May 28, 2019

College of the Ozarks students, World War II Veteran, to travel to Normandy for 75th anniversary

World War II Veteran Hall Duncan will travel with the Patriotic Education Travel Program from June 2-13, to Normandy, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
World War II Veteran Hall Duncan will travel with the Patriotic Education Travel Program from June 2-13, to Normandy, for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Duncan, who is a good friend of the College, has a lifetime array of artwork on display in the Ralph Foster Museum on the College campus. This will be Duncan’s second time traveling with College of Ozarks students and staff across seas.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks is sending 20 students, along with World War II Veteran Hall Duncan, to Normandy from June 2-13 as part of the Patriotic Education Travel Program. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings along the Normandy coast during World War II.

During this trip, participants will visit various sites of World War II in London, Normandy, Brussels, and Amsterdam, including numerous military sites and cultural museums.

This trip will mark the College’s 11th tour to Europe, but it is the 24th Patriotic Education Travel Program trip, with previous tours representing World War II, Cold War, Korean War, and Vietnam War. The trip is under the direction of Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities.

“This is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of occupied France and the last major anniversary to have men who actually served in that operation to be in attendance for the ceremony,” Cizek said. “Our students realize the significance of the trip and this anniversary. It will be up to them to pass on the history of those who served and to tell their stories.”

Trip participants for the 2019 Normandy Patriotic Education Travel Program trip:


  • Cassidy Anderson, senior social work major from Harrison, Arkansas
  • Tyler Bleau, junior business administration management major from Nixa, Missouri
  • Emily Braden, senior business administration and public relations double major from Sikeston, Missouri
  • Kortney Cambers, senior public relations major from Neosho, Missouri
  • Ryleigh Clark, junior nutrition and dietetics major from Springfield, Missouri
  • Benjamin Cody, senior accounting major from Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Spenser Cross, senior history education major from Centerview, Missouri
  • Justice Daniel, junior criminal justice major from Republic, Missouri
  • Ty Durnell, junior computer science major from Willow Springs, Missouri
  • Kaylee Henry, senior elementary education major from Nixa, Missouri
  • Natalie Hensarling, senior music theater and marketing double major from Olathe, Kansas
  • Bethany Marteney, senior nursing major from Riley, Kansas
  • Jordan Mitchell, senior elementary education major from Malden, Missouri
  • Caleb Nichols, senior public relations major from Russellville, Missouri
  • Lindsay Pemberton, senior speech communication major from Lebanon, Missouri
  • Jonathan Plummer, senior business administration major from Branson, Missouri
  • Mary Reed, senior psychology major from Roland, Arkansas
  • Christian Slater, senior computer science major from Spokane, Missouri
  • Jordan Sutton, senior criminal justice from Salem, Missouri
  • Matthew Weathermon, senior public relations and history double major from Marionville, Missouri


  • Bryan Cizek, director of patriotic activities
  • David Dalton, professor of history
  • Col. James Schreffler, assistant professor of military science
  • Cpt. Caleb Dunnam, instructor of military science
  • Lt. Alex Williams, instructor of military science
  • Rick Hughes, vice president for vocational programs and chief financial officer, and wife, Elizabeth Hughes
  • Lori Vanderpool, clinic administrator and patriotic travel nurse, and husband, Kent Vanderpool

About World War II Veteran Hall Duncan

Duncan served as a private first class in the 101st Infantry Regiment of General George Patton’s Third Army and was shot in November 1944 by a sniper as he carried a wounded American soldier to safety from the fighting near Guebling and Bourgaltroff near the German border.  Duncan says he was one of the few survivors of his military company from the battles near Guebling and Bourgaltroff.

Nearly 70 years later, in 2011, U.S. Representative James Lankford pinned Duncan with his bronze star and purple heart, during a ceremony at the Oklahoma History Center.

In addition to the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, he received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award, and Honorable Service Lapel Button – World War II. He received the French Legion of Honor Medal in France in 2013 due to his service on French soil.

After the war, Duncan, who was born in Oklahoma City, eventually returned to Oklahoma. Now in his mid-nineties, Duncan retired from the University of Central Oklahoma after teaching cartooning, illustration, and advertising design for 17 years. He earned his doctorate in education with an emphasis in cross-cultural communication at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. After retiring in 1986, he became a full-time cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. Duncan has been published by Cambridge University, the New Readers Press in Syracuse, New York, and many other notable publishing houses.

In June of 2012, Duncan was one of the seven Veterans who traveled to Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic with College of the Ozarks. He currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2019. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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