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Olin E.
Teague (7 August 1971)
Olin Earl (Tiger) Teague (b. April 6, 1910 Woodward, Oklahomamarker, d. January 23, 1981 Bethesda, Marylandmarker) was a notable World War II veteran and Congressional representative for Texas's 6th congressional district for 32 years, from 1946 to 1978.

Teague is buried in Arlington National Cemeterymarker.

Early life

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Mena, Arkansasmarker, Teague graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M Universitymarker) in 1932. He joined the Army in 1940 as a Lieutenant and was discharged in 1946 as a Colonel. He participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, and was a very highly decorated combat veteran of World War II, receiving the Silver Star with two clusters, the Bronze Star, and two Purple Hearts. The nickname "Tiger" came from his play on the football field while in high school.

Congressional career

While in Congress, he was the veteran's champion, authoring more veteran's legislation than any congressman before him.He was instrumental in improving benefits for servicemen's survivors. In 1956, he helped overhaul the survivor's benefits, with the creation of the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC). He was also chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, and chairman of the Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration (1973-1979). Before 1973, he also chaired the Manned Space Flight Subcommittee and in that capacity oversaw NASAmarker's efforts to place a man on the moon.In 1976, Teague was pivotal in establishing the Office of Science and Technology Policy.



Legacy

The Olin E. Teague Veterans Center, a VAmarker hospital and health center in Temple, Texasmarker, was named for him. The VA also presents the annual Olin E. Teague Award for contributions to improving the quality of life of disabled veterans. Also named for him were the Olin E. Teague Research Center at Texas A&M, a space research facility, and the Olin E. Teague Visitor Center at the Johnson Space Centermarker.

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  1. Past Chairmen of House Committee on Veteran's Affairs


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