THE NATIONAL P/R ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
In 2008, efforts began to establish a national alumni organization to
continue the fellowship beyond our academic years.
The National Pershing Rifles Alumni Association is now a non-profit
organization in New York. Progress is being made to establish Federal
non-profit status as well.
On 19 September 2011, the IRS approved the PRNAA as a 501C10
non-profit organization. This is the "Lodge-System" exemption.
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
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This web site is posted for the benefit of G-7 alumni. While it is regrettable
that the active company was disbanded at Kansas State in the mid-70's,
many of us still value the friendships and experiences we shared as ROTC
cadets. One of the major reasons for this site is to compile a list of e-mail
addresses so we can contact each other. Since the purpose of the site is
to encourage communication, it does not have a "password" system. No
promises can be offered about keeping information from evil-doers
(advertisers, spammers, etc.) Telephone numbers, and addresses will not
be posted in order to limit exposure of additional personal data. Any G-7
Alumnus willing to have their e-mail address posted on this site, please let
us know. It will be added to the "G-7 Roster Page" as soon as possible.
G-7 had a long and proud tradition at Kansas State.Thanks to information from Mr. Norman Wilms, who was
a founding member of Company G-7, we now know the unit was formed in 1949. His message is copied
POSTED 26 MAY 2008: RECEIVED FROM MR. NORMAN WILMS, A FOUNDING MEMBER OF
My son Richard advised that you would like my e-mail again. Here it is.
The Pershing Rifle group was formed at Kansas State in 1949. It started with about 20 members. At that time all 1st and 2nd year
male students, who were not veterans, were required to take Basic ROTC. On days when you had an ROTC class at the Military
Science Building the student was required to wear their uniform.
Pershing Rifles grew to 30 - 50 members and had a crack drill team that used the M-1 rifle. Pershing Rifles is one of three honorary
military organizations. The others are Scabbard and Blade and Cadet Officers Club.
Clyde M Phinney was the top man in PR. The sponsors were Capt. William C Goers and 1st Lt Edward M Crocket.
In 1950 and 1951 many world war II veterans that were killed in action were returned home for burial. Members of Pershing Rifles
performed the honor guard for the burial. The 03 rifle was used for this duty. We were in Sunset Cemetery many times.
In 1949 the drill team went to Oklahoma State to compete in drill team competition with other Big Eight teams. We rode to Stillwater
in military trucks.
Founding Members of Company G-7
From the Royal Purple Year Book, 1949
President Dwight D. Eisenhower with P/R Honor Guard
This photograph was submitted by Thomas Hopkins. It was on exibit in the KSU Student Union in the 1970's. The exact circumstances and date are not
certain, but Tom believes this may have been taken in Abilene, Kansas, possibly at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Note the P/R cord on
the cadet officer's shoulder. Can anyone recognize him or any members of the honor guard?
RE-ESTABLISHING G-7 AT KANSAS STATE
Thanks to the support of LTC Bridegram (PMS) and LTC Meyer (PAS), and MAJ Ryan Hofstra (APMS),
efforts to re-establish G-7 at KSU are complete. In September, 2009, Don Jacka, Jeff Woodall, Rich Gray
and John Chatelain made a presentation and held discussions with KSU Cadre and Cadets. We received a
warm and supportive welcome. With the help of the KSU Foundation, and financial pledges from alumni to
provide basic equipment, a committment was made to get the ball rolling. In late October, representatives
from both the Army and Air Force KSU ROTC units met with senior P/R National Staff in Lincoln, Nebraska,
to develop advanced planning. Anyone interested in giving support to this effort should refer to the "G-7
Fund" page on this web site. CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTABLE!
In mid-March, at the 2010 Pershing Rifles National Convention (NATCON) held at Florida State University,
Tallahassee, MAJ Hofstra and four cadets from Kansas State arrived to fulfill the requirements needed to
re-establish a P/R Unit at KSU. On 10 May, 20 pledges were activated in a cording ceremony at the ROTC
Building. Jeff Woodall gave a presentation on behalf of the alumni.
More photos and Jeff's address may be seen on a new page set up for this very special event.
G-7's Founders of 1949