Civil War memorial in Herrick Chapel on the campus of Grinnell College.

Grinnell College Veterans Memorial Project

At the back of Herrick Chapel hangs a special memorial honoring the 11 Grinnell College students who lost their lives in the Civil War. The last entry is dated April 6, 1865.

Decades later, in the fall of 1945, a promise was made by Grinnell College President Samuel Stevens to the family of Jimmy Ley ’44, a student who lost his life during World War II. The promise was to include the names of all of the service people who lost their lives during the war so that we will never forget the noble sacrifices that these service members made in order to protect our freedom.

Current College leadership recently learned of this promise and intends to fulfill it by expanding recognition on campus for the students and alumni who lost their lives defending our country. A new veteran’s memorial installation is being planned to join and complement the existing plaque in Herrick Chapel. It will honor those who died in active duty since 1865.

The new memorial will include the names of students and alumni who died in active duty while serving in one of the United States military branches.   

As you can imagine, obtaining the names for the memorial is a sizable undertaking. That’s why we are asking for help. The Office of Development and Alumni Relations is asking friends, family members, and loved ones of these service members to submit their names and details related to their service so that these individuals can be honored as part of this new memorial.

If you know someone whose name should be included on the list, please complete our submission form or send a letter to Veterans’ Project, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA 50112-1690.

For the initial installation, names must be received by July 1, 2019.

Thank you for helping us to commemorate these special members of our Grinnell community. An event will be held on Veterans Day to further honor their memory. Details will be forthcoming.