Occidental Gratefully Salutes Its Veterans
Over the past century, scores of Oxy alumni, both men and women, have served their country with great distinction in all branches of the U.S. military.
- Lt. Cmdr. Marshall Beebe '35, U.S. Navy fighter ace, World War II; commander of the VF-17 Hellcats, the Navy's highest-scoring fighter squadron aboard the USS Hornet
- Adm. Marsha Johnson Evans '68, the fifth woman in U.S. Naval history to achieve the rank of rear admiral
- Warde Fowler '17, pilot in the 94th Aero Squadron -- the famed "Hat in the Ring" gang -- with ace Eddie Rickenbacker in World War I
- Lauretta Beaty Foy '33, one of the pioneering members of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots in World War II
- William Orr McConnell, Class of 1913, posthumously awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in France, 1918
- USMC Col. F. Brooke Nihart '40, author of the U.S. Military Code of Conduct and winner of the Navy Cross for action in Korea
- John G. "Jack" Sheridan '36, Navy pilot, winner of the Navy Cross for his actions in the Battle of the Coral Sea in World War II
- Lt. Gen. Thomas H. Tackaberry '45, three-time winner of Army'sDistinguished Service Cross, once in Korea, twice in Vietnam
- Four-star Adm. Steven A. White '50, 19th and last Chief of Naval Material; served aboard the USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine
We gratefully acknowledge the service of all Occidental College alumni on Veterans Day 2011.