In order to differentiate 2014’s Constitution Day celebration from those held in previous years at Robert Morris, Dr. Phillip Harold,Co-Director of the Honors Program, wanted to bring in a guest speaker to campus instead of simply holding an essay contest or debate.
As a result, Dr. Harold partnered with Susan Parker, an Assistant Professor of Education, to have 90 year old WWII veteran and Moon Township resident Car Walpusk address a packed Rogal Chapel on September 17.
Walpusk and his comrades, whose plane was shot down over German-occupied Serbia in 1943, were hid from the axis powers for 33 days until being rescued by the U.S. government during Operation Haylard. In 2007, author Gregory Freeman immortalized the rescue mission in The Forgotten 500.
Walpusk’s lecture to the RMU community served as a reminder to everyone in attendance that the freedoms we have would not be possible without the sacrifices made by so many Americans over 70 years ago.