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Perry Moses Phelps, ’29

Perry M. Phelps was born in North Carolina to Rosalie Virginia Moses and Aaron Cohen Phelps on April 22, 1909. He was a member of the Class of 1929, graduating from The Citadel in Charleston, SC, with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Cadet Company “E” when this photograph was made for the 1928 Sphinx, the yearbook of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Cadet Private Perry Moses Phelps, Class of 1929

Following graduation from The Citadel, Perry Phelps became a well-known citizen of Sumter, South Carolina where he was associated with (more…)


Robert Edward Poland, Class of 1942

Robert E. Poland was born on June 12, 1918 in Watertown, Massachusetts to Miriam K. and Frank Webber Poland. His older brother was Frank Jr.

Robert entered The Citadel at the beginning of the 1938-1939 academic year, and in his freshman year in Charleston, S.C , he was a member of Cadet Company M.  Six feet tall with brown hair and blue eyes and weighing 160 pounds, he spent two years at the college before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in November 1941.

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June 12, 1918 – April 4, 1943
Photo courtesy of The Citadel Archives and Museum, Charleston, S.C.

He received training at Parks Air College, St. Louis, Missouri and at Randolph Field, Texas. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant at Barksdale Field, Shreveport, Louisiana, and was promoted to Captain while serving with the AirTransport Command. He drove a 1941 Roadster convertible, married a young (more…)


John Bernard Mayes, Class of 1940

Born on September 2, 1918, to Agnes Summer Mayes and John Bernard Mayes, John Mayes entered The Citadel with the Class of 1940 at the start of the 1936-1937 academic year after graduating from Newberry High School in South Carolina. He was a private in Company D of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. After completing his freshman year, he left Charleston for Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1941, graduated from Emory University where he received pre-medical training.

He entered the US Army Air Corps in July 1941. After completing flight training at Foster and Randolph Fields in Texas, he was commissioned a second lieutenant and assigned to a B-17 squadron, the 342nd Bomb Squadron, 97th Bomb Group. He received further training at Sarasota-Brandenton Field in Florida.

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Arriving in England, June 1942, his squadron was among the first to participate in missions over occupied Europe. He and his crew were given a citation for bravery after one of the biggest (more…)


Walter Raymond Erness, ’41

Walter Raymond Erness, born June 7, 1917, graduated from The Citadel with a bachelor’s degree in Physics in May 1941. His 1941 Sphinx senior write-up reads…

 ‘ERNIE’ hails from Rochester, N. Y.— a man of all kinds of power whose power was greatly enhanced when he started parting his hair in his Senior year. Likes everything living, and whether it sounds like bad logic or not, we don’t hesitate to say that everything living likes him, too. [1]

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Cadet 2Lt. Walter Raymond Erness
Class of 1941

He was a member of Cadet Company “I” as well as a member of the Standing Hop Committee his sophomore, junior and senior years. He was also President of The Citadel chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society, his senior year.

Erness was commissioned into the Coastal Artillery Reserve in May of 1941. (more…)