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Future A&M President Leads D-Day Invasion

Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder commanded the Second Ranger Battalion in the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944.  Under his fearless leadership, the Rangers scaled 100-foot cliffs to knock out German gun emplacements.

Eleven years later, civilian Rudder took over as state land commissioner and cleaned up the mess left by the Veterans Land Program scandal.  In 1959 he became president of Texas A&M and over the objections of old alums pushed through the changes and reforms that transformed the antiquated military institution into a world-class university.