Born on November 5, 1921, to Virgnia and William C. Whitley, Sr., William Junior hailed from Durham, North Carolina. He graduated from Durham High School in 1939 and then joined the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at The Citadel to major in English. He was a member of Cadet Company A his first three years at the college. His senior year he was a Cadet Second Lieutenant in Cadet Companies C, P, and E. He was also the Editor-in-Chief of the “Bull Dog”, the cadet newspaper, earned Gold stars for outstanding grades, and was listed in the “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges”.
Sworn into the U.S. Army on May 3, 1943, at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C., William, and almost all of his classmates, immediately departed for basic training upon graduation later that month. While in the European theater, Corporal Whitley served with (more…)
Thomas Brown Gautier, Jr., a native of Charleston, was born January 20, 1921. He entered The Citadel in the 1938-1939 academic year as a Cadet Recruit. He was Cadet First Sergeant of Cadet Company “G”, a member of the Bond Volunteers, and a member of Junior Sword Drill his junior year. A Cadet Captain his senior year, he commanded Cadet Company “G” and was a member of the Summerall Guards. “Tommy” graduated from The Citadel in 1942 with a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering.
Cadet Captain Thomas B. Gautier, Class of 1942 
After The Citadel, he was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and assigned to the 111th Engineering Combat Battalion, 36th Infantry Division. 1LT Gautier was with the 111th in March 1943 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. The Division set sail for North Africa in April, 1943, participated in the assault landing at (more…)
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.
“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…)
Raleigh Batten was born on May 13, 1924, to Annabelle Schwartz and Daniel Marconi “Conie” Batten, Sr., in South Carolina and grew up in Charleston. He entered The Citadel with the Class on 1946, on Monday, August 31, 1942. During his one semester at the college, he was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps and Cadet Company M. On December 14, 1942, he enlisted as an air cadet, and on February 24, 1923, at Miami Beach, Florida, he became a Private in the US Army Air Corps. 
Cadet Private Raleigh B. Batten
Class of 1946
In Europe, Sgt. Batten was assigned to the 598th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomb Group, 9th Air Force. On March 11, 1945, his plane, a B-26 Marauder, was leading a flight in a formation on a combat mission to Breitscheid, Germany. A few minutes after take-off (more…)