The Last Casualty

July 1, 2012 |

A frigid, gloomy drizzle permeates the air as dawn begins to break through the trees of the Argonne Forest in northeastern France. Pvt. George Budde and his fellow Marines of 17th Company slop their way through the mud along the western … Read More

Our Lady, Queen of Victory and Peace: Honoring Our Fallen Soldiers

October 1, 2011 |

On Sunday, July 11, 1943, approximately 1,000 people gathered on the hillside overlooking Victory Parkway, directly in front of Alumni Hall. Cincinnati Archbishop John T. McNicholas was among those gathered, along with Xavier President Celeston J. Steiner, S.J., and a … Read More

Memorial Day 5K Run

April 1, 2011 |

First Lt. Michael L. Runyan was in great shape. He ran in marathons and hiked the mountains of Hawaii and the Appalachian Trail. It was something he was proud of—and something he’s being remembered for.

The 24-year-old Ashland, Ohio, native—who … Read More


January 1, 2011 |

The Xavier community celebrated the life of First Lt. Michael Runyan, a 2008 graduate, at a service with Runyan’s family and ROTC colleagues in October in Bellarmine Chapel. Runyan died in July in Diyala Province in Iraq when his vehicle was … Read More

Blogging from the Desert

July 1, 2008 |

On April 5, Nate Showman posts a simple eulogy on his blog to the two men in his 3rd Platoon who died just days before shipping home from Baghdad. It was the least he could do.

“The knowledge that their … Read More

Armed Service Learning

July 1, 2008 |

Xavier’s Entrepreneurial Center is turning its instructors into drill sergeants and offering a free entrepreneurship boot camp for local military veterans. Push-ups and obstacle courses aren’t required, though. Rather, participants train in business plan development from marketing and finance to … Read More

A World Away

January 1, 2008 |

Unlike many veterans, Dennis Coyne wanted to return to Vietnam. The 1967 grad spent two years in the country’s central highlands as an intelligence officer with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division. There, he developed a deep respect for the … Read More

An Army of Two

April 1, 2005 |

Everything was all arranged for my wedding to Stephen. My gown was ready, the club was booked and the honeymoon was paid for. Most of the details were in place. All that was left to do was to anticipate the … Read More

Heading to Iraq

April 1, 2003 |

Since a somber farewell ceremony at the Cintas Center on Feb. 19, 1st Lt. Steven Easley and his fellow soldiers of the 1193rd Panel Bridge Company spent five weeks preparing for their deployment to Kuwait, eventually shipping out for the … Read More

Leap of Faith

April 2, 2002 |

Joanna Brown walks across campus in her military fatigues. Her black, well-shined boots thud softly. Her green backpack, loaded with books, blends in with the drab hues of her uniform. Suddenly, the voice of a male student breaks the silence.Read More