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ROTC honors WWII veterans at home games
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Retired 1st Sgt. James. C. Gay of Natchitoches was recognized during Northwestern State’s Aug. 28 football game in a new tradition in which the university will honor those who served in the armed forces.  From left are Lt. Col. William Macky Underwood, Gay, Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Dr. Chris Maggio and retired Lt. Col Fred Terasa.
Retired 1st Sgt. James. C. Gay of Natchitoches was recognized during Northwestern State’s Aug. 28 football game in a new tradition in which the university will honor those who served in the armed forces. From left are Lt. Col. William Macky Underwood, Gay, Assistant Vice President for External Affairs Dr. Chris Maggio and retired Lt. Col Fred Terasa.
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The Northwestern State University Department of Military Science’s ROTC Program and its alumni arm, the Demon Regiment, honored retired 1st Sgt. James C. Gay of Natchitoches during the university’s first home game on Aug. 28.

Gay is a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He served with the Tuskegee Airmen as an aircraft mechanic on B-25s, P-51s and the AT-6. During the Korean War, he was a tank crewman in combat. In Vietnam, he again fought with armor units. His awards include the Bronze Star and the Meritorious Service Medal, as well as campaign ribbons for WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Fred Terasa and Lt. Col. Macky Underwood presented Gay with coins of excellence for his service, a commemorative coin for Demon Regiment members. The coin was used for the coin toss prior to kick-off.

“This marks the beginning of a new tradition for us,” said Vanner Erikson, assistant director of Alumni and Development. “During each home football game, we will recognize a veteran for his or her selfless service to our nation and the commemorative coin will be used for the coin toss.”

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