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Memorial Day Message from Country Day

Memorial Day presents an opportunity for us to acknowledge and reflect on the lives of the courageous people who gave the last full measure of devotion to protect our freedom and this great country of ours.

Each year, we list the school’s honor roll in our annual tribute. Please join me in paying homage to these brave individuals:     

Peter Stetson Greene ‘33

Inducted into the U.S. Army in 1942, Greene was assigned to Company B, 9th Battalion, Armed Forces Replacement Training Center at Fort Knox. After being promoted to sergeant, he was stationed at Camp Crowder (VA) and Arlington Hall (VA). He was shipped overseas in November 1944 as a member of Signal Intelligence Service. He died the following spring in Brisbane, Australia at the age of 29.

Francis George Baldwin, Jr. ‘38

Baldwin, an artist living on Race Street, enlisted in the U.S. Army around 1941 and died in southern Italy on December 9, 1944, at the age of 24.

William Roberts Goodall III ‘39

Goodall, born in 1921, was a master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. At age 31, he was lost in action during an armed, reconnaissance mission over North Korea.

Derrick Tilton Vail III ‘40

Vail, son of Dr. Derrick Vail and Elizabeth Yeiser Vail, was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He died in February 1942 at age 19.

Harry James Coombe ‘41

Ensign Coombe, a carrier-based fighter pilot, was killed in action in the Pacific on July 18, 1945. He was a Hyde Park resident and student at Yale when he joined the U.S. Navy at 19 years of age.

Robert Ingersoll Pogue ‘43

Robert Pogue lived in Indian Hill before heading overseas. He was a private first class in the U.S. Infantry and was killed in action in France on February 3, 1945, at age 18. Pogue is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

George “Jordy” Alsfelder ‘08

A 2012 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, along with his three brothers, Captain Alsfelder was proud to serve his country with honor and considered it a privilege to lead soldiers. Alsfelder died unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 26 before being shipped out to South Korea.

If you have any stories you would like to share about any of the alumni listed above, we welcome the chance to hear them. In addition, please let us know if there are other alumni who have given their lives in service to our country who are not on our honor roll so we may properly honor them. 

Best wishes to you and your loved ones for a safe, relaxing holiday this Memorial Day.