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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

November 14, 2017

Commander George Haley, Vietnam Veteran, speaks to students during Veterans week

Commander George HaleyCommander George Haley, Vietnam Veteran, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Nov. 9 at a patriotic convocation.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — Commander George Haley, Vietnam Veteran, spoke at College of the Ozarks on Nov. 9 at a patriotic convocation.

During his extensive military career, Haley served with the U.S. Navy as both a pilot and an associate professor of naval science. From 1965 to 1967, Haley flew over 150 combat missions into North and South Vietnam and Laos. Haley also served as a combat flight instructor from 1969 to 1971.

Throughout the evening, Haley shared stories from his service in Vietnam and about traveling with the College of the Ozarks Patriotic Education Travel Program in March of 2017.

“Returning to Vietnam provided great closure and healing for me,” Haley said. “College of the Ozarks has honored me, and I am so grateful and humbled.”

Michael Galioto, senior business management and public relations major, was a student participant for the trip to Vietnam last spring.

“If anyone is looking for an incredible hero, look no further than George Haley – he is the real deal,” Galioto said. “George is a wonderful man, full of life, distinctive experiences, and passion. It is an honor and privilege to have become great friends with this revered Veteran and listen to him share stories from Vietnam.”

About George Haley

Commander George Haley joined the Navy in 1958, serving in various roles during his tenure with the U.S. Navy – nuclear delivery pilot, combat pilot, combat commanding officer, and associate professor of naval science.

For two years, Haley was an attack pilot on board the USS Lexington. His duties included patrolling, gathering intelligence, and “showing the flag” during the latter days of the French Indo-China War. From September 1965 to July 1967, Haley flew 159 combat missions into North and South Vietnam and Laos, while serving on board the USS Bon Homme Richard and the USS Ticonderoga.

Haley was also a combat flight instructor, preparing pilots for duty in Vietnam. From 1969 to 1971, Cmdr. Haley was a carrier air traffic officer on board the USS Constellation, including operations in the Gulf of Tonkin.

Upon his retirement in 1981, Haley became a power plant engineer at the University of Texas in Austin before fully retiring in 2000.

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 or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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