We shall not forget

Posts tagged “Savannah

Aankondiging van het zeventigjarig jubileum van “De klas die nooit bestond”

Een herinnering vanwege Memorial Day en de zeventigste herdenking van D-Day: zeldzame filmbeelden uit de Citadelarchieven en het verhaal van de “Klas van 1944” die bekend werd als de “Klas die nooit bestond” vanwege haar voortijdige inzet tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog.

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

Fysieke trainingen, exercities en inspecties. Oude rekruteringsbeelden uit 1942 laten beelden zien uit het dagelijkse leven van de kadetten uit het “South Carolina Korps”. De filmbeelden van “The Citadel” werden vertoond op scholen en in theaters om de waarde van een militaire opleiding aan te tonen op het moment dat Amerika zich mengde in de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Maar de kadetten die ten tijde van de filmopnames tweedejaars student waren, konden hun opleiding niet afmaken. Hun opleiding werd op dramatische wijze onderbroken.

‘Zo wordt de klas terecht genoemd omdat er voor ons geen diploma-uitreiking was, geen ceremonie met de afstudeerring en wij nooit de privileges zouden ervaren van de ouderejaars studenten aan De Citadel. Uiteindelijk vind ik de naam “de klas die nooit bestond” dus heel toepasselijk,’ zegt Timothy Street, lid van de “Klas van 1944”.

Als eerbetoon aan de “Klas van 1944” en de leden van de klas die dienden in of sneuvelden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog heeft De Citadel een film gemaakt met zeldzame beelden, (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…)

POWs reunite after almost 70 years

This news article was originally published by the Opelika Observer on Thursday, 28 November, 2013.

Henry Garlington_POWs reunite

Henry Garlington, ’45, and Charles Skinner were in a POW camp together during World War II. They were recently reunited after not seeing each other for almost 70 years through the efforts of their children.

By Cliff McCollum, News Editor

In 1944 the tide was turning in Europe for the Allied forces, but every day, soldiers and airmen were still being captured and taken prisoner by German forces.

Henry Garlington was shot down in Italy in June 1944, as his low-flying fighter plane was hit by enemy fire; Charles Skinner and the rest of his bomber crew went down near Pardubice, Czechoslovakia, during a mission to bomb oil fields near the town.

Both men eventually were taken to Stalag Luft III, a Luftwaffe-run POW camp near the town of Sagan, 100 miles southeast of Berlin.

The two were placed in the same combine and barracks, and a friendship was quickly forged. While the rations afforded to the men were scant, both can remember saving what little they had to be able to pool with others in the barracks to have treats for all.

“We had us a few guys that cooked really well, so we’d all throw in and they’d make a little cake for everybody,” Skinner said. “It was a simple treat but something we all really appreciated.”

At Stalag Luft III, the men had plenty of free time, which they could spend playing organized sports or reading in the camp’s limited library.

“The guards were mostly old men who were past the age of being able to fight or young guys who had no idea what they were doing,” Garlington said. “They were pretty open to being bribed, so you could scrounge for whatever you might need – a few eggs, a scarf in the winter – that kind of thing.”

Also read “He Served: Henry Garlington, ’45” by Ron Lauretti

Stalag Luft III had gained notoriety because of an October 1943 breakout by some Allied officers through a self-dug tunnel – in what later became known as “the Great Escape,” from which the 1963 film was based. By the time Skinner and Garlington arrived at the camp, any escape plans (more…)

He Served: Henry Garlington, ’45

Published in August, 2012, this article originally appeared in “The Skinnie“, Skidaway Island’s local magazine (Savannah, Georgia). It is posted here in its entirety with the permission of “The Skinnie”.

Henry F. Garlington, WWII P-40 pilot

by Ron Lauretti

Henry Garlington’s story is amazing. it’s about a daredevil World War II fighter pilot, but it’s also the chronicle of a family tree full of fighting men, one who rode with General Custer (of Little Bighorn fame) and another who sailed with Commo. Perry (the commodore who opened Japan to the West).

In this story, Garlington is the aforementioned fighter pilot and a long-time Savannah resident. He moved to The Marshes of Skidaway Island several months ago. His memories include combat sorties and captivity, when he was imprisoned by the Germans after they shot him down over Italy.

But first, more on Garlington’s kin who preceded him in service to the United States… (more…)