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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (May 15, 1943)
Retired ROTC Colonel
Enjoys University Classes
'Tra taking classes at the University because I'm interest
el in learning so many things I never had an opportunity to
learn before,” Col. Robert M. Lyon, retired, said today. “Now
jtfr.at I ant retired I have the leisure to enjoy the opportunities
which the University offers.”
Col. Lyon has led quite an eventful life during his army
career. He was a West Point classmate of General Douglas
Mac Arthur and taught Genera!
D ight Eisenhower during Eisen
hower's first year at West Point.
He served in France during the
last world war, was in the group
of West Point cadets who
ms fched in the New York pa
rade welcoming Admiral Dewey
home from the Philippines in
1891), served in Cuba two years
od.ii in Hawaii two different
tiroes, taught at West Point three
times, and was commander of
the ROTC unit at the University
of Oregon for four years just be
fore his retirement in 1942,
Col. Lyon graduated from West
Poirit in 1903. “In the estimation
of his class General MaeArthur
was considered the number one
mar. of his class," Col. Lyon said,
“He always ‘drove the fust sec
tion1—was the leading man in
every subject. In studies, leader
ship, and military efficiency he
wos the leading man and he was
always very thoughtful of his
comrades, always willing to help
and advise them.” Col. Lyon and
General MaeArthur went to the
Philippine islands together in
The first time Col. Lyon went
hack to West Point for his “de*
tail"—the time in which he went
hack to the Point to teacli before
going out into the field again—
was from 1911 to 1915. At that
time he taught General Dwight
Eisenhower in history, tactics,
and surveying. Eisenhower was a
first section man in history, Coi.
Lyon said. “Ke gave one the im
pression of being a good, sub
stantial citizen, able to stand on
Ids own two feet and make his
own decisions. He impressed me
as a man who would make good
ia any capacity."
After serving five years at
Poet Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo
ming, Col. Lyon was 3ent to Cuba
f ar two years. “I used to go swim
ming a few yards from where
Hobson sank the Meriimac,” he
said, He then went back to West
Point to teach and in 1915 was
sent to Hawaii. In June, 1918 he
was sent to France and served in
the 30U1 division with the 4th
British army on the Somme river
battlefields. At that time lie was
a lieutenant colonel.
‘ About all airplanes did in the
last war w'as to shoot down ob
servation balloons,” Col. Lyon
said. ‘‘Very few people expected
to get hit by a shell from a plane
in those days. Artillery was the
thing instead of airplanes for
Returned to West Point
At the conclusion of the war.
Col. Lyon returned to West Point.
He remained there until 1923
teaching in the department of
economics, government, and his
tory. He also taught at West
Point from 1926 to 1932.
Colonel Lyon commanded the
19th infantry, ‘‘Rock of Chicka
mauga regiment,” when he re
turned to Hawaii in 1936. He left
Hawaii in 1938 and came direct
ly to the University of Oregon,
where he was in command of the
ROTC unit for four years. He re
tired on June 30, 1942, at the age
Served Every Grade
In the infantry since his gradu
ation from West Point, Col. Lyon
l-sjjLi served in every grade in the
second infantry division except
second lieutenant. He was a first
lieutenant, captain, and major
when he was with the division
in Hawaii. In 1932 he again joined
the division, ths time at Fort
Wayne, Michigan, first as lieu
tenant colonel and later as com
mander and colonel for 14
Col. Lyon received his appoint
ment to West Point through a
competitive examination in 1899.
He is taking South American
history, History of Far East in
Modern Times, Recent Balkans,
Second Year Spanish, and Span
ish Composition at the Univer
‘ Although I studied Spanish at
West Point and was in Cuba for
two years, I’ve forgotten practi
cally everything I learned—3o
years ago,” Col. Lyon said.
‘ I am taking- modern liistories
to get a summarization of all
that I have read in the newspa
pers during recent years.”
9 It has been fun serving
you, in college. ...We
hope that whenever
you return to Oregon,
you will not forget
Just Oil the Old Campus on the Millrace
(Continued from page five)
lerie's would be able to perform
an iron man stunt, that is pitch
today and then repeat the same
action this coming Monday. The
affairs and fortunes of today’s
fray will determine just how
much mound work Begleries will
be called upon to perform.
The rival Beavers, minus veter
ans, have a heavy hitting club of
swatters that have rained havoc
on a number of occasions this
season. The Beavers, however,
have not been able to solve the
twirlings of Washington's crack
erjack flipper, Doug Ford, who
has been a cousin to the Duck
Captain John Bu’oalo, Donnie
Kirsch, Bill Hamel, Farrow, the
all veteran infield combination
will be cavorting around the close
up grass for their last series of
collegiate baseball. It will proba
bly be the last taste of this horse
hide business for most of the boys,
thanks to the war and its de
mands on manpower.
Oregon and OSC have previ
ously clashed twice this season,
the Ducks crushing the Beavers
in the first tiff at Corvallis by a
14-.1 margin, and then dropping
a 4-S affair on their home grounds
to the same gang.
The Ducks swept the Washing
ton Husky series, but dropped
two games to the WSC Cougars.
On the other hand, the Beavers
blew a pair to the Huskies, but
waxed the Cougars in four
Frahler or Frazier may possi
bly take the pitching slab chores
over today for the Orange-and
Black, but it seems likely that
Cecil will get the nod.on the basis
of his recent labors.
Results of the game may be re
layed to spectators at the Oregon
Oregon State track meet at Hay
ward Stadium today.
(Continued from page four)
2-Mile—Oregon: Kelly, Wilson,
Page. OSC: Brown. Meet record—
Wagner (0-1933) 9:38. Track
record_Wagner (0-1933) 9:38.
High Hurdle_Oregon: Kram
er, .Simpson, OSC: Samuel, Hass
man, Phelps. Meet record—Dun
klu (OSC-193S) 14.7. Track record
—Kelly (WSC-1934) 14.7.
Cow Hurdles—Oregon: Simp
son, Mueller. OSC: Winter, Fin
lay, Phelps. Meet record—Holman
(0-1931), Buck (0-1939 ) 24.4.
Track record—Robinson (0-1938)
High Jump—Oregon: Newland,
Drenkel, Weiden. OSC: Dudrey,
Alexander. Meet record — Steers
(0-1941) 6’8‘4”- Track record —
Steers (0-1941) GTO'/,”.
Broad Jump — Oregon: Hoff
man, Shanahan. OSC: Samuel.
Dudrey. Meet record—Keber (O
1939) 23’8% ”• Track record—
Robinson (0-1938 ) 24’10 3-8”.
Pole Vault — Oregon: Thomas,
"’ay, Mueller. OSC: Winter,
Dudrey, Blaine. Meet record—
Hansen (0-1941) 14*14'. Track
record—Hansen (0-1941), Varoff
Shot Put — Oregon: Foster,
Eliott. OSC: Stevens, Reiman,
Meet record_Foslcett (0-1937)
49‘2 7-8”. Track record_Theotlo
ratus (WSC-1934) 52’ 7-8”.
Discus — Oregon: Foster, Elli
ott, Campbell. OSC: Stevens, Rei
man. Meet record—Holland (O
1937) 163’. Track record—Moel
ler (0-1929) 157*2”.
Javelin—Oregon: Porter, New
land, Drenkel. OSC: Kilbuck,
Samuel. Meet record — Daneri
(OSC-19S5) 219’4". Track record
—Brown (0-1939) 131’'4".
Relay — Oregon (Kay, Allen,
Wisdom, Beckner). OSC (Shinn,
Norene, Gearhart, Hobart). Meet
record — Oregon 1931, 3:22.4.
Track record—Washington 1938,
Meet Record — Oregon won 23,
Oregon State 12.
- Photo by Ted Bush^
ENLISTED PERMANENT PERSONNEL . . .
... of the army air forces University of Oregon training detachment
are shown in their more-or-less military surroundings. From left to
right: Private Orville Henley, mail clerk, flunky, file clerk, chief coolc
and bottle-washer; Sgt. Martin M. Good; Staff Sgt. Robert H. Page,
acting first sergeant; and Staff Sgt. Marvin M. Smith.
Summer Student Help
Sought for Red Cross
Carolyn Holmes, outgoing cam
pus Red Cross chairman, called
for any girls interested in the
surgical dressing projects intend
ing to attend the summer session
to contact her. She is looking for
someone to take charge ot the
work during the summer.
The hours involved, said Miss
Holmes, will not be as extensive
as were the winter hours; the
center should be open two or
three days a week. Girls wishing
to transfer their surgical dress
ing credits to their home units
should also contact Miss Holmes.
GOOD LUCK, SENIORS ! !
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