SGT Barra was an Ithaca native and IHS grad who died in Korea, his remains were just recovered and there will be a Mass of the Resurrection at Immaculate Conception Church this Saturday at 10 AM, the interment, with full military honors, will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery (approximately 11:10 AM)
Adm. Michelle J. Howard, vice chief of naval operations, recalled the service of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during WWII and early feminist leaders.
For Dawn Seymour ’39, her first flight in a yellow Piper Cub with Richard Parmenter ’17, a Cornell research associate and later university coordinator of research, 75 years ago changed her life.
In the late 1940s and early ’50s, an influx of World War II veterans transformed the campus, bringing their experience and adult insights to classes, sports and activities. It’s happening again, as men and women who served during Middle East and other recent conflicts arrive to join the veterans already here. The university now counts more than 400 veterans among students, faculty and staff. That may be an underestimate, since many do not self-identify.
Teach-ins were common during the 1960s at Cornell; students gathered to explore volatile issues like the Vietnam War, racial discrimination and gender inequality. A crowd of nearly 400 experienced something similar Nov. 10: a teach-in sponsored by the Department of Government and the College of Arts and Sciences, part of the two-day sesquicentennial event, “Vietnam: The War at Cornell.”
In March 1943, Dawn Seymour flipped a nickel.When it landed heads, the Cornell University graduate made the choice to leave her job in Poughkeepsie to join the first all-woman air cadet program in Texas, where Seymour and her fellow female fliers learned to pilot the B-17 flying fortresses that would defend the skies of Europe.
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