Merrimack College Honors Navy Veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa

Merrimack College honored Lt. Cmdr. Robert Dunne before the Jan. 7th home hockey game. From left: Merrimack junior Jared Kolquist of Hermanntown, Minn; Merrimack Athletic Director Jeremy Gibson of Andover; Lt. Cmdr. Dunne of Peabody; his daughter, Sarah Dunne, a Merrimack junior; and Cornell senior Jake Weidner of Grand Valley, Ontario.


Merrimack College honored a veteran of the Global War on Terror, and father of a Merrimack student, at the Jan. 7th home hockey game against Cornell.

Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Robert Dunne of Peabody, Mass., was recognized in a brief ceremony at center ice Jan. 7 in the Lawler Rink, before he dropped a ceremonial puck to start the game. His daughter Sarah, a Merrimack junior, sang the National Anthem.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Constitution Division, of Haverhill posted the colors in Lawler Rink. The division’s photos of the event are available here:

Lt. Cmdr. Dunne, a graduate of the Naval War College, has served on active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, and is currently with the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, based in Djibouti. Holder of the Defense Meritorious Service Award, Navy Commendation Medal and Iraq and Afghan campaign medals, he is chair of the Peabody Veterans Council.

Merrimack was founded in 1947 to educate returned veterans of World War II.