By Joshua Cole Little
LUBBOCK, TX-- This weekend Texas Tech is honoring hundreds of purple heart recipients.
One of them is the university's only Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.
And out of that a group of former Marines and Texas Tech graduates is helping others in his honor.
"I went to Texas Tech University... And the marine corp called me and sent me to Quantico," said George O'Brien.
Lt. Col. George O'Brien served in the United States Marines in 1952.
"Under fierce fire and he was exemplary of course in rescuing his men and being injured and getting out those wounded and as many as possible," said Douglas Jacobson.
O'brien's story and common Texas Tech roots brought former marine Douglas Jacobson and three others to
set up a scholarship. It's in O'Brien's honor for marines wanting to go to school.
"One thing about Lt. Col O'Brien, it was about taking care of marines... Our legacy is that we want to continue to take care of marines," said Jacobson.
Edmundo Villarreal is one of those marines the scholarship is already helping... Giving him a second chance at a school he knew he was meant to come to.
"It does hold a lot of value to me in that the school is doign their part to honor lubbocks only i think medal of honor recipient," said Villarreal.
At tomorrows banquet several veterans will be honored.
The Purple Heart Association will also honor George O'Brien...
His children are expected to accept the recognition in his place.
If you want to get involved with the George O'Brien Scholarship for Marine Veterans you can contact:
Ms. Ivette Bascues, 806-742-3641, firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas Tech Alumni Association, Endowment Trust
PO Box 45001
Lubbock, TX 79409-5001