Princeton in the Nation’s Service: Veterans Reflect on War, Service and Veterans’ Issues

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Event Time: 
7:00 p.m.
Location: 
Dodds Auditorium

On Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 7:00 pm in Dodds Auditorium, the Princeton Student Veterans Organization will host a panel discussion focusing on veterans' issues. The panel will feature veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reflecting on their service in conflict, what being a veteran in the Princeton community means to them, and issues affecting current veterans. Prof. Paul Miles (*99) Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.) and a former Lecturer in History at Princeton University will moderate the discussion.

In addition to active duty military members of the Princeton University student body who are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, panelists will include:

Dr. Bill Haynes ('50), US Navy: Dr. Haynes was accepted as a plebe at Kings Point (US Merchant Marine Academy) at age 17 on March 15 1944 prior to high school graduation (via special early high school exams). In light of the war, his first year (Plebe year) was only 3 months during which time he was on a supply ship as cadet/midshipman for 6 Pacific Islands. He conducted two trips to Saipan with the first ship carrying drums of 100 high octane gasoline for the B29 base. By March 14, 1946, he graduated at age 19, as Third Mate and Ensign USNR. His subsequent assignments included carrying German and Italian POW’s: 1500 back to Bremerhaven and 1500 US troops back to New York over several trips. Following his service, he graduated from Princeton with the Class of 1950, and completed Columbia Medical School in 1954. Following 1 year internship, he was called up as a US Navy Ship’s Medical Officer from 1955-1957. In this role he supported carrying over 30,000 troops to Europe and back in support of the Hungarian Revolution. His total sea time included: a total of 4 wartime Pacific crossings, and post war, 64 Atlantic crossings and 4 Caribbean crossings.

Col. Charlie Rose ('50), US Army National Guard: Col. Rose graduated from Princeton with the class of 1950 followed by Airborne School and Artillery training shortly thereafter. He taught Gunnery at Fort Sill followed by a tour in Korea as a Battery Executive Officer. He left the Army in 1953 to start an advertising firm with his wife. Col. Rose stayed in New York National Guard in many Artillery leadership positions, including Honest John Battalion Commander and eventually commanded a Regiment in the National Guard. He retired after 23 years.

Col. David Schorr, US Army: A graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1957, Col. Schorr was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry and attended Airborne and Ranger training, Jungle Warfare School, Special Warfare and Counterinsurgency Training. Key assignments included: Command at the Company, Battalion and Brigade levels, Battalion and Regimental Advisor in Vietnam, Professor of Mathmatics at USMA, Department of Defense Program Manager for Theater Nuclear Forces, Chief of Nuclear Plans, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe. He also graduated from Tulane University, MS, in Nuclear Physics, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. Col. Schorr retired from the Army in 1984 at which point he taught math and coached at The Lawrenceville School, retiring in 2002. He now lives in Princeton with wife Patty, of 56 years, enjoying his 17 grandchildren.

The event is co-sponsored by the Princeton Student Veterans Organization, Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, the Center for International Security Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson School. The event is free and open to the public.