Department of Military Science records

Department of Military Science records

Dates: 1978-1997

This collection includes student records, correspondence, minutes, and faculty files of the Brigham Young University Department of Military Science.

  • Extent: 4 cartons (4 linear feet)
  • Call Number: UA 5449
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted. Closed for 25 years (until 2022) after the creation of the records and thereafter open to the public after consultation with the University Archivist and in accordance with the General Restriction Statement of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Department of Military Science records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: UA 5449; Department of Military Science records; University Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: UA 5449, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Transferred from Records Management, April 2009.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Records Management; April 2009.
Related Material
(UA SC 28) The Brigham Young University War Service Letter; (UA SC 104) Department minutes, 1991-1993; (UA 813) Brigham Young University war service letter, 1954-1961.
Subject Terms
Air Force; Army; Colleges and Universities; Education; Military
Genre / Form
Corporate minutes; Letters; Student records
Processing Information
Processed; Kayla Quinney; April 2009.
Appraisal Information
University records (University Archives Collecting Policy July 2003).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Department of Military Science records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kayla Quinney
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T11:31-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

The Department of Military Science (Army ROTC) was initiated at Brigham Young University on 29 April 1968. A building was constructed specifically for the ROTC Program (both Army and Air Force) and dedicated as the Daniel H. Wells ROTC Building in October 1968.

The first course of instruction was held during the 1968 Spring Term with a faculty and staff of four officers, two enlisted men, and two civilians. David R. Lyon, Colonel, Field Artillery, was the first professor of military science.

Extracurricular activities begun at that time included a Drill Team, Rifle Marksmanship Team, Color Guard, and the Army Sponsor Corps. Later, the Army ROTC Chorus, the Army ROTC Band, and a Ranger Company were organized.

In its early years (1969-1974) the BYU Army ROTC Program consistently had the largest voluntary cadet enrollment west of Texas A&M University and the largest attendance at both the Basic and Advanced Camps.

Since 1976, BYU cadets have consistently placed in the top few of the institutions participating at the Fourth Region Advanced Camp, which is held at Fort Lewis, Washington. In 1988, two of the ten top regimental cadets of the camp were from BYU.

In 1988 & 1990 the BYU Ranger Challenge Team placed first in Brigade competitions, and first in Region Competitions at Fort Lewis Washington. Because the team achieved scores higher than those achieved in any of the other three ROTC Regions, the BYU Rangers were declared 1988 and 1990 National Champions.

Those serving as past Professors of Military Science are as follows: David R. Lyon, COL (1968-1972) deceased March 2002; Bartley E. Day, COL (1972-1977) deceased October 1994; Donald G. Andrews, COL (1977-1980); John T. Kallunki, LTC (1980-1983) deceased August 1977); Brigham S. Shuler, LTC (1983-1987); John Norton Jr., LTC (1987-1991); Paul M. Searle, LTC (1991-1993); Joseph L. Allred, LTC (1993-1995); John J. Sullivan, LTC (1995-1998); Donald A. Coe, LTC (1998-1999); Reid E. Grawe, LTC (1999-2006). The current Professor of Military Science is Major Theodore M. Leblow. He assumed command of this detachment in June of 2006.

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