The Memorial Honor Roll at the Iowa Memorial Union recognizes the students and alumni of The University of Iowa who have given their lives in service to the nation as members of the armed forces.
“And if this magnificent structure is to fulfill the dreams out of which it has arisen it can only do so by stirring the impulses of the young men and women of Iowa to lives of service to mankind.”
- James Weaver
Iowa Memorial Union dedication
February 6, 1926
Memorial Honor Roll
The main memorial display is located on the first floor and honors all UI students and alumni who died during U.S. armed conflicts. Located in the Hubbard Commons, a glass case encloses American and Iowan flags, with plaques listing the names of students and alumni who died during World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The names of the fallen are also listed in this digital honor roll by conflict below.
- 1914-1918 and the years following.
- 1939-1945 and the years following.
- 1950 and the years following.
- 1962 and the years following.
- 2003 and the years following.
"Some left an office, cornfield, factory, But these men left the study of mankind, Glory and gloom of mortal history, The wonder, madness, logic of the mind, The live cell, atoms cunningly combined. They closed their books, death closed their eyes, so we, The lucky Iowa living, still could find A future in our human liberty."
From “For the Iowa Dead”
Service of Dedication of the Memorial Honor Roll at the Iowa Memorial Union, March 25, 1956
Main Lounge entrance, east side
In the Main Lounge entrance on the east side of the IMU, plaques hang commemorating the university's service in training navy personnel for World War II. The walls are engraved with quotes outlining the building's purpose.
Main Lounge entrance, north side engraving
"And if this magnificent structure is to fulfill the dreams out of which it has arisen it can only do so by stirring the impulses of the young men and women of Iowa to lives...of service to mankind."
Main Lounge entrance, south side engraving
"...So this memorial union, this temple, this rendezvous of youth and hope and possibility, rises in memory of the university's sacred dead, dedicated to the ideal of service for which they made a supreme sacrifice."
by Ellen M. Rich
Published by the State Historical Society of Iowa, 1918
by Paul Engle
Written for a Service of Dedication at the State University of Iowa, 25 March 1956
About this page
This online representation of the Memorial Honor Roll is a joint project of the Iowa Memorial Union of The University of Iowa, University of Iowa Veterans Services, the University of Iowa chapter of Student Veterans of America, and the University of Iowa Archives, University of Iowa Libraries.
There are a variety of groups and organizations working to educate the public, preserve the memory of the fallen, and help keep the history alive around the country. Below is more information about some of these groups and projects.
Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award
The Hawkeye Distinguished Veterans Award was established in 2015 to honor distinguished members of the armed forces who have demonstrated exceptional service to both the United States and their communities. Five veterans including one current University of Iowa student are selected annually for the award.