelry


Jim Lewis

Galleria Village

Francesca Marini

Texas A&M Cushing Library

Henry Mayo

Historian

Veronica Morgan

Mitchell & Morgan


Brent Mullins

Museum of the American GI

Andrew Nelson

Lisam America

Mike Neu

City of College Station

Linda Ravey

Texas A&M
Technology Commercialization


Shannon Overby

B/CS Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bud Rudder

The Earl Rudder Family

Dave Ruesink

Bryan College Station Sister Cities

Ron Schmidt

Texas Commercial Waste


Julie Schultz

College Station City Council

Jim Singleton

SZH Architects

Kelly Templin

City of College Station