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Chapter 5 -- VPI in WWI

V. P. I. Men In The World War

Not less than forty-two per cent of the entire alumni membership of V. P. I. was enrolled in the Nation's service, and the following statistics will indicate how they served:

Percentage of engineers entering engineers' camps, and of men entering Leaven worth regular army school, and Camps Oglethorpe, Benjamin Harrison, Grant, Gonion, Sevier, Taylor, and Plattsburg, who received commissions100
Percentage of successful candidates for all camps98
Brigadier General2
 
Naval Aviation Officers13
Colonel1
 
Officers in Navy39
Lieutenant Colonel7
 
Student Aviators36
Major33
 
Military Instructors13
Captain125
 
Non-Com. Officers68
First Lieutenant168
 
Privates409
Second Lieutenant246
 
Men in Navy42

 
In Training Detachments534
In S. A. T. C. and special war courses444
Left in training camps at time of armistice117
Killed in France10
Wounded in battle28
Died in camps18
Captured in battle (one escaped)5
Decorated for bravery8
Cited for bravery9
Enemy air planes brought down6

The only Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to a Virginian was awarded to a V. P. I. student. In addition to this highest honor, V. P. I. men received six or more Distinguished Service Crosses, seven or more Croix de Guerre, two or more Legion of Honor, and numerous other foreign decorations.