Dr. Brad Evans MS ’02, PsyD ’05 is owner of Pathfinders Counseling and Consulting, a mental health practice serving veterans and their families in Texas. He has served in the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Army Reserves.
In July, staff in the Pacific University Archives completed a project to create the first digital inventory of artifacts held by the Pacific University Museum. Among the artifacts discovered in storage were Pacific’s service flag, a relic of the 1940s, when hundreds of students and recent alumni headed overseas to fight in World War II.
You don’t know what you don’t know. What I don’t know could fill volumes. I am very much a civilian, with almost no interaction with the military, and so I went into this issue of Pacific magazine with trepidation.
It was spring, 1942 and there was war all over the world. The Great Depression had ended, but now the Allied nations were fighting for their lives as the second European war of the century metastasized with horrific swiftness into global conflict. As the world descended into total war, life at Pacific went almost unchanged.
It had been barely a year since Calvin Van Pelt finished his freshman year at Pacific University when he landed at Utah Beach on D-Day, the great invasion that was the beginning of the liberation of Europe from Nazi domination.
The last time Gruber saw his B-24 bomber he was falling away from it, 18,000 feet above Germany.
In the Spring of 1943, the Associated Women Students at Pacific University created a service flag to honor those serving in the war and those who had been killed. The flag was first hung in the Forest Grove Congregational Church, then Marsh Hall, during the war. Its current whereabouts (2010) are unknown.
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