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05/26/05 - Angelina County

East Texan Honored By Angelina Rotary Members

by Ramonica R. Jones

Earning the Service Above Self award isn't easy, but neither is devoting half of your life to protecting and serving others.

Lt. General Orren Whiddon is used to being on the front lines, but he wasn't expecting it Thursday.

Retired Lt. Gen. Orren Whiddon said, "In World War II, every family either had a brother or cousin or son who was serving in the military. We simply don't have that kind of close affinity today that we had back in World War II, but I think the American people support our military 100 percent."

A native East Texan and SFA graduate, General Whiddon is the former Commanding General of the Second U.S. Army. His friends call him the perfect example of someone who puts service above self.

Demetress Harrell, an Angelina Rotary Club member, said, "He has made remarkable strides, not only in the Army where he has served for many years, but also doing different things within organizations, the community, and group membership."

The Angelina Rotary Club presents the Service Above Self award every year. It recognizes people with remarkable leadership qualities and unselfish devotion to their communities.

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