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The Culver Academies have produced many noteworthy alumni, men and women of achievement in many wide-ranging fields of endeavor.

We will add to this list regularly in the coming weeks and months, but we thought we would begin with only five: the five alumni of Culver Military Academy who served their country and became recipients of the nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor.

MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS:

Jonas H. Ingram

Class of 1903

Medal of Honor recipient for actions in 1914 in Veracruz, Mexico as an officer in the United States Navy. As an Admiral, served as Commander of the United States Atlantic Fleet in World War II. Born in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Henry C. Drexler Class of 1917

Medal of Honor recipient in 1924 as an ensign in the United States Navy. Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

 

George H. Cannon Class of 1934

First United States Marine to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II (killed in action during bombardment of Midway Island on December 7, 1941). Born in Webster Groves, Missouri.

 

Jay Zeamer Jr.

Class of 1936

One of only seven known Eagle Scouts who also received the Medal of Honor, as a pilot in the United States Army Air Forces in the South Pacific during World War II in 1943. Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

 

Gordon D. Yntema Class of 1963

Medal of Honor recipient for valor as a sergeant in the United States Army in the face of insurmountable odds in the Vietnam War. Born in Bethesda, Maryland.

 

More Alumni of Note:

 

Eugene Pallette

Class of 1912

Highly recognizable character actor best known today for his film portrayals of Friar Tuck in the 1938 Errol Flynn classic The Adventures of Robin Hood and the courageous padre in the 1940 film The Mark of Zorro.  Born in Winfield, Kansas.

 

Walter P. O'Malley Class of 1922 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame owner of the Brooklyn & Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team from 1950-1979.  Born in Bronx, New York.
Daniel J. Boorstin Summer School 1929

American historian and Pulitzer Prize winner for history for The Americans:  The Democratic Experience; served as Librarian of Congress from 1975 to 1987.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Ernest K.  Gann Class of 1930

Adventurer, pioneer aviator, author and screenwriter known for The High and the Mighty, Fate Is the Hunter, and Island in the Sky.  Born in Lincoln, Nebraska.

 

George M. Steinbrenner, III Class of 1948

Principal owner of the New York Yankees baseball team since 1973.  The Yankees have won eleven American League championship pennants and seven World Series titles under his ownership.  Born in Rocky River, Ohio.

 

Roger S. Penske Summer School 1950

Auto racing legend and chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Penske Corporation, a diversified transportation services company.  Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 

Sally L. Hodder, M.D. Class of 1972

One of the world's foremost authorities on infectious disease and the HIV-AIDS epidemic.  Raised in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

 


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