An Interview with WWII Veteran, Don Whipple
“I WAS PART OF THE FEW AND PROUD.”
As the writer and editor for the Communications and Creative Services department at a university, I write the articles featured in each BEYOND publication. For this particular issue of BEYOND, I interviewed, researched, and wrote the feature story about Don Whipple, a Rockmont alumnus and survivor of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.
In 1943 at age 17, Don Whipple joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to the 5th Marine Division and 28th Combat Team. He is a survivor of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima, where one out of every three U.S. soldiers was either wounded or killed. Despite the devastation that he witnessed on an island he calls “the ugliest place I ever saw in my life,” Don found Christ during his time in the Marines and later found himself at Rockmont College, a legacy institution of Colorado Christian University.
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BEYOND Magazine is a biannual magazine published by Colorado Christian University’s Communications and Creative Services department in partnership with the University Office of Advancement. The magazine is used for building and maintaining relationships with alumni, donors, and friends of CCU — its readership is over 40,000 people.
In the midst of a leadership transition, the Communications and Services department was asked to review and update both the design and focus of BEYOND magazine. As part of that review, I wrote the below mission statement for the magazine.
In BEYOND, our goal is to share the story of CCU, as well as God’s faithful provision over the last 100 years. We also aim to share the stories of the people who go beyond and make CCU the great university it is today. Whether you’re an alum or a friend, this magazine is designed for you, because your story, our story — His story, is meant to be told.