SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Six San Diego State University students killed while under arms will be honored Friday at the school's war memorial -- part of Homecoming Week events.
The event will include a special tribute to San Diego police Officer Robert Harvey, who took classes at SDSU when his law enforcement schedule allowed. Harvey died on Oct. 31, 1952, when a B-29 bomber he piloted crashed in the East China Sea following a mission over Korea.
His connection to SDSU was unknown to school officials until this summer, when they were approached by his oldest daughter, Carlynne Allbee, a 1971 alumna. She and Harvey's two other children plan to attend this morning's ceremony.
"Captain Harvey has earned a place on that memorial and I'm only sorry that we didn't get him up there sooner," Col. Martin Wojtysiak, a retired Air Force officer who chairs the school's War Memorial Committee, said in an alumni newsletter published last month.
Allbee said she was grateful to the committee for his inclusion.
The name of Harvey and five killed in Afghanistan or Iraq were added to the memorial a couple of weeks ago, according to SDSU.
-- Marine Corps Reserve 1st Lt. Oscar Jimenez, Class of 1999, who died at the age of 34 in an ambush in Iraq on April 11, 2004;
-- Marine Corps Capt. Andrew LaMont, Class of 1994, a 31-year-old helicopter pilot killed in a crash in Iraq on May 19, 2003;
-- Army Specialist Justin O'Donohoe, Class of 2000, who died at 27 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on May 5, 2006;
-- Navy Petty Officer First Class Thomas Retzer, 30, killed when a convoy was attacked in Afghanistan on June 25, 2003; and
-- Navy Lt. Florence Bacong Choe, Class of 2001, a 35-year-old who went to Afghanistan to help establish an Afghan military health system and was shot to death by an Afghan soldier along with another U.S. Navy officer on March 27, 2009.
San Diego State estimates that its student body includes more than 1,200 active-duty military members or veterans. Some of them took part in an all-night vigil at the memorial.
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