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The Columbia University War Memorial

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

Columbia University was founded as King’s College in 1754. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States. Columbia’s students and graduates have participated in every major military conflict in which this nation has been involved and, sadly, some of them number among the fallen. Columbia honors the sacrifice of its sons and daughters in all past, present, and future conflicts with a plaque that hangs in the lobby of Butler Library. The Columbia University Honor Roll recognizes them as individuals and acknowledges their service to this country.