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World War II at Wagner College

In honor of Veteran's Day and the upcoming 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Wagner College Archive has created this digital exhibit to highlight and acknowledge the service of students and alumni during World War II. The material in this exhibit consists of photographs, newspaper articles, correspondence, and other documents from 1941 through 1945. Additional primary source material is available in the Archive; this exhibit only includes a few items that are part of larger World War II collections found in the Archive. Additional items will be added to this exhibit in the future.

A Giant among Seahawks

Did you know the Wagner College football team can claim a small piece of New York Giants fame?

Jim Lee Howell played tight end for the New York Giants from 1937 to 1947, though he took off a few years to serve in the Marines during WWII.

In 1947 he came to Wagner as head coach of the football team. According to the 1953 Wagner College Football Yearbook, Howell's Seahawks won every homecoming game from 1947 to 1953. Howell also coached the Seahawks to the best season they'd ever had - after dropping the opening game, the squad went through the remainder of the 1949 season undefeated for a 7-1-1 record.

After the 1953 football season, Howell left Wagner to become the head coach for the New York Giants. He went on to lead the Giants to three NFL Championship games (this was before the game was called the "Super Bowl") - winning only one of them. Let's hope Tom Coughlin has better luck and can go two for two.