An unforeseen benefit

Local resident Tom Holt explains that although a mobilization interrupted his college education, the GI Bill benefits he earned from his service helped him complete his education and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Local resident Tom Holt explains that although a mobilization interrupted his college education, the GI Bill benefits he earned from his service helped him complete his education and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Soon after his graduation from high school in 1948, Tom Holt began attending Westminster College in Fulton. However, his education was delayed when a major military conflict erupted, leading to an overseas deployment and a change in his career goals.

“While I was in school, the Korean War was beginning and one of my friends claimed I would probably be drafted,” Holt said.

“He said that if I joined the (National) Guard, I would be able to finish school while also being a part of the military.”

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