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 teamvirgillarue@yahoo.com.


If you are unable to attend the dinner, but would like to help, monetary donations may be sent to Team Virgil LaRue at:


American Bank

c/o Peggy Ramsey for Team Virgil LaRue

PO Box 1779, 1718 11th St

Huntsville, TX 77342

(936) 295-6481


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 Military Science

Office: AB3 347

Phone: (936) 294-1304 or (704) 252-4016

Campus Mailing Address:

Box 2298 Huntsville, TX 77341

Email: JGR011@shsu.edu


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Visit the Virgil LaRue Facebook page to follow Team Virgil LaRue.