Sons of the American Revolution honor Fairfielder
Fairfield High School 2011 graduate Anatole Openshaw was awarded a medal Wednesday honoring his efforts as a Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at the University of Iowa.
Openshaw received the Sons of the American Revolution ROTC medal “in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing and excellence, thus exemplifying the high ideals and principles which motivated and sustained our patriot ancestors,” according to the citation.
A junior at Iowa, Openshaw is majoring in human physiology and intends to go to medical school.
But before graduation, Army officer commissioning in a year and deciding on a medical school, he will attend the Army Leader Development and Assessment course for five weeks this summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
“I’ll be attending an infantry-based course at Fort Knox that includes physical training, land navigation exercises and garrison operations, overseeing regular activities of a platoon,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to the experience and meeting lots of new people.”
Openshaw said he was active in high school sports, so he’s not worried about the physical training aspects. He is not decided on an Army branch yet, that is not chosen until commissioning, but Openshaw is sure about medical school.
“The military was always an option I thought about,” he said. “I knew it could help pay for my medical training. And I have two siblings in the military, which is another inspiration.”
His older brother, Pascal Openshaw, is in the National Guard in Arlington, Virginia.
His older sister, Sylviane Openshaw, a 2009 FHS graduate, is active duty army, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
He is the son of Ron and Madeleine Openshaw of Fairfield.