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Cadet Chapel – U. S. Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs - El Paso County, Colorado, USA; 1956-63

Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
(photographs by Stewarts and Williams & Meyer CO)

see map | outside view | inside view

via “Informes de la Construcción: Volume 18, 171" (1965)

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1. Joachim Peiper ( 30 January 1915 – 14 July 1976), also known as Jochen Peiper, was afield officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and personal adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler between November 1940 and August 1941. Peiper fought on both the Eastern Front against the Red Army and the Western Front against the Western Allies, and he won the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for extreme battlefield bravery and outstanding military leadership. By 1945, he was an SS-Standartenführer and the Waffen-SS’s youngest regimental colonel.

2. Erich Alfred Hartmann (19 April 1922 – 20 September 1993), nicknamed “Bubi” by his comrades and “The Black Devil” by his Soviet adversaries, was a German fighter pilot during World War II and is the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He claimed, and was credited with, shooting down 352 Allied aircraft—345Soviet and 7 American—while serving with the Luftwaffe.

3. Walter Wolfrum (23 May 1923, Schmölz,Küps, Germany – 26 August 2010,Schwabach) was a German World War IIfighter ace who served in the Luftwaffe from February 1943 until the end of the war. He is credited with 137 aerial victories—that is, 137 aerial combat encounters resulting in the destruction of the enemy aircraft. This ties him for 43rd place among highest scoringfighter aces. He was also a recipient of theKnight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

4. Kurt Meyer, nicknamed “Panzermeyer”, (23 December 1910 – 23 December 1961) served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during theSecond World War. He saw action in many major battles, including the Invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy.

Meyer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Upon promotion on 16 June 1944 at the age of 33 years, 5 months and 25 days Meyer became one of the youngest divisional commanders in the Waffen-SS during the Second World War.