#103 Harmon Statue Sculptor Designed the Korean War Memorial

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Adapted from an article by Paul Heller that appeared in The Bridge on November 19, 2009. In 1986, Norwich University dedicated a memorial to Major General and University President Ernest Harmon that was created by local sculptor Frank Gaylord. Nine years later, in 1995, Gaylord’s most famous work was dedicated—19 stainless steel statues of soldiers representing a platoon on patrol, …

#93 Norwich University in WWI

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April 2017 marks the centennial of the United States’ 1917 entry into World War I, a bloody conflict that had been waging in Europe since 1914. As they always have, Norwich men stepped up when called to serve. Though the U.S. was involved in the war for 18 months, the impact on Norwich University was extensive. In turn, Norwich had …

#87 A Crisis Abroad Forced Students to Leave Norwich

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President Loring Hart signed an agreement in 1976 to allow midshipmen from the Iranian Imperial Navy to enroll at Norwich for education and training. The Citadel and VMI had similar programs. Just two years later, while the students were in the middle of their studies, came the outbreak of the Iranian Revolution. Tensions between the United States and Iran peaked …

#66 Cadets Aided in a 1925 Kidnapping Manhunt

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Earl Woodward was a 27-year-old farm hand employed by Lucille Chatterton’s family in Granville, about 15 miles southeast of Northfield as the crow flies. After Woodward and Chatterton disappeared, the sheriff’s men searched the woods in Braintree, Roxbury, and Brookfield for five days without any luck. Finally, the state attorney general asked Norwich’s President Charles Plumley for some cadets to …

#62 “Black Hawk Down”: Norwich at the Battle of Mogadishu

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Thomas DiTomasso, Class of 1989, played a leadership role in the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu, fighting alongside Michael Goodale, Class of 2009. DiTomasso says that there’s a lot missing from its depiction in the book and film Black Hawk Down—most importantly the values of trust, friendship, and selfless service that he learned as a Norwich cadet. In 1993, Somalia was …

#58 Cadets Saved the Day in the 1927 Flood

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The 1927 flood is considered the greatest natural disaster in Vermont history, rivaled only by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Three days of devastating rain from November 2 to 4 led to the loss of 84 lives and significant destruction of the state’s infrastructure. As they have so often, the cadets of Norwich University rose to the occasion. Almost immediately …

#53 Trustee Leonard Wood and the Rough Riders Association

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The Rough Riders was a nickname given to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry regiment, which distinguished itself in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. The regiment was commanded by future Norwich trustee Leonard Wood and future U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt, and Norwich alumnus Henry Hersey was counted among their ranks. After the war was fought, the Rough Riders Association had an …

#44 Alden Partridge’s Model for the Morrill Land-Grant Act

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By Gary Lord The landmark legislation passed by the United States Congress in 1862 supporting a national system of agricul­tural and technical colleges is commonly known as the Morrill Land-Grant Act. Vermont congressman Justin Smith Morrill prepared the bill, and its successful passage was in large measure the result of his persistence and political acumen. The legislation would eventually be …

#26 Linda Eastman VC ’61 Married Paul McCartney

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Linda Eastman came to Vermont College in 1959 from Scarsdale High School in suburban New York. At that time, Vermont College was a junior college, offering two-year programs in subjects like secretarial science. Eight years later, in March of 1969, Eastman did what she is perhaps best known for: In the midst of the Beatlemania craze, she married Paul McCartney. …

#22 Russell W. Porter: Telescope Maker

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Russell Williams Porter was enthralled by the questions that swirl in a thoughtful man’s mind when he contemplates the stars. Porter, who attended Norwich from 1889-1890, is regarded as “the father of the amateur telescope movement.” Among his life achievements was designing the 200-inch Hale telescope at Mount Palomar, California. A native of Springfield, Vt., Russell Porter was an architect …