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Remembering our students, faculty and alumni who gave all—WWII, Korea, Vietnam

View of bronze plaque amid a stone memorial, with roses placed on the monument.
The WSU Veteran’s Memorial displays the names of the Washington State alumni who gave their lives in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.

Inscribed on the Washington State University Veteran’s Memorial, cast in 1993, are more than 250 names of Washington State University students, alumni and instructors who died in service to their country.

Among them are nearly 40 men and one woman from the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources’ predecessor college and programs, who died in service to their country during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

These names are listed in the book “WSU Military Veterans – Heroes and Legends,” by WSU Registrar Emeritus C. James Quann, in the section, “The Honor Role of WSU War Dead.”

Also noted in the book, WSU’s war dead also include World War I servicepeople, and students receiving bachelor of science degrees, who are not listed by program.

World War II

  • Arthur Balsinger, Army Infantry. Agriculture and education major; attended high school in Hunters, Wash. Killed in action in the Philippines, 1945.
  • William R. Benjamin, Air Corps. Economics major from Puyallup, Wash. Killed on a transport in Mediterranean Sea? during World War II.
  • Melvin Joe Benner, Canadian Army. Agriculture major; attended high school in Lacrosse, Wash. Killed in action in England, 1944.
  • Edwin Alexis Bornander, Army. Graduated in 1941, Agriculture with Honors; graduated from high school in Fife, Wash. Killed in action in Italy, 1943.
  • James Lee Burnet, Air Corps. Agriculture business major; graduated from Walla Walla High School. Killed in airplane crash in 1945.
  • Robert James Calder, Air Corps. 1942 WSU Ag degree; graduated from high school in Yakima, Wash. Killed in action in France, 1944.
  • Richard B. Cozens, Air Corps. Forestry major. Killed in bomber crash in Texas, 1944.
  • Robert William Day, Army Engineers. 1939 Ag Engineering degree; graduated from high school in Deer Park, Wash. Went missing in 1944.
  • Robert Miller Dixon, Air Corps, radio/gunner. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Latah, Wash. Killed in bombing raid over Germany, 1944.
  • Ernest J. Dunford. 1938 degree in agriculture; graduated from high school in Ellensburg. Discharged from National Guard in 1936, died in 1941.
  • John Vincent Fryslie, Army. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Buckley, Wash. Killed overseas in 1943.
  • James Thomas Gamble, Navy. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Spokane, Wash. Killed in action in the South Pacific in 1945.
  • Charlies William Gay, Submarine. Agriculture major. Born in Worland, Wyoming. Missing in action during World War II.
  • Bernard Paul Gillingham, Air Corps. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Spokane, Wash. Killed in an accident in Australia, 1942.
  • Warren M. Hokenstad, Naval Reserve. 1940 degree in ag business; graduated from high school in Snohomish, Wash. Died in Navy blimp crash in 1943.
  • Warren Leery King. Agriculture and education major; graduated from high school in Sequim, Wash. Killed in plane accident, 1945.
  • Willard Dale LaSalle, Navy. Forestry agriculture major; graduated from high school in Dixie, Wash. Killed in action at Pearl Harbor, 1941.
  • Everett W. Loomis, Army. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Bellingham, Wash. Killed in action, 1945
  • Robert Eugene Ludwig, Army Infantry. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Mason City, Wash. Killed in action in France, 1944.
  • Donald Frank McAllister, Air Corps. Home economics major; graduated from high school in Spokane, Wash. Killed in plane crash, 1942.
  • William Warren McCanse, Army Infantry. Agriculture and education major, graduated from high school in Pomeroy, Wash. Killed in action in the Pacific theater, WWII.
  • Edward James Myers, Army Infantry. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Puyallup. Killed in action in Europe, 1945.
  • Robert Willard Nolan, Marines. 1942 Ag business degree. Killed during invasion of Guam, 1944.
  • Karl Allen Oliver, Naval Aviation. 1938 degree in economics; graduated from high school in Hoquiam, Wash. Killed in plane crash, 1942.
  • Noel Elwin Plowman, Air Corps. Ag business major; graduated from high school in LaCrosse, Wash. Killed in action, 1944.
  • Grenville Neil Porter, Army Infantry. 1941 economics degree; graduated from high school in Tacoma, Wash. Enlisted 1941.
  • Charles Lowell Prater, Naval Aviation. 1940 degree in agriculture. Enlisted in 1940.
  • George William Reymore, Marines. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Kennewick. Killed in action on Guam, 1944.
  • Jack Berton Riemland, Air Corps. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Sultan, Wash. Killed in crash, 1944.
  • Howard Allison Scholz, Marine Corps Reserve. 1943 agriculture degree, with honors. Graduated from high school in Colfax, Wash. Died of wounds in South Pacific, 1944.
  • Howard Elliot Simmons, Jr., Army. 1943 degree in agriculture; graduated from high school in Puyallup, Wash. Killed in France, 1944.
  • Josephine M. Smith, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Home Economics instructor. Died of infection at Camp Butner, North Carolina, 1944.
  • Eagle Andrew Stone. 1942 economics degree; graduated from high school in Lake Oswego, Ore. Died in 1946.
  • Robert Lee Stringer, Air Corps Reserves. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Palouse, Wash. Killed in Italy, 1945.
  • Elson Cameron Tagged, Jr., Army Infantry. 1943 degree in economics; graduated from high school in Oregon. Killed in action on Okinawa, 1945.
  • David Pearson Woodruff, Army. Agriculture major; graduated from high school in Trout Lake, Wash. Enlisted in 1943.

Korea

  • Robert Griffith Hunt. Born in Walla Walla, attended high school in Moses Lake. Received a 1950 degree in agriculture.
  • Robert Guy Price. Born in Bellingham, attended high school in Forks. Agriculture forestry major.
  • James E. Putnam. Born in Wyoming, graduated at Aberdeen, Wash. General studies and agriculture major.

Vietnam

  • Robert Earl Clowe. Born in Seattle, graduated from high school in Mossy Rock, Wash. Received a 1966 degree in agriculture.