The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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THE NAMES ON THE WALL AND THE STATISTICS BEHIND THEM

As of 27 October 2017 there are 759 names inscribed on The Citadel War Memorial Wall. Approximately 70% are South Carolinians.

The War Between the States took the highest toll of Citadel Alumni as 316 names appear. Sadly, World War 11 saw 281 more qualify. In Vietnam 88 were lost, 31 were sacrificed in Korea and the current global operation against terrorism has cost 21 to date.. In World War 1 13 alumni fell, the Mexican War 4 and military incursions in the Caribbean cost 4 more Alumni. One Alumnus was killed in Lebanon in 1983 and on 9/11.

The inscribed names represent the sacrifice of cadets and alumni from 4 branch’s of military service. Army casualties were highest at 537. 17 of the names on the wall were still enrolled as cadets at the time of death, 89 were Air Force (or Army Air Force) aircrew members, 46 were marines, 34 sailors or navy aviators and 5 sacrificed while serving with Allied countries.

Interestingly, because Citadel Alumni defended South Carolina during 1861-1865-------and because 5 other alumni lost their lives while members of foreign military organizations, a total of 321 died from injuries suffered on the battlefield under a flag other than that of the United States.

The Class of 1862 lost the most of its members both in numbers and percentage as 36 of its approximately 64 class members did not return. The Class of 1944 lost 31 in World War 11 and the Class of 1868 lost 8 cadets to battlefield injuries.

Other notable facts associated with the names inscribed:

  1. The 1st graduate Killed-In-Action was R.A. Palmer Class of 1852.
  2. The 1st Alumnus Killed-In-Action was Eugene Wilder Class of 1849.
  3. The 1st veteran student to die of his wounds was Allen Little Class of 1852. He suffered wounds on the Mexican battlefield, enrolled upon his return and graduated in 1852, succumbing to those wounds in 1854.
  4. 8 of those inscribed received the Distinguished Service Cross for “Extraordinary Heroism”, 1 received both the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross and 1 other received the Navy Cross
    1. James Holmes ‘15
    2. George Yarborough ‘16
    3. Julian Mood ‘16
    4. Marion Smoak ‘38
    5. George Land ‘39
    6. Francis Lael ‘40
    7. Creswell Garlington ‘44
    8. Ralph Hardee ‘44
    9. William Ragin ‘61
    10. John Fuller ‘66
  5. There are 37 known Missing-In-Action from WW11, 2 more from Korea and 1 known MIA/body not recovered from the War Between the States for a total of 40 still listed as missing.
  6. The last person Killed-In-Action East of the Mississippi River in the War Between the States is said to be Cadet W. McKenzie Parker, Class of 1868 on 21 May 1865.
  7. C.C. Tew-----The Citadel’s 1st graduate (class of 1846) and 1st Honor graduate remains listed as Missing-In-Action/BNR from the Battle of Sharpsburg, Md. His sword was eventually recovered and returned to the college in 2016.
  8. Terry Cordell ’57 was the 1st Citadel graduate Killed-In-Action in the Vietnam War.
  9. Shane Childers ’01 was the 1st American Serviceman Killed-In-Action in Operation Iraqi freedom.
  10. Brigadier General Jack Girard ’38 is the highest ranked name inscribed on the wall.
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