Rah Virginia Mil, Rah Rah Rah 41, 41, 41

With the death of Frank Louthan the ranks of the VMI Class of 41 grow smaller. This Class has a special place in my heart, as I am the son of a member of that Class, Henry J. “Drac” Foresman.

Drac Foresman

HENRY JOYCE FORESMAN Prospect Park, Pennsylvania Liberal Arts Field Artillery Sergeant (2); Corporal (3); Private (2, 1): Cadel (3. 2, 1); Sports Editor (1); Lectern Club (3, 2, 1 ) ; Baptist Club (4, 3. 2, I); Vice-President (2); Second Class Finance Committee; Hop Committee (1); Horse Show Team (1); Rat Basketball (4); Varsity Basketball (3); Bomb (1); Turn-Oat (I); Hunt Club (3. 2, I); Secy-Treas. (1); Press Club (2. 1); Executive Committee (2, 1 )

Through his varied talents as pecuniary wizard, sports writer, and good fellow, “Drac ” has made for himself a firm place amongst us. Here’s a fellow who has developed the unusual facility to separate work from play—both of which he plunges into with equal finesse and dexterity.

They were born at the end of the First World War, endured the Depression, saw the war clouds gathering in Europe and the Pacific, and tempered by World War II. All who could serve in the military; those who could not serve stateside. Some did not return from the war as they “Died on the Field of Honor,” some returned wounded, some left the military and served their native state and communities, and some continued to serve in the active and reserve components after the war.

After the war, the Class of 41 became the leaders of in their chosen field whether it investment banking, banking, manufacturing, business, law, medicine, community service, or academia. They left an indelible mark in their chosen field and communities. They truly embodied the Citizen Soldier.

Their ranks grow sparse, their numbers dwindle. It has been seventy-five years since they graduated on that June day in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred Forty One. When the last member of the Class strikes his tent and crosses the river all will know they did their duty and that the “Institute Was Heard From.”

Rah Virginia Mil, Rah, Rah, Rah, 41, 41, 41.





About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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3 Responses to Rah Virginia Mil, Rah Rah Rah 41, 41, 41

  1. Mike Burke '73 says:

    Why “Drac”? My uncle, Robert A. Lewis, was class of 42 at VMI–he was killed in action in September 1944 in Belgium–he was a company commander in 5th Armored Division. Those classes were made up of really extraordinary men.


  2. keydet1976 says:

    Mike, my Dad was known as “Drac” after Count Dracula. He would wear the FIrst Class Cape (which I still have) around the first stoop peddling sandwiches. It was remarked he looked like the Count. At 6’4″ and dark hair he probably did.


    • burkemblog says:

      I figured it had to do with Dracula–I had a first class cape, too–borrowed it from Herbert Dillard–loved wearing it uptown in the winter. We couldn’t wear them in ranks, alas. Thanks!


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