My father was a fighter pilot with the Marines in World War II.
Highly decorated for his service in the Pacific theater, he rarely spoke of his time at war. It was, however, a part of our family history, a part of who we were.
Over the decades, countless Pacific University alumni and students, employees and friends have served in the Armed Forces. Even more have had loved ones serve.
Pacific University has, from time to time, marked that service in a variety of ways, most visibly with the Alpha Zeta Walk on the Forest Grove Campus, which recognizes the 31 Pacific students whose lives were lost in World War II.
Last fall, we were proud to unveil a digital Wall of Honor, listing as many of our community’s veterans as possible. To date, the online list includes more than 750 names of alumni and employees who have served in the military.
We suspect there are even more, and we invite you to let us know if you or a loved one should be added, and to tell us a bit of your own story.
The military has been an important pathway for many of our alumni. Some started at Pacific, completing their degrees before being drafted or choosing a career in the military. We believe, for example, that every optometry graduate of the late 1950s and 1960s probably was recruited into service to offer medical care.
Others came to Pacific for additional education and training to launch their civilian careers, following their time of service. Our graduate and professional healthcare programs, in particular, often draw veterans seeking to continue the life-saving work they have done in the military.
The stories in this issue of Pacific magazine are just a very few examples of the outstanding students and alumni who have chosen to pair a Pacific University education with military service on their personal pathways.
I am proud that we have been part of their journey, and I look forward to continuing to build ways for Pacific University to welcome and support veterans and their families as part of the Boxer Nation.
Lesley M. Hallick, President
George E. Moore Jr., father of Pacific University President Lesley M. Hallick, enlisted in the U.S. Marines in February 1942, while he was in college in Massachusetts. He earned his wings as a Marine fighter pilot at Jacksonville, Fla., and flew more than 150 combat missions in the Pacific theater. He earned at least 13 citations for his service and left the service with the rank of major.