Seventh-Graders Meet Local Veterans at Terrill Middle School
Monday, November 10, 2014 • 11:12pm
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — Seventh-grade students at Terrill Middle School learned about the service of five local military veterans who came to discuss their experiences as part of the school’s Veterans Day observations on Monday.
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Joe McCourt was the lone Viet Nam veteran among the guest speakers. Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from Manhattan College in 1967, “the height of the Viet Nam War. McCourt, whose father and uncles had served in World War II, said he felt an obligation to serve.
“When I was in college I had a student deferment, and upon graduation, I had draft eligible status. So I enlisted in Officer Candidate School and trained at Fort Dix in New Jersey and at Fort Benning in Georgia,” said McCourt, who 24 years old by the time he got to Vietnam.
“I was an Infantry Platoon leader. If you have seen the movie Forrest Gump, I was Lt. Dan old man,” McCourt explained. “Our job was to go out and engage the enemy. We had the camaraderie of going through life and death situations together. It was a life changing experience.”
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McCourt, Joe [MC????]
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I believe that Joe is a member of the Class of 1967.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
McCourt, Joe [MC1967]
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