This post about the Cal Poly World War II Honor Roll is part of
genealogist Heather Wilkinson Rojo‘s Honor Roll Project
for Memorial Day 2017.
For the Honor Roll Project, volunteers are taking photos of war memorials and honor rolls, posting them on their genealogy blogs and websites, and transcribing the names of people listed. These transcriptions make the names available for search engines, and the names will be available for people searching for family, ancestors, and friends.
The honor roll I’ve chosen is located at California Polytechnic State University, dedicated to students lost during World War II. During the war years, California Polytechnic College – as it was then known – played a leading role in the war effort in California:
Established war-preparedness training programs in industrial arts for men and women.
Served as state headquarters for the Food Production War Training Program, providing instruction to 120,000 California farmers.
Japanese-American Cal Poly students who were interned volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in World War II.
Opened campus to U.S. Naval Flight Preparatory School (V-7 program) trained over 3,600 cadets.
Led drives for scrap iron, paper, and rubber from San Luis Obispo County residents.
Harvested “war crops” like sugar beets.
Held war bond rallies.
The greatest sacrifice was paid by fifty-eight Cal Poly students, who laid down their lives in World War II:
Andrew E. Bowman
Irvine A. Baldwin
Garland M. Childers
Arthur B. Cederberg
George Winston Perkins
Dale W. Nelson
Howard A. King
William George Webb
Robert E. Thomas
Morton M. Sax
Charles W. Fick
Paul R. Bennett
Stanley Van Dyke
Harry Chester Searle
Billy R. Isham
Reginald Holden High
Edward R. Johnson