“Duty is the sublimest word in the English language.” – Robert E. Lee


In fifteen American and two Commonwealth cemeteries in Europe and North Africa, 47 Citadel Men rest in peace, and another nine are memorialized on Tablets of the Missing. These men share a special bond – they were members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets while attending The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Here, we honor and remember them.

Roland Louis Luerich, Jr., ’42

Born on December 16, 1916, in Milford, PA, and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Roland

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Fielding Jessup Nelson, Class of 1946

Born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 28, 1924, to Blanche J. Nelson and Carl

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Bruce Curtis Robbins, ’43

Born on April 9, 1923, in Sulphur Springs township, Rutherford County, N.C., to Nevada

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Florentine To Unveil Citadel War Memorial

Florence Morning News, Florence, S.C., Thursday, December 1, 1949, p. 16 Mrs. Royall Selected

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The story of ‘The Class that Never Was’ now in four languages across Europe

This article was originally published by The Citadel Newsroom on November 6, 2014. CHARLESTON,

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Spring Break: Over There

by Steven V. Smith, ’84 – Chair, CAA History Committee This article originally appeared

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Melvin Charles Helfers, ’37

By Col. Jared Kline, ’80, USA (Ret.) It is 23 September, and I have

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Dutch Veterans Honor Citadel Men at Normandy

Remembering those who gave all on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Dutch veterans pay

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Charles Alister Witsell, Jr., Class of 1946

Born on April 21, 1924, in Colleton County, South Carolina, to Pauline and Charles

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Joseph Altomari, Class of 1945

Born in 1923 to Maria and Pasquala Altomari, Joseph grew up at 60-12 68th

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LIFE AT THE CITADEL

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, Sunday, May 31, 1942, p.43 This is another in a

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Thomas Edwin Campbell, Jr., Class of 1946

Born on May 12, 1924, in Florence, Alabama, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas “Ed” Campbell, Thomas

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Perry Moses Phelps, ’29

Perry M. Phelps was born in North Carolina to Rosalie Virginia Moses and Aaron

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Edwin Browning Moore, Class of 1944

E.B. Moore was born on September 19, 1923 in Manila, Philippine Islands. His father,

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Thomas Franklin Woodhead, Class of 1946

Thomas Franklin Woodhead was born on November 20, 1924 to Gertrude Easterly Woodhead and

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Mysterieuze verbintenis maakt een Nederlandse Citadel-Cadet trots tijdens de Amerikaanse Veteransday en ver daarna

The Citadel Newsroom, November 11, 2016. Read the English version: Uncanny connection brings pride

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Army ROTC at The Citadel celebrates 100 years

Citadel Coastal Artillery Corps ROTC cadets with 8 inch Howitzer M1918 MkVIII, circa 1923

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Waverly Owen Skidmore, Class of 1946

Owen Skidmore was born on September 24, 1923, to Mattie Owen and Lloyd J. Skidmore

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William Gadsen Daniels, ’42

Born on August 27, 1920, to Susan M. Daniels and George B. Daniels, William

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Marvin Roth, Class of 1944

Born on July 18, 1924 to Estelle and Mack Roth and a native of Daytona Beach,

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Pat Conroy, the Lowcountry’s Prince of Tides, passes away

Excerpts from the like titled article written by Brian Hicks and published by Post

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Martin Frederick Schnibben, Jr., ’43

Born on February 4, 1922, to Mrs. Leah Martha Stooks Schnibben and Mr. Martin

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Thomas Hutson Martin, Jr., Class of 1940

This biography was written by a West Point classmate (Class of 1943) and published

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William Beattie Bendure, Class of 1946

Born on February 25, 1925, William Bendure, of Mahoning County, Ohio, graduated from Stauton

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Vestal Malone, Class of 1945

On August 9, 1924, Vestal Malone was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba to Mrs. Claire

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Marion Stuckey, Class of 1945

Born Buddy Marion Skinner on September 12, 1924 in South Carolina, Marion was the

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Hugh Vanderveer Batchelder, Class of 1945

Born in New Jersey on February 2, 1925, to Mrs. Jessie P. Hale Batchelder

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John Evans James, Jr., Class of 1944

Born on September 5, 1923 to Mr. Jack E. James and Mrs. Myrtle Allen

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Harry Grimshaw Bowers, ’35

Born in 1914 and a native of Americus, Georgia, Harry G. Bowers graduated from

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A day that will live in infamy…

December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the United States of America at Hawaii. Citadel

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Archelaus Augustus Drake, III, Class of 1945

Born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1923 to Mrs. Mary Blackmar Drake and Mr.

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Maxwell Farmer Parrott, Class of 1937

Maxwell F. Parrott was born on November 20, 1915, to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Parrott

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The class where 34 seats remained empty.

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Experience of POW Lt. Richard H. Kellahan

By Richard H. Kellahan, Class of 1944 Posted here with the permission of the Kellahan

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Joseph Gibbs Ferrel, Class of 1946

Born on October 26, 1924, in Kern County, California to Linnie Rebecca Gibbs Ferrel

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ABMCeducation.org is live!

Washington D.C. – National History Day (NHD), the American Battle Monuments Commission Continue Reading →

Joseph Barre Traywick, Class of 1931

Born on August 31, 1910, to Mrs. Janie Crute Traywick and Dr. A.P. Traywick,

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Capt. Holmes Dies in France

Originally published in The News & Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Sunday, July 28, 1918.

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William Cleveland Whitley, ’43

Born on November 5, 1921, to Virgnia and William C. Whitley, Sr., William Junior

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Burt Williams Andrews, Jr., ’42

Burt W. Andrews, Jr., was born on March 16, 1921 in Baltimore, Maryland and

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Robert Alexander Bates, Class of 1945

Robert Bates was a native of Park Ridge, Illinois, born on September 9, 1923

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Richard Brady Knapp, ’39

Born in the State of Missouri on February 11, 1918 to Mrs. Ethel M.

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Joseph Andrews, ’40

Born on July 23, 1918 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, to Mr. and Mrs. Burt

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RICHARD PAUL PADGETT, Class of 1944

On April 30, 1945, 2Lt. Richard “Paul” Padgett, ’44, native of Walterboro, South Carolina,

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Dodenherdenking

Dutch Remembrance Day… Since the end of WWII, every May 4th at 8 p.m. the

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Robert Edward Poland, Class of 1942

Robert E. Poland was born on June 12, 1918 in Watertown, Massachusetts to Miriam K.

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More than a name in marble

Originally written and published in Dutch in the Limburg’s local newspaper on March 26, 2015.

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Meer dan een naam in marmer

Originally written and published in Dutch in the local Limburg’s newspaper on March 26,

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Aankondiging van het zeventigjarig jubileum van “De klas die nooit bestond”

Een herinnering vanwege Memorial Day en de zeventigste herdenking van D-Day: zeldzame filmbeelden uit

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LIEUT. JOHN H. DAVID KILLED IN FRANCE

The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina, March 14, 1918, Vol. 22, No. 18 The First

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Richard Louis Engel, ’44

Hailing from Roebling, New Jersey, a company town founded by the Roebling Family most

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2014

#5  The Major of St. Lô #4 The 70th Anniversary of The Class that

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James Guy Gilbert, Jr., Class of 1945

James Gilbert, Jr., of Albemarle County, Virginia, entered The Citadel in the Fall of

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JOHN BERNARD MAYES, Class of 1940

Born on September 2, 1918, John B. Mayes entered The Citadel with the Class

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En annonçant le 70e anniversaire de la classe qui n’a jamais existé

Un  70e anniversaire souvenir du Memorial Day et  du jour J : extraits de

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THOMAS BROWN GAUTIER, JR., ’42

Thomas Brown Gautier, Jr., a native of Charleston, was born January 20, 1921.  He

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The Class That Never Was

This story was originally published in the Sandlapper, Autumn 2009. It is posted here in its

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They are my men, and I will bring them back!

The first step I took when I began researching the Citadel War Dead interred

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Lt. William Henson Killed in Action

WILLIAM ALVIN HENSON, II, Class of 1944 June 8, 1923 – September 28, 1944

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“America’s Band” in 2015: The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Invited Back to Tattoo in Scotland to Represent the US

In 2015, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will proudly represent the United States

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REMEMBERING OUR WORLD WAR II CITADEL ALUMNI AT D DAY +70

by Steven V. Smith, ’84 – Chair, CAA History Committee This article originally appeared

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Presentazione del 70mo anniversario della Classe dei mai laureati

Un Giorno della Memoria e commemorazione del 70mo anniversario del D-Day: rari filmati dagli

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Joseph Carr Davis, Class of 1932

During the Fall of 2013, The Citadel Memorial Europe was able to find enough

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Aankondiging van het zeventigjarig jubileum van “De klas die nooit bestond”

Een herinnering vanwege Memorial Day en de zeventigste herdenking van D-Day: zeldzame filmbeelden uit

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POWs reunite after almost 70 years

This news article was originally published by the Opelika Observer on Thursday, 28 November, 2013.

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He Served: Henry Garlington, ’45

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The Citadel Man Who Became A Legend

By Rose Marie Godley, Citadel News Director This article originally appeared in Alumni News

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The 70th Anniversary of The Class that Never Was

A Memorial Day and D-Day 70th anniversary remembrance: Rare film footage from The Citadel

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I loved it because of you

By Clemson Turregano, ’83 MARGRATEN, Holland. Citadel friends and Army friends, I have to

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Honoring those who gave all

On Saturday, May 24, 2014, a Memorial Day ceremony was held at Ardennes American

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Honoring the Citadel Men at Manila American Cemetery

By Matt Lacina, ‘89 Last summer, my family and I visited the Philippines. Seeing and

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CASWELL MARBURY HIGGS, ’44

Caswell M. Higgs was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 15, 1921 to Mary Claire

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Caswell Marbury Higgs, Class of 1944

Caswell M. Higgs was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 15, 1921 to Mary Claire

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Raleigh Blackwell Batten, Class of 1946

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2013 blogging year-in-review

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors of The Citadel Memorial Europe Foundation,

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WALTER RAYMOND ERNESS, ’41

Walter Raymond Erness, born June 7, 1917, graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s

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Citadel Men, Margraten Boys and a Debt of Honor

by Steven V. Smith, ’84 – Chair, CAA History Committee This article originally appeared

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No greater devotion to or love for our Alma Mater…

The Citadel’s Class of 1931 [1] “We, the members of the Junior class, are

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Citadel’s first WWI casualty member of Class of 1912

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A beautiful sad place…

By Maurice Heemels On Sunday May 26, 2013, the soldiers resting in the American

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Citadel Man in Hamburg’s Ohlsdorf Friedhof

Thanks to the dedicated research efforts of Steve Smith, ’84, it has come to

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Memories of Memorial Day at Margraten

This past Memorial Day was the most impressive I have experienced. Not because of

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“Sad Message Reaches Parents”

W.S. Covington, Jr. [Class of 1946] Missing In Action Sad Message That Prominent Young

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One Year of The Citadel Memorial Europe

WE REMEMBER… One year ago, I published I wear the ring and publicly announced the Continue Reading →

29th Mourns “Major of St. Lo”

By Hal Boyle With the 116th Infantry Regiment in France, July 23 – (delayed)

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A Face and Story with Every Name…

In my previous post, I lamented how I had not yet found a picture or

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Bulldog Gridiron Warrior Lost at Loos 1915

Yesterday, I was searching for articles about William Montague Nicholls, Class of 1912, the

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The Big, Red Flag

You may be scratching your head wondering about the red flag seen in several

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The Citadel “Brand of Brothers”

If you ever watched the HBO series Band of Brothers or read the Stephen

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FIRST CITADEL MAN LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE

The News and Courier Charleston, South Carolina March 13, 1918 [1] – Lieut. J.

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Second Citadel Man at Lorraine American Cemetery

In my previous post, I remarked that at Lorraine American Cemetery, the largest American

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Life Member of the Association of Citadel Men

The four years we spent in the Corps of Cadets in Charleston, South Carolina

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Legend of The Boo

I met Col. Bill DeMarco, USAF, ’88 last May at Cambridge American Cemetery, where,

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The Great War 1914 – 1918

1Lt. J.H. David, Jr., ’14 [2] Last week, in memoriam pages were created for

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Major Milestone Reached

Today, The Citadel Memorial Europe is excited to announce that its website, launched April

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Visit to Normandy – Agenda

Back to Part 1 – Prelude Normandy Trip 2012 Agenda I am sharing this

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Visit to Normandy – Prelude

NORMANDY. I can think of only a few places on this earth whose name

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Lt. Charles M. Thirlkeld ’44, 506th PIR, Easy Company

When I started this journey, I hoped that I could help put faces to

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Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in Belgium and The Netherlands – Part II

Back to Part I – Henri-Chapelle __________ “Oos Heim” Margraten Having made the trip

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Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in Belgium and The Netherlands – Part I

Finally, after many years of wanting to get to Margraten for Memorial Weekend, I

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