Penn State’s All Sports Museum announcement the opening of a new exhibition on Wednesday.
I’m a Penn Stater: Nittany Lions in World War II will chronicle the contributions of Penn State scholars and Women’s Recreation Association athletes during World War II.
“Using a variety of photographs, letters, diaries and artifacts, I’m a Penn Stater provides visitors with a first-hand understanding of the service provided by more than 1,200 former Nittany Lions who entered the military and the American Red Cross,” Penn State Athletics said in a statement. Release.
The exhibit will feature the experiences of various Penn Staters, such as wrestler Frank A. Gleason, who served in the Office of Strategic Services, Emma Jane Foster, a State College native who served as a civilian nurse with the Flying Tigers in China. Male basketball player Jack Reichenbach, who flew bombers for the US Fifteenth Air Force over Europe, and wrestler Clair L. Hess, who jumped with the 101st Airborne Division on D-Day, will also see their stories presented.
It will also recognize the 27 former scholars who lost their lives during the war, including football star Donald Megrail, Navy Cross recipient W. Garfield Thomas, boxer James W. Wright, and many others.
The title of the exhibition comes from a letter written by Sergeant Max S. Peters, a 1941 Penn State graduate and tracker. As he went through his list of Democratic beliefs and reasons to fight, he instead felt it was easier to say “I’m a Penn Stater” because he thought the phrase summed up everything he believed in.
Visitors can find the exhibit on the second floor of the museum. It will run from June 10, 2022 to June 1, 2025.