The Gold Star Sons of Georgetown Prep

September 2, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the conclusion of WWII, the most destructive war in human history. 

On December 9, 1941, two days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the American people, calling upon “every single man, woman and child” to partner “in the most tremendous undertaking of our American history,” in order to defeat forces that had attacked not only the United States, but also civilization itself.

On December 17, the beginning of Georgetown Prep’s Christmas break, the Jesuit house diarist noted, “Since Dec. 7th the boys have been very restless. Nothing but war is the talk.” Indeed, the war would significantly impact school life for the duration and would draw over 400 alumni into the armed forces.

One of those, Captain Michael J. Daly ’45, received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle for Nuremberg, Germany, in April 1945. Daly later recalled that when President Harry S. Truman draped the medal around his neck at the White House on August 23, 1945, he felt a mixture of pride and humility, as well as grief for those he considered the real heroes – “the guys who didn’t come home.” Twelve of those were fellow alumni of Georgetown Prep, who were drawn from classes that spanned the 15 years from 1928 through 1943.

"Gold Star Sons of Georgetown Prep" by Dr. Stephen J. Ochs, Lawler Chair of History, is a captivating piece on those alumni who were among the 407,316 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of the "tremendous undertaking" to which Roosevelt had called them. 

Follow the link to read "Gold Star Sons of Georgetown Prep."