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Here is a sampling of stories written in recent years that honor our veterans and the service they've given to our country.
Tributes to Our Veterans
- The University of Washington awarded the annual Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award to Mr. Charles Matthaei, '43. Read about his philanthropy, civic activism and passionate advocacy.
- The University of Washington awarded its first Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award in 2012 to Herb M. Bridge, '47, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral retired. Read about his contributions to the community and the award.
- An award-winning freelance broadcast war correspondent pays tribute to a friend, alum, and Medal of Honor winner.
- The University of Washington dedicated in 2009 its Medal of Honor Memorial and recognized eight alumni recipients. Read about the dedication (and learn about the effort that made the memorial a reality).
- This Columns story profiles a UW alum, Medal of Honor winner and best-selling author.
- Hiro Nishimura, '48, was forced to leave his studies for the bleak barracks of internment camps in 1942. Nishimura went on to win the Medal of Honor. Read more about his life and heroism.
- Emanuel "Sonny" Marks, '50, went ashore at Utah Beach on D-Day – June 6, 1944. Read about his experiences and how he earned the Bronze Star.
- Army 2nd Lt. Robert Ronald Leisy, '68, died in Vietnam during a firefight. But the political science graduate's words lived on through his letters. Read excerpts from Leisy's letters, and learn more about his life.
- UW Bothell student veterans donned special stoles to signify their military status in the 2014 commencement ceremony. Students led this tri-campus initiative to honor service members at graduation and hope to continue it in subsequent years.