Providence College Honors Veterans

Providence College Honors Veterans

On Veterans Day and every day, Friars are grateful for those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Below, learn about Providence College alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who so honorably served.

Watch the 2023 Veterans Day ceremony

Each Veterans Day, the Patriot Battalion ROTC honors all those who have served in the military. This year’s ceremony featured guest speaker Brig. General James E. Vallee ’88, who served more than 20 years as an infantry officers as well as as an army general officer and a command judge advocate of the Massachusetts National Guard. John McNicholas ’24, a computer science major and assistant operations officer for the Patriot Battalion, presented the student remarks.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Vaghi Jr. '42 on deck for the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945.
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Vaghi Jr. ’42 on deck for the invasion of Okinawa on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945.

History preserved: D-Day map of Joseph Vaghi ’42 finds its way to Library of Congress

Lt. Cmdr. Joseph P. Vaghi Jr. ’42 was the youngest of four beachmasters to land at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. In the breast pocket of his waterproof overalls was his guide — a meticulously illustrated, full-color, two-sided map that detailed the beach and the topography of the Normandy coast.

Read more about Lt. Cmdr. Vaghi

Alumni Veterans

“Our lives shall thee with noble deeds adorn …” —Providence College Alma Mater

Faculty and Staff Veterans

These are just some of the veterans among Providence College faculty and staff. Know someone who should be included? Please let us know.

  • Amy Becker, US Army and PC Public Safety

    Amy Becker, Public Safety

    U.S. Army, 1995-2018
    Staff Sergeant
    Afghanistan, Cuba, United States

  • Johan Calderon, Army National Guard

    Johan Calderon, Information Technology

    ARMY National Guard, 24 years
    Chief Warrant Officer 3
    Iraq, Afghanistan

  • John Croke, US Army

    John Croke, Card Office

    U.S. Army, 1998-2006
    E4 Specialist
    Washington state, Egypt, Iraq

  • Dan Demmons, US Navy and PC Web Services

    Dan Demmons, Web Services

    U.S. Navy Submarines, 1987-1993
    Radioman 3rd Class
    USS Guardfish SSN-612, USS Dixon AS-37

  • Jeffrey Hoyer, US Air Force Band

    Jeffrey Hoyer, Department of Music

    U.S. Air Force Band, 8 years
    Staff Sergeant
    Iraq, Afghanistan

  • Nancy Kelley, US Marine Corps and National Guard

    Nancy Kelley ’05SCE, President’s Office

    U.S. Marine Corps, 1977-1981
    Sergeant (E5)
    North Carolina, Japan

    R.I. National Guard, 1995-1997
    Staff Sergeant (E6)

  • Gary Marsh, US Navy, PC Physical Plant

    Gary Marsh, Physical Plant

    U.S. Navy, 1986-1990
    Petty Officer Second Class (E5)
    Rhode Island

  • Mike Moricas, Physical Plant, U.S. Army

    Mike Moricas, Public Safety

    U.S. Army, 1996-2020
    Lieutenant Colonel
    Kosovo, Afghanistan

  • John Mullaly, US Army

    John Mullaly, Department of Economics

    U.S. Marine Corps, 1977-1981
    Sergeant (E5)
    North Carolina, Japan

  • Sean Reid, Provost, US Navy

    Sean Reid, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

    U.S. Navy, 1984-2018
    Europe, Middle East, Latin America

  • Steven Sears, US Air Force

    Steven Sears, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    U.S. Air Force (four years full time active)
    Sergeant (E4)
    Texas, New Hampshire

  • Andy Sullivan, U.S. Navy, PC Physical Plant

    Andy Sullivan, Physical Plant

    U.S. Navy, 1996-2016
    Washington state; Florida; Washington, D.C.; California, Rhode Island, Italy, Pennsylvania, eastern Pacific, Iraq

More Faculty and Staff Veterans

Brad Artery, Department of Management​

U.S. Navy, Submarines, 1995-2003
California, Western Pacific Ocean

Rebecca Babcock Fenerci, Department of Psychology

U.S. Army Reserves

John “Charlie” Clancy, Physical Plant

U.S. Navy, 1968-1972
Aviation Mechanic, AME E5
Virginia Beach, VF32, F4 Phantom

Joseph Cosgrove, Department of Philosophy

U.S. Navy, Submarines, 1979-1986
USS Gurnard, USS James Madison

Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98, Vice President for Mission and Ministry

U.S. Navy Reserves

Kevin Dwyer, Public Safety

U.S. Army

Patrick Kelly, Department of Accountancy

U.S. Coast Guard, 1979-1999
Commander (O5)
Florida, New York, Connecticut

Jason Kneib, Department of Military Science

U.S. Army, 18 years
Lieutenant Colonel
Iraq and Afghanistan 

Kevin McEniry, Public Safety

U.S. Marine Corps

Tom Moran, Physical Plant

U.S. Army

Jose Silva, Physical Plant

U.S. Navy

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Watch the 2022 Veterans Day ceremony

John P. Eagan ’68 of Smithtown, N.Y., was the featured speaker at the 2022 ROTC Patriot Battalion Veterans Day Ceremony. A graduate of the ROTC Patriot Battalion and member of the Cadet Officers Honors Club, he served honorably with the U.S. Army on tours in Southeast Asia and Europe. His professional career also includes work in national defense and the private sector, with jobs in the National Security Agency , the Grumman and Northrop Grumman Corporations, and the commercial security industry.