ASU honors fallen veterans May 27
Appalachian State University will hold a ceremony May 27 to honor soldiers who died while in the military.
The observance begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial next to B.B. Dougherty Administration Building. The observance is being held in advance of Memorial Day May 30, because the university will be closed.
Gunther Doerr, director of public safety and risk management at ASU and a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Army, will be the guest speaker. A continental breakfast will be served in the administration building's lobby following the ceremony.
Doerr was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Military Police (MP) Corps through the ROTC program at Florida State University in 1972. He also is a graduate of the MP Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
He holds a B.S. in criminology from FSU and an M.A. in business management from Central Michigan University.
Doerr was an MP platoon leader with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, an MP company commander in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and a battalion personnel officer in Seoul, Korea. He also had assignments in Atlanta, Ga.; Fort Lewis, Wash., Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Riley, Kan.; and at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Doerr retired from active duty in 1994 after completing more than 22 years of military service.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters); and the Parachutist Badge. He came to Appalachian in 1998 after serving as director of campus police and security at Loyola University.