We shall not forget

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Marvin Roth, Class of 1944

Born on July 18, 1924 to Estelle and Mack Roth and a native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Marvin Roth entered The Citadel in 1940 after graduating from Seabreeze High School. He was a member of the Class of 1944, known as “The Class That Never Was”. During his junior year, he was inducted into the US Army on November 12, 1942, and, together with his classmates, was immediately sent to Army basic training when the academic year ended, May 30, 1943.

Marvin Roth Sphinx 1943Cadet Private Marvin Roth, Class of 1944
Source: 1943 Sphinx

While at The Citadel, Cadet Roth majored in English and was a member of Cadet Company C. In extracurricular activities, he was a member of the English Club and the boxing team, fighting in the 145-pound class.


“After all, I shall have to live with myself for a lifetime.”


In July 1943, Marvin Roth, along with another 61 members of The Citadel’s Class of 1944, underwent training at Fort McClellan in Alabama in lieu of the training normally given during the final Reserve Officer Training Corps year. At the end of this special training, and as soon as vacancies in officer candidate school at Fort Benning, in Georgia, opened, they would be sent for final training as second lieutenants in the officer’s reserve corps.

Having completed the special training, Marvin Roth declined officer candidate school in order to get to the action sooner. Specifically, he decided to forgo the opportunity to be commissioned as second lieutenant so that he could become a private in the paratroopers where, as his father would later explain, he felt the need was greater.

In March 1945, while serving with the armored infantry in combat in Germany, SSGT Roth’s name was entered into the Congressional Record when his congressman read aloud, on the floor of the House of Representatives, his letter explaining how he could not accept the congressman’s appointment to the US Naval Academy because his duty was with his men at the front. (The news article with the full account follows below.)

An account of his refusal of the appointment was also reported by a combat correspondent who wrote the action left his fellow soldiers bewildered and his platoon sergeant completely baffled as to why anyone would pass up the chance to return to the safety of the “Promised Land”. When asked about his decision, SSGT Roth told the reporter, “I’m over here now and have seen what it is all about. I realize that my job is here. After all, I shall have to live with myself for a lifetime.”  (more…)


Hugh Vanderveer Batchelder, Class of 1945

Born in New Jersey on February 2, 1925, to Mrs. Jessie P. Hale Batchelder and Colonel Roland C. Batchelder, Hugh grew up in New Hampshire, first in Canaan, then Littleton, and finally Deerfield. He had three brothers, Theodore, Robert and George; and a sister, Jessie. His older brother, Theodore, preceded him to The Citadel by a year. Hugh’s father, Col. Batchelder, was a veteran of WWI, a 1921 graduate of Dartmouth college, a high school teacher and principal, served in the Quartermaster Corps during WWII, and later was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature.

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Cadet Corporal Batchelder was a member of Cadet Company “M” his sophomore year. He was awarded Gold Stars in recognition of his superior academic achievement of earning a 3,7 grade point average or higher over a semester. He was also a member of the International Relations Club which was notable as membership for sophomores was limited to only outstanding Political Science and History majors. Following completion of the 1942-43 academic year, (more…)


ABMCeducation.org is live!

Washington D.C. – National History Day (NHD), the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC), and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University are launching a new, free digital resource today in honor of Veterans Day: ABMCeducation.org. This website includes 21 lesson plans created by American teachers who took the trip of a lifetime this summer to discover the stories of World War II fallen heroes buried and memorialized overseas as part of the Understanding Sacrifice education program.

Help spread the word by sharing this video on social media with the hashtag #TeachABMC.


Participating teachers designed lesson plans specific to their teaching discipline. These lesson plans are hosted at ABMCeducation.org and are designed to increase students’ understanding of sacrifices made in WWII.  Designed for middle school and high school classrooms, the lesson plans are multi-disciplinary and can be applied in history, as well as art, math, science and English classrooms.  Through the use of primary and secondary sources, videos, and hands-on activities, students are transported to the war front and home front. From role-playing difficult family decisions at home to designing new war memorials and exploring military tactics utilized in France, students will walk away with a vivid understanding of the high cost paid by all Americans during this war.

Discover history through the stories of fallen heroes!

Contact:
National History Day | (301) 314-9739 | info@nhd.org | NHD.org


Note: One of the program’s participating teachers, Mr. Pren Woods, of Alston Middle School, Summerville, South Carolina, researched Richard Paul Padgett, Class of 1944, one of the 22 Fallen Heroes whose story is told on this new ABMCeducation.org site. If you are a history teacher covering WWII, this is a must-see (and use) website. Please check this out and spread the word. /RL


RICHARD PAUL PADGETT, Class of 1944

On April 30, 1945, 2Lt. Richard “Paul” Padgett, ’44, native of Walterboro, South Carolina, was killed in action in the vicinity of Tirschenreuth, Germany near the Czech border. Born to Mr. and Mrs. C. Gadsen Padgett on February 16, 1923, Paul was a standout student leader at both Walterboro High School and The Citadel.


A member of The Citadel’s Class of 1944, he was 4th Battalion Ordnance Sergeant his junior year. He was a member of the Bond Volunteers and a member of the Sphinx, Ring, and Standing Hop Committees. Indicative of his standing among the Corps of Cadets, Paul was chosen by Gen. Summerall to be the (more…)


En annonçant le 70e anniversaire de la classe qui n’a jamais existé

Un  70e anniversaire souvenir du Memorial Day et  du jour J : extraits de films inédits des archives de la Citadelle et l’histoire derrière la classe du collège de 1944 qui est devenue connue sous le nom de la classe qui n’a jamais éxisté en raison de leur service dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale.


Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) May 27, 2014 (View original here)

L’entraînement physique, des exercices, des inspections …  recensement defilms de 1942 qui représentent des scènes de la vie dans le Corps des cadets SC. Les films de la Citadelle ont été une fois joués dans les écoles et les théâtres pour promouvoir la valeur d’une éducation d’une école militaire ainsi que de l’Amérique  qui a été entièrement engagée dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale et deux ans  avant le jour J. Mais les cadets qui étaient  étudiants en deuxième année  à l’époque du tournage étaient sur ​​le point d’avoir leur parcours scolaire  interrompu de façon dramatique.

Citadel Cadets 1942Cadets compte enrôler dans la Marine, 1942

“C’est vrai parce qu’on n’a jamais eu de diplômes , on n’a jamais eu  de cérémonies,et on n’a jamais eu une quelconque particularité  propre à un ancien de La Citadelle – un des privilèges qui appartient à un ancien de la Citadelle. Donc, par conséquent, (more…)


Joseph Carr Davis, Class of 1932

During the Fall of 2013, The Citadel Memorial Europe was able to find enough evidence to confirm that a third Citadel Man, LTC Joseph C. Davis, rests in peace at Lorraine American Cemetery in France. Early in 2014, his daughter, Ms. Linda Davis Evans, contacted The Citadel Archives and Museum which connected her to us. She has been researching her father for some time and has kindly shared his story with us. We are deeply honored to be able to publish it here. He shall not be forgotten. /RL


He led the 935th Artillery Battalion from Oran to Dachau

by Linda Davis Evans

Joseph Carr Davis was born February 11, 1910 in Savannah, GA., as eldest of four sons. All four of his grandparents were from Ireland.

After finishing the Marist Brothers School, Davis attended Benedictine where he excelled academically. He graduated in 1927- just a few months past his 17th birthday. At that time, BC ( Benedictine) awarded the cadet with the highest GPA for the academic year a gold medal in honor of that achievement, and Davis received the medal for four consecutive years. He was the only cadet in the school’s history to earn all four medals.

In the academic year 1928-1929, Davis attended The Citadel whose archives show he was a very successful student ranked 14th of 304 academically. Why he did not return after his freshman year is a mystery but was probably financial. His correspondence from this period makes references which sound as if he may have been partially responsible for his family’s support.

At some point, Davis joined the Georgia National Guard, the old Chatham Artillery. In December, 1934, the officers and men of Battery F, 118th Field Artillery, GNG presented a ceremonial sword to Lieutenant Joseph Carr Davis. There was also a connection with The Irish Jasper Greens.

LTC Joseph Carr Davis

With war on the horizon in 1940, President Roosevelt signed an order for the War (more…)


One Year of The Citadel Memorial Europe

WE REMEMBER…

One year ago, I published I wear the ring and publicly announced the availability of this digital memorial to the Citadel Men interred and memorialized here in 16 military cemeteries across Europe and North Africa.

It has been a year of vibrant impressions and one of the most spiritually and emotionally enriching years of my life. As I have tried to get to know these men and to share their stories, I have had the pleasure of making many new friends, and reconnecting with old friends, here in Europe and in America. So many warm and incredible people have touched my life this year. For this, I am truly grateful.

I have compiled my Top Ten Memories. Here is our story as I experienced it the past 12 months…

– Into Thy Hands O Lord –

1 Visit to Cambridge with BillA few days after “going public”, I received an email from an alumnus. A few weeks later, I flew over the North Sea to visit Cambridge American Cemetery in England with him, two of his sons, and the historian of “The Bloody 100th”. It was an inspirational and moving experience that I shall never forget. Together, we paid our respects to the three Citadel Men resting in peace and the one memorialized on the Wall of the Missing. Together, we recited The Cadet Prayer.

On that day, I began a new phase in this journey. See my post The Major of St. Lo.

– Memorial Day –

During Memorial Day weekend, I visited the Citadel Men resting in peace at the Netherlands and Henri-Chapelle American Cemeteries. The two cemeteries are located just 20 kilometers from each other, one on either side of the Dutch-Belgian border to the east of Maastricht and Liege in the direction of Aachen, Germany.

An alumnus wrote to me several times during April and May, “Don’t forget those who are still Missing-In-Action!”. In remembrance of the eight men who rest in no known grave here in Europe and North Africa, I laid flowers at the grave of an unknown a few meters from Albert S. Hagood, Class of 1931. They are not forgotten.

Two posts – Part I and Part II – describe the events of that spectacular Memorial Day weekend.

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– Faces and Stories –

Since last April, I have received details about our men from many places – alumni, family, their “adopters”, historians, and archivists. Four men have received the attention of several posts. Their names, faces, and stories have become familiar. (more…)


The Big, Red Flag

You may be scratching your head wondering about the red flag seen in several photographs on this site. You may have noticed the similarity to the South Carolina state flag. A palmetto tree, a crescent moon, but the field is bright, blood, RED.  The red sets it apart. It is the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ spirit flag, affectionately known as “Big Red”.

From my own cadet experience, I remember well the mural in Daniel Library which depicts the cadet artillery battery on Morris Island firing on the federal ship Star of the West as it was trying to resupply the federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on January 9, 1861.

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Star of the West Mural in Daniel Library on the Citadel campus, Charleston, S.C.

The flag believed to have flown over the battery at Morris Island January 1861 is now on display within the Citadel Alumni Association’s building next to the campus. It was “discovered” by Citadel alumni in a museum of the State Historical Society of Iowa in early 2007. Through the tremendous efforts of many alumni, Big Red was brought “home”. The flag measures 8 feet by 10 feet. Mr. Ed Carter, ’66, Chairman of the Big Red Foundation and a former CAA President, told me during a call last December, “You have to see it in person. It’s size is awesome! It’s an amazing piece of Citadel history!” (more…)


Second Citadel Man at Lorraine American Cemetery

In my previous post, I remarked that at Lorraine American Cemetery, the largest American WWII cemetery in Europe, a lone Citadel Man rests in peace – 1Lt Peter Franklin Cureton, Jr., Class of 1940 – a “fact” which just never has sat right with me. For that reason, and, because there is still so much to be learned about all our Citadel Men remembered here, I frequently go back down previous research paths to check if I missed anything, or if new information has come to light.

Last Friday night, I was reviewing a database when I came across a single new entry in one of 2000 data fields. I went back and checked lists from 2010 and 2011 and then cross-checked these against more lists from another source. Long story short, there is, in fact, a second Citadel Man whose final resting place is Lorraine American Cemetery in France [1] –

1LT RICHARD PAUL PADGETT
Class of 1944
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Life Member of the Association of Citadel Men

The four years we spent in the Corps of Cadets in Charleston, South Carolina were all about becoming “Citadel Men”. Receiving our class rings during our final fall semester was one of the crowning moments of that process. Senior Parade when we joined the “Long Grey Line” and receiving our diplomas were another two of those moments. There was a fourth crowning moment…

One of the things I remember vividly from Graduation Day was the alumni associations’ ceremony to bestow upon me, and many of my fellow classmates, a life membership in the Association of Citadel Men. The paid-in-full life membership was a gift from my parents. It was an event I will never forget, and a gift I will always treasure.

Brief History of the Citadel Alumni Association [1]
1842 – The Citadel is founded
1852 – Association of Graduates Founded.
1934 – Name changed to The Association of Citadel Men
1994 – Women join the Corps of Cadets
1997 – The Association became the current Citadel Alumni Association

The inscribed plaque I received that day has never hung on a wall. I have moved too many times to too many places since. It has remained packed away in a box. Twenty-three years later, I can still describe exactly how it looks. The alumni association seal is its most prominent feature. That seal is something instantly recognizable to those who dearly value it. Like our rings, it is full of meaning. (more…)