Friday, August 19, 2011

IVY-LEAGUE MARINE: Columbia, Mo. community college grad heads to Columbia University

Kyle Lichtenberger receiving medal
COLUMBIA, 8/19/11  (Beat Byte) --  A 4th-generation Marine and graduate of Moberly Area Community College in Columbia is heading to that other Columbia -- Columbia University in New York City. 

Missouri resident Kyle Lichtenberger (center) will enroll at Columbia this fall, after a 4-year stint in the Corps, following three previous generations.  All Marines, his great-grandfather served during World War I; his grandfather served during the Korean War; and his uncle served during the Vietnam War.

Joining the Marines and attending community college were smart financial moves.  The Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program will pay more than  $17,500 per academic year.

"It was something I wanted to do and it just kind of worked out for me," Lichtenberger (right) told the DVI News, a defense department newsletter. "I wanted to go back to school, but I didn’t want to put that financial burden on my parents." 

On Marine Corps deployments, Lichtenberger provided disaster relief in Haiti after the earthquake and worked throughout the Middle East.  

"I took a lot of good things away from [the Marine Corps]," he said. "I enjoyed it, and I did my time honorably."

(Pictured:  Lichtenberger's Columbia University acceptance letter and his grandfather's Marine Corps ring from 1918.  Photos by Kyle Lichtenberger)


  1. Congratulations Kyle! Thank you for your service and good luck on your future endeavors.

  2. Thank you for your service when you come back home to visit please stop in for a meal at FELICIA'S RESTAURANT in Moberly, MO I am a Desert Storm Marine! Semper Fi!