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Student-Athletes Answer Call to Duty

Story posted September 11, 2009

Running back James Lathrop '11 spent six weeks at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., in Officer Candidate School (OCS) last spring and is highlighted in an article in the September 11, 2009, edition of the Portland Press Herald.

Read the article.

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James Lathrop '11

"I get the right to have this or do that," says Lathrop in the article. "I have a sense of how lucky I am to be here, in this country. I owe something."

Lathrop is the seventh student-athlete since 2002 to answer the call to serve their country.

The article mentions that 2008 football team captain Jack Dingess '09 was sworn in as a Marine Corps officer with Pack Janes, a lacrosse player, following Commencement last spring, and that Brendan Murphy, a captain of the 2006 team, is now serving with America's Battalion in Afghanistan.

Jack Dingess '09 (center) and Pack Janes '09 (right) are sworn in as Marine Corps officers following Commencement exercises.

Teammate David Donahue, also a lacrosse captain, graduated 11th in a class of 282 from The Basic School, which follows OCS, and Katherine (Forney) Petronio '07 played ice hockey and golf, and received her Marine commission after graduation and was serving in Iraq.

"This is about their character and leadership," says football coach Dave Caputi in the article. "When they came back from Quantico, they didn't talk much about it. You could see it more in their presence on the football field and the way younger players saw them as examples. It's the culture we have."

The article also notes that Joshua Chamberlain left Bowdoin to fight in the Civil War and hold the battle line at Gettysburg, that Everett Pope '41 left the College to win the Medal of Honor on Peleliu Island in World War II, and that Andrew Haldane '41, a football captain, lost his life on Peleliu. Pope helped initiate the Haldane Cup, which is awarded to a member of the senior class who has outstanding qualities of leadership and character.

The Bowdoin Bond: Marines in the Media

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Former football teammates 2nd Lt. David Donahue '07 (left) and 2nd Lt. Brendan Murphy '07.

Read the Portland Press Herald article.

Read the New York Times Magazine "Lives" column about David Donahue '07.

Read about NPR's coverage of the Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, who count Brendan Murphy '07 among their ranks. The unit, known as "America's Battalion," is in Afghanistan as part of the 21,000 additional forces President Obama is deploying in the largest American military operation in years.

Read the Washington Post article chronicling one of Murphy's dangerous missions.

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