Virginia Tech to Honor former cadet killed in Afghanistan

Buried by today’s other news is this:

University to honor U.S. Marine Corps Capt. David Seth Mitchell on ‘Ut Prosim’ Pylon

By Maj. Carrie Cox

Capt. David Seth Mitchell

Capt. David Seth Mitchell

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 29, 2010 — The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will conduct a Pylon Dedication Ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, April 9 at the War Memorial. The engraving of one additional veterans’ name, Capt. David Seth Mitchell, U.S. Marine Corps, on the “Ut Prosim” pylon will be dedicated.

Mitchell, a 2001 graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, was killed on Oct. 26, 2009, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and was an AH-1 Super Cobra helicopter gunship pilot and a member of Marine Light Attack Squadron-367. He was 30 years old.

Mitchell is the fourth member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 2001 lost since graduation and the eighth Hokie to be lost on operations since Sept. 11. He was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 6.


The Pylons are a representation of Virginia Tech’s values. The values engraved on the eight pylons are, from left to right: Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty, and Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).

The Pylons are etched with the names of every Virginia Tech student and graduate who has died defending our nation’s freedom beginning with those lost during World War I. At the War Memorial’s center, the cenotaph displays the names of Virginia Tech’s seven Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

There will be a rifle salute at about 3:15 this afternoon, and the cannon will be fired in salute at a retreat ceremony at about 4:10.

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