July 7, 2011
The February 8, 1945 issue of the campus newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, marked the 75th anniversary of the newspaper. One section of that issue highlighted the number of former "Aggies" who were casualties of WWII either as killed in action, missing in action, killed in training, prisoners of the Germans, or prisoners of the Japanese. The same section had short stories about two "Aggie" athletes who fought in the war. One of the two, Bill Simpson, survived the war, and one, "Bud" Parker, didn't. Following are the stories exactly as printed in the Collegian.
Bill Simpson, prominent personality in Aggie life, holds the position of forward on the Aggie quintet. He is a handyman with the ball and has aided much in the accumulation of Aggie scores.
Bill, who is a former resident of beautiful, balmy, sunny, Southern California, (we're not working for the Calif. Chamber of Commerce, honest!) attended high school in Glendale. In 1939 he made ALL Southern California guard. Besides his activities in basketball, he was prominent in football and track.
His first year of college was spent in Wisconsin where he received his frosh numeral. At the present time, Bill is a junior in civil engineering.
In addition to his basketball activities, Bill is president of the veterans' organization on the campus, vice-president of the Sigma Nu fraternity and treasurer of the junior class.
Gone but not forgotten by the Aggies is Captain Maurice M. Parker-just plain "Bud" to most of us. Bud was killed in Normandy July 4, 1944 at which time he was serving as liasion officer for the 79th Infantry detachment. To those who knew Bud, his own character, personality, and working ability he was a personal loss.
In school Bud served as one of the Aggies best basketball forwards of all times. He played on the Aggie team in the years of 1940-41 and 42 and in 1941 was given All-conference honors as a forward. Today Bud's number is retired in honor of his playing.
There is no doubt that he was a good officer, leading his men as well as he led a basketball squad. Bud was affiliated with the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and majored in Physical Education.
Rams round out 2014-15 roster with Mirkovic
Completing his roster for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign, Head Coach Ryun Williams announced the...
Soccer Match Notes: Rams look to rebound...
In it's season opener, Colorado State showcased a team that is full of promise and excitement....
Rams open season ranked No. 30 in USTFCCCA poll
The Colorado State men's cross country team enters the 2014 campaign ranked No. 30 in the United ...
Football Game Notes: Colorado State vs....
The Rams and Buffaloes have met 85 times, starting in 1893, and every season since 1995. It is...
Soccer Recap: Rams push Buffs in season-opener
Colorado State (0-1-0) kicked off its second season with an intense rivalry match against...
Colorado State athletics announces Rams Rewards...
Colorado State University Athletics has launched a new rewards program for its fans, called Rams ...
Coors Light Jim McElwain Coach's Show debuts...
The Coors Light Jim McElwain Coach's Show debuts on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m., on the home ...
Rams wrap up Fall Camp on Thursday
The Colorado State football program wrapped up its third Fall Camp under Head Coach Jim McElwain ...