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SFU Awards The 2nd Lt. James Barry McGill USMC Memorial Scholarship

November 14, 2017 Tags: Alumni , Community Engagement , University News

McGill Vet ScholarshipThe inaugural recipient of The 2nd Lt. James Barry McGill USMC Memorial Scholarship was named in a small event on Veterans Day. Freshman Exercise Physiology student, Petty Officer Jesse Switzer, received the honor. Petty Officer Switzer is a 2013 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. After graduation, he entered the Navy, achieved E5, and was a small boat gunner, mechanic, navigator, and dog handler. The Scholarship was created to honor 2nd Lt. James Barry McGill, the first Saint Francis alumnus killed in action during the Vietnam War.

McGill 2nd PlatoonTo ensure that he will be remembered for both the man he was and the sacrifice he made, a group of Saint Francis University alumni and Steve McGill, created a scholarship that will assist Pennsylvania high school students from Blair, Cambria, and Somerset counties, a region where the McGills have deep roots. Also In attendance were members of McGill’s 2nd Platoon. Each member honored in knowing that fifty years since McGill’s death, he will not be forgotten. 

Top Photo, Row One, L to R:
Steve McGill, Petty Officer Jesse Switzer, Rev. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R., Ph.D. president, Saint Francis University
Row Two: Peter Kochel '66, Gary Coggin '66, Tom Lane '64

Bottom Photo, Members of McGill's 2nd Platoon, L to R: Sgt. Ray Rupp, Sgt. Thomas Gonzalez, Hospital Corpsman - Mel Overmyer, Radio Operator - Tom Lehrner, and Rifleman - Dennis Hall.