Two Class of ’43 grads return for 70th reunion

Posted on: 10/30/2013; Updated on: 2/7/2014
By Laurie Barnhill, 803-777-0915

When Robert McAlpine and Vernon Sumwalt graduated from Carolina in 1943, they weren't thinking about coming back to campus for class reunions. They just hoped to make it back, preferably in one piece, from the war in the Pacific.

The two were among 13 USC graduates that year who were commissioned through USC's Naval ROTC unit and sailed straight into the breach of World War II. Seventy years later, only four members of the group remain. On Oct. 31, McAlpine and Sumwalt plan to return to USC for not only their 70th reunion but also to participate in a NROTC pass and review ceremony on the Horseshoe as part of Homecoming weekend.


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