If we were to change the name of some of the posts in the army, they would be named after heroes of the rank of ordinary soldier, or “Jose” during World War II. Further, many posts of our army were created to receive troops during the First World War, and hence both the Union and Confederate were named after the Generals of the Civil War. Some of these posts should be renamed to recognize the heroes of recent wars.
I recommend Audi Murphy, our most equipped World War II soldier in Texas, as the new name for Fort Hood, Texas. Audi Murphy showed courage in multiple engagements in Italy and southern France. During a typical German counter-attack, Murphy boarded a flaming armored vehicle and fired his externally-mounted machine gun at advancing Germans, killing or wounding 50 of them.
After the war, Murphy told his story in his autobiography, To Hell and Back, which later turned into a blockbuster movie of the same name, starring Audi Murphy himself. One film critic panicked the movie and said, “Murphy alone is wiping out enemy scores – not a bit ridiculous.” It may be ridiculous, but it happened.
In the movie, Murphy popularized the term “Dogface”, which was later adopted by 3 people.rd Infantry Division’s own song. Here is a rock version.
Henry Johnson of North Carolina, one of the most well-equipped soldiers in our First World War, is a fit new name for Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Johnson was stationed at an outpost in No Man’s Land when a German expedition approached. The next day he was found alive, with four dead Germans injured more than once. Nicknamed “Black Death” by the Germans, how could this choir boy-handsome man be such a murderer!
Alvin York, Tennessee, one of our most well-equipped soldiers in World War I, gives Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Tennessee a fitting new name.
The York unit was instructed to take a German machine gun nest, and several people were killed and wounded in that attempt. York then single-handedly advanced to the nest of the machine gun and fired at the enemy with precision, removing them one by one. The Germans then surrendered, as did the others in the vicinity. York returned with 130 prisoners of war.
In 1941, Sergeant York’s exploits were brought to the big screen. The movie was the biggest earner of the year and Gary Cooper won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his lead role.
During World War II, Puerto Rico Sergeant First Class Augustine Ramos Calero was another well-equipped soldier. Calero earned the nickname “an army” for an arson attack in which he single-handedly killed ten Germans and took 21 others prisoner of war. Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, should be named after Sergeant Calero.
Texas Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez was a highly equipped soldier during the Vietnam War. After setting foot on a landmine, he wants to recover enough to re-deploy. Then, in a fire that became known as “Six Hours of Hell,” he directed the soldiers to defend a small circle while being wounded more than once. Texas has a number of Army and Army National Guard installations. Carrying the name of Sergeant Benavidez would be appropriate for one of these positions.
Changing the name of an Army post should be a positive, not a negative statement. Changing some of their names is not to erase our history, but to add to our history. Heroes of the rank of ordinary soldier should be respected. The heroes of the recent war should be included, and the civil war is not so much. Our belief as Americans that all men are created equal is justified by the diversity of heroes that emerge from within the Jose. That belief will be undermined by setting different standards for our different groups.