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Bob and Mike’s “Excellent European Battlefield Adventurers” at the “Iron

Mike” statue, where 82nd Airborne paratroopers fought their way across

the La Fière causeway over the Merderet River.

Dr. Larson points out damage inflicted by Allied naval gunfire on German

coastal defensive positions at the Longues Battery near Arromanches.

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F E AT U R E S

Our D-Day adventure gave me a

welcome opportunity to give something

back to the college that gave me so much,

to take things I had learned from Dr.

Larson’s classes and our battlefield visits,

from studying French and exploring

France, and from three decades of

service in the U.S. Army and “put it all

together” for a good cause. I would jump

at the chance to do it again.

President Kent C. Trachte has set

a laudable and important goal of

expanding opportunities for Lycoming

students to study abroad and increasing

the number of students from other

countries who study at Lycoming.

My wife was one of only two foreign

students at Lycoming when I met her

there in 1976. I had the good fortune

to be able to follow her to France and

study the language, history and culture

of her country, which has enriched

my life beyond measure. I hope more

Lycoming students will have the kind of

cross-cultural experiences I was so lucky

to enjoy. Who knows? Some student

at Lycoming today could wind up

facilitating the alumni association’s visit

to Normandy for the 100

th

anniversary

of D-Day in 2044. Vive la France!

The author graduated from Lycoming

with majors in philosophy, English and

history. He studied English literature

at Oxford, French at the Sorbonne,

and German at Wuerzburg University.

After graduating from the University

of Pennsylvania Law School in 1982, he

accepted a direct commission in the U.S.

Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps,

and was assigned to Germany, where

he has served as an Army lawyer ever

since. He is a retired JAG Colonel and

serves as Senior Civilian Attorney for

the 21st Theater Sustainment Command

in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he

supervises the command’s client legal

services programs in Germany, Belgium,

and the Netherlands. He and his wife, the

former Anne-Marie Fauroux ’76, a native

of Paris, were married at the American

Church in Paris in 1978. Their children,

Pierre and Julia, live and work in the

Washington, D.C. area.

President Kent C. Trachte has set a laudable and important

goal of expanding opportunities for Lycoming students to

study abroad and increasing the number of students

from other countries who study at Lycoming.

Lycoming College Alumni who

participated in Bob & Mike’s

2014 Excellent European

Battlefield Adventure

Sue Culin ’74

Donna Andrews ’99

Jack Lea ’80

Dave Argall ’80

Matt Jones ’87

John Piazza ’79

Charlene Shangraw ’58

Stephen W. Smith ‘77

Current and former members of the

Board of Trustees included Bill Evans

’72, Jim Scott ’70, Pete Sides ’60, and Bob

Shangraw.