WC Veterans Day program to include 1st Lt Jack L Knight Building dedication

Salute VeteransAs Veterans Day draws near, plans for this year’s ceremony at Weatherford College look to go above and beyond the call of duty.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10:30 a.m. the community is invited to gather around the Ed Kramer Flag Plaza adjacent to the Academic Building for the traditional ceremony of recognizing service men and women from all branches and memorializing those who have passed on. In addition, college officials will hold a dedication ceremony naming the newly-renovated, former Allied Health Building the 1st Lt. Jack L. Knight Building.

Knight was born and raised in Garner and graduated from Weatherford College in 1938. He joined the military two years later and was stationed, along with two of his brothers, at Camp Wolters in Mineral Wells as part of Troop F, 124th Cavalry Regiment with the Texas National Guard. Four other brothers later joined the service as well.

On Feb. 2, 1945 near LoiKang, Burma, Knight destroyed two Japanese pill boxes while protecting his troops from heavy concentrations of artillery and small-arms fire. His brother, Curtis, was hit during the assault, and Knight ordered his men to see to his aid while he continued to take out enemies. Blinded by explosions, Knight was fatally wounded during the battle at the age of 27. The sight of the battle has since been named “Knight’s Hill.”

For his actions that day, Knight was awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, which his father accepted in his place four months after his burial in Cool. Knight is believed to be the only Weatherford College graduate to ever receive this honor. Continue reading

WC continues Long-Standing Tradition of Service to Veterans

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The 2013 Veterans Day event at WC.

Weatherford College has much to be proud about, and at the top of that list is a strong partnership with veterans which can be found throughout the institution’s history.

From housing returning World War II soldiers on campus in the Lanham Trailer Colony to scouting for Vietnam veterans to attend classes, WC has a long history of providing services to military students.

41 years ago, Director of Admissions Ralph Willingham was hired on at WC to take care of veterans’ needs. The following year, Willingham and others hosted a Veterans Day ceremony, a tradition that continues today. Continue reading