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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

October 17, 2017

First Lt. Clebe McClary, leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam, speaks at College of the Ozarks

First Lt. Clebe McClary, leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — First Lieutenant Clebe McClary, leader of the 1st Recon Battalion in Vietnam, spoke to students during a convocation at College of the Ozarks on Monday, Oct. 16.

On his 19th recon patrol, deep in hostile territory, McClary and his unit engaged in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Suffering devastating injuries, which included the loss of his left arm and left eye, McClary continued to lead his men. He spent over two years in military hospitals undergoing more than 30 major surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy.

Since then, McClary has used his powerful story of courage, determination, and strength to motivate audiences all over the world.  

“I enjoyed his attitude toward the struggles we face in life,” said Evan Schiefer, junior accounting major and convocation attendee.

McClary has published two books: Commitment to Love (1969) and Living Proof (1978).

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman, at (417) 690-2212.


About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2017. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.

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