Kent State Air Force ROTC Cadets Honor Navy Veteran

Surrounding Navy veteran George Hoover are (left to right) Capt. Phillip Bergeron, USAF,  t Matthew Carlson,  t Octavia Vanderpool,  t Cynthia Benson,  t Theodore Rask,  t Tyler Kuns-windisch,  t Gage Philp,  t Calli Baumberger,  t William Truex and  t Douglas Defouw.On Sept. 14, Detachment 630 Air Force ROTC ts at Kent State University partnered with Guardian Angel Home Care and Hospice Services to honor George Hoover, a Navy veteran from World War II, by celebrating his years of service. 

Guardian Angel Home Care and Hospice Services provides emotional, physical and spiritual support to individuals in their final stages of life, as well as to their family members. One in four patients of the Guardian Angel Home Care and Hospice Services is a veteran.  Joanna Ripple, a volunteer coordinator from Guardian Angel Home Care, helped plan and organize the event.

Hoover was a motor machinist first class in the U.S. Navy from June 1939 - June 1942. He was stationed on the USS Lassen that delivered ammunition and supplies to support the frontlines during World War II. Hoover was filled with excitement when Air Force ROTC ts at Kent State arrived at his house to spend the afternoon with him. Ripple presented him a certificate and Pin of Gratitude for his years of service in the Navy. Kent State Air Force ROTC ts performed a flag-folding ceremony for presentation to Hoover.

During the visit, Hoover told stories and advised young ts that hope to one day become a hero like him. Hoover was surrounded by friends, family and Air Force ROTC ts, who learned the importance of honoring the nation’s veterans.

Hoover spoke words and stories that touched the hearts of everyone that surrounded him that day.

“It was one of the most touching moments I have ever had,” says Theodore Rask, t wing commander of Detachment 630 Air Force ROTC. “I do not think there was a dry eye at Mr. Hoover’s house when he spoke about the selfless dedication and ultimate sacrifice that so many men and women have made for our country. 

“Men and women from generations before us have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedom, rights and life we have today,” Rask continues. “If it were not for their bravery, dedication and their undying service to our nation, we would not be the country we are today. Mr. Hoover is among the men and women that have protected and served our nation, and we had the opportunity to show our gratitude and appreciation to him. It will remain a day that Detachment 630 Air Force ROTC ts will never forget.”

POSTED: Monday, October 14, 2013 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
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