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KSAC SATC Battalion, 1919

"Despite the general air of liberality, there were two extremely sore spots: athletics and ROTC. Kansas State belonged to the old Missouri Valley Conference which had a "gentleman's agreement" barring black athletes if member schools refused to play against them. ...

"The ROTC, of course, maintained the official racist policy of the U.S. Army. Since this was required training at all federal land grant colleges, we were tolerated but only at a low level. We all took two years of training; but no matter how talented, we could not even rise to corporal, and advanced study was out of the question.

"Nevertheless, the ROTC was a boon to those of us, black and white, who had to count our pennies. For one dollar per semester we received a full uniform (World War I surplus) with no restrictions on its use, and we could replace any worn-out article by returning the remnants to the commissary. Many of us, both white and black, wore our uniforms most of the week to save wear and tear on our regular clothes."
    Livin' the Blues, pg. 81-82

Very few of the military photographs identify the individuals pictured. Based upon who was attending at that time as well as information obtained from transcripts, individuals have been tentatively identified. However, these remain a "best guess." The transcript identifies who was excused from military drill for various reasons, and lists participation in specific areas: military band, artillery, infantry, and veterinary. The vast majority participated in the infantry.

1919

ROTC 1919, Co. 5

Company 5 - From the 1919 Royal Purple, pg. 151
Jerry Dillard Jarmon, middle row, 2nd from left

1921

ROTC 1921, Co. B

Company B - From the 1921 Royal Purple, pg. 382 (members identified)
Howard Christopher Boydston, top row, 5th from right
John Leod Wilson, 3rd row from top, 2nd from right

ROTC 1921, Machine Gun

Machine Gun Company - From the 1921 Royal Purple, pg. 388 (members identified)
Noble Lysten Jones, top row, 3rd from right

1922

ROTC 1922, Military band

Military Band - From the 1922 Royal Purple, pg. 375
Roy Preston Garrett, top row, 3rd from left
Raymond Montrose Williams, middle row, 6th from right

ROTC 1922, Veterinarians

Military Veterinarians - From the 1922 Royal Purple, pg. 376
Thomas Gilbert Bronson, 2nd row from bottom, 3rd from right
Raymond Montrose Williams, 3rd row from bottom, 3rd from right

ROTC 1922, Co. G

Company G - From the 1922 Royal Purple, pg. 385
Claude Leonard Wilson, 2nd row from bottom, 7th from either side

1923

Identification of individuals has been left to the viewer.
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1923 Royal Purple:
James Frank Davis, Earl Dawson, Theodore Harry Miller, Sheridan Settler,
Wirt Dudley Walton, Ralph Edwin Williams, John Leod Wilson

ROTC 1923, Co. A

Company A - From the 1923 Royal Purple, pg. 92

ROTC 1923, Co. D

Company D - From the 1923 Royal Purple, pg. 95

ROTC 1923, Co. E

Company E - From the 1923 Royal Purple, pg. 96

ROTC 1923, Co. H

Company H - From the 1923 Royal Purple, pg. 99

ROTC 1923, Artillery 1st Co.

Artillery - From the 1923 Royal Purple, pg. 104
Louis Edwin Fry, top row, 13th from right
Claude Leonard Wilson, 2nd row from top, 6th from left

1924

Identification of individuals has been left to the viewer
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1924 Royal Purple:
Ulysses Sam Arnold, Paul Orville Brooks, James Frank Davis, Sheridan Settler

ROTC 1924, Co. K

Company K - From the 1924 Royal Purple, pg. 189

ROTC 1924, Co. S

Company S - From the 1924 Royal Purple, pg. 192

ROTC 1924, Co. V

Company V - From the 1924 Royal Purple, pg. 193

1925

There are no ROTC group pictures for 1925
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1925 Royal Purple:
Edgar Ewell Boone, Paul Orville Brooks, Frank Marshall Davis,
Louis Edwin Fry, Frank Theodore Greene, Norman Hamilton Howell,
Theodore Walstein Long, Cornelius Henry Mobiley, Simon Walter Scott

1926

There are no ROTC group pictures for 1926
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1926 Royal Purple:
Frank Marshall Davis, Frank Theodore Greene, Norman Hamilton Howell,
Theodore Walstein Long, Cornelius Henry Mobiley, Eugene Merrill Ramsey,
David Howard Robinson, Simon Walter Scott, Larry O'Neal Washington

1927

ROTC 1927, Co. D

Company D - From the 1927 Royal Purple, pg. 246
David Howard Robinson, 2nd row from top, far right
Alva Samuel Watson, 2nd row from top, 2nd from right

ROTC 1927, Co. M

Company M - From the 1927 Royal Purple, pg. 254
Russell Peter Young, 3rd row from top, 7th from right

1928

ROTC 1928, Battery G

Battery G - From the 1928 Royal Purple, pg. 233
Santos Dumont Swancy, 3rd row from top, far right

ROTC 1928, Battery H

Battery H - From the 1928 Royal Purple, pg. 234
Russell Peter Young, 3rd row from top, 5th from right

1929

Identification of individuals has been left to the viewer
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1929 Royal Purple:
Santos Dumont Swancy, Charles Andrew Taylor

ROTC 1929, Co F

Company F - From the 1929 Royal Purple, pg. 164

ROTC 1929, Co L

Company L - From the 1929 Royal Purple, pg. 166

ROTC 1929, Co M

Company M - From the 1929 Royal Purple, pg. 167

1930

Group pictures are oriented vertically, making it impractical to add here
Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1930 Royal Purple:
Charles Andrew Taylor

1932

Sigmas who would have been involved in ROTC for the 1932 Royal Purple:
Charles Andrew Taylor





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