Bugle Call: Major General Wesley Edwin Peel
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This is a story is about selfless service and the Aggie Spirit as we salute an Aggie Hero - Major General Wesley Edwin Peel – Class of ’46.
Growing up in Bonham, Texas, Peel set out to attend Texas A&M in 1942 with the idea to become an Ag teacher.
Like so many of his generation, World War II changed his life and, in the spring of 1943, he and a number of his classmates hitch-hiked from College Station to Fort Sam Houston to volunteer for active duty.
His service as a Combat Engineer in the European theatre included the infamous Battle of the Bulge. After the war he returned to Aggieland to finish his degree.
The planner in him, combined with his love of Aggie Football, he often earned extra money transporting students to out of town football games to help make his car payments.
In 1950 he was called back to active duty, serving in Korea and Vietnam. After retirement from military service, Major General Peel returned to A&M a second time and began 22 years of service to the A&M System as Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction, overseeing growth and expansion at all the university campuses.
About the only time his extensive planning hit a snag was on his wedding day, when his late wife Earline and he were scheduled to be married before the 1946 A&M/Rice football game.
He asked her if they could delay the wedding until after the game. She reluctantly agreed, but reminded him of the delay for the next 58 years.
This week’s Bugle Call honoree -- a war hero, husband, father and grandfather and a great Texas Aggie -- Major General Wesley Edwin Peel!