The First World War

COLUMBIANS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

Even before the United States officially joined the war, 49 graduates of the School of Nursing volunteered to care for the Allies’ wounded and sick. Altogether, more than 2,600 Columbia students, alumni, staff, and faculty served in the military during the war. As many as a third of the graduates of 1918 missed commencement while serving in Europe.  Among the students who served, George Robb receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.  

Columbia Battalion presented with regimental colors by Sarah Butler, President Butler's daughter, May 1917.
Courtesy of Columbia University Archives.