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WWII Veteran Shares History with Seneca Valley Students

Sgt. Roscoe Mulvey took part in the Battle of the Bulge.

Seneca Valley High School students are beginning their New Year with a new perspective on history after meeting a World War II veteran just before the district let out for winter break. 

Students in the Honors U.S. History class learned about the Battle of the Bulge from S/Sgt. Roscoe Mulvey, a member of the Fourth Armored Division.

“I want these kids to know they’re in a major generational gap,” said teacher Jim Lucot, who asked Mulvey to visit the class Dec. 20—the day Mulvey’s division began marching with General George S. Patton toward Bastogne, France. “It’s unfortunate, but these kids may never get this opportunity to speak one-on-one to a World War II veteran again.”

Mulvey, a Harmony resident, was one of 600,000 Americans to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted from Dec. 16, 1944 to Jan. 25, 1945.  He talked about the battle, what it was like to be drafted into Armed Services during a time of war—and about moving to the Seneca Valley area.

“As a teacher, you know when the kids are asking personal questions like, ‘Were you scared?’ it means they’ve found a connection,” Lucot said. “That’s not something they can get from a book. It’s not something they’ll get from a movie or a video game, either. Mr. Mulvey’s visit is the kind of lesson I want these kids to keep with them for a long time.”

Along with Mulvey’s visit, the students created Battle of the Bulge projects with detailed maps. Throughout the year, Lucot tries to have his students meet one-on-one with other veterans, too. This year, they’ve met with a Korean War veteran as well as with a former Seneca Valley student currently serving in the military.

“These men want to be remembered,” Lucot said.  “And they want to be remember by this generation of kids… and hopefully the generation after that.”

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Cranberry Dad January 08, 2013 at 01:16 PM
That is awesome! Only wish more students could hear his story. Thank you Mr Mulvey for your service then and today.
Elizabeth Kelleher January 08, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Mr. Mulvey was recently awarded the Legion of Honor for his part in liberating France. He is a hero and a great man. He has also done school tours for Zelienople Historical Society, and the children loved his talk.

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