Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 27, 2013

Local company recognized for helping Fort Wolters Medal of Honor project


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRIS AGEE



A large memorial is set to be dedicated next month in the triangle of Wolters Industrial Park to honor Medal of Honor recipients with local ties.

According to Fort Wolters Gate Committee Secretary Mary Creighton, the project was greatly aided through a donation by North Texas Pressure Vessels Inc.

She explained the committee looked for a company capable of producing plaques that would withstand the elements when placed at the monument.

North Texas Pressure Vessels, which uses computer-aided design to produce very precise material for the oil field industry, volunteered to cut the plaques out of metal.

General Manager Howard Huffman told the Index his company is always looking for ways to help with local revitalization efforts.

"We like to contribute to any projects like this," he said. "Anything for the community."

Though he explained the company builds pressure vessels all day, employees are more than capable of using machinery to produce a variety of metalwork, including plaques.

"We just do this on the side for fun," he said.

The company recently completed a similar project for a community program of a different nature, he said.

"We helped the police chief last year with the Drug Endangered Children program," he said.

The stainless steel plaques were engraved on site, Huffman said of the Medal of Honor pieces, and are ready for display at the March 23 dedication.

The Medal of Honor Memorial project has been underway for two years and was prompted when Fort Wolters Gate Committee Chairman Dr. Ronny Collins researched the number of award recipients trained at either Camp Wolters or Fort Wolters.

Thirteen Medal of Honor recipients were honored last March at the Camp Wolters Historical Park on the east lawn of Mineral Wells High School.

In the interim, another Medal of Honor recipient was located, Creighton said. That veteran will also be included in the dedication ceremony next month.

A public gathering and ribbon-cutting event are set for 10 a.m. March 23.