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Thomas Edwin Campbell, Jr., Class of 1946

Born on May 12, 1924, in Florence, Alabama, to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas “Ed” Campbell, Thomas “Tom”, Junior, attended grade school in the Florence city schools. After completing two years  at St. Bernard College at Cullman, Alabama, he transferred to Columbia Military Academy at Columbia, Tennessee, where he graduated in 1942. He entered The Citadel at Charleston, South Carolina, to study engineering in the fall of 1942, but volunteered for the services in the Air Corps in December. His father, Ed Campbell, attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia and was a fighter pilot during the First World War.

Tom Campbell was called to active duty in February, 1943 and upon his completion of his training received his wings and his commission at Dothan, Alabama. Sent overseas in February, 1945, he served in the 8th Air Force, 446th Bomb Group, 705th Bomb Squadron, as a co‐pilot of a B‐24H bomber and completed about 40 missions.

March 24, 1945 – Operation Varsity and Drop Zone Wesel

The mission on 24 March 1945 was in support of Allied troops engaged in (more…)


Richard Louis Engel, ’44

Hailing from Roebling, New Jersey, a company town founded by the Roebling Family most famous for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, Cadet R.L. Engel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Engel, was a Civil Engineering major while at The Citadel. His Freshman and Sophomore years were spent as a member of Cadet Company D. During the 1942-1943 academic year, he joined the 3rd Battalion staff in the position of Cadet Intelligence Sergeant. [1]

Engel RL 1942 SphinxCadet Corporal Richard L. Engel, Class of 1944 [2]

He left Charleston in his Junior year to enter the service of the US Army Air Corps. His classmates, members of the Class of 1944, who remained until the end of the academic year were shipped off to basic training and the infantry. He became a fighter pilot and was assigned to the (more…)


James Guy Gilbert, Jr., Class of 1945

James Gilbert, Jr., of Albemarle County, Virginia, entered The Citadel in the Fall of 1941, just months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. As a Cadet Recruit/4th Class (Freshman), he was a member of Cadet Company L. Fred Melton, ’45, was his classmate and fellow member of L company, and Ernest F. Hollings, ’42, who later became Governor of South Carolina and a U.S. Senator, was his Cadet Company Commander. During his sophomore year, 1942-1943, he was a member of Cadet Company B. [1]

James Guy Gilbert Sphinx 1942Cadet Private James Guy Gilbert, Jr., Class of 1945 [2]

2Lt. Gilbert left The Citadel to join the US Army Air Corps. Following flight training and receiving a commission, he was assigned to the 733rd Bomb Squadron, 453rd Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force. His squadron was based out of Old Buckenham, Norfolk, England. He was killed during (more…)