Penn State Altoona's Jared Frederick discusses the impact of America's Greatest Generation, how he makes history relevant for his Gen Z students, and what it’s like suiting up in a WWII reenactment group that will appear at a variety of Military Appreciation Week events beginning next week.
Nearly 75 years after the end of World War II, correspondence from approximately 100 Penn State students and faculty members who served overseas has found a permanent home at the Robert E. Eiche Library at Penn State Altoona. The collection of 500 letters has been preserved by the library to offer students and researchers firsthand accounts of the everyday lived experiences of local soldiers during the war.
About 100 students and faculty members from Penn State Altoona kept in contact with Robert Eiche, the campus’ first director, after they left school to serve in World War II overseas. Today, the collection of about 500 letters is a permanent collection at the campus library.
Using the skills he learned as part of the Sheetz Fellows program, Penn State graduate Steve Mullen, who attended the Altoona campus, landed a job with Lockheed Martin helping to develop the world’s first maritime ballistic missile defense system.
Penn State’s Army ROTC program has been selected as a General Douglas MacArthur Award winner for 2017-18, outperforming 41 other programs in the Northeast for the honor. The award is presented annually to the top Army ROTC program in each of the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s eight brigades, with the winning units selected from among the 275 Army ROTC programs nationwide.
Blue-White Weekend celebrations will commemorate the National Defense Act of 1916, which with its signing by President Woodrow Wilson created the ROTC and continued Penn State’s tradition of military instruction, evidenced today in one of the oldest, largest, and most successful Army ROTC programs in the nation.