Economics professor shares tribute to father on Veterans Day

The Oregonian published a touching opinion column written by economics Professor Eric Schuck, whose father served in the Vietnam War.

The war in Vietnam was a conflict few people wanted and fewer still understood, Schuck says.

“It was the summer of 1967, and it was my father’s second trip to Vietnam,” Schuck wrote. “The first time, in 1964, he had been idealistic about it all … This time there were no such illusions. Shots would be fired in anger. Men would die. And yet he still went.

“Such was the youth of my father,” wrote Schuck, who teaches economics at Linfield College.

Schuck is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, in the Middle East and Africa, to teach or develop curriculum about water resource management.

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