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Honoring Veterans important throughout the year

posted Mar 21, 2020, 6:23 AM by Andrew Tichy
By: Grant Gervais    
The Spud Reporter

Although it may be more than 200 days till our next veterans day, it’s never a bad time to recognize those who have served. The military is such a focal part of our society; yet, it seems less and less common to focus on honoring our troops. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there are about 389,292 U.S. veterans still living in America today. Our very own Moorhead High School houses 2 of these honorable citizens. Today, we can shine a light upon John Dobmeier and Chad Olson. Both of these two incredible history teachers were happy to share a few remarks from their experiences. 

John Dobmeier, age 65, is a gleaming beacon of light for any student at MHS taking Advanced Placement European History. Dobmeier has many passions in life, but one that seems to come up more often than others is his interest in historical battles. While teaching his class, Dobmeier never fails to hit on the Vietnam war. While he teaches, this unit holds a more personal connection than the others. Dobmeier shares first hand stories and shows students pictures of his own operations. In April of 1975, along with the U.S. NAVY, Dobmeier was a part of Operation New Life, airlifting vulnerable families out of the U.S. embassy in Saigon. This was a life changing four year experience for Dobmeier. After the fact, he was proud to recommend service to anybody considering. 

Chad Olson, age 59, is now a World History teacher at MHS as well as the Mayor of Dilworth, Minnesota. Like Dobmeier, Olson was deployed by the U.S. military. Between 2004 and 2005, Olson spent his time with a NATO organized peacekeeping force. After the fact, Olson has been recognized for 20 different awards, among them, a Meritorious Service Medal, a National Defence Medal, a non-article Five NATO Medal, and a Minnesota Distinguished Recruiting Medal. Yet again, Olson recommended service without hesitation. To quote Olson himself, “Service to your community in any capacity is important. No matter how you do it.” 

These two veterans at MHS are an endless base of wisdom for any incoming students. Lessons in accountability, respect, and community are being taught daily under the veil of a high school history class. As an MHS senior, I am happy to have them looking after the future generations.