November 20 in San Antonio history…
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 Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and other Civil War heroes.
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.
52 years after his death, the body of William J. Bordelon is returned to San Antonio and buried in the cemetery of Ft. Sam Houston. The body lay in state in the Alamo since yesterday, flanked by Marine Honor Guards. Bordelon is only the fifth person given this privilege.