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Army Airborne Veteran

Born in North Carolina in 1947. Luther loved mechanics as a child. Following high school graduation, he was eager to continue training in this field but his aspirations were put on hold when he was drafted to serve his nation in the Vietnam War in 1966 at age 18. Luther’s life was impacted forever. In the U.S. Army from 1966-1968, Luther became a man of honor, leadership and service. One of five siblings to serve their country, Luther was a paratrooper with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Infantry Division, dedicating himself to protecting our country.

Luther’s service required physical fitness, mental toughness and quick learning skills as paratroopers must know how to use a parachute for combat, collaborate with others and transfer supplies. He recalls with emotion the thrill of

jumping out of planes in war, no easy task. In two years serving, Luther learned meaningful life lessons alongside comrades who would become his family. HOH was thrilled to make some necessary repairs to his home.

Pictured Left to Right Professor Gail Garfield-Dadio’s Community Engagement Leadership Class, Luther, and Carol May (Executive Director HOH).



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