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World War I

During World War I, 316 Citadel graduates and an undetermined number of alumni served in Europe. A contingent of Citadel alumni that made up an artillery brigade was on the first American convoy to sail to the battlefield (June 13, 1917) eventually firing America's first shot into German lines.

The entire Citadel Class's of 1917 and 1918 eventually served in the armed forces with 5 graduates earning the Distinguished Service Cross and 3 more earning the Navy Cross-----all presented for "extraordinary heroism". Two of those graduates earned BOTH the DSC and Navy Cross. One Citadel alumnus was awarded the nations highest combat award for bravery, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Ten Citadel Alumni (listed below) are known to have made the ultimate sacrifice. Additional information on Citadel alumni who sacrificed their lives in WW1 is welcome.

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ClassRank, Name, UnitBattleDeath Date
1890 Lt. Col. William Howe Simons KIA, France 1918
1908 Click here to view a larger version.Maj. Robert Henry Willis, Jr. (Aircorps) KIA, France September 13, 1918
1909 1/Lt. W. A. Mulloy KIA, France 1918
1912 Lt. William Montague Nichols (British Artillery) KIA, Loos, Fr. September 26, 1916
1914 Click here to view a larger version.Lt. John Hodges David (18th Inf.) KIA, Ansauuile, Fr. April 1, 1918
1915 Click here to view a larger version.Cpt. James Hill Holmes (USA) KIA, Soissons, Fr. July 19, 1918
1916 Click here to view a larger version.Cpt. Julius Andrew Mood, Jr. (USA) KIA, Soissons, Fr. July 21, 1918
1916 Click here to view a larger version.Lt. George Hampton Yarborough, Jr. (USMC) KIA, Belleau Woods June 23, 1918
1917 Robert James Cochran KIA, France October 1918
1917 Click here to view a larger version.Arthur Thomas Elmore KIA, Belleau Wood, Fr. June 24, 1918
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