August 1944

"Lost Student" Found on Roster of Heroes

Volume 28, Issue 8
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George L. Day, born in Haverhill, Mass., disappeared from the class of 1893 at Harvard following a football celebration during which the statue of John Harvard received a coat of crimson paint.

In 1901 Sergeant John Mapes Adams received the highest award this country can give a hero, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The George L. Day of the crimson episode and Sgt. John Mapes Adams, hero of the Boxer rebellion, were one and the same-although this was not learned until after the death of "Adams" in 1921.

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Jack DeChant