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Pershing Rifles
The Coat of Arms of the National Society of Pershing Rifles
Founded October 2, 1894; 121 years ago (1894-10-02)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Type Fraternal/Military
Scope National
 United States
Colors  Blue  White 
Symbol Pershing Rifles Coat of Arms
Flower White Rose
Publication The National Shield
Chapters 60 Units
Headquarters Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Homepage Pershing Rifles National Headquarters

The Pershing Rifles is a military fraternal organization for college-level students founded in 1894 as a drill unit at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It is the oldest continuously operating US college organization dedicated to military drill. Originally named Varsity Rifles, members renamed the organization in honor of their mentor and patron, Lieutenant (later General of the Armies of the United States) John J. Pershing, upon his departure from the university in 1895.

Pershing Rifles became a National organization in 1928 expanding to include several other universities, with companies consisting of drill teams as well as tactical units. Together, these units form what is known as the National Society of Pershing Rifles.[1]


Pershing Riflemen in 2014. Drill, Leadership, Service and Camaraderie are the foundation of Pershing Rifles

The mission of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is to aid in the development of successful officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. To foster camaraderie and esprit de corps among all three Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs. To further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. And to give civilians an opportunity to be part of a military organization without a formal commitment to the military.[2]


The symbols of Pershing Rifles are:[3]

Pershing Rifles Membership Shoulder Cord (Fourragère) and Membership Ribbon on a uniform from the late 1970s.
  • Official Colors – Blue and white are the official colors of Pershing Rifles. These colors have traditional national significance and each represent the cornerstones of the Society and its members. Blue is symbolic of Loyalty, Devotion, Friendship and Truth. White symbolizes Purity, Cleanliness of Life and Rectitude of Conduct. All are qualities in which Pershing Rifles looks for in its members.
  • Coat of Arms – The shield, crossed rifles and torch design with "P" and "R" had been used by Pershing Rifles as early as 1928. The coat of arms was adopted at the 1932 National Convention by the National Legislative Body. The official coat of arms consists of a Grecian helmet and torse over the shield, crossed rifles and torch with the inscription "Pershing Rifles" and the founding date "1894."
  • Membership Ribbon – The Membership Ribbon, adopted by Pershing Rifles in 1951, is identical to the Army Good Conduct Medal (except it is blue rather than red), which denotes exemplary conduct at all times. It is worn on the left breast of the uniform. The six white stripes on the membership ribbon, from the wearer's right to left stand for; Devotion to Duty and Country, A Bold and True Heart, Readiness to Meet any Situation, Leadership, Military Proficiency and Scholarship.
  • Membership Shoulder Cord (Fourragère) – The Shoulder Cord is a symbol of honor bestowed to the Pershing Rifles member upon initiation and is to be worn on the left shoulder. First worn by Pershing Riflemen at the University of Nebraska as early as 1924, The original colors of the cord were blue and white – the colors of the Society. The Cord has been purple and white with the tip bearing the Pershing Rifles Crest since the late 1950s. There is no documented evidence as to why this change was made.
  • Official Flower – The White Rose. Traditionally, this flower represents the most important man or family of the era. The white rose symbolizes the great life of the Society's patron, General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing, who made the ideals of the Pershing Rifles a reality.
  • Jewel – There is no official Jewel of Pershing Rifles, however both pearls and diamonds were used in early Pershing Rifles badges.

Focus on drill[edit]

Pershing Rifles is a leadership development program with a foundation in close-order and exhibition rifle drill. Excellence in drill, whether armed or unarmed, is a function of discipline and dedication that translate into other endeavors in life. These traits are put to work on a regular basis by Pershing Rifles units which typically perform as color guards, exhibition drill teams, honor guards, funeral details, or ceremonial duties. These services are usually in support of the local ROTC detachment or school, but are sometimes requested by alumni, local governments, or active duty military units. Through all of these activities, in addition to the skills gained by the students, positive publicity is also received by the unit's host school, host ROTC detachment, and ultimately the military in general. Pershing Rifles hosts the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition each spring which attracts some of the finest college and high school level drill teams in the nation.[4]



In 1891, General Pershing, then a 2LT in Troop L, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bayard, New Mexico, became the Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of Nebraska. Pershing wished to increase the morale and discipline of the battalion there, as well as to increase support for the Cadet Corps throughout the university's staff and community. To this end, he formed a hand-picked company of men, known as Company A, and made them his premier drill unit.[5][6]

The following year, Company A won the Maiden Competition at the National Competitive Drills held at Omaha, Nebraska, earning the "Omaha Cup" and $1,500 for the group. The spectators were so excited by the event that they left their seats and carried the cadets off the field.[7] On 2 October 1894, former members of Company A formed "Varsity Rifles". A total of 39 picked cadets and alumni met in the University's armory to hold their first meeting, Lieutenant Pershing consented to act as temporary drillmaster for the organization.[8] On 1 June 1895, the organization, in appreciation of the initiative and cooperation of LT. Pershing, changed its name to the "Pershing Rifles." Under Pershing's leadership, the organization won the Army Silver Cup for drill team competition, coming in second place after West Point.[9] When Pershing left Nebraska in 1895, at the request of a committee, he gave to the company a pair of his cavalry breeches. These breeches were cut into small pieces and were worn on the uniform as a sign of membership.[10]

The first decade of the 20th Century saw the Pershing Rifles reach the height of its existence prior to the First World War. It was one of the most important features of University of Nebraska military and social life. Membership was considered a great military honor. Its influence in the Military Department continued strong until just before World War I.[11]

As war clouds gathered over Europe in 1915, Pershing Rifles membership began to decline. By 1918 the Reserve Officer's Training Program (ROTC), that had just been established two years earlier in 1916 was suspended. It was temporarily replaced by the Students' Army Training Corps (SATC) which had a mission of rapidly training and commissioning new officers for service in World War I. As a result, the Pershing Rifles activities at the University of Nebraska were suspended and its records were burned.[12]

The end of World War I saw the disbandment of SATC and the return to campus of ROTC and Pershing Rifles.


A 1918 photo of General of the Armies John J. Pershing. Pershing maintained a deep and abiding interest in Pershing Rifles for his entire life.

In 1919 the Pershing Rifles was reborn. As organized in 1919, the Pershing Rifles became an organization for junior officers. It regained its status as a fraternal organization for ROTC basic course cadets. The presence of Scabbard and Blade on the Nebraska campus probably prevented its growth as an officers' organization.[13]

By the 1920s, the prestige of the organization was once again on the rise, in no small part due to the popularity of General of the Armies John J. Pershing, then one of the most famous people in the World as the result of his skilled leadership of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. Special drill units across the nation began to seek admittance into the Pershing Rifles.

The present National Society of Pershing Rifles owes its existence to Ohio State University (OSU). In the spring of 1924 it applied for affiliation with the Pershing Rifles, but the Nebraska organization refused. The Ohio State group, seeing the need for a national organization for basic course ROTC men, threatened to nationalize "The President's Guard" and leave Nebraska out of it if the two organizations could not work together. Finally, after a year of negotiations, Nebraska's Pershing Riflemen approved Ohio State's formal application of 13 May 1925. Ohio State's company was chartered on 22 May 1925, marking the beginning of a nationwide organization.[14]

The year 1928 brought the establishment of an official National Headquarters at the University of Nebraska which was organized along the lines of a US Army brigade headquarters. P/R Colonel John P. McKnight was the first National Commander. National Headquarters used 1928 to plan the foundation for an expansion at the company level which would ensure a strong national organization. In the summer of the same year, a number of circulars were sent to universities that did not hold a Pershing Rifles units, inviting their crack drill units to apply for charters from the national headquarters. Those who knew the value of the Pershing Rifles as an organization capable of promoting interest in drill work for basic students heeded the circulars. During that summer, officers attached to the schools where Pershing Rifles chapters were hosted met with officers from other institutions and as such, the organization received excellent publicity.

By 1929, six companies formed the original nucleus of the Pershing Rifles national organization:

National Headquarters – University of Nebraska

First Battalion

  • Company A – University of Nebraska – 1894
  • Company B – Ohio State University – 1925
  • Company C – University of Tennessee – 1927
  • Company D – University of Iowa – 1929

Second Battalion

  • Company E – Northwestern University – 1929
  • Company F – Indiana University – 1929

By 1935 the Pershing Rifles had grown to 22 companies. The 1930s were the first Golden Age of Pershing Rifles, which saw so much sustained growth that it had expanded its structure to emulate the organization of the World War I US Army Infantry Division.

Pershing Rifles again closed its doors in 1943, this time as a result of World War II. Active and alumni Pershing Riflemen went off to war, serving with distinction and valor. One example is Marine Corps Major Kenneth D. Bailey, an alumnus of Company F-3 at the University of Illinois. Major Bailey was killed in action on September 26, 1942, on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands and posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his valor that day. Another is Army Air Corps Lt Richard Joyce, an alumnus of Company A-2 at the University of Nebraska, who piloted a B-25 that bombed Japan as part of the famous Doolittle Raid on 18 April 1942.

Post World War II history[edit]

The Society was reactivated in January 1946, heralding the second Golden Age of Pershing Rifles which lasted to the early 1970s. During World War II many Pershing Riflemen were drafted directly from college and served as enlisted men to meet urgent wartime manpower requirements. After the war they returned to finish their college education using their G.I. Bill education benefits. It was this nucleus of WWII combat veterans that spearheaded the rebirth of Pershing Rifles.

The late 1940s and the 1950s were years of great expansion for the Society. By 1948, just two years after reactivation, Pershing Rifles had grown to 38 companies in seven Regiments. It was now larger than its prewar strength. By 1957, Pershing Rifles had grown to 130 units in twelve Regiments an over 300% increase in size in just 11 years.

In 1955, Pershing Rifles produced and released a documentary, "The Highest Ideals". This 27-minute Technicolor film discussed the history, traditions and missions of Pershing Rifles. Copies of the film were distributed to Pershing Rifles units throughout the country as a means of promoting the organization to prospective members.[15]

With the establishment of a separate US Air Force on 18 September 1947, Air Force ROTC cadets joined the ranks of Pershing Rifles. The Pershing Rifles National Assembly in November 1947 agreed to accept Navy ROTC cadets making the Society a true multi-service organization.

With the President's Executive Order 9981 of 26 July 1948 that abolished racial discrimination in the US Armed Forces, Pershing Rifles rapidly integrated African American cadets and Historically Black units into the Society. As a result, today the Society counts among its alumni many African American military leaders such as General Colin Powell former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and United States Secretary of State.

Over the next several decades, the Pershing Rifles continued to grow. In 1961, the Society had 139 active units with nearly 4,100 initiates for that year alone. Then Pershing Rifles disappeared from many college campuses during and following the Vietnam War with the dissolution of ROTC programs and the end of compulsory ROTC basic courses. In response to the shrinking number of units and Riflemen within these units, the National Headquarters increased the emphasis on tactics and marksmanship. By 1974 the Pershing Rifles was organized into thirteen regiments comprising 137 units.

The Coed Affiliates Pershing Rifles (CAPERS), established in 1966, were the first officially recognized female auxiliary to the Society which established units alongside Pershing Rifles units for decades until it was disbanded in the 1980s. The 1970s saw the introduction of women into the National Society of Pershing Rifles as full members, with the first female pledge at Company L-4 (North Carolina State University) in 1971 and the first female active member from M-16 (Florida State University) a year later.

The high school auxiliary to Pershing Rifles, The National Society of Blackjacks (a tribute to General Pershing's nickname), was founded in 1967 as an after school programs that provide positive leadership experience through drill.

The late 1970s through the 1990s was a period where the number of Pershing Rifles units continued to decline. After Desert Storm both the US Military and Pershing Rifles were hard pressed to attract members. However the spirit, strength and traditions of the Society continued on in a few strong Pershing Rifles units across the country.

The 9/11 attacks created a groundswell of support for the US Military brought on by a new spirit of patriotism in the American public. This was echoed in the sense of duty and service amongst college students which has sustained the growth and popularity of Pershing Rifles from 2001 to present.

After more than 120 years Pershing Rifles is going strong and continues to inspire students and create future leaders in the military, business, industry and the arts.[16]

Membership and competitions[edit]

Pershing Riflemen in formation before the John J. Pershing Memorial Drill Competition during NATCON 2014 held in Richmond, VA.

Active membership is restricted to college students enrolled at an institution that hosts a Pershing Rifles company. Members may be either male or female and while a majority have affiliation with the military (especially ROTC), it is not a prerequisite for membership.

Army ROTC cadet Richard Moore of Clemson University's Pershing Rifles Company C-4 inspects a cadet as part of the changing of the guard ceremony at The Scroll of Honor. Members of the Pershing Rifles provide a 24-hour honor guard to pay respect to the men and women whose names are on the Scroll of Honor. (National Guard photo by Spc. Brian R. Calhoun)

Each company has latitude in selecting their uniform and weapons. They vary from company T-shirt and BDU or ACU pants to more formal uniforms, like the Army's service uniforms, or "Class A's". Many companies wear berets, in a wide variety of colors. The only real consistencies within companies are the wear of a Pershing Rifles rank shield and, on dress uniforms, a shoulder cord and the Pershing Rifles Service Ribbon, which is blue with six vertical white lines, symbolic of the six core values held by a Pershing Rifleman.

Pershing Rifles Company W-4 at The College of William & Mary may wear uniforms based on those of the Scots Guards as recognition of their role as the Queens' Guard, the College's ceremonial guard unit, twice mustered upon visits by Queen Elizabeth II to the College.

Most Pershing Rifles companies use older battle rifles (especially the M1903 Springfield or M1 Garand) in performing routines. At the annual National Society of Pershing Rifles National Convention and Drill Competition (NATCON), active companies compete in various categories of regulation drill (like proficiency at performing a color guard) and exhibition drill (also known as trick drill, involving spinning or throwing the rifles).

Other Pershing Rifles companies, such as Company B-9[17] (University of Colorado at Boulder), Company C-9[18] (Colorado School of Mines), Company B-12 (Boston University) and Company C-12(ABN)[19] (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), focus on tactical training. These companies teach their members skills such as escape and evasion, survival skills, rappelling, hand-to-hand combat, and marksmanship. Company C-4(Clemson University) practices and focuses on regulation D&C, and a mastery of exhibition drill.

Pershing Rifles Group[edit]

The Pershing Rifles Group is a Delaware Not for Profit Corporation, IRS 501(C)10 domestic fraternal organization. It is the supporting corporation to Pershing Rifles which furnishes the Society with basic services such as insurance as well as legal, regulatory, and fiscal oversight. See the Pershing Rifles Group article.

Pershing Rifles Foundation[edit]

The Pershing Rifles Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded for the purpose of promoting leadership, scholarship, and military excellence among the young men and women who make up the National Society of Pershing Rifles and its high school equivalent, the National Society of Blackjacks. The Foundation supports the legacy of General of the Armies John J. Pershing by providing a medium through which our alumni and benefactors can contribute to the Societies' missions of building our nation's best leaders.

The foundation provides grants and financial support for such things as scholarships, providing assistance to individual Pershing Rifles and Blackjacks units, as well as supporting the Pershing Rifles Group's national efforts in expansion and operations, to include events such as the annual Pershing Rifles National Convention and Alumni Reunion (NATCON) and various regimental drill competitions and alumni reunions.

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Nelson Gibbs – Company R-8 – Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
  • Sid McMath – Decorated Marine, attorney, 34th Governor of Arkansas
  • Charles Burton Robbins – Member of the original Company A, served in the Spanish–American War, Mexican Border service and World War I, Assistant Secretary of War 1928–29
  • Colin Powell – Company A-8 – Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State
  • George L. Sheldon – Commander of Company A – founding member of Varsity Rifles, 14th Governor of Nebraska
  • Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. – Company C-1 – Secretary of the Army 1961–62, president West Virginia University & Indiana University, president National Audubon Society


  • Major Kenneth D. Bailey Marine Corps – Company F-3, posthumous Medal of Honor recipient during the Battle of Guadalcanal in World War II
  • Lieutenant General Bob Coffey – Company A-1, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Europe
  • Major General Arthur Dean – Company J-8
  • Major Myron F. Diduryk – Company N-8 – Two Silver Stars, Company Commander in the Battle of Ia Drang, Vietnam, KIA 2nd Vietnam tour
  • Lieutenant General Samuel Ebbesen – Company A-8 – Commander, 6th Infantry Division, 2nd Army; Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army[20]
  • General Larry Ellis – Company J-8 – Commander, Forces Command
  • Major General Galen Jackman – Company A-2
  • Major General Joe Gray – Company G-6
  • Major General Kenneth D. Gray – Company H-1 – first African American Judge Advocate General officer
  • Brigadier General Edward F. Gudgel – Company C-1 – Pledged in 1942, entered West Point in 1945, Field Artillery officer who retired as a BG in 1974
  • Major General General George A. Horkan – Company E-4 – Served as the Army's 34th Quartermaster General 1951–54
  • First Lieutenant Richard O. Joyce – Company A-2 – Pilot in Doolittle's WWII Tokyo Raid on 18 April 1942
  • General Jack Keane – Company D-8 – Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
  • Brigadier General Timothy Lake – Company N-4- Virgin Islands National Guard, Deputy Commander Joint Task Force Guantanamo
  • General Curtis LeMay – Company A-1 – Chief of Staff of the Air Force
  • Colonel Charles McGee – Company F-3 – Fighter Pilot, Tuskegee Airmen
  • Lieutenant General Paul Mikolashek – Company D-1 – Army Inspector General
  • Major General James H. Mukoyama – Company C-3 – Infantry company commander in Vietnam where he was wounded and received the Silver Star, 70th Division commander
  • General Colin Powell – Company A-8 – Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State
  • Colonel Thomas L. Ridge, Marine Corps – Company F-3 – Commander of 3rd Bn 1st Marine Division, Korean War led his men to safety in the retreat from the Chosin Reservoir, Silver Star, 3x Purple Heart
  • Lieutenant General Michael Rochelle – Company C-15 (today R-4) – Army G-1 (Personnel)
  • General Hugh Shelton – Company L-4 – Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Lieutenant General Michael Spigelmire – Company G-15 – Commander, U.S. Army Special Operations Command
  • Lieutenant General William E. Ward[21] Company J-8 – Commander, Africa Command


  • Edward M. Coffman – Company C-1 – Noted military historian
  • Geary Eppley – Athletic Director, University of Maryland 1937–47, won seven national championships
  • Elvis Jacob Stahr, Jr. – Company C-1 – Secretary of the Army 1961–62, president West Virginia University & Indiana University, president National Audubon Society


Wartime losses of Pershing Riflemen[edit]

Pershing Riflemen have served in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in every conflict since the Spanish–American War. Several have died in the service of their country during wartime. They include:

World War II

  • Marine Corps Major Kenneth D. Bailey – Company F-3 – Killed in Action on September 26, 1942, on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, Silver Star
  • Army Lieutenant Oscar H. Alexis – Company A-2 – Killed in Action on June 25, 1944 at Montieri, Italy
  • Navy Lieutenant William S. Devereaux – Company A-2 – Killed in Action in March 1943, in the Russell Islands while serving as the operations officer on a PT Boat
  • Army First Lieutenant Archibald C. Dudley – Company C-4 – Killed in Action on December 6, 1944 near Pachten, Germany while serving as an infantry platoon leader in C Company, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division
  • Army Air Corps First Lieutenant Robert Gehle Jobe – Company F-1 – Killed in Action over Altenkirchen, Germany on February 22, 1944, while serving as a B-17 bomber navigator
  • Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant Wallace Hembrough – Company F-3 – Killed in Action on February 21, 1945, while flying over north-western Germany as a bombardier-navigator
  • Army Air Corps Cadet Robert A. Nelson – Company A-2 – Died April 28, 1941, in a plane crash during plot training
  • Navy Ensign Brooks L. Potter – Company A-2 – Died on May 24, 1944 near Seattle, Washington in a plane crash


  • Army Second Lieutenant James J. Kiernan – Company D-8 – Killed in Action in North Korea on August 18, 1952


  • Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Jesse Rutledge Baker – Company C-4 – Killed in Action on August 18, 1967, when the jeep in which he was a riding detonated a box mine in a road near Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Army Major Anthony J. Broullon – Company Q-8 – Killed on September 8, 1969, in Long An, Vietnam while serving as a military adviser, he was shot by a mentally disturbed South Vietnamese soldier
  • Army Major Roy E. Congleton – Charter Member of Company L-4 – Killed in Action on December 21, 1964 as a result of small arms fire while serving as a Military Assistance Command Vietnam advisor.
  • Army First Lieutenant Frank Cesare Deusebio – Company D-8 – Died of Wounds on March 18, 1968, as a result of enemy small arms fire, Silver Star Recipient
  • Army Major Myron F. Diduryk – Company N-8 – Killed in Action on April 24, 1970, during his second tour in Vietnam. Two Silver Stars, Company Commander in the Battle of Ia Drang, Vietnam
  • Army First Lieutenant Gary Dennis Fernandez- Company Q-8 – Killed in Action on January 7, 1968, by a landmine in Binh Duong Provence, Vietnam
  • Air Force First Lieutenant John Charles Hauschildt – Company F-3 – Killed in Action on October 5, 1965, by small arms fire during his F-100 fighter direct air support mission near Tuy Hoa, Vietnam, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal recipient; attended the University of Illinois before acceptance at the Air Force Academy
  • Army First Lieutenant John Robert Hagood- Company A-2/National Headquarters – Killed in Action on November 1, 1969, in Quang Binh, Vietnam as a result of an explosive device (Buried in Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Army First Lieutenant Richard Douglas Hogarth – Company D-1 – Killed in Action on May 6, 1966, in Binh Dinh, Vietnam as a result of small arms fire.
  • Army First Lieutenant Vasser W. Hurt III – Company O-4 – Died of Wounds on May 2, 1970, in Quang, Vietnam as a result of an explosive device (buried at Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Army Captain John J. Kalen – Company A-12 – Killed in action on September 16, 1969, when his helicopter was shot down during a low-level reconnaissance mission near Pleiku, Vietnam
  • Army Second Lieutenant James P. Kelly – La Salle College – Killed in Action on September 27, 1965, while serving near An Khe, Vietnam
  • Army First Lieutenant Terry Lee Manz – Company D-2 – Killed by Friendly Fire on January 28, 1967, when the helicopter he was flying was hit by South Vietnamese artillery fire, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal recipient
  • Army Captain Fred Howell McMurray, Jr – Company C-4 – Missing in Action, presumed dead on November 13, 1974 in Au Shau Valley, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam. His aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire, began burning in flight, and crashed. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
  • Army First Lieutenant James A. Merrett – Company D-10 – Killed in Action by small arms fire on December 12, 1968 in Hau Nghia Province, Vietnam
  • Army Captain Michael R. Odum – Company M-16 – Killed in Action by small arms fire on September 11, 1969, in Phong Dinh Province, Vietnam (Buried at Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Army Captain Christopher J. O'Sullivan – Company D-8 – Killed in Action in Vietnam on May 30, 1965, hit by shrapnel while helping carry wounded men to safety and directing strikes, O'Sullivan Plaza in New York City was named in his honor, Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star recipient
  • Army First Lieutenant Robert Thomas Rice, Jr – Battery G-1 – Killed in Action by enemy mortar fire on August 8, 1970, near Pleiku, Vietnam, Silver Star recipient
  • Army First Lieutenant Gregory C. Schoper – Company C-4 – Killed in Action on February 14, 1970 in Tay Nihn, Vietnam by enemy small arms fire (Buried in Arlington National Cemetery)
  • Army Second Lieutenant Gary Arold Scott – Company F-8 – Died of Wounds in Vietnam on March 29, 1968, as a result of enemy ambush in Hue, Vietnam, Silver Star recipient
  • Army First Lieutenant David B Wainwright – Company F-1 – Died near near Tuy Hoa Vietnam on October 4, 1967, when the MEDIVAC helicopter he was flying crashed, Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal recipient
  • Army First Lieutenant Sterling A. Wall – Company A-12 – Killed in a helicopter crash on August 24, 1967, while returning to his forward operating base in Pleiku Province, Vietnam


  • Army Second Lieutenant Jeffrey C. Graham – Company C-1 – Killed in Action in Iraq on February 19, 2004, when a bomb exploded as he was warning others in his platoon
  • Army Captain Jonathan D. Grassbaugh – Company E-8 (Now T-8) – Killed in Action on April 7, 2007, in Zaganiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated as he conducted a combat logistics patrol
  • Army First Lieutenant Ryan Patrick Jones – Company E-12 – Died of Wounds on May 2, 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq of injuries suffered when his vehicle struck a roadside bomb
  • Army First Lieutenant Michael L. Runyan – Battery G-1 – Killed in Action in Balad, Iraq on July 21, 2010, as a result improvised explosive device in Muqdaiyah, Iraq
  • Army Captain Kafele H. Sims – Company G-8 – Died June 16, 2009 in Mosul, Iraq, of a non-combat-related injury.


  • Army Sergeant Gregory Owens Jr. – Company Q-17 – Died of Wounds on July 20, 2009, in Maydan Shahr, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenades
  • Army Second Lieutenant Justin Sisson – Company M-16 – Killed in Action in Tsamkani, Afghanistan on June 3, 2013, by a suicide bomber


Company E-16 performs a Color Guard for Colin Powell
  • "We, the members of Pershing Rifles, National Honorary Military Society, in order to encourage, preserve and develop the highest ideals of the military profession, to promote American citizenship, to create a closer and more efficient relation, and to provide appropriate recognition of a high degree of military ability among the cadets of the several senior Reserve Officers' Training Corps units of the Government of our organization, do hereby establish this constitution." – preamble to the 1939 Pershing Rifles constitution
  • "To foster a spirit of friendship and cooperation among men in the military department and to maintain a highly efficient drill company." – Pershing Rifles 1951 Pledge Manual
  • "For the first time in my life I was a member of a brotherhood," [Colin] Powell would later say about the Pershing Rifles. "The discipline, the structure, the camaraderie, the sense of belonging were what I craved. … I found a selflessness within our ranks that reminded me of the caring atmosphere within my family. Race, color, background, income meant nothing."[23]
  • "It was The Pershing Rifles and Army ROTC at Fordham that got me interested in the Army as a possible career and I have maintained an association with many of them all these years." – General John M. "Jack" Keane, Former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army,
  • "I waited until my junior year to pledge … The Pershing Rifles. This was later than most other students, but all my life I was a late bloomer. The pledging was tough and physical, but also military. I received a lot more exposure to weapons and military discipline than I would otherwise have obtained. My brother was in Vietnam and I believed I would wind up there, too." - Stephen J. Candela [24]
  • "We are amongst the most prestigious military organizations that you can join. We do many of the color guards for UK sporting events and around the local tri state area. … The most rewarding part (of Pershing Rifles) is definitely the camaraderie that we have within our organization. We are a family honestly. I would be happy to serve next to or do anything for my brothers and sisters in this organization." – Sarah M. Schmitz, XO, Pershing Rifles Company C-1, University of Kentucky 2014 [25]

National commanders[edit]

P/R Rank Name Years of Service
COL John P. McKnight 1928–29
MG Ray N. Sabata 1929–30
MG Carl J. Hahn 1930–31
MG William Comstock 1931–32 (Resigned)
MG Claude A. Gillespie 1931–32
MG E. Bryon Hirst 1932–33
MG Richard A. Moran 1933–34
MG Tom F. Naughton 1934–35
COL James Wilson 1935–36
COL John J. Jarmin 1936–37
COL Harry P. Haynie 1937–38
COL J. Wade Raser 1938–39
COL Jean A. Wolf 1939–40
COL Warren B. Day 1940–41
COL Fred H. Voight 1941–42
COL Roger D. Anderson 1942–43
BG John D. Cooper 1946
BG Robert B. Avner 1946–47
BG John W. Plantikow 1947–48
BG Paul G. Hanson 1948–49
BG William R. Mook 1949–50
BG James M. Worth 1950–51
BG Thomas G. Irwin 1951–52
BG John A. Graff 1952–53
BG Dean E. Ekberg 1953–54
BG Virgil Holtgrewe 1954–55
BG William Wetzlaff 1955–56
BG Thomas V. Hoffman 1956–57
BG Allan S. Irwin 1957–58
MG Pat Y. Kuncl 1958–59
MG Larry B. Novicki 1959–60
MG Kenneth F. Tempero 1960–61
MG J. Marshall Kuhr 1961–62
MG Larry W. Berger 1962–63
MG Roger R. Stork 1963–64
MG Mark F. Anderson 1964–65
MG John E. Mullens 1965–66
MG James W. Belmont 1966–67
MG James W. Belmont 1967–68
MG William J. Krondak 1968–69
MG William T. Anton 1969 (Resigned)
MG Dennis L. Lambert 1969–70
MG James K. Radcliff 1970–71
MG Keith A. Helms 1971–72
MG Lance Wismer 1972–73
MG Pat A. Bates 1973–74
Rear Admiral C. Phillip "Phil" Warrick 1974–75
Rear Admiral C. Phillip "Phil" Warrick 1975–76
MG Alfred V. Parrish 1976–77
MG Randall L. Young 1977–78
MG Brian P. Leary May 78 –Jan 79
MG Carol A. Peterson Jan 79 – Mar 79
MG Kevin M. Born 1979–80
MG Jesse J. Rose 1980 (Resigned)
MG Paula R. Harmon 1980–81
MG David R. Earnest 1981–82
MG Teresa L. Whitehead 1982–83
MG Mark A. Ludwig 1983–84
MG Tim M. Whalen 1984–85
MG Craig W. Carlson 1985–86
MG Lois J. Anderson 1986–87
MG Jeffery A. James 1987–88
MG Reed K. Smith 1988–89
MG David J Olsen 1989–90
MG Pamela L. Dingman 1990–91
MG Rachel Lippert 1997–98
NAME UNKNOWN 1998–2000
MG Paul Stoural 2000–01
MG Andrew Smallwood 2002–03
MG Aaron Hall 2003–04
MG James Hunter-Chester 2004–05
MG Monica M. Olson 2005–06
MG David Poe 2006–07
MG Christopher D. Scheuermann+ 2007–08
MG Geoffrey Robinson 2008–09
MG Tom Carlson 2009–10
MG Andrea R. Walsh / Rebecca E. Scholand 2010–11
MG Nathan Jurgens 2011–12
MG Durrell D. Williams 2012
MG Paul C. Omichinski 2013–14
MG Donte' Hanns 2014–15
MG Selby Barron March – April 2015 (Resigned)
MG Tymothy Whisenand 2015–16

+ Craig Zagorski was promoted to Major General and National Commander for one day immediately following the end of Christopher D. Scheuermann's term in 2008.

Note: By tradition a National Commander is promoted to Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral if they serve a second term in office. Since the mid-2000s some Pershing Rifles National Commanders have been promoted to the rank of Pershing Rifles Lieutenant General/Vice Admiral upon completion of a full term in office.


Known Pershing Rifles units past and present (Note that some company numbers were used by more than one university or college over time) + denotes active units. By tradition the National Headquarters is at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. However the current National Staff is selected from across the Society and staff members may be from a number of different Pershing Rifles units. The Regimental/Brigade Headquarters locations listed are the historical locations of these units. Currently Pershing Rifles has a combined Regimental structure where two or more Regiments are grouped under one Regimental Commander who may be selected from any unit in the combined Regiment.

1st Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – University of Toledo, Toledo, OH / The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    • 1st Battalion – Kent State University, Kent, OH (1970s)
    • 2nd Battalion – University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1970s)
    • 3rd Battalion – West Virginia State University, Morgantown, WV (1970s)
  • +Company A-1 – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH[26] (Founded: 1925)
  • +Company B-1 – The University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
  • +Company C-1 – The University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  • +Company D-1 – The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • +Company E-1 – The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH[27]
  • Company F-1 – Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • +Battery G-1 – Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • Company H-1 – West Virginia State College/University, Institute, WV
  • Company H-1 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1948)
  • +Company I-1 – Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH[28]
  • +Company J-1 – Wright State University, Dayton, OH (Founded: 2011)
  • Company K-1 – Kent State University, Kent, OH
  • +Troop L-1 – University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (Founded: February 5, 1951)
  • +Company M-1 – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
  • Company N-1 – Marshall University, Huntington, WV
  • +Company O-1 – Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH (Founded: March 14, 2015)
  • Company P-1 – Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
  • +Company R-1 – Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
  • Company S-1 – West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  • +Company T-1 – Central State University/College, Wilberforce, OH
  • Company V-1 – Moorehead State University, Moorehead, KY
  • Company W-1 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Company X-1 – Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH
  • Company Y-1 – Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, PA
  • Company Z-1 – Capital University, Columbus, OH

2nd Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI / University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN / University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • +Company A-2 – University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Pershing's Own), Lincoln, NE[29]
  • Company B-2 – State University of Iowa / Iowa State University, Iowa City, IA
  • Company B-2 – Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Has also been N-3, B-7)
  • Company C-2 – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Company D-2 – University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Company D-2 – University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (1948)
  • Company E-2 – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • +Company E-2 – South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD[30]
  • Company F-2 – University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD (Company D-2 in the 1930s & 40s)
  • Company F-2 – North Dakota State College, Fargo, ND (1948)
  • Company G-2 – Iowa State University, Ames, IA (Founded: 1929)
  • Company H-2 – St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
  • Company I-2 – Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
  • +Company K-2 – Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
  • Company K-2 – South Dakota State College/University, Brookings, SD
  • Company L-2 – Ripon College, Ripon, WI
  • +Company L-2 – Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (Was L-7)
  • Company M-2 – Wisconsin State University – Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI
  • Company M-2 – Kemper Military School and College, Booneville, MO
  • Company N-2 – Wisconsin State University – Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI
  • Company O-2 – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
  • Company P-2 – Creighton University, Omaha, NE
  • +Company W-2 – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (Company A-7 in 1948)

3rd Regiment/Brigade[edit]

  • Headquarters – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • +Company A-3 – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN[31] (Founded: 1929)
  • Company B-3 – Western Kentucky State / Kentucky Teachers College, Bowling Green, KY (Founded: 4 February 1937)
  • +Company C-3 – University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL[32]
  • Company D-3 – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Company E-3 – Purdue University, Lafayette, IN
  • Company F-3 – University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
  • Company F-3 – West Virginia State College, WV (1948)
  • Company G-3 – Murray State Teachers College, Murray, KY
  • Company H-3 – Western Michigan College of Education, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Company I-3 – DePaul University, Chicago, IL
  • Company K-3 – Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
  • Company L-3 – Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Squadron M-3 – Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
  • Company N-3 – Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Currently B-2, was B-7)

4th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Clemson University, Clemson, SC
  • 1st Battalion – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • +Company A-4 – Saint Augustine's University, NC
  • Company A-4 – Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC
  • Company A-4 – University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (1930s & 40s, 1948) (Founded: 1927)
  • Company B-4 – Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Crossville, TN
  • Company B-4 – University of Alabama, University, AL (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • +Company C-4 – Clemson University/Agricultural College, Clemson, SC[33]
  • Company D-4 – Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Company D-4 – Louisiana State University, University, LA (1930s & 40s, 50s)
  • Company E-4 – Mercer College/University, Macon, GA
  • Company E-4 – Campbell College, Buies Creek, NC
  • Company E-4 – Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, VA (1949)
  • Company F-4 – Georgia School/Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Company G-4 – Auburn University, Auburn,AL
  • Company G-4 – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1948)
  • +Company H-4 – Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, AL (Assigned to 6th Regiment)
  • Company H-4 – Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC (1961)
  • Company I-4 – Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
  • Company J-4 – University of North Alabama, Florence, AL (Formerly Florence State University)
  • +Company K-4 – South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC[34] (Founded:December 14, 1966)
  • Company K-4 – University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Company L-4 – North Carolina State University/College, Raleigh, NC
  • Company M-4 – University of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN
  • +Company M-4 – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • +Company N-4 – North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC
  • +Company O-4 – Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
  • Company P-4 – Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL (Now P-6)
  • Company Q-4 – University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • +Company R-4 – Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA (Was C-15)[35]
  • Company R-4 – East Tennessee State College, Johnson City, TN (1958)
  • Company S-4 – Furman University, Greenville, SC
  • Company T-4 – Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • +Company U-4 – Hampton University, Hampton, VA (Was D-15)(Founded: 28 November 1950, Rechartered 2000)
  • Company V-4 – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Company W-4 – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1958, 62)
  • +Company W-4 – College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA[36]
  • Company X-4 – Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
  • +Company Y-4 – Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA
  • +Company Z-4 – University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

5th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Pennsylvania State University / University Park, PA
  • 1st Battalion – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1958–59)
  • 2nd Battalion – Pennsylvania Military College, Chester, PA (1958–59)
  • 3rd Battalion – Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (1958)/Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD (1959)
  • Company A-5 – Pennsylvania State College / University, Altoona, PA
  • Company A-5 – Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Company A-5 – University of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • Company B-5 – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  • Company C-5 – University of Maryland, College Park, MD (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • Company D-5 – College of the City of New York, NY (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • Company D-5 – Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA (1958)(Now O-4)
  • Company E-5 – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • Company E-5 – Virginia Polytechnical Institute, Blackburg, VA (1958)
  • Company F-5 – Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
  • Company G-5 – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1948)
  • Company H-5 – Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
  • Company H-5 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1948)
  • Company I-5 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Company I-5 – Fordham University, New York City, NY (1948)
  • Company I-5 – Hampton Institute, Hampton, VA (1958)
  • Company K-5 – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Company K-5 – New York University, New York City, NY (1948)
  • Company L-5 – Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Company M-5 – Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
  • Company N-5 – Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
  • Company O-5 – Gannon College, Erie, PA
  • Company P-5 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1952-late 1950s)
  • Company Q-5 – Pennsylvania Military College, Chester, PA
  • Company R-5 – Scranton University, Scranton, PA
  • Company S-5 – Chapin Hall, George Washington University, Washington, DC (1958)
  • Company T-5 – Loyola University, Baltimore, MD (1958)
  • Company V-5 – Morgan State College, Baltimore, MD (1958)
  • Company W-5 – Villanova University NROTC, Villanovia, PA (1958)
  • Company X-5 – Lafayette College, Easton, PA
  • Company Y-5 – Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
  • Headquarters Platoon Ogontz – Pennsylvania State University, Abington, PA

6th Regiment/Brigade[edit]

  • Headquarters – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA / University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • Company A-6 – Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Company A-6 – University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (1948)
  • +Battery B-6 – East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
  • Company B-6 – University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR (Chartered 1959)
  • Company B-6 – University of California, Berkeley, CA (1948)
  • Company C-6 – Florida A&M College/University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Company C-6 – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (1930s & 40s, 1948)
  • Company D-6 – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (Now D-17)
  • Company D-6 – Utah State Agricultural College, Logan, UT (1948)
  • Company F-6 – University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Company F-6 – University of Arizona (19520
  • Company G-6 – Mississippi State College, State College MS (1958)
  • Company I-6 – Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
  • Company K-6 – Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Company M-6 – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Company O-6 – Centenary College, Shreveport, LA (1958)
  • +Company P-6 – Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL (Was P-4)[37]
  • Company P-6 – College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, Mayaguez, PR
  • Company S-6 – Stetson University, DeLand, FL
  • Company U-6 – University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (1958)
  • Company V-6 – McNeese State College, Lake Charles, LA
  • Company V-6 – Spring Hill College, Spring Hill Station, AL (1958–59)
  • Company W-6 – Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL
  • Company Y-6 – Northeast Louisiana State College, Lake Charles, LA (1958)

7th Regiment/Brigade[edit]

  • Headquarters – Oklahoma State University
  • Company A-7 – Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS (Formerly Kansas State College)
  • Company A-7 – University of Missouri, Columbia, MO (1948)
  • Company A-7 – Kansas State Teacher's College, Pittsburg, KS (1958,59)
  • Company B-7 – Washington University, St. Louis, MO (Has also been B-2, N-3)
  • Company B-7 – Arkansas Poly Tech College, Russellville, AR
  • +Company C-7 – Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (Formerly Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (Oklahoma A&M))
  • Company D-7 – University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  • Company D-7 – Louisiana State University, University, LA (1958)
  • Company E-7 – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Company F-7 – Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
  • +Company G-7 – Kansas State College/University, Manhattan, KS[38]
  • Company H-7 – University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • Company I-7 – Arkansas State College, Little Rock, AR
  • Company K-7 – Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla, MO (Formerly University of Missouri at Rolla/Missouri School of Mines)
  • Company L-7 – Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (Currently L-2)
  • Company L-7 – Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
  • Company M-7 – Missouri Southern State College/Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO (Unit Disbanded)
  • Company M-7 – Southern Methodist College/University, Dallas, Texas (1952)
  • Company N-7 – Ouachita Baptist College, Arkadelphia, AR
  • Company O-7 – Texas College of Mines & Metallurgy, El Paso, Texas(became H-10)
  • Company P-7 – University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Company Q-7 – Prairie View A&M College, Prairie View, TX
  • Company R-7 – University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO (Formerly Central Missouri State)
  • Company R-7 – Trinity University, San Antonio, TX (1958,59)
  • Company S-7 – Henderson State Teacher's College, Arkadelphia, AR
  • Company T-7 – Southern State College, Magnolia, AR
  • Company T-7 – Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX
  • Company V-7 – Southwestern State College, Weatherford, OK
  • Company W-7 – Panhandle State College, Goodwell, OK
  • +Company X-7 – University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK
  • Company Y-7 – East Central State College, Ada, OK

8th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – City College of New York / Seton Hall University / Saint Peters College
  • 1st Battalion – Fordham, University, New York, NY
  • 2nd Battalion – Seton Hall, University, South Orange, NJ
  • Company A-8 – City College of New York, New York, NY
  • Company B-8 – Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Company C-8 – St. Bonaventure University, Bonaventure, NY
  • Company C-8 – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1952)
  • +Company D-8 -Fordham University, New York, NY
  • Company D-8 – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY (1952)
  • Company E-8 – New York University, Bronx, NY
  • Company E-8 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1974–1981, 1984–2006, 2012, Was E-15, Now T-8)
  • +Company F-8 – Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • +Company G-8 – Howard University, Washington, DC (Founded: 8 March 1974)
  • Company G-8 – Siena College, Londonville, NY
  • Company G-8 – Brooklyn College, New York City, NY
  • Company G-8 – Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York (1952)
  • Company H-8 – Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY
  • Company I-8 – Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
  • Company I-8 – University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Company I-8 – Boston, University, Boston, MA (1952)
  • +Company J-8 – Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD (Was H-15) (Founded: March 15, 1954)
  • Company K-8 – Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  • Company L-8 – New York University, New York, NY
  • Company L-8 – Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Company M-8 – Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Company N-8 – Saint Peters College, Jersey City, NJ
  • +Company O-8 – Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
  • Company O-8 – Gannon College, Erie, PA
  • Company P-8 – State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime, Bronx, NY
  • +Company Q-8 – Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY[39]
  • Company R-8 – Clarkson College, Potsdam, NY (Founded: 1936)
  • Company R-8 – Saint Johns University, Jamaica, NY
  • Company S-8 – Niagara University, Niagara, NY
  • +Company T-8 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Company T-8 – University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR
  • +Company X-8 – University of Delaware, Newark, DE[40] (Has also been X-15)

9th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – University of Colorado at Boulder/University of Denver (1958)
  • Company A-9 – University of Alaska, College, AK
  • Company A-9 – University of Denver, Denver, CO (1958)
  • +Company B-9 – University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO[41]
  • +Company C-9 – Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO[42]
  • Company D-9 – Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Company D-9 – Southern Colorado State College, Pueblo, Co
  • Company E-9 – South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD
  • Company E-9 – New Mexico College of A&M, State College, NM (1958)
  • Company F-9 – Idaho State College, Pocatello, ID (1958)
  • Company G-9 – Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • +Company H-9 – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Company H-9 – Texas Western College, El Paso, TX

10th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ/University of Arizona (1958–59)
  • Company A-10 – University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • +Company B-10 – California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA
  • Company B-10 – University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA (1958,59)
  • Company C-10 – New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • Company D-10 – Arizona State College/University, Tempe, AZ
  • Company E-10 – University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
  • Company F-10 – San Jose State College, San Jose, CA
  • +Company G-10 – California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
  • Company G-10 – University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Company H-10 – Texas Western College, El Paso, TX (became UTEP, later H-17, now A-14)
  • Company I-10 – University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

11th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (Ended after 1964)
  • Company A-11 – University of Alaska, College, AK
  • Company B-11 – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Company C-11 – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • Company D-11 – State College of Washington, Pullman, WA (1958–59)
  • Company E-11 – Oregon State University, Eugene, OR
  • Company F-11 – Montana State University, Missoula, MT (1958–59)
  • Company G-11 – University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • Company H-11 – Seattle University, Seattle, WA

12th Regiment[edit]

Headquarters – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, through June 1962, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, June 1962 through (approx) 1978 / University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

  • Headquarters 1st Battalion, 12th Regiment – Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Headquarters 2nd Battalion, 12th Regiment – Providence College, Providence, RI
  • Company A-12 – Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • +Company B-12 – Boston University, Boston, MA[43]
  • +Company C-12 (Airborne)- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA[44]
  • Company D-12 – University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • +Company E-12 – Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
  • Company F-12 – University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • +Company F-12 – Stonehill College, Easton, MA
  • Company G-12 – University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Company H-12 – University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
  • Company K-12 – Providence College, Providence, RI
  • Company I-12 – Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
  • Company L-12 – University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  • Company M-12 – University of Maine, Orono, ME
  • Squadron N-12 – Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, MA

14th Brigade/Regiment[edit]

Headquarters – Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

  • +Company A-14 – University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (has been E-7, H-10 & H-17)[45]
  • +Company W-14 – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • +Company Z-14 – Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

15th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Company/Squadron A-15 – University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • Company B-15 – Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA (now PR Co O-4)
  • Company C-15 – Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA (now R-4)
  • Company C-15 – Virgina Polytechnical Institute, Blacksburg, VA (1961)
  • Company D-15 – Hampton University, Hampton, VA (now U-4)
  • Company E-15 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (late 1960s-1974, later E-8)
  • Company/Squadron F-15 – George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Company G-15 – Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
  • Company H-15 – Morgan State University,Baltimore, MD (now J-8)
  • Company Q-15 – Pennsylvania Military College, Chester, PA (was Q-5)
  • Company P-15 – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1960s, later E-15)
  • Company R-15 – University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
  • Company X-15 – University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware (Founded: May 1969)

16th Regiment/Brigade[edit]

  • Headquarters – University of Tampa, Tampa, FL/ Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • +Company A-16 – Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
  • +Company B-16 – Georgia State University. Atlanta. GA
  • Company B-16 – University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, PR (was B-6)
  • Company B-16 – Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS
  • +Company C-16 – Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL (was C-6)[46]
  • Company E-16 – Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Company E-16 – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Company F-16 – University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
  • Company I-16 – Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
  • Company J-16 – Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
  • Company M-16 – Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • Company N-16 – Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA
  • Company P-16 – College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (was P-6)
  • Company S-16 – Stetson University, DeLand, FL
  • Company T-16 – University of Tampa, Tampa, FL
  • Company U-16 – University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (was U-6)
  • Company V-16 – University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
  • Company W-16 – McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

17th Regiment[edit]

  • Headquarters – Prairie View A&M University[47]/Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • Company A-17 – Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
  • +Company B-17 – Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS
  • Company C-17 – New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • +Company D-17 – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (was D-6)
  • Company D-17 – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
  • +Company G-17 – Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
  • Company H-17 – University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (Now A-14)
  • Company L-17 - Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
  • Company M-17 – Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Company M-17 – Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
  • Company Q-17 – Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, TX
  • Company R-17 – Trinity University, San Antonio, TX
  • Company T-17 – Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, TX
  • Company T-17 – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  1. ^ Colin Powell, by Geoffrey M. Horn, p. 18, Gareth Stevens, 2004. ISBN 0-8368-5267-2.
  2. ^ The Pershing Rifles Group Website
  3. ^ Pershing Rifles Symbolism
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  7. ^ Pipe Clay and Drill, by Richard Goldhurst, p. 42, Reader's Digest Press, 1977. ISBN 0-88349-097-8. This work goes on to note "These cadets constituted themselves as the Varsity Rifles, later changing their name to the Pershing Rifles, an organization which spawned hundreds of chapters on other campuses in the coming decades."
  8. ^ Pershing Rifles History
  9. ^ Five Stars, p. 83
  10. ^ Black Jack, by Frank Everson Vandiver, p. 135, Texas A&M University Press, 1977. ISBN 0-89096-024-0.
  11. ^ Pershing Rifles History
  12. ^ Pershing Rifles History
  13. ^ "History of the National Society of Pershing Rifles". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "History of the National Society of Pershing Rifles". Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ The Lincoln Star Lincoln, Nebraska, Page 6, January 25, 1957
  16. ^ Pershing Rifles History
  17. ^ B-9 homepage
  18. ^ C-9 homepage
  19. ^ C-12 homepage
  20. ^ Monroe, Matt (December 19, 2002). "Ebbesen named civilian aide to the Army Secretary". Virgin Islands Daily News  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ metroherald page
  22. ^ Patricia Morrisroe, Mapplethorpe: A Biography, illustration. (Da Capo Press, 1997. ISBN 0-306-80766-1)
  23. ^ Colin Powell, by Reggie Finlayson, p. 28, Twenty-First Century Books, 2004. ISBN 0-8225-4966-2.
  24. ^ Veteran of a Foreign War, by Stephen J. Candela, p. 16, St. John's Press, 2004. ISBN 0-9710551-4-9.
  25. ^ Perishing Rifles Blog Post #11.
  26. ^ A-1 webpage
  27. ^ E-1 webpage
  28. ^ I-1 webpage
  29. ^ A-2 webpage
  30. ^ "history". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  31. ^ A-3 webpage
  32. ^ C-3 website
  33. ^ C-4 webpage
  34. ^ K-4 webpage
  35. ^ R-4 webpage
  36. ^ W-4 webpage
  37. ^ 6th Brigade Roster
  38. ^ G-7 article
  39. ^ Q-8 webpage
  40. ^ X-8 webpage
  41. ^ B-9 webpage
  42. ^ C-9 webpage
  43. ^ B-12
  44. ^ C-12 webpage
  45. ^ 14th Brigade Roster
  46. ^ C-16 webpage
  47. ^ 17th Regiment

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