Classmates honor Paulus in Vietnam Veterans Memorial ceremony

John Hoober and Mark Dunning with wreath

U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Robert Duane “Bob” Paulus ’66 will be honored during a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Friday, Nov. 11, in Washington, D.C.

A wreath, presented by Hanover College’s Class of 1966, will be laid at the foot of the wall by Vietnam War veteran John Hoober ’66 (U.S. Army) and Gulf War veteran Mark Dunning ’83 (U.S. Air Force) during the annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony.

The event, which begins at 1 p.m. ET, will feature a keynote address from Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., a retired veteran of the U.S. Marines and now an administrator at NASA. Four-star General Barry McCaffrey, a retired Army veteran, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Funds for the wreath to honor Paulus were raised by classmates to honor his service to the country. The wreath, 30 inches in width, features adornments in red, white and blue.

While at Hanover, Paulus, a native of Wakarusa, Ind., was a political science major, vice president of the student senate, vice-president of the junior class, member of the Board of Student Affairs, member of the campus newspaper (Triangle) editorial board, president of his Phi Delta Theta pledge class and a residence hall counselor.

Following his years at Hanover, he was employed by the Bendix Corp. in Patterson, N.J., and enlisted in the U.S. Army in October, 1967. After receiving his commission at Fort Benning (Ga.), he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served, for several months, as adjutant to the colonel.

He arrived in Vietnam, May 24, 1969, and was stationed south of Da Nang. On the morning of June 29, in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam, his company was caught in an enemy ambush and the commanding officer was seriously wounded. Paulus moved up to take command of the first platoon and was killed instantly by gunfire.

Paulus, the first former Hanover student and Wakarusa resident to lose his life in the Vietnam War, was 25 years old.

His name can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at panel W21, line 34.

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