by Tim Church
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – Twelve Vietnam War Veterans, paired with 12 College of the Ozarks students, travel to Vietnam for two weeks as part of the colleges 20th Patriotic Education Travel Program.
The Cu Chi Tunnels, the Reunification Palace, and the Demilitarized Zone will be just a few of the stops made as the students visit Vietnam destinations, which correspond with the previous battle sites of the Veterans joining them on the trip.
C of O Executive Vice President Dr. Fred Mullinax, who has led the program since its inception in 2008, says his vision for the program was to take as many of the WWII Veterans back to their battle sites as possible.
Students are meeting with tour guide John Dewing and begin their travels in Saigon. Dewing is a Vietnam Veteran with several years of experience leading patriotic tours in Vietnam.
As part of their travels the students enter daily blog entrees. You can follow the students and their Veterans as they travel by clicking here.
Student and Veteran pairings:
- Veteran Tom Center, paired with junior Brittany Allee
- Veteran Charles Engram, paired with junior Janna Goodwin
- Veteran John Fer, paired with junior Loyal Carpenter
- Veteran David Garrett, paired with junior Michaela Schaal
- Veteran Don Ivie, paired with senior Adam Pipenhagen
- Veteran Edward Lohmann, paired with senior Lauren Scott
- Veteran Norman McDaniel, paired with senior Kaitlin Kroese
- Veteran Edward Neas, paired with junior Grant Talburt
- Veteran Leonard Rutledge, paired with junior Loran Wiley
- Veteran William Thompson, paired with junior Katherine Yung
- Veteran Joel Trautmann, paired with junior Dalton Lane
- Veteran William Webb, paired with sophomore Christian Lingner
- Fred Mullinax, executive vice president
- Rachel Mullinax, retired professor
- David Dalton, professor of history
- Bryan Cizek, instructor of agriculture and hog farm manager
- Lori Vanderpool, campus nurse
- John Luck, photographer
For more information, contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212.