#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 …

#51 James Burt, Class of 1939, Received the Medal of Honor for Heroism in WWII

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

James Montross Burt is one of the proud NU alumni to have received the Medal of Honor, our country’s highest military award. Out of the over 16 million Americans who served in World War II, only 464 received this honor. Burt hailed from South Lee, Massachusetts and graduated from Norwich in the Class of 1939. While at Norwich, James Burt …

#46 Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, A Hero Descended from Heroes

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Isaac Davis White, Class of 1922, embodied the Norwich spirit from a young age.  A highly decorated four-star general, White descended from a long line of war heroes stretching back to the Revolutionary War. White was born in 1901 and raised in Peterboro, New Hampshire. His father, Major General Daniel Mansfield White, was a Civil War veteran and career Army …

#36 Henry Clay Wood, Class of 1856, Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient

Jeff Dobbin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

Brigadier General Henry Clay Wood is one of the distinguished alumni of Norwich University who has received our nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor, for his service in the Civil War. Following pre-war Army service on the frontiers of Texas, he was wounded in the head at the Battle of Wilson Creek in Missouri. His valor was recognized …