The ceremony will recognize three Texas Tech University military alumni.
Texas Tech University's Military & Veterans Programs (MVP) will host a ceremony to induct three military alumni into the university's Wall of Honor at 10 a.m. Friday (May 25) in the first-floor northeast foyer of Drane Hall. General Richard Edward Cavazos, Class of 1951; First Lieutenant Lee Roy Herron, Class of 1967; and Second Lieutenant Darryn Deen Andrews, Class of 1998, will be recognized and inducted during the ceremony.
“We dedicated the Wall of Honor in November, recognizing military members from Texas Tech who have distinguished themselves in the field of battle,” said Debra Crosby, interim director of MVP. “This week we pay tribute to these three Texas Tech alumni for their courage, character, service and sacrifice. This wall serves as a reminder to all of the price of freedom and as an inspiration to current and future Red Raiders.”
Prior to the unveiling, the ceremony will include welcome remarks by Crosby and a brief background of each honoree delivered by Eric Washington, MVP program coordinator, and Kai Iuta, MVP business assistant. The event is free and open to the public.
General Richard Edward Cavazos
While at Texas Tech, then Texas Technological College, Cavazos played football and was a distinguished member of the ROTC program. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1951, then completed basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He also completed training at the U.S. Army Airborne School, the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, the British Army Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Cavazos earned numerous accolades during his service, including the Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary valor during the Korean War, and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for his Distinguished Service Cross during the Vietnam War.
In 1976, Cavazos became the first Hispanic to reach the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army, and in 1980, he became Commander of III Corps, where he was recognized for his innovative leadership. In 1982, he became the U.S. Army's first Hispanic four-star general and assumed command of the U.S. Army Forces Command. His early support for the National Training Center and his involvement in the development of the Battle Command Training Program enormously influenced the war-fighting capabilities of the U.S. Army. He retired on June 17, 1984, after 33 years of distinguished service.
First Lieutenant Lee Roy Herron
Herron graduated in 1967 from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government, with honors. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving during the Vietnam War.
On Feb. 22, 1969, while patrolling north of the A Shau Valley in Quang Tri Province, Herron's company came under intense fire and was pinned down by a large North Vietnamese Army force. Herron was mortally wounded by enemy sniper fire, but his heroic actions, which upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service, inspired his men and led to the destruction of a large North Vietnamese Army bunker complex.
Second Lieutenant Darryn Deen Andrews
Andrews graduated in 1998 from Texas Tech with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He served in the U.S. Army and was posthumously awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor, which recognizes gallant and intrepid service by a member of the state or federal military forces.
In September 2009, Andrews was serving his second tour of duty during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device and a rocket-propelled grenade. With no thought for his own safety, Andrews tackled three of his comrades to protect them from being hit and was mortally wounded. His sacrifice revealed his true heroism and the strength of his warrior's heart.