The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. contains the names of 58,318 Americans who gave their lives in service to the United States during the Vietnam War. Panel W1, line 42 of the Memorial bears the name of GMC student Paul Henderson Lawing, Jr. who loved dogs and was known around his hometown for his basketball skills.
On 14 June 1972, Sergeant Lawing, or “Skip” as he was known by friends and family, observed Viet Cong forces advancing on his hilltop. He immediately brought this enemy force under mortar fire and requested assistance. When the reaction force arrived and encountered resistance, Sergeant Lawing unhesitatingly moved through intense enemy small arms and machine gun fire in order to direct the movements of the reaction force. “Once again with complete disregard for his own safety he moved through the bullet swept area in order to engage this flanking element.”
His decisive and heroic actions that day saved numerous lives. Unfortunately, Sergeant Lawing, who acted with selfless disregard for his own safety, was killed by enemy fire.
He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry in action.”
Memorial Day exists for Soldiers like him—patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.
Where would America be without men and women like Skip? Where would we be without those men and women who served as if America’s future and the freedom of her people depended upon them alone? Without the courage, dedication, and honor of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country throughout the world, we would be lost. GMC is proud of Skip’s service, and we will never forget his sacrifice. This Memorial Day, we remember Sergeant Lawing and all of our nation’s fallen heroes.
We are excited to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
This year, honoring and celebrating the work of our teachers means so much more. This time last year our teachers and professors were working overtime to make sure our students had the support they needed to end the school year remotely due to COVID. We asked a lot of our educators in 2020 – they had to transition to remote learning and adjust all their lesson plans to be made virtual, learn new technology, teach students while they were at home, and make sure those students were still successful. During that time GMC implemented our Five Step Program to provide for a safe learning environment for all our students, faculty, and staff. Because of our Five Step Program, we were able to hold in-seat classes for all students this entire school year! This was a huge step for our institution, being one of the only schools in the state to fully open for in-seat instruction, and after school activities, last August. We’re proud that we’ve been able to continue working toward the goal of getting back to normal, and we have our teachers, full-time professors, and adjuncts to thank for that. We are grateful for your support and willingness to make a real difference at GMC throughout this past year.
This is an exciting time in the school calendar, and the perfect time to shine a light on our teachers. We thank you for your commitment to provide a character-based education for our students, and to accomplish the GMC mission of producing “educated citizens and contributing members of society in an environment conducive to the development of the intellect and character of our students.”
Thank you to all our teachers and professors of GMC, and HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!