By Scott C. Woodard, ’92, U.S. Army, Office of Medical History, Historian
This article originally appeared in The AMEDD Historian, Number 9 Spring 2015, Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and is posted with permission.
Dr. Edward Chauncey Register was a heroic figure putting others before himself and answering the call of duty to the nation and his fellow man, ultimately sacrificing his life on January 3, 1920. After graduating from The Citadel in 1905, he completed his degree in medicine from the Medical College of Virginia in 1908. Upon graduation from the Army Medical School he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps of the Regular Army. In his early career Register served in the Philippines, Mexico with the Punitive Expedition, and China. During WWI he performed medical reviews of soldiers prior to their deployment to Europe. In 1919 he was called to France to medically screen repatriated German prisoners.
Cadet Register, 1905 Sphinx
“Always interested in others’ welfare, even though it may be to his own hurt, and thus he was enthroned himself in the hearts of all his companions, who wish and predict for him the brightest of futures in his chosen profession of medicine.” – Excerpt from Register’s senior biography in the Sphinx, the annual of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets
Born on December 16, 1916, in Milford, PA, and raised in Elizabeth, NJ, Roland Luerich, Jr., was the son of a Methodist minister who served as a chaplain in the first World War.
At The Citadel, he majored in Civil Engineering and was a member of the varsity boxing squad for three years. He was a Cadet Private throughout his four year study and was a member of Cadet Company “I” his first two years and “H” the last two.
Called to active duty on graduation, as a second lieutenant coastal artillery, he transferred to the Corps of Engineers prior to shipping overseas. He was a veteran of the North Africa, Sicily and Italy landings. First Lieutenant Roland Luerich, Jr. served as a combat engineer in the 175th Engineering Battalion before transferring to Company “A”, 16th Armored Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Division. (more…)
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 28, 1924, to Blanche J. Nelson and Carl Theodore Nelson, young Fielding attended school in Chicago and graduated from Schurz High School June 1942. His Junior year at Schurz High, he was a member of the R.O.T.C. Picked Platoon which placed fifth out of 26 drill teams in the citywide competition. He was a Cadet Technical Sergeant and the drill platoon’s guide.
He entered The Citadel at Charleston September 1942. During his brief time at the military college, he was a member of Cadet Company A until his call to active duty as an enlisted reservist March 3, 1943.
Overseas in Italy, Private First Class Nelson served with Company E, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.
Twenty-six days short of his twentieth birthday, PFC Nelson was killed in action on June 2, 1944, in the vicinty of Palestrina, Italy, 63 km north of Anzio, 40 km east of Rome. He was buried at the U.S. military cemetery at Nettuno. This cemetery was later made into the permanent Sicily-Rome American Cemetery maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission. Four of Fielding’s Citadel classmates rest in eternal peace at the cemetery.
Following the war, per his family’s wishes, his body was repatriated and interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie, Illinois. He was survived by his parents and older brother, Carel T. (Ted) Nelson.
Born on April 9, 1923, in Sulphur Springs township, Rutherford County, N.C., to Nevada “Vada” Jane McMahan and Lee Roy Robbins, Bruce Robbins grew up on a farm near the small town of Bostic just outside of Rutherfordton.
Cadet Robbins entered The Citadel at Charleston, South Carolina, with the Class of 1943 at the start of the 1939-40 academic year. He was a member of Band Company all four years. Throughout his four years at The Citadel, he was involved with The Shako, the cadet magazine, and was its Associate Editor his senior year. He also played in the Symphony Orchestra. He received Gold Stars for academic achievement his junior year and was President of the Beta Chapter of Gamma Alpha Mu his senior year.
Cadet Private Bruce Curtis Robbins, Class of 1943
Source: 1943 Sphinx
The Citadel chapter of Gamma Alpha Mu was formed in 1941. The organization was founded in 1928 at Clemson College for the purpose of recognizing literary ability and achievements. Gamma Alpha Mu was the highest honor a cadet could achieve in appreciation of his work in the literary field. Fellow classmate and English major, William C. Whitley, Jr., was also a member.
After graduating with a Bachelors degree in English on Saturday May 29, 1943, Bruce attended the infantry school at Fort (more…)
Florence Morning News, Florence, S.C., Thursday, December 1, 1949, p. 16
Mrs. Royall Selected For The Dedication
CHARLESTON – The most important event of the Citadel’s annual Homecoming Day celebration will be the ceremony of unveiling a memorial tablet in honor of the Citadel’s war dead.
The ceremony will take place at 11:15 Saturday morning in the Cadet Chapel. Thomas H. Pope of the class of 1935, speaker of the House of Representatives of South Carolina and candidate for governor, will make the address at the unveiling of the memorial tablet.
This article was originally published by The Citadel Newsroom on November 6, 2014.
CHARLESTON, SC – In honor of the 70th Anniversary of The Citadel’s Class of 1944, known as “The Class that Never Was”, and in memory of the members of the classmates who served in or were killed in action in World War II, the college released a special video presentation in 2014 just before D-Day.
Now, that video, which includes rare film footage from campus in the 1940s, is being shown in four languages throughout Europe, thanks to the work of Roger Long who is a member of The Citadel Class of 1989, and members of The Citadel Memorial Europe Foundation. Long is president of the BENELUX Citadel Club, and founder and chairman of The Citadel Memorial Europe Foundation. He lives in Heythuysen, in the Dutch province of Limburg. He is originally from Raleigh, N.C.
“Members of The Citadel Memorial Europe Foundation volunteer in middle schools around the continent. The video about The Class that Never Was is the perfect teaching tool we needed to help honors and memorialize the Citadel men and their allies who died while in the service of their country here in Europe and in North Africa,” Long said.
Long worked with translators to establish subtitled copies of the video in Dutch, French and Italian, to complement the original version in English, enabling Europeans speaking those languages to view the video. (more…)
by Steven V. Smith, ’84 – Chair, CAA History Committee
This article originally appeared in the Alumni News of The Citadel – Summer 2017. It is published here in its entirety with the permission of the Citadel Alumni Association. Photos have been added to this web post which did not appear in the original print version.
Cadets enrolled in Professor Kyle Sinisi’s class, History 391: The U.S. in World War I, spent their days of Spring break walking the American Expeditionary Force battlefields in France. Accompanying the class were Board of Visitors member, Col. Myron Harrington, USMC, Ret., ’61, and the director of Daniel Library, Lt. Col. David Goble, SCM, ’69. The group was also fortunate to have Matthew Davenport, critically acclaimed author of First Over There: The Attack on Cantigny, America’s First Battle of World War I, accompany them.
In the village of Cantigny, they walked the terrain of America’s first combined arms attack as Davenport described the action where in the early morning of May 28, 1918, the 3,500 soldiers of the 1st Division climbed out of their trenches to (more…)