Harvey Newton Tomoka

Great Kids honored a distinguished guest this week, a Marine Corps veteran, Sergeant Harvey Newton. Students sat spellbound while listening to Mr. Newton share fascinating stories. At the age of 10, Mr. Newton was inspired as he read Battle Cry, and began setting goals to become a Marine. During his junior year at Seabreeze High, he enlisted in the Marines. In 1966 at the age of 18, he began his infantry training and was deployed to Vietnam. Mr. Newton recalled adventurous Vietnamese children and the primitive life of the villagers. Our most memorable moment occurred when Mr. Newton shared his camouflage combat uniform and his service uniform decorated with a special Vietnam shoulder cord and medals, including a Purple Heart. Thank you for your bravery in serving our country. You are the perfect veteran to teach us about goals, self-discipline, teamwork, and the importance of a growth mindset.

 Harvey Newton Ortona

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