Andover and the Military


Watch the 2019 Veterans' Day dinner and program featuring Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Weiner ’96.

Alumni gather for the 10th Anniversary of the 2019 Veterans Day Program and Dinner.


The Andover and the Military Committee (AATM) is an Association Committee of Andover Alumni Council that recognizes and represents Abbot and Andover graduates who have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces of the United States of America or their country of residence in order to connect them with the broader Andover community. The committee operates in full partnership with the academy and with a designated liaison from the Office of Alumni Engagement (OAE).

Committee Objectives

  • To recognize graduates who have served in the US military or are veterans of another nation’s armed forces.
  • To promote learning and stimulate discussions among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Academy regarding Andover’s rich military history, and to engage interested alumni.
  • To advise on campus military memorials as invited.
  • To engage veteran and active duty engagement on and off-campus.
  • To partner with the Academy in the accessibility of its programs to military families.

Veterans' Day Programs

  • 2021 featuring LCDR Ali Ghaffari '98, USN (Ret.)
  • 2020 featuring Cmdr. Sali Gear '79, USN
  • 2019 featuring Lt. Col. Kenneth H. Weiner ’96
  • 2018 featuring Rear Adm. Daniel R. Bowler ’66
  • 2017 featuring Capt. Angus Deming ’44
  • 2016 featuring Lt. Cmdr. Laurie N. Coffey ’95
Alumni Military Register

A comprehensive list of Andover alums who have proudly served our country and have selected to be publicly recognized. To add yourself or someone who has served to the register, please fill out our profile form.

Hudner Story Featured on Fox

See the story of Captain Thomas J. Hudner ’43 and Jesse Brown.

Andover magazine Remembers WWII

In recognition of the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, this special issue of Andover, the magazine tells the personal stories of PA alums who served in WWII.

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Andover’s involvement in the Second World War was unique, for the Secretary of War, Henry Stimson, Andover Class of 1883, was president of the Board of Trustees. The oldest alumnus serving in World War II, Stimson built an army of just 270,000 into an army of 8 million.

Henry Stimson, Andover Class of 1883, on the cover of Time.

Medal of Honor Recipients

Since the 1860s, fewer than 3,500 Medals of Honor have been granted; eight recognize the heroism of Andover alumni.

William Herbert Withington, Class of 1850

Captain, 1st Michigan Infantry.

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Charles Porter Mattocks, Class of 1858

Major, 17th Maine Infantry

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Wilmon Whilldin Blackmar, Class of 1863

Second Lieutenant, 1st West Virginia Cavalry.

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William Marland, Class of 1854

1st Massachusetts Light Artillery

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James “Galloping Jim” Parker, Class of 1870

Lieutenant Colonel, United States Cavalry.

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Arthur Murray Preston ’31

Navy Lieutenant & World War II Torpedo Boat Commander

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Richard H. O’Kane ’30

Lieutenant Commander & Prisoner of War.

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Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr. ’43

First Medal of Honor recipient of the Korean War.

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This iconic campus structure was erected in 1923 as a memorial to Phillips Academy alumni who lost their lives in World War I. Donor Samuel L. Fuller, class of 1891, selected the site on the old militia training ground.

The broken columns of Memorial Place stand in poignant homage to the Phillips Academy students who lost their lives serving. Designed by Prentice and Chan, Ohlhausen of New York, Memorial Place was dedicated in 1994.

In 1951, Edgars and Higgins were commissioned to build an extensive expansion to the gym called Memorial Gymnasium in honor of Phillips Academy alumni who died in World War II.

During the first World War, the entire campus was in uniform. Here students drill on the Great Lawn in the winter of 1917-18.

For the first time, Abbot alumni were in the military during World War II. Isabel Arms, Abbot ’32, shown here, pistol in hand guarding a Navy payroll, joined the WAVES.