To the Editor:
In response to Military Editor David A. Bryant’s column headlined “Let locals pick the new name for Fort Hood” in the Sept. 15 Fort Hood Herald: Bryant’s request to get locals to pick the names of forts is a nice pipe dream, but local groups have already spoiled that idea.
LULAC, local flag officers and other politically connected groups and individuals have made their choices for many people, whether they agree with them or not.
I do not belong to any group or organization. I’m just a retired dogface soldier, and, yes, I do have a better recommendation for the renaming of Fort Hood: Audie Leon Murphy — a native Texan, a Medal of Honor recipient and a true American hero! His tie to Fort Hood: He trained soldiers with the 36th Infantry Division here at Fort Hood.
Two other renaming suggestions: Fort Bragg for Richard E. Cavazos, who commanded U.S. Army Forces Command, and Fort Benning for Roy P. Benavidez, who served with the Army’s Special Forces during the Vietnam War.
For more information about Audie Murphy, go to the Audie Murphy Memorial Website and the Fort Hood Sergeant Audie Murphy Club website.