Thursday, December 4, 2008
Stratmon honored on Veterans Day
Dr. David L. Stratmon Sr. was among the World War II veterans honored by the Ida B. Wells Museum on Veterans Day, November 11, at the Eddie L. Smith Multi-Purpose Building. Dr. Stratmon received a proclamation which was signed by Rev. Leona Harris, curator of the museum, and Joseph Ford, commander of American Legion Post #250. Brankley Spight, program coordinator, made the presentation and gave a short speech. Spight also made a display describing the contributions of each veteran. The display is being shown at the museum.
Dr. Stratmon received his education in the public schools of North Carolina as well as at North Carolina A&T, Howard University (BS), University of Michigan (MA, PhD), Georgetown University Law Center (LLD), Arabic Language School, and the National War College-National Defense University.
During WWII, he served in Europe with the 3128 QM Service Company. Later as a foreign Service information officer under the auspices of the U.S. State Department he worked two-year stints in Ghana, Morocco, Chad, Jordan, France, and Tunisia. He was also stationed in Congo. After retiring from the State Department, he became chair of the Department of Political Science at Rust College in Holly Springs. Besides working with New Hope Village, Sigma Pi Phi, and Omega Psi Phi fraternities, he has served as lector, Eucharistic minister, and choir member at St. Joseph Catholic Church for 23 years.
Upon retiring from the U.S. Foreign Service and Rust College, Dr. Stratmon wrote his memoirs. Spight reviewed Dr. Stratmon’s book and revealed that it was informative and inspirational. He stated, “As I read, I could hear Dr. Stratmon talking and telling of his tribulations and his triumphs. I could even hear his laugh.” The publication is titled “From A Small Town To The World.” It is available by calling the publishing company at 1-888-795-4272, ext. 7876, or by ordering online at www.xlibris.com, www.bn.com, www.borders,com, or www.amazon.com.
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