KWWL creates story about a 93-year-old veteran visiting campus and talking with students

When Cornell College received a call that 93-year-old Darrell Gustaveson and his family wanted to visit campus, many couldn’t wait for them to arrive.

The WWII veteran stayed on Cornell’s campus when he was 20-years-old. After more than 70 years, Gustaveson wanted to come back to see his old stomping grounds.

In 1942, the college invited the Navy to establish a Naval Flight Preparatory School on campus. Cornell records show that between January of 1943 and October of 1944 about 3,000 men completed early phases of their training at Cornell. That includes Gustaveson.

Gustaveson toured Bowman-Carter Hall–the residence hall where he lived. He also talked with Hannah Robertson ’18 and Brad Kane ’18 who are working on a summer research project about campus history.

KWWL reporter Kristin Rogers put together a story on the visit that aired June 30.