Honor Veterans & Patriots ROTC Scholarship Fund

The Honor Veterans and Patriots ROTC Scholarship Fund was originally established in 2016 by Michael Rainbolt, LTC, USA, Ret., to honor former servicemembers, their families, and the many more who have supported, in varying capacities, the United States Armed Forces. Each year, the scholarship fund supports one cadet each in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine ROTC programs at Oregon State University.

If you are interested in making a contribution to the fund for the purpose of honoring a veteran or patriot, please contact the Benton Community Foundation at 541-753-1603.

Col. Louis Pearson

WWII Veteran – Africa, Italy, France
Military Officers Association, Corvallis Chapter
Passed away August 28, 2003

Maj. Joan Rainey

OSU ROTC – Medical Service Corps
Served in Northern Germany
Supports Cadets with family scholarship
Passed away in 2010

Maj. Albert Berglund

OSU ROTC, Oregon National Guard
Career in Communications at OSU
Passed away in 2016

Frank Walsh

WWII Veteran, 9th Armored Division, Siegfried Line
Battle of the Bulge, Ruhr Valley
American Legion Post 65
Middle school teacher, Coos Bay, 94 Years Old

Mary Ann Nardello

Member, Daughters of American Revolution (DAR)
Former Regent, DAR
Member & Former Secretary, Military Officers Club
102 Years Old

Lt. Col. Jerry Ward

ROTC, University of Texas; Vietnam Veteran; Bronze Star
ROTC, Oregon State University; Assistant Professor of Military Science
Assistant Athletic Director, Oregon State University
Rotary President, 1997
Military Officers Association, Corvallis Chapter
Passed away August 17, 2013

Col. Bob Schoning

30 years, USMC; WWII/Korea/Vietnam; Bronze Star for Valor
University of Washington, Degree in Fisheries
24 years with State Fish Commission, last 11 years as Director
Director of National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington, D.C.
Professor of Fisheries at OSU
Former President, Corvallis Chapter of MOAA
Passed away February 2020

Ivan L. Rauch

WWII, Korea, Vietnam – Merchant Marines & Navy
Served on aircraft carrier
Passed away February 2017

TSgt. Eugene S. Robertson

Enlisted, US Air Force, February 1953
Vietnam Veteran, 12th Air Commando Squadron
320 Combat Sortie Missions, 520 Combat Hours
Flight Engineer crossed trained as Pharmacy Technician
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 10 Oak Leaf Clusters

Col. Robert (Bob) Wray

Commissioned US Marine Corps, 1943
Fighter Pilot, WWII
Company Commander, Korean War
Two Silver Stars, Korean War
Vietnam Veteran
Commanding Officer, NROTC, Oregon State University

Patrick Fisher

US Navy, 1983-2003
Gunners Mate
Deployments: Cuba, Europe, Middle East
Responsible for Shipboard munitions
Maintained Fire Fighting Equipment plus Security
Personal Trainer at Fitness Center in Beaverton

Jonathan Poling

Served in US Army, 1987-1993
Fort Benning, Georgia
Germany & Korea
Desert Storm, 1990-1991

CW4 Wayne Nutsch

CEO Nutsch Aviation, Independence, Oregon
US Army Helicopter Mechanic, 1964
UH-1 Helicopter Pilot, Vietnam
More than 1,000 hours Combat Time
C/229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division
Air Medal with “36” Device – Master Army Aviator
Army Reserve and National Guard Pilot, UH-1, OH-58, C-26
Chief Pilot and Chief Instructor of FAA-approved Pilot School
FAA Aviation Safety Inspector, 1970-2000
FAA National HQ, 1985-2000

Capt. Jonathan Hayes

Commission US Air Force, ROTC, Tuffs University 1964
Three tours in Vietnam, 22 Air Medals
Five Distinguished Flying Crosses with “V” for Heroism
Richard III Society, American Branch, Chairman
Richard III Society, Vice President
Distinguished Flying Cross Society
80th Fighter Squadron Association
National Rifle Association
Municipal Bond Finance Manager
WA Economic Development Finance Authority (WEDFA), Executive Director
Military Officers Club of Corvallis, President, 2015-2018
Passed away February 2020

LTC Kelly R. Thies

Joined the Army in 1976
Seven years enlisted service
Obtained a 3-year ROTC scholarship
Oregon State University – BS Business
Commissioned 2nd Lieutentant Chemical Corps 1987
Veteran of Iraq War

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal w/ Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Army Commendation Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Retired 2015 with 29 years of service
Passed away June 2019