Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
R. McLane was born 10 October 1923. He graduated from Austin College and
Austin Theological Seminary.
He enlisted in the Texas Defense Guard as a private in Sherman, Texas,
April 1943, and in November 1962, he was commissioned Major, Chaplain
Corps, Texas State Guard Reserve Corps and assigned as Chaplain,
Headquarters, 1st Defense Group. In 1964, he was reassigned as Chaplain
to the Headquarters Staff. He served a total of twenty-four years of
which over twenty years were on the Headquarters Staff.
Among Chaplain McLane's contributions to the Texas State Guard is "The
Texas State Guard Chaplain Corps, 1941-1981," an historical research
publication which he wrote and published. He also revised the
orientation manual for Texas State Guard Chaplains and actively pursued
the recruiting of chaplains for the State Guard. As a result of his
efforts, more chaplains were assigned to the Texas State Guard during
this period than ever before. He devoted innumerable hours of his own
time to the Guard, taking part in community programs, serving on various
committees and study groups, and performing historical research. In
addition, he regularly contributed an article, "The Chaplain's Corner"
to the Texas State Guard Bulletin. Organizing the Texas State Guard
chaplains to work as a team, he wrote "Salutes" to all chaplains so they
could know each other better and developed a chaplain data form for
each. He successfully headed the fund drive for the Texas State Guard
for contributions to the Texas Guard's All Faiths Chapel building fund
and through his efforts, the State Guard is fully represented in this
symbol of pride, devotion and patriotism. All the while, Chaplain McLane
distinguished himself as a Presbyterian minister, serving in Cuero,
Mineral Wells and Fort Worth.
In recognition of his accomplishments and extensive devotion to duty,
Chaplain McLane received the Texas State Guard Association's highest
award, the Sam Houston Award, as well as the Texas Outstanding Service
Medal, Texas Medal of Merit and the Texas Faithful Service Medal with
four cactus leaf clusters.
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