Congressman Williams Remembers Legacy of Gen (R) Shoemaker
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Wednesday after the passing of retired General Robert M. Shoemaker.
Gen (R) Shoemaker passed away on June 22 at the age of 93. Born in 1924, Shoemaker graduated from the United States Military Academy and later went on to serve in the 1st Calvary Division, III Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command. He retired from the Army in 1982 to the Killeen-Fort Hood area.
“I am very saddened to learn of the passing of one of this nation’s greatest heroes. After serving in the U.S. Army for 36 years, General Shoemaker continued to serve his country in many ways. The people of Central Texas are a family and General Shoemaker has left a legacy that will forever be felt throughout the community. He was a patriot, and I am humbled to have had the honor to know him and call him a friend. This is a great loss not only for the Fort Hood area, but for all of America.”
After retirement, Gen (R) Shoemaker served as Bell County Commissioner and took charge to establish the area’s first four-year university, Texas A&M University – Central Texas. In 2000, Killeen Independent School District named one of two high schools in his recognition, Shoemaker High School, which resides in Texas’ 25th Congressional District.
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