We shall not forget

Netherlands

The Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, The Netherlands provides the final resting place for eight Citadel Men.
Gold stars on the map indicate the general location of their graves.

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Creswell Garlington, Jr. Edward Gray Cherry, Jr. Edwin Karl Newman
The Citadel, Class of 1944 The Citadel, Class of 1946 The Citadel, Class of 1939
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Sergeant, U.S. Army First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Service# O-547375 Service# 34670909 Service# O-379735
335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division 406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division 7th Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division
Entered the Service from: District of Columbia Entered the Service from: North Carolina Entered the Service from: North Carolina
Died: 3-Dec-44 Died: 15-Mar-45 Died: 26-Feb-45
Buried at: Plot A Row 12 Grave 7 Buried at: Plot C Row 3 Grave 18 Buried at: Plot D Row 7 Grave 14
Netherlands American Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands Margraten, Netherlands Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart Awards: Purple Heart Awards: Purple Heart
     
Robert Cowan Rolph Frederick Davenport Melton William Milling Royall
The Citadel, Class of 1946 The Citadel, Class of 1946 The Citadel, Class of 1942
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Service# 14115904 Service# O-1032228 Service# O-461043
406th Infantry Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania Entered the Service from: Georgia Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Died: 25-Feb-45 Died: 3-Oct-44 Died: 19-Nov-44
Buried at: Plot D Row 9 Grave 8 Buried at: Plot D Row 10 Grave 6 Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 3
Netherlands American Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands Margraten, Netherlands Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
   
Arthur Bradlee Hunt, Jr. Wilson Adelbert Wendt
The Citadel, Class of 1944 The Citadel, Class of 1945
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service# O-547379 Service # 14192248
333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Mississippi Entered the Service from: New York
Died: 21-Nov-44 Died: 11-Apr-45
Buried at: Plot E Row 6 Grave 18 Buried at: Plot J Row 5 Grave 19
Netherlands  American Cemetery Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart Awards: Purple Heart

Sources: American Battle Monuments Commission, Mike Stannard ’65, The Citadel Archive & Museum

More information about each Citadel Man can be found by accessing their individual in memoriam page via the alphabetical list.

Download a memorial booklet for the Citadel Men interred in the Netherlands American Cemetery here.

More information about the Netherlands American Cemetery including downloadable video, brochure, and booklet can be found on the American
Battle Monuments Commission website.

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11 responses

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  2. William Rolph

    Tears are in my eyes now as I write this note, as they were when Steve Smith, Historian, at The Citadel Alumni Association, told me in an email about the care of my Uncle Bob’s grave at Margraten — Robert Cowen Rolph (RCR), Class of 1946, killed March 1945 in Germany in the line of duty.

    A photo of the father-son team currently tending the grave was attached. Wow! It turns out that the latest care-takers for this grave occurred when it was “adopted by Rob and Micha Brüll of Limburg. They are father and son and according to Roger Long, a Citadel alumnus who lives in the Netherlands; they are good people. Roger has visited your uncles grave with them on one or more occasions.” My brother and I are so grateful for this caring and service; it speaks of the long lasting gratitude by these two and other Dutch for their country being saved. II have only old information from the 1940’s from the “American Battle Monuments Cemeteries and Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries overseas,” so what Steve Smith provided me really shows his consideration, professionalism, alertness, and generosity. Thank you Steve.

    Steve also gave me other information about my uncle and The Citadel, which I also appreciate. I am now able to send him RCR’s Purple Heart certificate and some other documents. I am very glad The Citadel Archive now has the burial flag and photos of RCR at the school as a cadet.

    This was a man liked by everyone, peers and superiors alike. He rose in rank quickly because of his excellent character, generous and giving nature, his caring for other men, and his go-to abilities in the moment when it counts. He had been like this all his life. Everything I have read – at the training in Catholic University, Washington, DC to the superiors to his buddies (who wrote after his death) — attests to why he was so good; why he rose in rank quickly. Because the Army decided to halt the OCS track in 1942 for RCR and others (they had “enough” by now), my uncle did not get to OCS and get to be an officer.

    To The Citadel Memorial Europe and Steve Smith, thank you. To Rob and Micha Brüll of Limburg — you are wonderful and thank you from our hearts.

    William Rolph, Ottawa, Canada 27 February 2013

    February 27, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    • Sir, it is an honor. Thank you.

      February 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      • William Rolph or Bill Rolph

        Roger, I would like to connect with you via email. Please contact me at […] I have been in communication with Steven Smith, as he is the person who told me about you, Rob and Micha’s family tradition, and the whole care-taking of graves in Europe. As soon as it is posted, you will read what I wrote to Rob and Micha. I am very grateful for this circle of connections. I am my family’s archivist, and we have a lot to archive about. This connection is wonderful. Thank you for being part of the chain, so to speak. Cordially, Bill Rolph Ottawa, Canada

        March 7, 2013 at 10:45 pm

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