I have long stopped reading or watching news
about our war in Iraq until today when I received
my GW Magazine. I was touched by the stories
from GW alumni who were on the front line in
Iraq. It exposed me to the other side of the
story—the cheerful, hopeful, and grateful
part, untold by the media. It is unfortunate
and sad that the [death] tolls of U.S. solders
are rising. Yet we should not forget that there
are still many more in Iraq, fighting for freedom.
Thank you for your issue. Thank you for reminding
us to be proud Americans.
Yenching Ho, MA ’98
I have taken the liberty of citing the fall
issue of GW Magazine as an example to two other
institutions from which I graduated, Yale University
and Georgetown University, reflecting not their
typical fawning upon left wing politicians, but
a celebration of the contributions of GW graduates
toward democracy in Iraq. I expect they may request
copies of GW Magazine in the near future.
Richard T. Wojciechowski,
I was impressed with the articles about our
military serving in Iraq in the GW
fall 2005 issue. It is refreshing to read articles
that portray what our brave military men and
women are accomplishing on the behalf of freedom
and global security. Regrettably, the mainstream
press seldom report encouraging news from the
Margaret (Turrentine) Knoche,
My husband is an alumnus, and we regularly receive
GW Magazine. Your coverage of GW alumni serving
in our armed forces was extremely well done,
and I wanted you to know that at least one person
not affiliated with the University appreciated
your excellent work. I’ve made copies of
some of the articles and am sharing them with
my military pen pals and military supporter friends.
Ponte Verda Beach, Fla.
Thank you so much for your articles regarding
the students serving in the military. This was
a wonderful issue. I compliment you for sharing
their stories. The actual experiences of the
young men and women serving in Iraq are so rarely
heard. You have done them, and our country, a
Laguna Hills, Calif.
I want to congratulate your entire staff on
the wonderful writings by Jamie L. Freedman on
the contributions of the students and alumni
in Iraq. Since its early days, GW has played
active roles in protecting the rights and liberties
of the United States.
After observing the disgraceful way many U.S.
universities have disrespected the military
services, I was delighted with the favorable
and supportive articles in GW
made me proud of my University. Many of the
experiences with the populace were similar
to my Vietnam experience only to be subverted
on the home front.
Edmund C. Hughes, BS ’52, MEA ’67
I saw your update about alumni serving our country
and wanted to add Jeff Winston, class of 2002,
who was deployed by the Army in October 2005
to serve in Iraq.
God bless all our troops. Thanks for keeping
us posted on our fellow classmates.
Gloria P. Benalcazar, BA ’02
Silver Spring, Md.
I read your story “On the Front Line” and
remembered a classmate, Nicholas Krimont, who
lost his life two weeks after getting to Vietnam.
His name is to the right of the center of the
Wall. Would someone put a flower there sometime?
I am far, far away now.
Star Lawrence, BA ’66
I just finished reading my fall 2005 copy of
GW Magazine. I especially enjoyed “On the
Front Line: Colonials in Iraq” and “From
Class to Brass.” I am pleased to see that
GW is continuing the great support of the U.S.
military. Thank you, GW.
Melbourne Kimsey, MSBA ’66
Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.
Fairfield Suisun, Calif.
I just finished reading the Fall 2005 edition.
The article “On the Front Line” by
Jamie L. Freedman was excellent. It made me very
proud of my fellow Colonials and of all our troops
in Iraq (not to mention those in Afghanistan
and Bosnia, which nobody does).
This article was quite a contrast to the one
by Richard C. Hottelet, “Of Wars and Correspondents,” in
which he complains that war correspondents today
are not as welcomed by the troops as they were
during World War II. If Mr. Hottelet wants to
know why, he should read Ms. Freedman’s
article and compare that to the evening news.
I remember watching the evening TV news during
the invasion of Grenada. Once they showed a wounded
marine being carried off on a stretcher. A TV
reporter shoved a microphone in his face and
demanded, “Now what do you think of Reagan’s
policy of invading Grenada?” The marine
simply looked back in disgust and didn’t
Could you imagine a WWII reporter shoving a microphone
in the face of a wounded GI and asking, “What
do you now think of Roosevelt’s stubborn
demand for unconditional surrender and refusal
to seek a separate peace with Hitler?” He
or she would have been immediately sent home
and would have been shunned by his or her fellow
Ken Geisinger, MS ’70
I graduated with a BA from GW, where I was a
reporter for the Hatchet and played in the GW
band. I later attended GW’s School of Medicine
on the GI Bill after serving in the Navy. I also
served with the Air Force in the Korean War for
two years and then went on to obtain my boards
in internal medicine and endocrinology.
I was lucky to be appointed chief of endocrinology
at three major hospitals in Miami. I was always
active at the University of Miami School of
Medicine, where I am still a clinical professor.
I had the honor of meeting with our president,
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, on occasions here
in Miami. He has done a magnificent job for
I attribute my wonderful life to my education
at GW and am doubly proud of this article.
I have been married for 52 years and have three
wonderful children and five wonderful grandchildren.
Congratulations on the great work being done
at my alma mater, your GW
Magazine, and especially
your president who has made GW one of the most
respected universities in our beloved country.
Seymour Alterman, BA ’44, MD ’47
North Miami, Fla.
Your article “On the Front Line” spotlighting
the heroism and sacrifice of my fellow GW alumni
in Iraq was welcome. On the other hand, the author’s
tone and viewpoint were not. I hope that, in
the future, your magazine will try harder to
present more balanced material.
Greg Francis, BA ’87
What a shock to see the militarization of the
University. Consider balancing your three articles
on war in the GW Magazine with three articles
on peace in the next issue. You need not go back
further than September, when more than 500,000
people gathered near the University to protest
our “war of choice” in Iraq. Some
63 percent of all Americans believe the government
should be forming a plan to pull out. You can
also go back 30 years when many GW graduates,
including me, demonstrated to successfully end
what almost everyone now recognizes as America’s
mistaken war in Vietnam.
Roger Mills, JD ’74
“GW students and alumni have stepped behind
the headlines and into the front line, playing
a central role in Iraq’s liberation and
march toward democracy,” (Fall 2005, page
Where’d you get this tripe? Did you go
straight to administration speechwriters for
it? If you really care about our troops in Iraq,
you wouldn’t push this hogwash.
I’m insulted and outraged that my University
is being used as a mouthpiece for a corrupt and
dangerous foreign policy.
Cynthia Gair, MBA ’83
As a 1967 alumna of GW, I am appalled at this “war” issue
from what I thought was an enlightened liberal
Why can’t you issue a critical, humane
look at this disaster, rather than support such
a bankrupt point of view. I am ashamed to have
graduated from this institution where I was lucky
enough to be taught by such great humanists and
artists as Stephen Spender and James Dickie.
Ah, the times have changed in Washington.
Mary Bauer, BA ’67
The Editor Replies:
We are sorry that some readers viewed the fall
2005 GW Magazine as a political statement.
It was not meant to be one. We were sharing
some of the many stories of GW alumni serving
in the military. We aim to be a nonpartisan
magazine intended for all alumni.
I was a little disappointed to see that you
did not mention our fifth armed service, the
U.S. Coast Guard, in your article “From
Class to Brass: Exploring GW’s Military
Connections.” I realize that your article
focused on active programs the military has with
the school, but including us with the other services
you mentioned would continue to educate others
on our important role as a military service,
not to mention our connection to GW.
One Coast Guard member and GW alum who has recently
received a lot of praise is Coast Guard chief
of staff Vice Adm. Thad Allen, MPA ’86,
who led the federal government’s response
to Hurricane Katrina.
Thanks for putting together the article. I would
just regret it if I did not share the above information
with you. We are the fifth service, the smallest
service, but a very proud service. Like all the
others we have folks serving overseas participating
in the war on terror and like all the other services
have seen death and injury for answering the
LCDR Roxanne Tamez, MS ’03
Sector Field Office Moriches,
East Moriches, N.Y.
Displays GW Pride in Iraq
David Austin, a GW civil engineering
senior who is currently deployed with
the D.C. Army National Guard to Baghdad,
queried the University requesting a
banner so he could show his school
spirit while in Iraq. GW staff and
friends responded to David’s
request with gusto and not only sent
him a banner, but also towels, shirts,
a cap and one of the popular yellow
foam tri-cornered hats from GW’s
Spirit Team, among other items. Austin
is shown here displaying a GW towel.
The banner is hanging in the dining
hall at Camp Liberty, where he is stationed.
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