Hall of Honor
L. Berry had a long and distinguished military career. He was
commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in the Officer Reserve
Corps on August 15, 1917. Later appointed in the regular Army he served
in various assignments, including a period as instructor with the 141st
Infantry, Texas National Guard.
He was transferred to the Philippines in November, 1941, just before the
outbreak of hostilities with the Japanese. At that time he was promoted
to colonel. During the defense of the Bataan Peninsula, Lieutenant
General Berry and his command distinguished themselves in the battle of
the "Pockets," which forced a temporary withdrawal of the Japanese
forces. Following the surrender of Bataan on April 9, 1942, General
Berry survived the infamous "Death March" and forty months as a prisoner
of war. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1946 and retired on May
2, 1947. Five days later, he was appointed by Governor Beauford Jester
as the Adjutant General of Texas; he was promoted to major general in
the Texas National Guard on June 5, 1947, and he continued as Adjutant
General for over fourteen years. He was advanced to brevet lieutenant
general upon his retirement in 1961 from the post of Adjutant General.
General Berry was awarded the following decorations: Distinguished
Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star,
Purple Heart, and the Legion of Honor from the Philippine government.
General Berry died in 1965.
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