Help Us Identify the members of class 1

This the only known extant image of the first class.   Please note: This image is from the family archive of Mia Grosjean. It should not be reproduced, stored in, or introduced into a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means (electronic, digital, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise) without prior written permission. For reproduction rights, please contact Ms. Grosjean  at At the bottom of the page is a table with all of the names from the first class. We're trying to put the faces to the names. Currently the only names we believe that we have matched are:

  1. #1 - John Brinckerhoff Jackson
  2. #20 - 1st Lt. Leroy H. Woodson, who served with the 92nd Infantry Division (the ‘Buffalo Soldiers’) in Italy
  3. #26 - Robert Grosjean

If you know any of the others, please contact us using The Contact Form. Thank you!

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Above is a table of date on Class 1. Some data is missing or possibly incorrect (noted with a '?'). We encourage you to contact us if you have any information about The Ritchie Boys. ASN is a serial number and Certif. is a certificate of graduation number. There were thirty graduates of the all-officer first class at Camp Ritchie and they were given a variety of assignments (see Unit column). Five graduates remained as Camp Ritchie instructors, five were assigned to Fort Hunt, at least five were sent to London and another six or more were assigned to IPW teams with the Fifth Army which fought in North Africa and Italy.  The spreadsheet has 32 names, including the honorary British Colonel who became graduate no. 1. It has 30 numbered graduates and two non-graduates (NG). Five graduates remained as instructors. Throughout its history, selected graduates were chosen to be instructors (sometimes, a soldier entered Ritchie as an instructor and then was ordered to take the course).