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.

Name

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

France

August, 1944

Pfc. Kermit C. Fisher

Italy

September, 1944

Pvt. Orlan O. Hatfield

France

September, 1944

Pfc. Samual N. Riddle

Belgium

September, 1944

Taylor B. Keith, Tech 5th Grade

Normandy, France

August, 1944

Pfc. Harold P. Cottle

France

October, 1944

G. H. VanDevender, Tech 5th Grade

France

May, 1945

Pvt. William S. Lloyd

Belgium

December, 1944

Pfc. Edna McQuain

New Guinea

February, 1945

2nd Lt. Garnett O. Nelson

Germany

May, 1944

Pvt. Howard K. Soper

Belgium

January, 1945

Pfc. Samuel T. Wilson

Burma

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

Kentucky

January, 1944

Pfc. Gilbert E. Boone

Philippines

May, 1943

Lt. (jg) Woodrow C. Radcliffe

Atlantic Ocean

May, 1943

Captain Robert T. Hauman

Alabama

September, 1945

Lt. David B. Skidmore

Germany

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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