Williams College in the World War

Williams College in the World War

Williams College in the World War

Williams College in the World War

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The wave of full-hearted devotion that rose in the World War has receded from its crest, as must have been in times more normal. But never will there be forgetfulness of it. Memory of the glory that wave bore aloft is the priceless possession of all the colleges.

The service of Williams men enshrined in this volume is of abiding import. By it the past was made glorious, as the future will be shadowed while it is illumined. Natural it was to go forward when God quickened the souls of men to serve the need of the world, and so they held themselves fortunate.

Beyond all appraising do we hold the single-hearted devotion of these comrades of ours, who suffered or died with souls unafraid and faces sternly set to their grim task. Joy for that which had been given them to do was in their hearts amid all the stress. They challenged Fate, blindly at times, gallantly always, and won the guerdon of honor we can recognize but not bestow.

It was not for Frederic T. Wood and those associated with him to tell of the untiring pains expended upon this compilation and to speak of the exceptional success thereby attained. That was for another to insist upon expressing. They keenly appreciated our common debt and have discharged it with loving fidelity. The authorities of the college and all of her sons are grateful to these men now, and will continue to be as the years recede and the long procession of Williams men extends into the illimitable future. Pride will accompany gratitude as we more and more appreciate this contribution to history that so thoroughly and so fitly records remembrance and honor.

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