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along the paths lined with selected quotations; visitors to campus routinely stop at
the bronze Book of Names, slide out the
panels and read the names listed. It is a
somber spot on campus, incised into the
brick walk adjoining Memorial Hall.
The names are grouped alphabetically by
conflict. They total 684.
And there is a story for each one.
Beginning with the dedication of the
memorial, staff from the GAA’s Records
Department and from the Carolina Alumni
Review decided to tell as many of them as
Now y ou can read what has been found.
With the relaunch of the GAA’s website
in July, an online edition of this memorial is
available ( alumni.unc.edu/veterans/list.asp)
that includes a biographical page for each
alumnus listed. The online list totals 713
names; the research for the online project
added to what had been known about how
many alumni had perished during wartime.
Some biographical pages are more complete than others. Each page includes a link
for sharing additional information or comments; photos are included as available, and
photo submissions are welcomed.
The website also allows for searching for
individuals by conflict, from the Civil War
through Iraq and Afghanistan.
The staff worked to tell as much about
how these alumni lived as how they died
and, as in all memorials, about what others
said about them in reflection. Most were
young men; a few were veterans of many
years. Accounts of some deaths have a grim
clarity; the deaths of others remain half-told, with competing facts.
More than a dozen individuals contributed to the research, writing, fact-checking and editing of this project,
including full-time staff and student
interns. For two conflicts — the Civil War
and World War II — two researchers
worked for many months, probing GAA
records and historical accounts and adding
to what the GAA knows of hundreds of
lives: Anthony Strickland ’77 (MA), a former associate director of admissions at
UNC who worked chiefly with alumni
serving in World War II; and author
Graham Kent Strickland ’62 of Asheboro,
who specializes in the Civil War.
As more is learned, the stories will con-
tinue to change. The GAA is grateful to all
who can help in that effort. ;
— Regina W. Oliver ’75
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