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Citadel News Service
9 Apr 2009

Citadel graduates to share WWII combat experiences

Four Citadel alumni who served in combat during World War II will share their experiences with the Charleston community as part of The Citadel Alumni World War II Oral History Project.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave. The moderator will be Citadel Fellow Jack Bass, director of Alumni World War II Oral History Project, the first initiative of The Citadel Oral History Program.

The panelists cover the range of combat during World War II:

  • Iwo Jima Marine infantryman Reamer Cockfield, '45, of Lake City, S.C. 
  • Marine dive bomber William Cart, '44, of Mount Pleasant, S.C. 
  • B-17 bomber pilot Burnet Maybank, Jr., 45, of Charleston, S.C. 
  • Former Citadel President James A. Grimsley, '42, of Charleston, who was awarded three Purple Hearts during his 33-year Army career.

“Their interviews, which will become part of The Citadel Archives, provide a powerful testament to their dramatic experiences and their critical contributions to the war effort,” Bass said. "It is particular interest to note that these men were all the same ages as today's cadets when they went into the military."

The program is free and open to the public. This event is funded in part by the South Carolina Humanities Council, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please call The Citadel Oral History Program at (843) 953-5357.

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