James Earl Rudder
Recipient of the Purple Heart medalDied when: 59 years 321 days (718 months)
Star Sign: Taurus
James Earl Rudder (May 6, 1910 – March 23, 1970) was a United States Army major general.As a lieutenant colonel, he commanded the historic Pointe du Hoc battle during the Invasion of Normandy.
He also commanded the US troops at the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest, and led a series of delaying actions and ambushes during the Battle of the Bulge.
General Rudder also at various times served as Texas Land Commissioner, the 16th president of Texas A&M University, third president of the Texas A&M University System, mayor of Brady, Texas, and a high school and college teacher and coach.