Honoring Campus Veterans–Creating Alumni Biographies

For the last several years the University Archives has co-taught a research internship where students create biographies of alumni who lost their lives serving during WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.  The names are chosen from the Roll of Honor, a book dedicated in the campus’ Memorial Chapel in November 1961 to commemorate the university’s war dead.  This semester marks the 4th offering of this course.

Maryland Agricultural College cadets at drill, c.1915. The campus water tower and cadet barracks can be seen in the background.
Maryland Agricultural College cadets at drill, c.1915. The campus water tower and Morrill Hall can be seen in the background. Click to enlarge.

Military service has been an integral part of the campus since its earliest days. When the Memorial Chapel was constructed and opened in 1952, remembering those who died serving was a main focus.  Nine years later, the dedication of the Roll of Honor brought that project full circle.  Today’s class gives students the opportunity to learn about the university’s past and share the amazing stories of our brave alumni.  To learn more about the Roll of Honor, and see some sample biographies, click the Memorial Book Handout link below.  For an article about the creation of the course itself, click on “Telling Their Stories.”

Memorial Book Handout

“Telling Their Stories”

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