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This history begins with an overview of the Naval ROTC Unit at the College of the Holy Cross, and includes several appendices that provide data on the Unit’s graduates, those killed on active duty, and awards for combat heroism. It also calls attention to transition points in the Unit’s history: the Vietnam War crisis in 1970 and 1971, the introduction of women to the Unit, the transition from a Holy Cross-only Unit to one based on the Worcester Consortium for Higher Education, the Peace Dividend years of the 1990s, the role of the Marine Officer Instructor, and the value of a liberal arts education.


Captain Brendan J. O’Donnell, USN (Ret) Midshipmen Battalion Commander 1970-71 was the primary author of this history.

Lieutenant Colonel Susan Dooley, USMC (Ret) Midshipmen Battalion Commander 1981 contributed the article "Women Veterans from Holy Cross and the NROTC Unit".

Major Jay E. Burzak, USMC (Ret) Marine Officer Instructor 1982-85 contributed the article "Role, Duties, and Responsibilities of the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI)."

Originally published September 2016.

Revision 1 published November 2017.

Revision 2 published July 2019.