Major Ernest Kirby

Major Kirby graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1959 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Air Defense Artillery that same year. He held assignments in the 82nd Airborne Division. He held leadership positions with assignments to the 4th Armored Division and was among the first military advisors to Viet Nam.

Kirby’s straight laced approach and exceptionally well disciplined military instructor staff provided a foundation for the school to weather the turbulence of the Viet Nam war without disruption to academic teaching at Kemper. His senior ROTC students provided the Corps with leadership and continued the ideals on which the Corps was founded.