The Gunter Hotel is completed and opened for business. The hotel stands on the former site of the Vance House. Previous to that, it was the site of U.S. Army barracks and was the headquarters of the U.S Southern Department.
Marine SSgt. William J. Bordelon (right), a graduate of Central Catholic High School, is killed in action on the island of Tarawa in the Pacific. Bordelon is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his “valorous and gallant conduct above and beyond the call of duty” in leading his men while seriously wounded.
Ground is broken on the new $31,993,000 Veteran’s Administration hospital in the South Texas Medical Center. It is due to be completed by March 1, 1974. (After the death of Audie Murphy on May 28, 1971, the hospital would be named the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in his honor.)