SINCE the first rumbles of war reached the University of Florida,
that institution has been concentrated to the service of the United
States. Florida's has ever been the helping hand in the moment of
stress. Our country's tasks have been but Florida's to share.
Of the four hundred and thirty-four students enrolled here the session
war broke out, but one hundred and sixty remrained at the close of that
school year. This depletion was due to the fact that our men flocked to
the officers' training school, volunteered in the various branches of the
service, and answered the nation's call for food by returning to the
farms and aiding in production.
Forty odd young men were commissioned at Ft. McPherson, the first
of the officers' camps; since that time more than one hundred men, alumni
and students, have been commissioned in the army, navy or marine corps.
Not one of the University of Florida men that attended an officers'
training school failed to be commissioned. Over five hundred served in
various branches of the fighting service of the United States. Our men
commissioned as lieutenants served on the military staffs at Cornell Uni-
versity, Amherst College, University of Pittsburgh, University of Georgia,
University of Virginia, and at the University of New York.
The homes of these boys are widely scattered now. Many went to
France and were called to make the supreme sacrifice; but in the tropics,
in the arctics or under the poppies in Flanders they did a man's work in
During the whole period of the war, many of the faculty were active
in Government work or in various Red Cross, United War Work, and
With such a war record of service, the University of Florida is
undoubtedly entitled to feel that she, with all other American colleges and
universities, has done her bit to "make the world safe for democracy".
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AUL LANIUS WILLOUGHBY was born in Columbia, Mo., July 16, 1898. He
came to Florida in the fall of 1912, and finished the work of the grammar and
high schools in Gainesville sufficiently to enter the freshman class of the
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Florida. He enlisted in the Students'
Army Training Corps and was selected by the commanding officer for intensive
instruction at the Central Officers' Training School, Camp Gordon, Ga. He returned
to Gainesville November 23d. Three days later he was stricken with influenza,
followed by pneumonia of the most severe and rapid type, and at 4 o'clock on the
afternoon of December 2d passed from this life.
We sat in the Methodist Church a few days ago,
while the preacher spoke beautifully and touchingly
of our dear friend, Paul Willoughby, whose earthly
body lay banked in flowers there in front of the altar.
We had come simply to bow our head and sigh out
the pain in our heart at the bier of a friend; for we
realized that this was the parting of the way. It
was scarce a week before that we had spent an hour
with this friend, and had planned many things.
Our friend was an ardent worker, with fraterni-
ties and their welfare at heart. He worked always
with zeal and enthusiasm for the advancement of
the University and the aims of his fellow students.
His was the helping hand, to all with whom he came
in contact; always he gave a word of cheer, or a
deed of kindness in behalf of a fellow-being.
Not only in Gainesville where he made his home,
but among University students past and present
thruout the State, he was known and loved and
grieved. Yes, indeed, we lost a friend and pal
PAUL L. WILLOUGHBY when Paul died.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends."
Wiley H. Burford Paul D. Mabley James A. Johnson
J. W. Hatton Charlie Stockton C. C. LaRoche
Nathaniel Carson Earl E. Williams O. T. McKeown
R. A. Dukes Everett Barkwell Thad H. Smith
Bret Hart Arthur E. Hamm R. Ray White
J. S. Laing Claude S. Brannon Paul Willoughby
A. H. Lockay Martin R. Daniel Donald M. Badger
W. W. Gibbs
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To Men of Florida
THOSE men of Florida who were called upon to give the full measure
of devotion, receive the unmeasured appreciation and affection of
the students of our University. And we will give them honor and
praise, we will cherish their names as the defenders of our liberty and
freedom. We shall forever keep sacred and inviolate the American man-
hood of Florida.
There can be no plea more eloquent, more beautiful or more solemn,
than the heroism displayed by these brave men, who fearlessly, nay,
devotedly gave their all, to usher in the glad time of bright promise "when
all mankind shall be brothers".
The story of these departed heroes is a tale of valor. Heroically they
died. No man ever displayed greater soldierly qualities or upheld more
sacredly the best traditions of America's Army, than did these men.
Florida's feeling of pride and reverence is not limited alone to Florida
men who were granted the privilege of making the supreme sacrifice on
the altar of democracy. Each part of the army has done its share mag-
nificently, and Florida joins in paying just respect to all; but these men
of Florida who marched to destruction in France were her own, and full-
heartedly her feeling of pride and reverence goes out to them.
No homage, no tribute, no honor we pay to these splendid men is too
great. The monuments erected to their memory will stand to recall to
future generations their valor during the darkest period of the world's
"When death comes, what nobler epitaph can any man have than
this-'Having served his generation, by the will of God he fell to sleep'.
"Speech cannot contain our love. There was, there is, no greater,
stronger, manlier man", than he who when duty called gave his all for the
common interest of all.
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