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Pennsylvania Military College Alumnus Tom Vossler to Return for Book-Signing, Veterans Day Ceremony

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Widener's Army ROTC will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 in front of Old Main.

Col. Tom Vossler, U.S. Army (Ret.) and 1968 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, the predecessor institution of Widener University, will return to the university’s Main Campus in Chester on Thursday, Nov. 10 to discuss and sign copies of his latest book, “A Field Guide to Antietam: Experiencing the Battlefield through Its History, Places and People.” He will also deliver this year’s Veterans Day message at the university’s Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11.

Both events are open to the general public. The Nov. 10 book-signing takes place at 12:30 p.m. in the Kapelski Learning Center, Room 1. The Nov. 11 Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. in front of the Old Main building by the Veterans Memorial. The ceremony is presented by the university’s Army ROTC Dauntless Battalion.

Vossler, a resident of Gettysburg, Pa., holds a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania Military College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University with military education including graduation from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. He served 30 years in the U.S. Army from the time he graduated PMC in 1968 through 1998, commanding an infantry platoon in the Vietnam War and a mechanized infantry-armored battalion task force in Germany. In addition, he taught military history, strategy and leadership at the U.S. Army War College and is a former director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Since 1998, Vossler has worked as a licensed battlefield guide at Gettysburg, specializing in battlefield studies and leadership seminars for the U.S. military as well as military units from Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Canada. Along with co-author Carol Reardon, he has written “The Gettysburg Campaign,” published by the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the award-winning “A Field Guide to Gettysburg,” and his latest, “A Field Guide to Antietam,” both published by the University of North Carolina Press.

“A Field Guide to Antietam” takes the reader through 21 sites on and near the battlefield where significant action occurred. Each destination includes answers to questions assessing what happened, who fought, who commanded, who fell, who lived and how participants remembered the events. Tom Clemens, a National Park Service Certified Antietam Battlefield guide, called the book “an impressive and thorough guide to one of the most important battles of the Civil War.”

For more information about Vossler’s Nov. 10 public discussion and book-signing event, contact Ron Romanowicz of the Pennsylvania Military College Museum Committee at 202-679-9595 or

For more information about Widener University’s Veterans Day Ceremony, contact the Army ROTC Dauntless Battalion at 610-499-4098.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses are in Chester and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. Visit the university website,