Andover and the Military

Kenny Weiner ’96, Becky Dowling Calder ’94, Sali Gear ’79, Laurie Coffey ’95, Congressman Seth Moulton ’97 at the 2017 Veterans Day dinner.

In the spring of 2011, a group of Alumni Council members launched an initiative called “Andover and the Military” as a way to recognize Phillips Academy men and women who have served in the U.S. military, to reconnect them with the broader Andover community, and to encourage discussions among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Academy about the military, its history, and its connections to the school.

Andover and its graduates have a long, rich tradition of military service. We hope that this effort will start the conversation, and encourage alumni to share their experiences with each other and with the larger Andover community.

Mission Statement
  • Promote learning and stimulate discussions among students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the Academy regarding the military, its history, current mission, and activities
  • Recognize Andover graduates who have served in the military

Memorial Bell Tower Rededication Booklet

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 of Phillips Academy, tells the personal stories of PA alums who served in WWII.

See back issues of the Blue Guidon on Issuu. 

Contact Us

Thank you for visiting Andover and the Military. We welcome questions as well as any feedback. If you would like to be involved and help us improve the Andover and the Military project, please contact Andover and the Military.

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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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Memorials

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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.