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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.

Capt.  John P. Eagan ’68
Former Capt. John P. Eagan ’68

Former Captain John P. Eagan ’68 featured at ROTC Patriot Battalion Veterans Day Ceremony

Former Capt. John P. Eagan ’68 of Smithtown, N.Y., was the featured speaker at this year’s ROTC Patriot Battalion Veterans Day Ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the War Memorial Grotto on campus. 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.

Watch the 2022 ceremony

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

More Alumni Veterans

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

Sgt. Maj. Fortunato honored at Fort Knox

Heroes Among Us: 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, Public Safety

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

Johan Calderon, Information Technology

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

John Croke, Card Office

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

Dan Demmons, Web Services

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

Jeffrey Hoyer, Department of Music

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

Tyler Jones, ROTC Patriot Battalion

U.S. Army, 2002-present
Lieutenant Colonel (O5)
Korea, Iraq, Netherlands, Kentucky, Arizona, New York, Washington, Providence College

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, Physical Plant

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

Mike Moricas, Public Safety

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

John Mullaly, Department of Economics

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

Sean Reid, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

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, 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

Kevin McEniry, Public Safety

U.S. Marine Corps

Tom Moran, Physical Plant

U.S. Army

Jose Silva, Physical Plant

U.S. Navy

Pete Stacilauskas, Physical Plant

U.S. Navy

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