B. Etheredge is a native of Weldon, Texas, the son of
Mrs. Ora R. Etheredge and the late Mode B. Etheredge.
He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sam Houston
in 1937. While at Sam Houston he was on the student council,
captain of the track team and senior class president.
He taught at Sugarland from 1937-41 and was superintendent
of schools at Damon in Brazoria County in 1941-42. He
volunteered for the U.S. Army in 1942, and during the
next four years in Africa, Italy, and France, became one
of the most decorated U.S. Soldiers of World War II. He
received two battlefield promotions and was advanced in
rank from second lieutenant to captain in only six days.
He is one of only a few individuals to have received three
silver star medals for gallantry in action. After World
War II he completed his master's degree at Sam Houston
in 1947. He served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives,
and was chairman of the Education Committee in the Texas
House. He taught at Sam Houston from 1947 until his retirement
in 1979. Col. Etheredge and wife, Emma, have one daughter,
Jennie who is married to Tommy Morrison.
As profiled at April 30, 1982 Distinguished Alumni Banquet
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