#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran John Gualtier


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran John Gualtier. John served during World War II.

As a young man, John spent the last years of WWII in Europe as a combat medic. He treated countless soldiers for war wounds and turned 19-years-old while liberating a concentration camp.

In 1969, John received the Combat Medic Badge and a Bronze Star.

He has put in more than 10,000 volunteer hours at the Iowa City VA Hospital and has been a service officer at his local VFW post for over 30 years. In addition, John spends his time placing Veteran Cemetery Stones in numerous cemeteries across Iowa.

When John returned from World War II, he tried to suppress the painful stories of war. Now he shares his experiences with local high school students and other Veterans.

Thank you for your service, John!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Sriskanda    

    Great. Veteran of the Day. Clarence Roush. Tank Man . Korea. Now refrigeration technician at the Pfizer Plant at Terre Huate, Indiana, USA. He was an inspiration for me from 1984 to 1995. Biologist. Ph.D. Indiana State University.

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