Clemson Cadets In World War II And Fletcher Anderson
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Today’s photos are of Clemson Cadets during World War II. The text below was written by former Clemson kicker Fletcher Anderson (’04) from Clemson World Online.
Clemson has also produced many war heroes through the years. Jimmie Dyess ’31 was awarded the Carnegie Medal and the Medal of Honor. Dyess is one of three Clemson alumni to receive the Medal of Honor. Gary Evans Foster, a Clemson student in 1919-1920, and Daniel Augustus Joseph Sullivan, Class of 1902, were also awarded our nation’s highest medal for bravery. Rudolf “Rudy” Anderson ’48 was the only casualty in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
The University has monuments to its soldiers. Military Heritage Plaza commemorates a Clemson cadet’s passage from student to military leader and displays 64 medals representing those earned by Clemson military. The monument in front of Mell Hall symbolizes the transition the Class of 1944 experienced during WWII. And just recently, the Clemson Corps launched a new initiative for the Scroll of Honor Memorial at the football stadium.
Perhaps the quietest memorial is found in the Woodland Cemetery. American flags adorn more than 50 headstones on “Cemetery Hill.” In addition to serving their country, these people served Clemson.
For example, you probably know that James “Banks” McFadden was a two-sport All-American at Clemson in 1939, but you may not know that he served overseas, 1946-1949, in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He returned to Clemson for a long, productive career with the Clemson Athletic Department.
Robert C. “Bob” Bradley ’51 entered Clemson as a freshman in 1941. He also served four years in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and returned to Clemson after the war to finish his degree. “Mr. B” went on to touch many lives as Clemson’s sports information director.
Walter T. Cox Jr. ’39 also impacted the lives of many students during his time at Clemson. He called Clemson home for more than 70 years, and the only time he left was to serve his country during WWII.
Richard C. Robbins joined the armed forces in 1942 and served first under U.S. Gen. George Patton and later in Okinawa, Japan. Robbins completed two tours of duty in Korea before returning to Clemson to become a student-athlete adviser. Col. Robbins’ reputation suggests that he utilized some of Patton’s techniques to motivate, discipline and carry out his duties at Clemson.
Others like George C. Means served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the D-Day Normandy Invasion of WWII. Some of the headstone markings indicate the medals they received during their service: “Marvin A. Owings Sr., Col. Army, Bronze Star, Purple Heart & OLC”; “William Joseph Lanham, Captain U.S. Army WWII, Purple Heart and Silver Star.”
The University’s imprint on the U.S. Armed Forces, and thus our country, is undeniable and unforgettable for so many. Perhaps next time you’re on campus you might visit some of these monuments — including Woodland Cemetery — and say a quiet “thank you” to Clemson’s silent soldiers.
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