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A new plaque in the University of La Verne Chapel commemorates the 42 men from La Verne College who served their country in Civilian Public Service as conscientious objectors to war during World War I and World War II.
Historically, war has often been romanticized, and survivors of vicious fights on the battlefield are lauded for their courage.
On October 17, a group of La Verne alumni who once made a different and less popular stand was recognized for theirs.
Forty-two men from La Verne College served in Civilian Public Service during World War I and World War II. A plaque that bears their names now hangs in the University of La Verne Chapel.
“The 42 people on this plaque believe in peace,” University Chaplain Zandra Wagoner said. “They acted in courage in the face of persecution. Their values and belief systems connect us to the long-standing convictions of historic peace workers at the University of La Verne.”
Four of the men — Clair Hanawalt ’48, Rodney Lehman ’41, Charles Davis ’48, and Delmar Stanley, ’50 — participated in a panel presentation as part of a month-long university event series, “Peace In The Heart of War.” They were part of the group of 41 men from La Verne who were conscientious objectors during World War II. One man, Jesse Brandt, a member of the La Verne faculty for 36 years, had CO status during World War I.
“It took deep values to be a conscientious objector during World War I and World War II,” University President Devorah Lieberman said. “This commemoration of their service is a deep moment in what we believe. These values make us the University of La Verne.”
The full list of those names etched on the commemorative plaque:
From World War I: Jesse Brandt ’19, Faculty 36 years.
From World War II: Richard Allstot ’49; Charles Baker ’49; Paul Beard ’49; Henry Blocher ’49; Gladden Boaz ’49; Daryl Bowers 1947-48; Eugene Bowers’49 (Faculty 1 year); Max Bowser 1938-41; Lloyd Brandt ’49; Lowell Brandt ’41; Herbert Brown 1948; Robert Cochran ’41; Glen Crago (Faculty 15 years); Charles Davis ’48; Leslie Eisan ’39; Donald Fillmore ’47; Clair Hanawalt ’48; Dwight Hanawalt ’41 (Faculty 40 years); Wayne Hanawalt ’40; Albert Herbst (Faculty 40 years); Herbert Hogan ’43 (Faculty 46 years); Chalmer Johnson ’41; Norman Johnson 1945-46; Edwin Jones ’47; Rodney Lehman ’41; George McKinney ’50; Daniel Miller ’41; David Miller ’41; Charles Minnich ’43; Merlin Myers ’48; Roland Ortmayer (Faculty 46 years); Bruce Reeves ’41; Fred Root ’50; Marion Ross 1947; John Selvin 1943-44; Arthur Snell ’42; Marvin Snell 1942-43; Donald Sperline ’42; Delmar Stanley ’50; Amos Whitmar 1946-48; Virgil Wilkinson ’43 (Administrator 51 years).
George Keeler contributed to this report.