Rudder’s D-Day Valor Honored at TSU Thursday

Tarleton State University hosted a ceremony Thursday honoring Major General James Earl Rudder’s part in the historic D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, a date that changed the world. 75 years ago, the invasion of American and allied forces on the beaches of Normandy in France was designed to stop German aggression in Europe. A wreath was laid at the foot of the general’s statue on the Stephenville campus to commemorate the victory and Rudder’s valor at 8:30 Thursday morning. On D-Day, then-Lt. Col. Rudder led a group of Army Rangers, facing withering enemy fire, to take out a key German gun placement.