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Posted on: May 10, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Honoring Heroes

Gilbert Vasquez and Veterans

Gilbert Vasquez and VeteransThe Odessa City Council unanimously voted tonight to support naming a portion of a highway in honor of two distinguished West Texas veterans. Mac Wilson and Rex Young made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam. State Representative Brooks Landgraf filed legislation which passed the House last month.
Wilson and Young were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon. The area being proposed in their honor: Business Interstate Highway 20-E in Ector County named as the “Mac Wilson and Rex Young Medal of Honor Highway.”
This hit close to home for Council Member Gilbert Vasquez.  He went to junior high and high school with Wilson and played high school baseball against Young. Council Member Vasquez is seen in this pic with John McCollum and Steven Oien with the Purple Heart of West Texas.
The bill now heads to the Senate. If approved, it will be sent to Governor Abbott to be signed into law.

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