A true American has passed today.
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Mere than ago, when America was attacked at Pearl Harbor, a senior at this
the Marine Corps. He was three credits short, SO he didn' t graduate
in 1942. Instead, he faund himself taking part in fierce battles at and Guam
and elsewhere in the Pacific theater. Corperal Lamar Siemens returned heme ta
Louisiana and built a successful career running radii stations. Nat SO leng ago, his
stepson learned that LSU gives academic credit far military service and applied far
these credits en behalf Mr. Siemens. And SO a man whe began his studies here in
1938 graduates with you tad : Lamar Simmen s, Class 2004.
Mr. Simmons, with my honorary degree, I guess that makes me the
member your graduating class. [Laughter] I speak far all my classmates in paying
tribute ta this ene man and ta the great generation Americans ta which he
belongs. These Americans saw faraway conflict change their Ines and melt. en duties
they had net asked far and did what had ta be done. They kept this country free. We
are still in their debt.