Gannon University Hosts ROTC 100th Anniversary Ceremony
Posted: April 15, 2016
In 1916, with the United States on the brink of entering World
War I, President Woodrow Wilson created the Army Reserve Officers'
Training Corps (ROTC). On April 15 at 2 p.m., Gannon University,
which hosts the Pride of PA Battalion of Army ROTC cadets from
Gannon, Edinboro and Mercyhurst Universities, will mark the
anniversary with a ceremony in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus
Center, 124 W. Seventh St.
Among the events will be the induction of retired Col. Joseph J.
Gaeta and the late Brigadier General Ernest S. Ellis into the
inaugural class in the battalion's hall of fame.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gaeta came to Gannon College in 1958
to play basketball and baseball. He was commissioned as a second
lieutenant after his graduation in 1962, serving in the U.S. Army
Reserves for 28 years before retiring in 1993 as a colonel. Gaeta
is also the co-founder of the Gannon Athletics Booster Club and has
served as one of the club's most visible and active members for
more than 40 years.
Ellis entered the U.S. Army in 1943, serving as a combat M.P. in
the D-Day invasion of Western Europe and subsequent action.
Following the war, he graduated from Gannon College in 1951 and was
named the outstanding cadet of ROTC Company C. He again entered the
Army as a second lieutenant during the Korean War. Ellis was
promoted to Brigadier General in 1978 and served as deputy
commander of the 99th Army Reserve Command in Pittsburgh. He
retired in 1982 after 34 years of active and reserve duty. Ellis
also served as plant engineer at Gannon University for 20
In addition to the induction of the 2016 Hall of Fame class,
five Gannon University seniors from the Pride of PA Battalion,
Kayla Irwin, Mackenzie Kranz, David Marshall, Christopher
Rentschler and Anthony Sinagoga, will be recognized for outstanding