Gallery: Images of Service
Associate Professor Don Cunningham of the RU Department of English is a regular participant in Rolling Thunder, an annual Memorial Day motorcycle ride and rally to Washington, D.C. Cunningham served in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class (Fleet Marine Force) and as a Field Medical Service Technician with the U.S. Marines. Learn more about Rolling Thunder.
This 1966 photo shows Lt. Richard Alvarez (back row, ninth from right) with Marine Fighting Attack Squadron 312. His friend Harold J. Moe, killed on a mission over Vietnam, is on the front row, far left.
Ashley Petersen practices a solo maneuver as she and fellow cadets use inflatable boats during an ROTC drill on the New River near Radford University.
RU student Cody Ross (second from left, dark glasses) was deployed with his National Guard unit to New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Recreation, Parks and Tourism students of RU Professor Mark Wagstaff participate in Project Healing Waters, a national campaign dedicated to rehabilitation of disabled military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing, fly-tying education and outings. Students Dan Little (left), Jo Schiavoni, Ally Dull, Shelley Kirby and Shannon Kelly recently took part in a fishing event for disabled veterans. Read more.
Alumnus Rick Agosta was a student when he was deployed as an Army Reserve soldier. He served two tours in Iraq. A Civil Affairs Specialist, Agosta worked with Iraqi citizens, setting up projects that ranged from school renovations to building new schools and medical facilities.
A team of faculty and students spent two weeks of July 2008 in Guadalcanal, attempting to locate the remains of members of the U.S. Marine Goettge Patrol killed during the August 1942 Battle for Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.
Though he is not a veteran, RU graphic design Professor Ken Smith's personal works are a tribute to veterans. "Stoic Responder" is his third painting accepted by the Coast Guard Permanent Art Collection. “I see fundamental nobility in the courage of an individual who volunteers to serve his or her country in the military, particularly in the U.S., where this service has always typically been a voluntary action," Smith says. Read more.