#182 George Totten, Class of 1827, Built the Panama Railroad

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George Muirson Totten attended Captain Partridge’s American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy from 1824 to 1827. He was a native of nearby New Haven, Conn., and attended the prestigious Hopkins School before entering the Academy. Though Totten’s hometown was very close to Middletown, Conn., where the Academy moved while he was a student, he initially traveled to Norwich, Vt., to …

#176 Armistice Centennial: 200 Years of Norwich Service in Conflict

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Sunday, November 11, marks the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the bloody fighting of World War I. Many Norwich men, some of whom we have highlighted in this series, made brave sacrifices to serve in that conflict, some making the ultimate sacrifice. Service and sacrifice have always been watchwords of Norwich University. After Captain Partridge …

#163 Norwich Cybersecurity Students Helped Keep Super Bowl 50 Safe

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The Norwich University computer security and information assurance (CSIA) program, with students operating both onsite in California and on campus, supported Santa Clara Police Department, the lead law enforcement agency at Super Bowl 50, and the law enforcement and homeland security functions leading up to and during this international sporting event. Norwich University was the only educational institution invited to …

#154 Colonel Berton W. Sibley, USMC, NU 1900: Hero at the Battle of Belleau Wood and Original Devil Dog

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Contributed by Gary Appleby ’90 At 6:00 p.m., May 30th, 1918, Major Berton W. Sibley, Commanding Officer 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment received the following orders: “Headquarters, Sixth Regiment, Marine Corps, A. E. F., France, 30 May 1918. MEMORANDUM: Advance information official received that this Regiment will move at 10:00 p.m. 30 May by bus to new area. All trains …

#123 Norwich Has Trained Chinese Leaders for Over 100 Years

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In the wake of the Boxer Rebellion of 1899-1901, the Chinese government paid a significant damage settlement—or indemnity—to several countries, one of which was the United States. The U.S. returned a portion of its settlement to China to fund the Boxer Indemnity Scholarship and creation of Tsing Hua Imperial College, a preparatory school, for those students who were sent by …

#115 Michael Mori, Class of 1991, Defended an Innocent Guantanamo Detainee

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When Major Michael Dante Mori ’91 first learned he would be defending “Guantanamo Detainee Number 002,” he was expecting what then U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described as “among the most dangerous, best trained, vicious killers on the face of the Earth”—someone who likely had been involved in the 9/11 attacks. Then he met David Hicks: a 5-ft., 2-in. …

#113 William Rutherford Mead Shaped the Landscape of New York City

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William Rutherford Mead was born and raised in Brattleboro, Vermont. He attended Norwich from 1861 to 1863, after which he joined up with the 14th New Hampshire Volunteers to serve in the Civil War. Norwich would later grant him an honorary master’s degree in 1910. Following his Civil War service, Mead completed his bachelor’s degree at Amherst College and trained …

#109 Rudy Treml, Class of 1962, Was Among the First to Touch the Moon

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When the United States took aviation into space, Norwich was there. Norwich-trained engineers served on crews designing the Apollo spacecraft as well as the Space Shuttles in later decades. In 1969, when Apollo 11 returned to Earth, a Norwich graduate was one of the first to handle the extraterrestrial rocks. Rudy Treml (formerly Rudolph E. Beinstein), Class of 1962, was …

#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, …