A commission plans to submit to Congress new names for nine Army installations now named after Confederate leaders. The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) reported that the commission will deliver its selections to Congress.
The names, as reported by AUSA, are:
• Fort Benning, Georgia, will become Fort Moore, in honor of Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and his wife Julia. He was a hero during the Vietnam War.
• Fort Bragg, North Carolina, will become Fort Liberty.
• Fort Gordon, Georgia, will become Fort Eisenhower, after the World War II general of the Army and 34th president of the United States.
• Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, will be renamed Fort Walker, after Dr. Mary Walker – the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor. Walker served during the Civil War.
• Fort Hood, Texas, will become Fort Cavazos – in honor of Gen. Richard Cavazos, the Army’s first Latino four-star general. He served in both Korea and Vietnam.
• Fort Lee, Virginia, will become Fort Gregg-Adams, in honor of Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg and Lt. Col. Charity Adams. Gregg is recognized as one of the service’s greatest logisticians of the 20th century; Adams commanded the 6888thCentral Postal Directory Battalion – the first and only all-Black and all-female unit of its kind to deploy overseas during World War II.
• Fort Pickett, Virginia, will become Fort Barfoot – commemorating Tech. Sgt. Van Barfoot, who earned the Medal of Honor while serving with the Army’s 45th Infantry Division during World War II.
• Fort Polk, Louisiana, will become Fort Johnson in honor of Sgt. William Henry Johnson, who earned the Medal of Honor while serving in the Argonne Forest during World War I. Johnson was a member of the Harlem Hellfighters.
• Fort Rucker, Alabama, will become Fort Novosel, honoring Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Novosel. His actions as an aviator during the Vietnam War earned him the Medal of Honor.