Honoring Service Members Lost on Memorial Day
Fri May 22, 2020
The War Memorial at GSC, situated on Clark Hall Lawn, honors the lives of 23 GSC students who died during World War II

Memorial Day is an annual holiday to honor those who died while serving in the United States military.

Over 400,000 Americans perished in defense of their country during World War II. Glenville State College lost 23.

Thanks to the generosity of Brigadier General Vorley M. Rexroad ‘38, United States Air Force (Retired) and his wife Ruth Cutlip Rexroad, Glenville State College has a memorial to those 23 individuals.

The memorial sits on Clark Hall Lawn, near the Science Hall. A ceremony and unveiling of the memorial took place on September 21, 1995.

The plaque reads:

Over 292,000 Americans died in defense of their country during World War II. Glenville State College lost 23 students whose names are engraved on this memorial.


Theatre of Action

Date of Death

1st. Lt. Elmer R. Cawthon, Jr.

De Ridder, Louisiana

April, 1943

Lt. (jg) August George Kafer

South Pacific

December, 1943

Tech. St. Irvin F. Conley


August, 1944

Pfc. Kermit C. Fisher


September, 1944

Pvt. Orlan O. Hatfield


September, 1944

Pfc. Samual N. Riddle


September, 1944

Taylor B. Keith, Tech 5th Grade

Normandy, France

August, 1944

Pfc. Harold P. Cottle


October, 1944

G. H. VanDevender, Tech 5th Grade


May, 1945

Pvt. William S. Lloyd


December, 1944

Pfc. Edna McQuain

New Guinea

February, 1945

2nd Lt. Garnett O. Nelson


May, 1944

Pvt. Howard K. Soper


January, 1945

Pfc. Samuel T. Wilson


February, 1945

Lt. Robert R. Fidler

Parris Island

August, 1943

Pvt. Joseph Frances Riley

South Pacific

September, 1942

Capt. Kenneth D. Boggs

North Africa

March, 1943

1st Lt. Kenneth S. Starcher

Southern China

May, 1944

Pfc. James K. Kendall


January, 1944

Pfc. Gilbert E. Boone


May, 1943

Lt. (jg) Woodrow C. Radcliffe

Atlantic Ocean

May, 1943

Captain Robert T. Hauman


September, 1945

Lt. David B. Skidmore


April, 1945


At the dedication ceremony, Rexroad explained, “We the living, must pay homage and remembrance. I order that the names of the 23 heroes remain forever engraved in the archives of time. This dedication is made in hopes that whenever GSC students, their family members, and the general public travel this walkway, 23 heroes will be remembered for their supreme sacrifices.”

Rexroad was named GSC’s Alumnus of the Year in 1993. He passed away in 2002. In 2003, the General Vorley Mike & Ruth Cutlip Rexroad Scholarship was created. It is awarded to students from Webster County who show academic promise and financial need.

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