Profiles In Courage: Richard Hofscher

By Craig McNair

There are many students at the Penn State New Kensington campus that have served the country in one way or another.  I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Hofscher, an Army veteran, in Dr. Wood’s speech class.

Hofscher served in the U.S. Army from August 2005 to November 2008 as a Cavalry Scout in the 82nd Airborne Division and by the time he was honorably discharged he had obtained the rank of sergeant.  While enlisted he received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Parachutist Wings and a Combat Action Badge.  He was stationed all over the world including Ft. Bragg, North Carolina and Eastern Afghanistan during deployment.

When asked what made him decide to join the military, Hofscher said, “I did not want to go to college immediately after high school.  I was tired of seeing fathers with families go over and get hurt or killed. I was a healthy 18 year old and felt I should do my part.  My father and grandfather were also in the army.”  His father served in Vietnam and his Grandfather in World War II.

Hofscher said his most memorable experiences while serving “revolve around all of my friends and the times we had together.  We helped each other out in hard times overseas and here in the States.”

On behalf of the Penn State community and all of my fellow Americans living in freedom throughout the country, we thank you for all of your heroic actions.  If you see Richard in the hallway at school be sure to tell him he’s a hero.


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