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How this Site was conceived

Students in the V-12 program of the Navy at Columbia during the Second World War.

About the Honor Roll

Building on the work of an earlier group of alumni, Columbia began in 2007 to plan a memorial to recognize those students and alumni who died in the service of our country.  Provost Alan Brinkley convened a Working Group on War Remembrance to make recommendations on an appropriate way to honor them. The Working Group had broad representation from the Columbia community and included faculty, students, administrators, and alumni from the earlier effort. The Working Group concluded that any monument to Columbia’s war dead would always be a work in progress. Information on war casualties not previously known would emerge, and a way to include them in the memorial was needed. The decision was made to install a plaque in Butler Library to recognize their contribution as a group and to create a memorial on the web to acknowledge the sacrifice of each as an individual. The Honor Roll of names will be amended as more information surfaces about Columbians engaged in past, present, and future military conflicts of the nation.