[John Tower Remarks to the President about University Texas Campus Tragedy, Aug. 4, 1966] Page: 1 of 2
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REMARKS OF SENATOR JOHN G. TOWER
August 4, 1966
I wish to take this opportunity to call to the attention of the Senate to
recognize, and to extend thanks to the many persons in Austin who performed
in an exemplary manner during and after the recent tragedy in which 13 citizens
were killed and 31 others wounded at the hands of a sniper on The University
of Texas campus.
All of us deeply appreciate the heroic deeds and accomplishments of
students, university officials, newsmen, ambulance drivers, medical personnel,
police, safety officials and individual Austin residents.
I especially wish to convey the heartfelt gratitude that all Texans and
all other Americans feel for the bravery of the Austin policemen, among them
Ramiro Martinez, who, though off duty, joined other members of his force in
ending the terror. Martinez was joined in the assault by Austin officers Houston
McCoy and Jerry Day. I laud also the bravery of Allen Crum, a bookstore
employee and retired Air Force non-commissioned officer, who aided the Austin
policemen in their final encounter with the sniper.
Many Austin residents and students are to be especially commended for
their acts of courage in aiding the wounded and in pulling them to safety while
under fire themselves. These included student body president Clif Drummond,
newman John Thawley, Vietnam veteran and student Brehan Ellison, student
-Larry. McKinney, construction worker Bill Davis and dozens of others.
I know all of us in the Senate extend our sympathy to those who mourn
personal losses in this tragedy and offer our prayers that such an event may never
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Tower, John G. (John Goodwin), 1925-1991. [John Tower Remarks to the President about University Texas Campus Tragedy, Aug. 4, 1966], text, 1966-8-4; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth612175/m1/1/: accessed November 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Southwestern University.