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OCS Class 1-1941

"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.

 

 

Graduation Address

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.

 

Class 1-1941 Hall of Fame Inductees

BENTON, D. LTC1959
BLAZZARD, HOWARD LTC1959
BOGLE, JAMES LTC1959
BROWN, JOHN COL1977
GOODRICH, MERLE LTC1959
HAMILTON, HOWARD LTC1959
HATHAWAY, EDWARD LTC1959
HAYDEN, JOHN HON1989
HEIDT, PAUL LTC1963
HIGGINS, WILLIAM COL1962
SANDS, JOSEPH LTC1959
SMITH, FRANK LTC1976
VON KEANEL, JOHN CPT1999
WALLS, JESSE COL1960
WARDEN, IRVING LTC1959


Class #1 News

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 (mlgsan@aol.com)
Norris K. Maxwell (Class Coordinator)
William B. Mounsey
Robert McCauley


 

Official Graduation Roster

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)

 

 

Graduation Program

Here is the Original Graduation Program from the day the class graduated, September 27 1941. This graduation was attended by GEN George Marshal and BG Omar Bradley.


 Download the Full Program (PDF - 1.46MB)

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