Of 85,756 living Harvard alumni, 22,620 are known to be in service in this war, according to the most recent count of the Harvard Alumni Association.
Approximately 259, or one out of 87, have died to date, and unofficial tabulation shows 134 of these have met death in the Army, 81 in the Navy, 13 in the Marine Corps, and eight in the Coast Guard. Twelve graduates have died in other United Nations Forces, one with the Merchant Marine, two with the American Field Service, and three more as civilians. Not included in the total are three members of the Harvard Faculty who were not alumni.
Hitchcock Dies in Crash
Thomas Hitchcock '22, for a dozen years the world's top polo player, and considered by some the greatest player in the history of the sport, died in an airplane crash during a "routine flight" last April 18, at Salisbury, England. The youngest member of the famed Lafayette Escadrille in the first World War, the 44-year-old Hitchcock considered it ironic that he was called "too young for the last war, and too old for this one."
Other former Harvard students who have died in World War II are two sons of President Theodore Roosevelt '80, Kermit '12, who died "of natural causes" in Alaska last year, and Theodore '09, Assistant Division Commander of the 4th Division, who died in Normandy last July 12. Of the former President's four sons, three have now died in the service of their country.
Vierick Killed in Action
George Sylvester Viereck, Jr. '39, son of the seditionist now serving one to five years in jail for failing to register as a German agent, and one of the 28 who were in the sedition trial at Washington, died on March 24 in Italy. Viereck, who disagreed violently with his father's views, had gone through some of the heaviest fighting on the Anzio beachhead.
Announced only last week was the death of Peter B. Saltonstall '43, son of Leverett E. Saltonstall '14, Governor of Massachusetts and President of the Board of Overseers. He was killed in action on Guam, August 13. A bulletin of last Tuesday told of the death of Donald W. Richards '45, who, at 18, was the star of the Harvard football team and a three letter man. He was killed in France on August 1.