Ernest N. Harmon

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Major General Harmon Surfaces on YouTube

By | February 3rd, 2014|

I've learned a lot about Major General Harmon over the past few years but had never heard his voice…until now. His 1962 speech to World War II combat veterans of the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels") starts at 3:11 but this link will bring you right to the heartwarming conclusion [...]

A Word From Major General Ernest N. Harmon

By | March 10th, 2013|

Below are a few interesting excerpts from Major General Ernest N. Harmon's address to the Newcomen Society on October 6th, 1951, in Northfield, Vermont. Harmon was introduced by the Honorable Stanley C. Wilson - former Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees. I'll scan the [...]

Major General Harmon, Changes on the Hill, and the Battle of Mogadishu

By | January 20th, 2013|

Below is an audio recording of a talk I recently gave to the Norwich University Alumni Club of Washington, D.C. It begins with an explanation of how a casual comment from my father led to my rekindled interest in Norwich history just a few years ago. Topics discussed include one [...]

Lie, Cheat, Steal: What Would You Do?

By | June 21st, 2012|

The Summer Edition of the Norwich Record is out. My article on the Honor Code is below. Comments and criticism are welcome. See more comments on Facebook HERE. Imagine it’s the first semester of your junior year. You’re sitting in class, when a messenger enters and hands a piece of [...]

Commencement 2012 and Final Resting Places

By | May 16th, 2012|

I spent a few days in Northfield last week for an Alumni Association meeting that happened to coincide with commissioning and graduation. It's always an extraordinary time of year to be on campus as Norwich students scurry to fulfill their final requirements before officially starting their careers. There [...]

Going to War With Ernest N. Harmon (III of III)

By | March 4th, 2012|

Harmon's return to the 2nd Armored Division brought him to one of the most crucial battles of World War II - The Battle of the Bulge - where he was joined by proud graduates of the Norwich University Corps of Cadets who locked shields and fought like Spartans under his command...

The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind

By | February 12th, 2012|

I was invited to sign books at the university bookstore a few weeks ago and was surprised by the turnout and energy of the students I had the pleasure to meet. Norwich students today have an enthusiasm and passion for Norwich history that I'm embarrassed to say I lacked when [...]

Going to War With Ernest N. Harmon (II of III)

By | January 24th, 2012|

After staring down Field Marshall Erwin Rommel at the Kaserine Pass, Ernie Harmon was reassigned as commander of the First Armored Division (aka "Old Ironsides") - recently labeled "non-combat worthy" by the British. Harmon's solution was to train, train, train. By Autumn the First A.D. had captured over 40,000 Nazi [...]

Going to War with Ernest N. Harmon (I of III)

By | January 3rd, 2012|

Northern Africa By the time Brigadier General Ernest N. Harmon took command of the Second Armored Division (for the first time) in the spring of 1942, the "Hell on Wheels" division already had name recognition and boasted George S. Patton as one of its former commanders. President Roosevelt himself had [...]

Wisdom from Major General E.N. Harmon

By | November 17th, 2011|

(Click images to see larger versions.) Words of wisdom from the 1964-1965 Cadet Handbook (aka Rook Book): "To succeed here, as anywhere else, you have to pay the price in hard work and attention to duty. You may make errors and fall. The disgrace comes only when you [...]