Glenn G. Bartle, first president of Harpur College, was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and served from 1942-45. He was appointed Commanding Officer of a V-12 Naval Unit at Swarthmore College. In addition to American troops, he also trained 49 Chinese naval officers. Bartle formed close ties with some of the Chinese officers, visiting several while on a trip to Asia after he retired. Bartle was awarded the Order of the Yun Hui (Cloud Banner). A medal and framed certificate were issued by Chiang Kai-shek on July 27, 1946. The photograph, medal and certificate are on view until February 1, 2019 in the exhibit Glenn G. Bartle: His Life and Legacy in Special Collections.
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