Loyola Academy Commemorates 54 Alumni Who Died While Serving in the Armed Forces

Ordinary archival work recently led to an extraordinary passion project for Loyola Academy’s Bob Miller.

As Miller and other Loyola personnel organized files on Loyola history, they came across letters between soldiers stationed overseas and Loyola Academy priests.

This set Miller, a veteran who joined the Georgia National Guard after 9/11, down a path where he realized the school didn’t have an official list of alumni who served in the American armed forces or who died while serving their country. , sparking the idea of ​​a memorial to fallen soldiers and veterans, a wall of honor that was unveiled in a ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.

“I think it was probably long overdue,” Miller said. “…It became one of my personal missions as a guy who served. It is important not to forget. In summary, we found many names and wanted to recognize them. »

Fifty-four names to be precise, identified with a lot of help from alumnus Tom Blake, Miller said.

The wall of tribute contains the names of 54 Loyola Academy alumni who died while in the armed forces.

About 75 guests joined Loyola on May 27 to dedicate the Wall of Names, which sits in the Foley-O’Donnell Athletics Commons near the entrance to Sachs Stadium in Wilmette.

One of the attendees was former US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, a 1992 Loyola graduate, who also addressed the student body earlier in the day.

“The motto of this school means something. It’s not a sticker,” he told students according to a statement from Loyola. “When you take care of others, they will take care of you.”

Miller and his team raised money for the project for about a year before its unveiling, and he hopes to continue fundraising to develop a scholarship fund to help children of active duty military or veterans. wounded.

Supporting his passion for this project, Miller comes from a service-oriented family, with a son, Seth, also a Loyola alumnus, who is in the military, and a father and grandparents who served.

“I have a long history of respect for people who take this oath,” Miller said. “… It’s just important that we honor that sacrifice, especially when it costs someone their life. It was important to be able to identify who these people were.

The 54 former Loyola students who died while serving their country

MARCUS E. ARNESON ’68 PFC / US ARMY / VIETNAM WAR
WILLIAM C. AMBERG ’43 S1 / US NAVY / WWII
CLAUDE J. BENBENNICK ’43 S1 / US NAVY / WWII
CLEMENT A. BERGHOFF ’44 S2 / US NAVY / WWII
GEORGE E. BRANNAN ’24 AFS / US NAVY / WWII
EDWARD J. BROCKMAN ’41 AIR CADET / US NAVY / WWII
JOHN J. BURKE JR. ’32 PFC / US ARMY / WWII
JAMES M. BUTTIMER ’42 PVT / US ARMY / WWII
MARTIN T. CALLAGHAN ’44 T5 / US ARMY / WWII
CHARLES CARROLL ’38 LT(JG) / US NAVY / WWII
HENRY J. CONNERY ’25 T/SGT / US ARMY / WWII
TERENCE F. COURTNEY ’64 CAPT / US AIR FORCE / VIETNAM WAR
JOHN H. COYNE ’38 LT(JG) / US NAVY / WWII
DONALD A. CUNY ’43 PFC / US MARINE CORPS / WWII
WILLIAM H. DALTON ’30 MAJ / US ARMY / WWII
JOHN P. DENNEY ’35 LT(JG) / US NAVY / WWII
EDWARD J. DETMER ’24 AFS / LT US NAVY / WWII
THOMAS M. FLATLEY ’56 CPT / US ARMY / VIETNAM WAR
GEORGE R. GRACE ’32 PFC / US ARMY / WWII
HERMAN E. GRESIK ’36 CPT / US ARMY / WWII
ROBERT J. HENRY ’42 PFC / US ARMY / WWII
WILLIAM C. HESSLAU ’39 PVT / US ARMY / WWII
THOMAS R. JAGOR ’36 SGT / US ARMY / WWII
ROBERT O. JANSEN ’42 PFC / US MARINE CORPS / WWII
JEROME A. JUHNKE ’37 1LT / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
KENNETH T. KELLER JR. ’82 SGT / US MARINE CORPS / PERSIAN GULF WAR
JOHN E. KELLY ’38 1LT / US ARMY / WWII
GEORGE W. KIELY ’37 ENS / US NAVY / WWII
RICHARD K. KING ’41 PVT / US ARMY / WWII
EDWARD O. KOCH ’33 CIVILIAN FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
EDMUND L. LEACH ’41 2LT / US MARINE CORPS / WWII
RICHARD J. LEAHY ’41 1LT / US ARMY / WWII
JOHN G. MCCARTHY ’42 PFC / US ARMY / WWII
DONALD B. MCNALLY ’38 1LT / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
FRANCIS A. MCNALLY ’38 RT2 / US NAVY / WWII
JAMES L. MOONEY ’26 CPL / US ARMY / WWII
DANIEL F. MURPHY ’39 S2 / US NAVY / WWII
DAVID W. O’BRIEN ’36 SGT / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
W. EDWARD O’DAY ’41 AIR CADET / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
BARTHOLOMEW D. O’TOOLE ’35 1LT / US ARMY / WWII
JOHN J. PURDY ’43 PFC / US ARMY / WWII
JOHN L. ROCHE ’64 1LT / US ARMY / VIETNAM WAR
MICHAEL A. SEAGROVES SR. ’63 CAPT / CAPT US AIR FORCE / VIETNAM WAR
DONALD E. SEBASTIAN ’40 S1 / US NAVY / WWII
PATRICK R. SCULLY ’62 1LT / US MARINE CORPS / VIETNAM WAR
THOMAS F. SHAY ’37 ENS / US NAVY / WWII
GILBERT C. SMITH ’38 PVT / US ARMY / WWII
WILLIAM J. SPELLMAN ’42 SGT / US ARMY / WWII
CHARLES J. SWEENEY ’40 2LT / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
VINTON F. THOMPSON ’42 PFC / US ARMY AIR FORCES / WWII
RICHARD M. WALDRON JR. ’37 SFC / US NAVY / WWII
RUPERT J. WEBER ’37 LT / US NAVY / WWII
EDWARD P. WHALEN JR. ’37 LT / US NAVY / WWII


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