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On a stormy Saturday morning, six classmates joined Don’s family and friends at St John Lutheran Church in Winter Park, Florida for Don’s celebration service. The Gnaus and Merges drove two hours from The Villages and Gunter drove two hours from St Augustine Beach. Other classmates and friends observed online as is common in the pandemic. Classmates attending:
Photo Left: Left to Right: Hugh Kelly, Jerry Merges, Dave Gnau, Frank Arnall & Gunter Hennig
Life Achievements: Graduated from Omaha North High School Class of 1961, Omaha Nebraska, Graduate of West Point Military Academy Class of 1965, Served in the military (Army) 21 years. Graduated Army Ranger school and Jump School. Served in Vietnam as Commander of a Field Artillery Battery, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, received the Bronze Star for Service, Meritorious Service Medal (1stOak Lead Cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, United Nations Medal, Ranger and Parachute Badge, Army Advisor Badge, Overseas Service Bars. He graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he received a master’s degree in Operations Research and Development in 1973, assigned to the UN Peace Keeping Force after the Arab-Israeli War in 1974, Appointed as Professor of Mathematics at West Point Military Academy, Post Military Career Don worked as a Senior Systems Analyst for 21 years in defense related technologies, Lockheed Martin.