|Alumni Center, reception site|
|Dr. Allan Goodwin conducting the Lion Band|
|Ross Volunteer Color Guard|
Chennault was married twice and was the father of 10 children. He still is regarded as a legendary hero in China. Chennault maintained homes in Taipei, Taiwan, and near Monroe, Louisiana, where his family moved not long after his birth. He died of cancer in 1958, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
|1968 marker (left) and 2015 marker in Chinese|
The most celebrated attendee was Nell Calloway, granddaughter of General Claire Chennault and founder and director of the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana. Those who had not met her enjoyed making her acquaintance at a nine o’clock reception on the TAMUC campus shortly before the marker dedication. We were ferried by campus shuttle vehicles to the birthplace site, where the TAMUC Lion band was entertaining the growing crowd. Streets were blocked off around the site, and folding chairs and metal bleachers provided seating for of the growing crowd. The color guard presented the colors while the band played the National Anthem. Addressing the crowd were President Dan Jones, Mayor John Ballotti, Chancellor John Sharp, and Nell Calloway. As the speakers concluded, a flyover of a P-40 brought the crowd to its feet, and we all tried to photograph the vintage fighter plane provided by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum of Addison. Following this exciting highlight, many of us posed for photographs beside the 1968 and 2015 markers.
|Chancellor Sharp, Nell Calloway, and President Jones|
|L to r: Mark Wolfe, Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky|
(TAMUC History Dept.), John Crain,
State Historian O'Neal, Brian Bolinger,
It was a grand occasion. As an alum of TAMUC, I was enormously proud of my alma mater, and as State Historian of Texas I was deeply honored to have participated in such a memorable historical experience.
|With Brian Bolinger and Mark Wolfe. |
The State Historian is associated with the Texas
State Historical Association and the Texas Historical
Commission, I was pleased to be with both
executive directors at the same event.
|Introducing Nell Calloway|
|Jalinna Jones, wife of the TAMUC president, was surprised|
by being named an Honorary Yellow Rose of Texas.
|Congratulating President Jones on a stellar event.|