#151 Senior Military Colleges

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

The senior military colleges (SMCs) are institutions of higher learning that operate Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs under special requirements and privileges bestowed by United States law and Army regulation. The designation was created in 1996. In addition to Norwich University, these six venerable institutions are The Citadel, the University of North Georgia, Texas A&M University, Virginia Military Institute …

#139 WWII Campus Training Program Produced Junior Officers with a Practical Norwich Education

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

In a previous post, we shared how the Norwich campus hosted over 1,700 trainees in the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) during World War II. Always one to rise to the occasion, the university was also one of over 200 schools that participated in the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) from 1943-1944. The ASTP curriculum was developed in 1942 in …

#136 “Doc” Martin, First African-American Cadet, Led the Ground School at Tuskegee Air Field

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Harold Douglas “Doc” Martin was a native of Roslindale, Massachusetts, who entered Norwich University as a cadet in 1916, the first African-American to do so. While at Norwich, Martin studied electrical engineering and was heavily involved in student life. He was the star of the varsity football team in addition to playing baseball and hockey. He was also in Mandolin …

#121 When the Civil War Came to Our Backyard

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Leaders & Legacy, Military Milestones

On October 19, 1864—the same day Norwich alumnus Major General Horatio Wright played a key role in the tide-turning victory against the Confederate Army at Cedar Creek—Norwich University cadets and faculty set out to defend the U.S.-Canada border in what became the northernmost conflict of the Civil War. Six hundred miles north of the raging battle at Cedar Creek, Va., …

#92 Edmund Rice Received the Medal of Honor for Bravery at Gettysburg

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Edmund Rice was a native of Cambridge, Mass. who attended Norwich for nearly three years beginning in 1856. In 1861, at the age of 19, he mustered into the 19th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, embarking upon a lifelong career of service to his country. He is best remembered for receiving the Medal of Honor while repelling Pickett’s Charge during the Battle …

#68 James Ward, Class of 1823, First Union Naval Officer Killed in Civil War

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Commander James Harmon Ward was the first Union naval officer to be killed in action during the Civil War. He was also one of the first students ever to attend Alden Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy. According to handwritten records in the Norwich University Archives, James Ward enrolled in the Academy in September of 1821, the 116th young …

#65 Hiram Bearss Received the Medal of Honor for Heroism in the Philippines

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Brigadier General Hiram Iddings Bearss was born in Peru, Indiana in 1875. He and his younger brother Braxton were both members of the NU Class of 1898, though “Bracks” did not complete his studies at Norwich due to poor health. Known as “Mike” to his fellow cadets, Hiram Bearss was captain of the brand-new football team and commissioned as a …

#60 Norwich Became a Flight Training Center During World War II

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

In 1939, the United States needed to quickly expand the number of U.S. aviators. In June of that year, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Civilian Pilot Training Act into law. The law not only strengthened our national defense prior to entering World War II, but opened up pilot training to many who would never have had an opportunity to fly. …

#56 Edward Bancroft Williston, Class of 1856, Gallant at Trevilian Station

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Like many of his Norwich brethren, Edward Williston served in the Civil War. He is part of the small group of Norwich graduates who have been granted the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award. Williston was born in Norwich, Vt. in 1836. He attended NU from 1851 to 1855, leaving without completing his course (he received his degree …