Fellow Vietnam Army veteran John Hoober, left, a 1966 graduate, and Gulf War Air Force veteran Mark Dunning, right, a 1983 graduate, were present for the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dunning)
Fellow Vietnam Army veteran John Hoober, left, a 1966 graduate, and Gulf War Air Force veteran Mark Dunning, right, a 1983 graduate, were present for the ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Mark Dunning)
A Hanover College alumnus received a special honor last week during a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Robert Duane “Bob” Paulus, a 1966 Hanover graduate, was honored by his classmates during the annual wreath-laying ceremony.

The idea for the gesture came about during a 50-year reunion of the Class of 1966 at last month’s college homecoming.

The ceremony featured a keynote address from Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr., a retired veteran of the U.S. Marines, now an administrator at NASA. Four-star General Barry McCaffrey, a retired Army veteran, served as master of ceremonies.

While at Hanover, Paulus, a native of Wakarusa, Ind., was a political science major, vice president of the student senate, vice-president of the junior class, member of the Board of Student Affairs, member of the Triangle campus newspaper editorial board, president of his Phi Delta Theta pledge class and a residence hall counselor.

Following his years at Hanover, he was employed by the Bendix Corp. in Patterson, N.J., and enlisted in the U.S. Army in October, 1967. After receiving his commission at Fort Benning, Ga. he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division and served, for several months, as adjutant to the colonel.

He arrived in Vietnam on May 24, 1969, and was stationed south of Da Nang. On the morning of June 29, in Quang Tin Province, South Vietnam, his company was caught in an enemy ambush and the commanding officer was seriously wounded. Paulus moved up to take command of the first platoon and was killed instantly by gunfire.

Paulus, the first Hanover student to lose his life in the Vietnam War, was 25-years-old.

His name can be found on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at panel W21, line 34.