Distinguished UTA Military Veterans March in Medal of Honor Parade

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The University of Texas at Arlington was well represented at the Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville, Texas on April 9, 2016.   UTA military veterans, who were members of the Sam Houston Rifles drill team while attending UTA, fielded a drill team and bagpiper for the third year in a row and the unit honorably exemplified UTA with their performance during the parade.   

Now one of the crowd favorites, these longstanding soldiers collectively have over 160 years of service to our country, and span 54 years of wearing the uniform.   Participants included Major General Lester Simpson current commander of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division.   The drill team included 5 colonels, 5 pilots, two Army Rangers, one Marine Corps Officer, and one Green Beret.   Seven members of this years’ team have been inducted into the UTA Military Hall of Honor.

“Other than our military connection, the common denominator is the pride in attending UTA,”

Allan “Bunky” Garonzik

  To further illustrate, Garonzik shares a unique memory about his graduation. 

“I have the first diploma ever issued from UTA. The first graduating class was 1967, and when we walked across the stage we received a rolled up piece of paper with a ribbon.  The actual diploma was handed out when we turned in our cap and gown.  While the others were doing their high fives and slapping each other on the back, I turned in my cap and gown and got the first diploma from UTA.” 

Allan “Bunky” Garonzik

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Gainesville hosts this annual fourday event to honor recipients of America’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor.  The Medal of Honor is awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty and is presented by the President of the United States in the name of  the Congress.  Medal of Honor recipients are honored by the community and participate in many activities during the program’s four days.  Eighteen Medal of Honor Recipients attended this year’s event which attracted a crowd of over 50,000.  

Visit here to learn more about UTA Military Science programs. 

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