Military Yearbooks Honor Heroes of Wars, Education, and Invention

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The major collection for this week at is a compilation of yearbooks from the United States Military Academy West Point -Howitzer , (1921 – 1935, 1937 – 1960); United States Coast Guard Academy – Tide Rips Yearbook (1925, 1930, 1932 – 1933, 1935 – 1940, 1943 – 1956); United States Merchant Marine Academy Kings Point – Midships Yearbook (1945 – 1947, 1949 – 1950, 1952 – 1954, 1959); and the United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs – Polaris Yearbook (1959 – 1960).

Due to partnership agreements, these books will not be free for the first ten days. These yearbooks join others in our collection including the United States Naval Academy’s Lucky Bag Yearbook brought to you by our partnership with

This article focuses on distinguished alumni and the makings of the Howitzer. The other schools to join the collection also have distinguished alumni who pursued interesting and varied professions. We are honored to showcase this collection of distinguished individuals who began their careers with educational pursuits within the military’s academies.

How the Howitzer began:

Class photograph albums were first published during the Civil War. Class annuals were first published in 1884. Class yearbooks were first published in 1896. There was no issue in 1899 due to the Spanish American War. There were no issues in 1901, 1902, and 1903 due to a hazing scandal. However, photograph albums and pictures have been found for some of those missing years. Official yearbooks were re-introduced in 1904. There was no issue in 1918 (combined issue with 1917). There were two issues for the Classes of 1920, original (actually published in 1927) and redesignated. There were two issues for the Classes of 1921, original and redesignated. -John Greiman’s USMA Class of 1981 website

Distinguished alumni from years covered (1921-1935, 1936-1960) by the Howitzer’s collected on include the following (listed by class year):

* Information for the alumni list was compiled from West Point Distinguished Alumni page on

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