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Fort Hood east gate dedicated to Frank W. Mayborn

Fort Hood east gate dedicated to Frank W. Mayborn

March 06
22:52 2013

Daniel Burgess / Contributing Writer

Frank W. Mayborn, media mogul, philanthropist and major financial contributor to UNT, was honored with a memorial and the renaming of the east gate at Fort Hood on Monday in Killeen.

Mayborn was instrumental in the decision to locate the base in Central Texas. Until then, Killeen’s only claim to fame was a hen that held the world record for most eggs laid in one year, according to Mayborn’s biography.

The gate is now named the Frank W. Mayborn Gate to pay tribute to him for his contributions to the Army and Fort Hood where he served on the civilian advisory board, said Tyler Broadway at the Fort Hood Press Center.

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley and Mayborn’s wife, Sue, spoke at the ceremony, then unveiled the monument along with Col. Matthew G. Elledge and Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas R. Gault.

Sue Mayborn said the recognition was very well deserved and would have been very meaningful to him.

“We can honor Frank every day of our lives by honoring the freedoms that he fought for,” said Milley in his speech on Monday. “The thousands upon thousands of soldiers who’ve gone through the east gate and then on to other places and lands to shed their blood in defense of freedom.  That is the honor we all owe Frank.”

In 1942, the Army decided to build its Texas facility, called Camp Hood at the time, in Valley Mills. But Mayborn objected with that location, citing security vulnerabilities and a lack of highways.

He convinced Army officials to give Killeen another look when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Mayborn and his committee made sure to accommodate the Army’s needs and when a decision had to be made, Fort Hood in Bell County was chosen.

Mayborn was dedicated to advancing higher education in Texas and provided funding for the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, Central Texas College and the University of North Texas.

He believed in journalism and its role within a community. Until his death in 1987, Mayborn was an owner, editor and publisher for the Killeen Daily Herald and the Temple Daily Telegram.

“He was a newspaper man and always was,” Sue Mayborn said.

In her speech on Monday, Sue Mayborn said that if her husband was at the ceremony, he would have been “as excited and just as enthusiastic” about the “bright future of Fort Hood.”

“He would be pleased and honored to permanently have his name associated with this great place,” she said.

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