Welcome to the Luther College Alumni Veterans Association
Registry and Recognition Display

Since the founding of the college in 1861, more than 1,500 Luther students, faculty, staff, and alumni have served with distinction in the U.S. Military, U.S. Reserve, and National Guard units.

When construction of the current Main building was completed in 1952, a unique recognition plaque was dedicated on the first floor to recognize the service of those students and alumni who served in WW I and WW II.


This series of bronze plaques is set into the wall and resembles a book with pages listing those who served, as well as those who died, during each of these wars.

Today, thanks to the efforts of alumni veterans, college staff, and the generous support of the American Legion of Iowa Foundation, another unique recognition site has been created on campus and the college website to honor alumni and students who have served in the U.S. Military, U.S. Reserve, or National Guard unit, as well as those who are now serving and those who will step forward to serve our country in future years.

An interactive touch screen computer site in Loyalty Hall, offers viewers an opportunity to recognize and remember with gratitude the service and sacrifices of more than 1,500 men and women who are listed in the registry section.

All of the information about the Luther College Alumni Veterans Association may also be viewed online within the Alumni section of the Luther College webpage at www.luther.edu.




Tory Hegrenes, a 2001 Luther graduate, recently received an award from the Navy for being the 2010 Naval Flight Officer of the year. He was awarded this at the annual Navy Tailhook convention in Reno, NV. 
Hegrenes has received numerous decorations including two Strike Flight air medals, two Navy Commendation medals, the Navy Achievement medal, the National Defense Service medal, The Afghanistan Campaign medal, the Global War on Terror Service medal, Navy Expert Pistol medal and various unit awards. 
He currently serves with the "Fighting Blacklions" of Strike Fighter Squadron 213 in Virginia Beach, Va. He is the safety/combat readiness department head, flying the FA-18 Super Hornet.