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Soldiers provide students with real-life history lesson

by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - No need for the books in history class today. Instead, students at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids got a real-life history lesson. They got the chance to hear from two Army special forces soldiers who were part of the initial invasion of Iraq.

"This was just really exciting," said student Donnie Schlotfelt.

This isn't a recruiting stop. For hundreds of history and foreign language students it's a chance to learn about war and the military from those who have been a part of it.

"It's kind of about giving back to the school, getting an opportunity for kids to see real soldiers coming from active duty," said Sgt. Thomas Dow.

Dan and Randy both had multiple tours of duty of Iraq. Because they're special forces soldiers, they requested to not have their full names used.

"Their job is to potentially be wheels up anywhere in the world and in doing so they might potentially be in areas that their identity needs to be classified," said Dow.

For some of the students, this proved to be much more than just another day in social studies.

"It gets you really thinking about what you want to do after you get out of high school cause right now I'm planning on going into the Navy," said Schlotfelt.

About 400 students got the chance to hear from soldiers Dan and Randy throughout the day. Sergeant Dow says both men returned from Iraq a couple months ago. He says they could be asked to serve somewhere else in the world at anytime.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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