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World War II

An unhappy meeting place for four alums in World War II In November of 1944, fate seemed to handpick four Citadel alumni from the hundreds of thousands of soldiers fighting in World War II, placing them at the same prison camp in Schubin, Poland, at the same time.

William Warthen, '44
William Warthen, '44
Richard Kellahan, '44
Richard Kellahan, '44"

William Warthen, ’44, and Richard Kellahan, ’44, were captured during the German attack on Linnich near the German-Dutch border in late November 1944. As Wartham wrote, “We had not seen each other since OCS graduation in May ’44 – that is until our eyes met as Kellahan was coming out of German interrogation headquarters in the town of Titz. We were herded together with about 70 others that afternoon and marched to Dusseldorf."

When they were allowed their first shower in weeks, German guards "thrust a very dirty and exhausted American sergeant in with us and it turned out to be Arthur Tissington, ’43, of Mobile, Ala." Warthen said Tissington was put in solitary and they never saw him again.

When they were taken to Oflag 64, Wartham encountered former Citadel roommate Jack Monaghan, ’43, who was being treated in the infirmary for severe wounds he sustained during his capture.

Kellahan recalls in detail the military setup of the prison camp, the 20-below-zero days he and other prisoners endured as Germans forced them to march to stay ahead of a Russian invasion. Just as vivid are Kellahan’s memories of sleeping in barns and waking up to frozen boots, German soldiers with machine guns, and frostbitten feet.

Jack Monaghan, '43
Jack Monaghan, '43

Hope came in April as Russian tanks rolled through Berlin. Kellahan and fellow prisoners were taken to Wittenberg where they were liberated by the Russians in early May. Warthen was marched to Stalag XIIIB in Hammelburg and later to a camp at Nurenburg where Americans liberated him and 70,000 other POWs from all over the world. Monaghan was taken to Egypt where he was released.

Tissington also survived and all four returned home by June 14, 1945. Tissington died at Mobile, Ala. in 1997. Kellahan now lives in Kingstree, S.C. Monaghan lives in Birmingham, Ala. and Warthen lives in Vidalia, Ga.

Complete listing:

Class Name Rank Branch Area Status Date of Capture
1915 Roy C. Hilton COL USA Philippines Released May 7, 1942
1916 Wade Rushton Cothran, Jr. MAJ USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1918 Hiram Tarkington COL USA Philippines Released May 7, 1942
1928 Joseph Lynn McCarthy CPT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1929 Harcourt G. Bull MAJ USAAC Philippines Released May 7, 1942
1929 Tony B. Lumpkin CPT USA Tunisia Released April 1, 1943
1929 George Roland Weeks MAJ USMC Philippines Died as POW May 6, 1942
1931 Albert K. Godwin MAJ USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1933 Julius C. Burge, Jr. CPT USA Philippines Released May 7, 1942
1933 Pope Lott Browne 1LT USAAC Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1935 Frederick Hutton - - - Released -
1936 Ralph Palmer Ford, Jr. 1LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1936 Roland F. Wooten CPT USAAC Germany Released October 4, 1944
1937 Austin F. Enzor SSG USAAC North Africa Released September 23, 1944
1938 Stephen Munger Byars, Jr. CPT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1938 Charles Dixon Lee, Jr. LTC USAAC Germany Released April 22, 1944
1939 Ernest Scott Haile, II 2LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1939 William James - - - Released -
1939 James Keene 2LT USMC Philippines Released May 6, 1942
1939 Marion Arendell Parrott CPT USA Normandy Released June 6, 1944
1939 Ernest F. Peschau Jr. 1LT USAAC Japan Died as POW May 29, 1944
1939 Francis E. Tiller LTC USAAC Germany Released April 24, 1944
1940 Paul F. Austin 2LT USAAC France Released May 17, 1943
1940 Alton Houston Bryant 2LT USAAC Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 John Shipp Daniel 1LT USAAC Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 Walter Guy Efird, Jr. 1LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 Wilson Glover, III 1LT USAAC Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 John Thomas Leonard, Jr. 1LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 Arthur E. Mallory, Jr. CPT USA North Africa Released February 16, 1944
1940 John Isaac Moore, III 2LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 Felix C. Sharp Jr. 1LT USA Philippines Released May 7, 1942
1940 Walter S. Strong 1LT USA Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1940 Milton Woodside 2LT USA Phillipines Released May 7, 1942
1940 William Woodside 2LT USAAC Germany Released January 11, 1944
1941 William P. Beckham, Jr. 2LT USAAC France Released September 6, 1943
1941 William Henderson Coffield, Jr. CPL USAAC Philippines Died as POW May 7, 1942
1941 Samuel A. Rhyne SSG USAAC Germany Released June 20, 1944
1941 Earl A. Smoak Jr, 1LT USA France Released December 12, 1944
1941 Jack B. Workman 1LT USAAC France Released May 29, 1943
1942 Hugh K. Boyd 1LT USA Germany Released January 10, 1945
1942 William D. Craven CPT USAAC Germany Released December 21, 1944
1942 Russell J. Thiele 2LT USAAC Germany Released August 4, 1944
1942 Ryan E. Tomlinson CPT USA Germany Released December 21, 1944
1943 Gadsden M. Ford, Jr. 2LT USAAC France Released June 22, 1943
1943 Robert Griffin 1LT - - Released January 14, 1945
1943 Walter Lunn 2LT USA Belgium Released January 8, 1945
1943 Roderick McAllister - - - -Released -
1943 James J. Monaghan 2LT USA Germany Released October 4, 1944
1943 Edward W. Overman 2LT USA France Released July 15, 1944
1943 Arthur B. Tissington CPL USA Holland Released October 6, 1944
1944 Solomon E. Abrams 2LT USAAC Romania Released May 5, 1944
1944 Lee R. Dixon 1LT USAAC Tunisia Released February 24, 1943
1944 Richard H. Kellahan 2LT USA Germany Released November 29, 1944
1944 William H. Rierson 2LT USA Germany Released February 8, 1944
1944 Thomas W. Teetor PVT USA Belgium Released December 24, 1944
1944 William Donovan Warthen 2LT USA Germany Released November 30, 1944
1945 Henry F. Garlington 2LT USAAC Italy Released June 5, 1944
1945 William Roberts - USA - Released August 3, 1944
1945 Edward Roper - - - Released -
1945 John Stearns - USAAC - Released August 16, 1944
1945 Joe Weaver - - - Released -
1946 P.M. Adams - USAAC - Released April 13, 1944
1946 Richard B. Burns PFC USA France Released September 1, 1944
1946 Ben Groblewski - - - Released -
1946 Walter Hagen 2LT USAAC North Africa Released July 28, 1944
1946 Robert Jones - - - Released -
1946 Cliff Lebey PVT USA Italy Released February 16, 1944
1946 William J. Watson Jr. SSG USAAC Germany Released April 24, 1944
1949 Richard Wayne Unger PVT USA Germany Released January 31, 1945

 

In November of 1944, fate seemed to handpick four Citadel alumni from the hundreds of thousands of soldiers fighting in World War II, placing them at the same prison camp in Schubin, Poland, at the same time.