Junior Anthony Silkwood, a United States Marine Corps veteran, is not only a Criminal Science major at UofL, but also a pitcher on UofL’s highly ranked baseball team. Silkwood who hails from East Alton, Illinois, served as a M1A1 tank crew member in the Marine Corps from 2012-2017.
His fond memories of his time in the Marine Corps include deploying to the Arabian Peninsula with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and making the All-Marine softball team. He said the people he served with in the Marine Corps are what made his experiences great. During his time in the Marine Corps, he was awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, as well as a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Post-graduation, Silkwood plans on utilizing his Criminal Justice degree to pursue a career in federal law enforcement, something he’s always wanted to do.
The University of Louisville recognizes Silkwood and his fellow Marines and veterans as the U.S. Marine Corps celebrates its 245th birthday. The military branch was created November 10, 1775 at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.
Story contributed by Kyle Hurwitz, director of Military Initiatives and associate director of Online Military Student Programs.