"Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war." - Thucydides
Class 1-41 on graduation day (Photo Courtesy: Bob McCauley).
OCS Class 1-1941 was the first ever Officer Candidate School Class. To this day more than 750,000 Officer Candidates have followed in their foot steps.
This is a scan of the original address given by General Marshall on the day of graduation. Many thanks to LTC (ret) Robert McCauley for providing this amazing document to our museum.
Download the Full Address (PDF - 1.75MB)
|The OCS 1-1941 exhibit is made possible by the efforts of LTC (ret) Merle Goodrich and LTC Robert McCauley. LTC Goodrich & LTC McCauley are among the young men featured in the photo to the left. Both are members of the OCS Hall of Fame.|
|BENTON, D. LTC||1959|
|BLAZZARD, HOWARD LTC||1959|
|BOGLE, JAMES LTC||1959|
|BROWN, JOHN COL||1977|
|GOODRICH, MERLE LTC||1959|
|HAMILTON, HOWARD LTC||1959|
|HATHAWAY, EDWARD LTC||1959|
|HAYDEN, JOHN HON||1989|
|HEIDT, PAUL LTC||1963|
|HIGGINS, WILLIAM COL||1962|
|SANDS, JOSEPH LTC||1959|
|SMITH, FRANK LTC||1976|
|VON KEANEL, JOHN CPT||1999|
|WALLS, JESSE COL||1960|
|WARDEN, IRVING LTC||1959|
Several of the original candidates attended the 2001 Reunion; here is a list. This page will be updated as more information is received.
Merle Goodrich (email@example.com)
Norris K. Maxwell (Class Coordinator)
William B. Mounsey
Below are components of the Official Graduation Roster from infantry School. These names were taken from the memorandum of the board proceedings.
Download 1941 Memo Text (PDF - 27K)
Download Roster by Name (PDF - 12K)
Download Roster by Rank (PDF - 14K)