Taps: Frank Louthan ’41

RIP to a (very) prominent alumnus:

He attended and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1941. During his cadetship, he ran track, was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Cadets and was awarded the Jackson-Hope Medal for highest academic attainment. A devoted alumnus, he would have celebrated his 75th class reunion this coming week. Called into service after graduation, he served as an artillery officer in the U.S. Army. He was assigned to General Patton’s Third Army, landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day + 7. He participated in Operation Cobra, including the “breakout,” the Falaise Gap Campaign and the crossing of the Seine. Following the 7th Army landing at Marseille, his unit was reassigned to them for the drive on Munich. It was at Munich, that his artillery unit supported the 42nd “Rainbow” Division in their liberation of the German concentration camp at Dachau. Such was to have a dramatic impact on his life; recognizing the evil to which we are capable and knowing the need for human understanding. His unit was in Austria upon the end of hostilities in the European Theatre, during which he obtained the rank of Major. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1958 as Lieutenant Colonel. …

(Also, he was president of the Board of Visitors.)

RIP, sir.

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And thanks to the ever-stalwart DRM ’89 for the news and the link.

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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