Widener University
PMC was one of the oldest military schools in the nation. Predating the Civil War the Pennsylvania Military College was, in its day, a landmark American institution that educated and trained an elite Corps of Cadets.

Cadets of PMC

PMC was one of the oldest military schools in the nation. Predating the Civil War the Pennsylvania Military College was, in its day, a landmark American institution that educated and trained an elite Corps of Cadets.

PMC to ROTC

The Corps of Cadets of PMC was disbanded and transformed into an ROTC based institution in 1972 when the school changed from a military school to the private institution Widener College, now known as Widener University.

Hall of Fame

In conjunction with the ROTC 100th anniversary in 2016, two of our past graduates (both class of ’63) were named to the Army ROTC Hall of Fame: retired four-star General John H. Tilelli Jr. and John Lance “Jack” Geoghegan.

General Tilelli served as Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army from 1994 to 1995, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Forces Command from 1995 to 1996, and Commander in Chief of the United Nations Command/Commander in Chief of the Republic of Korea and U.S Combined Forces Command/Commander of U.S forces Korea from 1996 to 1999. He served two tours in the Vietnam War, four in Germany and three in the Pentagon. His combat tours include assignments as a Company Commander in Vietnam and as Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division during the Persian Gulf War.

Jack Geoghegan was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry and deployed to Vietnam in August 1965. During the Battle of Ia Drang in November 1965, he was killed while tending to a wounded fellow soldier, Willie Godboldt. Lieutenant Geoghegan was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Air Medal. His story is recalled in the best-selling book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young and in the feature film by the same name.