VMI in the First World War

This link is brought to us by the great Sam Tate of the Class of ’88, who mentioned it to me yesterday– the digitized WWI collection in the VMI archives.

One section found under the “Personal Papers” tab is this–

Spotlight: Samuel Rockenbach Papers

A significant collection documenting the evolution of tank warfare

Brigadier General Samuel Dickerson Rockenbach, (VMI Class of 1889) was notable for his role in the establishment of the U.S. Army Tank Corps during World War I.  His papers contain a rich trove of primary source material documenting the development and use of tanks by the AEF in France.  It includes documents, photographs and early tank design drawings for both American and allied forces tanks.

And another, this–

Spotlight: Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. World War I Papers

Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr. (1896 – 1990, VMI Class of 1917) saw distinguished service in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Rising to the rank of four star general, Shepherd was appointed the 20th Commandant of the U. S. Marine Corps in 1952.

We, all of us, followed in the footsteps of great men.

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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One Response to VMI in the First World War

  1. keydet1976 says:

    Would note that General Sheppard receive the Navy Cross and Distinguished Servive Cross for the same action in WW1 a fact he was proud of.


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