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Lansing Community College to hold Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony

November 8, 2017

Lansing - Lansing Community College (LCC) will hold its eighth annual Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony, November 10, 2017 from noon - 12:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus - Health and Human Services Building, Fred Abood Rotunda - 515 N. Washington Square.

The memorial was developed to honor Michigan veterans, with a special emphasis on those in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties.

Since 2010, LCC has sought out nominations of local men and women who have served in the armed forces with distinguished service. Nominees can come from any branch of the service during any military action, conflict, or war. There is a special emphasis placed on WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam era veterans. LCC strives to honor our local service men and women who, while serving in any capacity in the military, distinguished himself/herself by extraordinary heroism, or other action worthy of this commemoration.

This year's Inductees are:

Mr. Charles R. "Pete" Stults, Charlotte; Sergeant, United States Army Air Forces - On August 8, 1944, Pete's crew flew their second combat mission to fire bomb Japan, however, they never completed the mission. The B-29 took a flak hit and was forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean. All crew members, except the pilot, were able to escape the aircraft and climb into life boats. The pilot of the aircraft was never recovered. Mr. Stults was discharged on March 23rd, 1946 and returned home to Charlotte, Michigan. During his time in service, Mr. Stults was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and Asiatic-Pacific Medal (3 bronze battle stars), American Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and 1 Overseas Service Bar.

Mrs. Winifred J. Bearup, Lansing; 1st Lieutenant, United States Army - Mrs. Bearup will be the first female inducted into the Veterans Memorial. She began her deployment working as a medical-surgical nurse at a hospital that was about 20 miles to the rear of direct fire. She cared for wounded British and American soldiers. Throughout her deployment, she cared for soldiers from five major engagements: the Normandy Breakout, the Battle for the Huertgen Forest, the Argonne Campaign, battles to break through the Siegfried Line and the Battle of the Bulge. The largest single action her unit saw was the influx of over 1,000 injured and wounded American troops from the 66th Division on December 24, 1944. One of the two troop ships ferrying the soldiers from England to Cherbourg, France, the S.S. Leopoldville, was torpedoed and sunk with over 750 fatalities and more than 1,500 injured survivors.

Mr. Charles T. Foster, Lansing; Sergeant, 3rd MI Volunteer Infantry - Mr. Foster was the first man from Lansing to enlist in the Union Army, doing so the day after the war began with the Confederate bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter, South Carolina. On May 29, 1862 Foster was mortally wounded by a Mini ball that pierced his neck. As he fell to the ground after being shot, he drove the flag staff into the ground, and called out to his comrades, "don't let the colors go down!" Foster's remains, are buried at Seven Pines National Cemetery in Virginia with a memorial stone in Lansing's Mt. Hope Cemetery. The Lansing Grand Army of the Republic Post was named after Charles T. Foster.

Lansing Community College is proud to honor these local veterans for their extraordinary acts of heroism.

To learn more about the Veteran's Memorial visit their website at: https://www.lcc.edu/veteran/memorial/

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is the fifth-largest community college in Michigan, serving more than 25,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.