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Corps to honor Temple

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 04 - September 19, 1996

Virginia Tech Spectrum, September 19, 1996

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will hold a special celebration on September 26 at 4:30 p.m. to honor Col. Harry Temple, a 1934 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an alumnus of the Corps of Cadets. Temple has just published a book, The Bugle's Echo, the first of several volumes to document the history of the Corps.

Temple has spent the last 23 years researching the Corps of Cadets. He began the work in 1973 when he learned that the Corps might be discontinued. Temple remembered the time when Virginia Tech was exclusively a young man's military school and "the Corps was VPI." By documenting its history, he hopes to preserve the Corps traditions and its impact on the university.

Temple also authored a pictorial history of the uniforms of the Cadets in the book Donning the Blue and Gray. On Founder's Day, Temple received a special citation for his devotion to the school and the Corps of Cadets.

The Bugle's Echo covers the years 1872-1900 in the history of the Corps of Cadets. One word describes the material of the book-detail. "It's more detailed than the average history book would be," Temple says. "I wanted it to be a reference book. You may find yourself in more detail than you want to be."

Temple holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech and has done graduate work at George Washington University and the University of Georgia. He is a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College, the Army Logistic Management Center, and the Army Management School. He served as a professional officer of the United States Army and is a combat veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

For information on ordering The Bugle's Echo, call Angela Mathias at 1-7431.