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465 Veterans at Walla Walla College, 1948

October 30, 2008

The Youth’s Instructor, June 1, 1948


Lincoln, Nebraska *


Perhaps none more nearly fulfill the Master’s commission to go the second mile than do the 465 veterans of World War II who are attending Walla Walla College this year. They served their country in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany, the islands of the South Pacific, and where- ever American troops were engaged. Now they are enrolled in a Christian college preparing for that second mile of service to God and country.

Fox-hole surgeon Duane Kinman, who turned down offers of scholarships in the medical school of a famous university, is taking the pre-medical course in this Seventh-day Adventist college of his choice. On the field of battle Duane saved the life of a’ fellow soldier by performing an emergency tracheotomy under the most adverse circumstances. Using a jackknife to make an incision in the badly mangled throat of his fallen, comrade, Duane inserted a fountain pen barrel into the trachea, making possible the flow of air to the man’s lungs.

Keith Argraves, paratrooper, would like to forget most of his first mile of service. Those days of torture and hunger in Italian and German prison camps, interspersed with dangerously thrilling attempts to escape to freedom, seem like a horrible nightmare to Keith. He is now enrolled as a history major in Walla Walla College, preparing for that second mile of service.

The most extensively decorated veteran at Walla Walla College this year is Warren Runyan. He received two purple hearts and clusters when he was wounded twice, once in North Africa and once in France. The silver star was awarded him for capturing twenty Germans in Cherbourg, France. This was the more, remarkable because he took the captives while he himself was totally unarmed. His only weapon was the voice that God had given him. At another time Warren received the bronze star for bravery demonstrated by successfully removing several wounded soldiers from the battlefield under heavy fire from the enemy. Finally, because of loyal and heroic achievements, he was awarded a citation from the general of the Ninth Army. Now he is at Walla Walla College taking a course in business administration.

Dick Roberts went his first mile of service in the Navy. When he came to school he was a Methodist. To the warning that Walla Walla College might make a Seventh-day Adventist of him, Dick replied, “I’ll take rny chances.” He took his chances, and became a Seventh-day Adventist. Now he is studying for the ministry, preparing to go the second mile for the Master he has learned to love.

Ralph Winslow was a sincere Catholic. Why he came to Walla Walla College no one knew. But he is an honest youth, and before very long he began to see new light. He was converted, baptized, and is now a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Veterans who choose to attend Walla Walla College find a personal friend and helper in Prof. Kenneth A. Aplington, (Continued from page 73) Walla Walla College director of the office of veterans’ affairs at the college. This office was set up by the administration to serve as a clearing center for the veterans. Knowing that they have their own headquarters, where their individual problems can be considered, supplies them with a sense of security in college life, Professor Aplington says.

The Veterans’ Club of Walla Walla College operates a commissary from which our veterans may purchase merchandise at cost prices plus a small service charge. The club proposes to build up a fund to use for veterans’ emergency relief. The Veterans’ Apartments, located three blocks from the campus, provide comfortable living quarters for fifty-six men and their families. This housing is made available at rent rates considerably below the prevailing prices.

Veterans attending Walla Walla College feel, almost without exception, that they are getting maximum benefits from their opportunities.

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