Answered By: Marie Rose
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 28

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, was gutted by fire on the night of November 28, 1942, killing 498 people and wounding many others. Captain Walter Clinton Goodpasture, Jr., U.S.M.C. (1917-1942), Citadel Class of 1940, acted heroically to save about 20 people. Both he and his wife, Mary Brennen Daly Goodpasture, lost their lives in the conflagration. A stained glass window in the north transept of Summerall Chapel is dedicated to Capt. Goodpasture. The window portrays the Christian martyr Saint Stephen. (Sources: Footnotes to American History, pp. 514-515. REF Z1236 .S48; Dennis D. Nicholson, Jr., A History of The Citadel: The Years of Summerall and Clark. U430 .C5 N53 1994, p. 222; "Citadel Alumnus Dies in Big Fire: Capt. Goodpasture Perishes; Mrs. Goodpasture, Former Charlestonian, Missing," News and Courier, December 1, 1942, p. 10; "Memorial Is Dedicated to Goodpasture," Bull Dog, February 2, 1943, p. 1) 

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