SMA-VWIL Memorial Wall

Staunton Military Academy Alumni Foundation

As part of the SMA Legacy Projects and financial support provided by Hunter W. Henry, SMA ’46, the SMA Alumni Foundation developed the SMA-VWIL Memorial Wall on the eastward-facing wall of the SMA-VWIL Museum. The memorial wall was officially dedicated during a formal ceremony as part of the SMA Alumni Reunion 2002 Weekend, on Saturday, 27 July. The key purpose behind the SMA-VWIL Memorial Wall is to pay tribute by remembering and honoring all those that made The Ultimate Sacrifice in one of the four major wars, which our SMA brothers served and made the ultimate sacrifice. The memorial wall also serves as a memorial to recognize and honor those SMA-VWIL alumni, faculty and staff or others associated with SMA or VWIL that have been nominated and selected for a memorial plaque.

Pictured below is the focal point of the memorial wall. The centerpiece plaque, The Ultimate Sacrifice, was designed and made by sculptor Larry Perkins, SMA ’51. It is bordered by the four war plaques listing the names of SMA brothers that were killed in action during one of the four major wars of the last century. On either side of this focal point of plaques, are individual memorial plaques paying tribute and honoring individuals associated with SMA (e.g., former faculty/staff, alumni, and friends of SMA).

The SMA Alumni Foundation will provide funding for up to three such individual memorial plaques each year. Nominations of plaque candidates should be submitted by November each year. Other individual memorial plaques may be purchased and funded through private sources. All plaques must meet strict standards criteria and be approved by the SMA-VWIL Museum Committee.

Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall


Individual Memorial Plaques
Year HonoredFaculty/Staff Alumni
2020Colonel Robert H. Wease
Faculty, U.S. Govt, SMA 1956-1976
2019W. Duke Myers, M.D. , SMA ’60
2018Harold Paul “Herk” Wolfe, SMA ’49
2017Colonel John H. Cleveland
Commandant, SMA 1966-1972
Garland D. Haddock
Faculty, Headmaster, SMA 1951-1966
2016John T. Colson, SMA ‘52
Stephen J. Kott, SMA ‘58
David C. Cumming, SMA ‘59
Claude Bufford Shaw, SMA ‘37
2014Dennis Case
Faculty, Headmaster, SMA 1956-1975
2013SFC Francis Demory
Faculty, SMA 1961-64 & 1970-71
Colonel William Dove
Faculty, SMA 1956-63
Dr. Brenda Bryant
Director VWIL, VWIL 1995-2012
Craig Hanson, SMA ’74
2012Hunter W/ Henry, SMA ’46
John H. Maurer, SMA ’59
Robert Spears, SMA ’48
2011Louisa “Lou” Onesty
Coach SMA 1939-1947
Colonel William M. Pandak
Instructor, Coach, Athletic Director SMA 1954-1975
William W. Thompson, SMA ’41
2010Maj. Thomas D. Howie
Faculty, Coach, Athletic Director, SMA 1929-1941
Ike Kivlighan, SMA ‘29
2009Cooper Buck Bright, SMA ’27
Robert T. Frederick, SMA ‘24
2008Heirome L. Opie, SMA ‘32
2006Captain Richard “Dick” Steinberg
Faculty, Coach, SMA 1961-1964
Dr. Alexis O. Fernandez, SMA ‘49
Alvin B. Simon, SMA ‘49
2005Colonel Edward L. Dodge
SMA ’42 Commandant, Headmaster, Instructor, Coach
Winton M. Blount, SMA ’38
Captain Carl B. Livingston, SMA ’09
2004General Alexander M. Patch
USA, Commandant, PMS&T SMA 1920-28, 1932-36
Colonel Rueben E. Moody
Teacher SMA 1918-1968
Wallace P. “Wally” Stilz, SMA ’39
2003Colonel Stewart S. Pitcher
Superintendent, Teacher SMA 1912-1969
1st SGT Charles O. Graham
Instructor, SMA 1957-59 & 1966-75
Manley Hubbs, SMA ’34
2002Colonel Philip H. Enslow
USA, SMA ’18 Teacher & PMS&T SMA 1946-1966
Barry M. Goldwater, SMA ’28
David S. McCampbell, SMA ’28
2001Colonel Harrison S. Dey
Superintendent, Teacher, Coach SMA 1927-1973
MSGT Glenn E. Gibson
USA Instructor, Coach SMA 1962-1975
Major Thomas J. Johnson, Jr.
Teacher SMA 1953-1976
Colonel William C. Moon
Teacher, Headmaster, Superintendent, SMA 1950-1974
John G. Deal, SMA `49
John R. DiGiacomo, SMA ’40
Horace W. Parsley, SMA ’24