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)




2 comments:

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

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  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!

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