Hartford, Connecticut, March 30, 2017 – Trinity College has received a generous gift to the Michael P. Getlin ’62 Scholarship Fund from Marlynn and Bill Scully ’61 in recognition of the 50th anniversary on March 30 of the death of Michael P. Getlin ’62. Established in 2011 by the Scullys in memory of Bill’s fraternity brother, the scholarship fund now grows in value to more than $2 million.
Getlin, a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a member of Trinity’s Alpha Delta Phi and the football team. He joined the Marines after graduation and was sent to South Vietnam in 1966.
On the night of March 30, 1967, in Vietnam’s Quang Tri Province, Getlin’s company, Company I, Third Battalion, 9th Marines, came under a fierce attack. Getlin was killed in action while providing cover for his men during a vicious battle over Hill 70 along the demilitarized zone. Fifteen Marines died and more than 60 were wounded in what Marines now refer to as the Battle at Getlin’s Corner. In making the new gift, Bill cited Cpl. Jack Riley, a member of Getlin’s Company and a survivor of the battle: “Capt. Getlin was the bravest Marine I have ever witnessed in battle.” Getlin was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the U.S. military’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat and for extraordinary heroism.
The Michael P. Getlin ’62 Scholarship Fund continues to honor Getlin’s ultimate sacrifice and perpetuate his memory. Since its inception, there have been nine student beneficiaries of the fund.
Written by Julia S. Chianelli