A Message from President Caldwell on Vietnam War Veterans Working day

1 of Ronald Reagan’s ultimate acts as President of the United States was to leave a letter at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. The letter was resolved to individuals whose names are carved on the wall in remembrance of the sacrifice they built for our country. The letter go through: Our younger friends— sure, younger pals, for in our hearts you will constantly be youthful, comprehensive of the appreciate that is youth, love of everyday living, love of joy, appreciate of country— you fought for your state and for its safety and for the independence of others with power and courage. We appreciate you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and retain you, the Lord will make His confront to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forever more.

President Reagan’s letter is one of 1000’s that have been remaining there.

A person letter reads I came to this black wall all over again to see and contact your name.

An additional reads My Dearest Son, Nowadays I am coming to see your title on the “wall.” I have not been ready right up until now, but I know that I have to see it before I die.

Of the 58,000 names on the Wall, eight of them are from Ga Military services College or university.

Just one of people men who made that vacation throughout the entire world from the security of property to the jungles of Vietnam was Sgt. Paul “Skip” Lawing. Sgt. Lawing was a Junior Higher education scholar at GMC in 1970 who was killed in motion in the Phouc Tuy province. He was a pet dog handler for the Inexperienced Berets, a NASCAR lover, and, by all accounts, a terrific basketball participant.

He was also posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in overcome. His citation reads:

“Sergeant Lawing noticed a drive of Viet Cong troopers going to his hilltop outpost… He instantly brought this enemy pressure below mortar fireplace and asked for help. Soon later on a response force… arrived at the foundation of the outpost and built get in touch with with the enemy. Sergeant Lawing personally directed the actions of this friendly power from his observation submit. When the enemy aspect broke up into lesser teams Sergeant Lawing unhesitatingly moved via rigorous enemy little arms and machine gun fireplace in order to go on directing the actions of the response drive. The moment again with complete disregard for his have basic safety, he moved via the bullet-swept place in get to engage this flanking element. At this time, he arrived under withering machine gun fire and fell mortally wounded. Sergeant Lawing’s conspicuous gallantry saved a helpful drive from ambush and possible decline. Sergeant Lawing’s conspicuous gallantry in action was in preserving with the optimum traditions of the armed service assistance and mirror great credit score on himself and the United States Army.”

Sgt. Lawing’s beloved doggy Sandbag manufactured it residence from Vietnam and attended his funeral.

Ga Armed forces University is a leadership institution, and each individual day that I set foot on our campus, I feel about the qualities that make terrific leaders. These days, as I imagine about our Vietnam-period vets—those who made the top sacrifice and individuals who the good thing is ended up ready to return home—the management good quality at the entrance of my thoughts is courage. These we honor now personify braveness and it is essential to me that our pupils, our school and workers, and everyone who sets foot on our campus is aware that they are going for walks on the exact floor exactly where heroes between our nation’s most brave have tread just before them.