#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 …

#16 Norwich University and the Naval Service

Bicentennial Admin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

By Gary Lord, Professor of History The following is an excerpt from an article originally published in the December 1982 issue of The Record. Although Norwich University has not been closely or prominently identified with naval affairs, a long and important tradition of naval education does exist, and many Norwich alumni have distinguished themselves in naval service. For example, Admiral …

#4 LtCol Jackson B. Butterfield ’38

Bicentennial Admin 200 Things about Norwich, Military Milestones

On 19 February, 1945, the 3d, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions conducted their assault on Iwo Jima. Leading from the front was the battalion commander for the First Battalion of the 28th Marines – LtCol Jackson B. Butterfield, Norwich Class of 1938. The 1/28 were tasked with hitting the beach first and severing the head from the snake; cutting off …