Efforts to create the SGT Virgil LaRue ROTC
Scholarship at Sam Houston State University are underway. The
SGT Virgil LaRue scholarship will be awarded to a cadet who has
“overcome obstacles.” Virgil LaRue was
attached to the 200th Coast Artillery's F Battery, and is a
survivor of the Bataan Death March. He was sent to Hoten POW Camp at Mukden, Manchuria
in the fall of 1942 and was liberated there by the Russians in August 1945.
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A fundraiser dinner will take place March 1, 2011 to
help send “Team Virgil LaRue" to the annual Bataan Memorial Death March
at White Sands. Team Virgil LaRue is comprised of Mr. Larue and Soldiers
of the SHSU ROTC Department. The team will march in honor of Sgt LaRue, Samuel Ellis,
Calvin Buckner, James Ridgeway and Harris. The team may also
take a team of five SHSU Cadets to participate in the honor of
Bataan Death March POWs pending proceeds raised at the dinner.
The dinner will have door prizes and a silent auction. The Mayor
of Huntsville will present a proclamation honoring SGT LaRue.
Organized by SHSU's ROTC Maj. James
Ross, the dinner will be held March 1, 2011 at the
HEARTS Veterans Museum, 463 State Highway 75N, Huntsville,
Texas. Ticket are $7.50/per plate — To-Go plates available —
and will be available at the G&O Barber Shop, HEARTS Veterans
Museum, and at the SHSU Veterans Resource Center. The team is also selling
long and short sleeve shirts and a video interview of SGT Larue.
You may email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would like to help,
monetary donations may be sent to Team Virgil LaRue at:
c/o Peggy Ramsey for Team Virgil LaRue
PO Box 1779, 1718 11th St
Huntsville, TX 77342
For more information on the scholarship, the
dinner, or information on how to make a contribution to the
scholarship fund, contact:
MAJ James Ross, Assistant Professor of
Office: AB3 347
Phone: (936) 294-1304 or (704) 252-4016
Campus Mailing Address:
Box 2298 Huntsville, TX 77341
Fundraiser to honor local Bataan Death March survivor
Visit the Virgil LaRue
Facebook page to follow Team Virgil LaRue.