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THURSDAY: University of Cincinnati Honors Those Who Answered The Call To Serve

In a special Nov. 10 ceremony before the Veterans Day holiday, UC will dedicate a plaque to honor the students who interrupted their college studies to serve the nation.

Date: 11/2/2005 12:00:00 AM
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823

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Military marches featuring the Bearcat Band, the Star Spangled Banner, Taps and a presentation of the colors by UC Army and Air Force ROTC cadets – all will be among the highlights of a ceremony at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, on UC’s McMicken Commons, in honor of the nation’s veterans. The rain location will be the Great Hall in Tangeman University Center.

In the ceremony, university and government leaders will also pay a special tribute to students who interrupted their studies to serve their country. Two of those cadets, one who just returned from Iraq, will be featured in the dedication of the Winton Lee Hobson plaque.

The plaque is named in honor of a university alumnus who interrupted his studies in 1918 to serve his country in World War I. Winton Lee Hobson was a member of the Army’s 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division. After returning from war, he completed his studies and earned his bachelor’s degree. Hobson’s son is U.S. Congressman David Hobson of Ohio’s Seventh District, who was born in Cincinnati and served in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1958-63. He was on active duty overseas during the 1961 Berlin Wall Crisis.

Provost Anthony J. Perzigian will present the Winton Lee Hobson plaque to two UC ROTC cadets who have served their nation overseas. UC Army ROTC Cadet Brandon Curry of Akron, Ohio, returned to UC this fall after serving a year-long tour of duty in Iraq. The second-year mechanical engineering technology major was Sergeant of the Headquarters Support Company of the 216th Engineer Battalion from Hamilton, Ohio. UC Air Force ROTC Cadet Jeremy Stowers of Dallas, Texas, is a senior Professional Aeronautics major at UC. He served in the Persian Gulf on three separate occasions in the countries of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Stowers served as an F-15 avionics technician during his Air Force enlistment from 1996-2002.

The Winton Lee Hobson plaque will be permanently displayed in the entranceway to the UC ROTC facility. The plaque dedication is open to Tristate veterans and the public. A reception in the Great Hall will follow the plaque dedication.

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