In Service to Their Country: Christchurch School and the American Uniformed Services (Paperback)

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A compilation by naval archivist Captain Alexander Monroe of the stories of several Christchurch School alumni who served in the United States military, and an examination of the connecting threads of morals and duty that impelled them to serve, as nurtured by Christchurch.

About the Author

Captain Alexander G. Monroe, USN (Ret.) is an honors graduate of Christchurch School. Thereafter, he matriculated at the University of Virginia, entered the Navy ROTC program, and earned his bachelor of arts degree, “with distinction,” in June 1964. Following his commissioning on the twentieth anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, he served as gunnery officer and an underway officer of the deck on USS Aucilla (AO-56), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia. Following active duty, he enrolled at The College of William and Mary and concurrently affiliated with the active Navy Reserve. He earned his M.A. in government and was employed as a member of the city manager’s staff in Richmond, Virginia, and served as city records manager/archivist. He deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 1988 during the tanker reflagging operation known as Earnest Will, completing a special assignment for the director of naval history. He also served at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1992, during humanitarian care operations involving Haitians. He is the author of official reports on humanitarian care for Haitians who sought parole as asylum seekers at the U.S. Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and on U.S. Atlantic Command assistance to civilian law enforcement authorities in the “War on Drugs.” He has earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal in service of the United States. Captain Monroe lives and writes in Richmond, Virginia.

Praise For…

“This is an inspiring book that illuminates the influence of education in our lives. The students of Christchurch School received much more than education over the course of the years they attended; they received inspiration and a sense of the importance of national service and sacrifice for something greater than themselves. Captain Monroe’s effort highlights his alma mater’s contributions to our nation’s history in the lives and actions of its students. In this flowing account, which spans more than a century, it becomes clear that they were given more than a diploma, they were given a sense of vocation.”
~ Captain Henry J. “Jerry” Hendrix, USN, Director of Naval History

“This unusual, interesting book focuses on the preparation for military life that can come from private secondary school culture. By using testimony of veterans who graduated from Christchurch School, above the banks of the Rappahannock River, author/editor Alexander ‘Sandy’ Monroe shows the common threads that link these two ways of life. These men and women, who range back from World War II to the recent wars in the Middle East, recall their adaptation to the values, discipline, and structure taught by Christchurch’s dedicated headmasters and staff, and they recall how this culture enabled them to adapt to similar values practiced in the military. They excelled as leaders who had assimilated the concepts of honor, integrity, and discipline by the time they graduated. This small school on the banks of Virginia’s lovely Rappahannock River has provided more than 325 men and women to the uniformed services of the United States, perhaps more than its fair share. This story will have resonance for its similarity to the hundreds of other preparatory schools whose students have done their duty for God and Country.”
~ William S. Dudley, Director of Naval History, 1995–2004

“Ironically, one of the outstanding graduates of Christchurch School that Captain ‘Sandy’ Monroe failed to document was himself! A naval officer with decades of service, Monroe, in his efforts on behalf of the Naval History and Heritage Command, has been instrumental in assuring that hundreds of stories of American sailors serving at home and abroad have been preserved for future generations. With his background as a Christchurch School alumnus and as a chronicler of history, a book has been produced detailing the tales of just some of that school’s graduates who went on to serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. In Service to Their Country is a series of stories in which those in the Rappahannock River area—indeed in all of Virginia—can take great pride.”
~ Commander David F. Winkler, USN (Retired), historian at the Naval Historical Foundation and author of 'Amirs, Admirals and Desert Sailor: Bahrain, the U.S. Navy and the Arabian Gulf'

Product Details
ISBN: 9780615914299
ISBN-10: 0615914292
Publisher: Pleasant Living Magazine LLC
Publication Date: January 14th, 2014
Pages: 202
Language: English