#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, …

#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 …