Park University History Students to Establish Endowment at National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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Park University’s Zeta Omicron Chapter of the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society will sign an agreement to establish the George S. Robb Great War Endowment Fund at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. A ceremony will be held on Friday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m. at the Museum. The event is open to the public.

The event will include remarks from Park University faculty, administration and Zeta Omicron officers, as well as Matthew Naylor, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

The purpose of the Fund is to preserve, conserve, maintain, digitize and purchase papers, manuscripts and other archival (non-three dimensional) materials related to World War I. As an endowment fund, only the interest generated on an annual basis will be used to support these activities.  

The gift from Park’s Zeta Omicron Chapter is given to honor the service personnel, units and civilians who served and defended their causes, many of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. The fund is named after Robb (1887-1972), a 1912 graduate of Park University and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army who received the Medal of Honor in 1919.

While nGeorge Robbear Sechault, France, in late September 1918, Robb was severely wounded by machine gun fire, but instead of receiving treatment, he remained with his platoon. After being ordered to the dressing station by his commanding officer, Robb returned just 45 minutes later. He remained on duty throughout the night before being wounded three more times, the latter killing his commanding officer. Robb then assumed command of the company and organized its position in the trenches. Displaying courage and tenacity at critical times, he was the only officer of his battalion to advance beyond the town. His bravery and fortitude, as well as his eagerness to continue the mission despite severe wounds, set before the enlisted men of his command a standard of morale and self-sacrifice.

Robb also earned the Legion of Honor, a Purple Heart, the French Croix de Guerre with a Palm, French Citation Certificate of Montenegrin Prince Danilo I and the Italian War Cross. In addition, Robb served as the auditor for the State of Kansas from 1935-61.