Beitzel selected as Marian’s Veteran of the Month

July 5, 2016


Claude Beitzel was selected as Marian University’s Veteran of the Month.

Beitzel was drafted into the United States Army in 1944, and was later assigned to the Second Armored Division under General George Patton, where he served as an anti-tank gun commander. Beitzel was involved in the North African Campaign, Sicily invasion and Normandy invasion; fought in Belgium, the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe; and his division occupied Berlin after Victory in Europe day in 1945.

In recognition of his service, Beitzel earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Silver Battle Star, the American Defense Service Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Belgian Fourragere.

The Veteran of the Month contest, presented by Marian University and Sunny 97.7/96.1 WTCX, highlights one area veteran each month. Each veteran chosen receives a plaque, an appreciation package from Marian University and Sunny 97.7’s sponsors, including a 3 credit undergraduate class which can be redeemed in the traditional undergraduate program or any of adult undergraduate sessions. In addition, recipients are honored with a monthly ceremony at Marian University, and have the opportunity to share their story on the radio.

Deserving veterans may be nominated by visiting Marian University will select one veteran at the end of each month.

Marian University was founded in 1936 by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wis. The institution has one of the lowest student-faculty ratios in the state, and strives to live its core values as a community committed to learning, dedicated to service and social justice and joined together by spiritual traditions. Marian offers undergraduate, adult, master’s and doctoral degree programs at its main campus and in facilities throughout Wisconsin.