US Military Academy at West Point/1913 Graduate


I have a Cadet sword my father bought at a gun show many years ago. It has the following; "B S Degree on Cadet Horton", 1913, W C Rowland Phil PA"  I would like to find out the full name and a bit of history on this person. Thank you very much.

It's good to hear from you, Paul.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

My primary reference is, "The Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the US Military Academy," published annually by the West Point Association of Graduates.  Per the "Register" Robert Donald Horton was appointed from New York and graduated with the Class of 1913.  Upon graduation he served as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry in 1917.  He retired with a disability as a Major in 1930, and passed away on August 13, 1955.  That is all the entries in the "Register."

The "W C Rowland Phil PA" part is likely the maker of the Cadet sword.

I hope this answers at least some of your questions.

Good luck in your quest for more information about Maj (Ret) Horton.

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I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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