Children of deceased Marine veteran receive RBA degree he was pursuing at Marshall University

Updated 1 year ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Owen Moul's children pose with their dad's diploma they received today from Marshall University. From left to right are Owen Jr., 7, holding the diploma; Sierra, 8, Zane, 1, and Sydney, 14. Photo by Liu Yang/Marshall University.
Owen Moul's children pose with their dad's diploma they received today from Marshall University. From left to right are Owen Jr., 7, holding the diploma; Sierra, 8, Zane, 1, and Sydney, 14. Photo by Liu Yang/Marshall University.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- The children of a United States Marine Corps veteran who died late last year while a student at Marshall University today received the diploma representing the degree their father was pursuing at MU.

The presentation of the degree, which was conferred posthumously, took place in the Memorial Student Center's Shawkey Room on the Huntington campus.

Owen M. Moul, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., died Nov. 23, 2012, at his home in Barboursville. He was 34 years old.

Moul's children Sydney, 14, Sierra, 8, Owen Jr., 7, and Zane, 1, attended today's event and accepted Moul's Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree from Dr. Chris White, an associate professor of Latin American history at Marshall and Director of Graduate Studies. White also was a neighbor and friend of Moul, whose children also received their father's special military recognition cord and honors cord. He was a 4.0 student at Marshall.

White said Moul was in the Marines for 12 years, which included deployment in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was a Marine recruiter in the Huntington area from 2004 through 2008. Moul was a student in White's "American Diplomacy in the 20th Century" class last fall.

"He was my top student, the best student I've had in nine years of teaching," White said. "He was dynamite. He had everything it takes to go on and become a college professor."

In July 2011, Moul received an associate degree in applied science from Mountwest Community and Technical College. He was planning to attend graduate school with a focus on history or geography after receiving his RBA.

"It was important to Marshall University that his children receive this degree in honor of their father," said Kelly Sweetman, director of military and veterans affairs at Marshall. "It was our mission to make sure they had his diploma."

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