Germantown Academy was honored to have United States Army 1st
Lt. Daniel Meloro ’06 return to campus on Oct. 10 and speak to students about
his service overseas in Afghanistan.
“Coming back to GA has been amazing,”
said Lt. Meloro, who recently returned home from the Kandahar Province in
Afghanistan, where he had been stationed since late January 2012. He spoke to a
standing-room only crowd made up of faculty members and students in Peter McVeigh’s
Following his GA graduation, Lt. Meloro attended The United
States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 2010 and was
commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to field artillery.
“It wasn’t until my sophomore year there that I fully
appreciated the military,” he said. “’If not me, then who?’ That’s what it
became for me.”
Lt. Meloro, a paratrooper, spent time at a number of army
stations before he was promoted in November 2011 and “given the responsibility
of a rifle platoon with Alpha 2321,” according to a Sept. 30 article in The Souderton Independent.
The article also noted that Meloro was later assigned as a
fire support officer and headquarter platoon leader with Charlie Company.
While in Afghanistan, Meloro and his unit provided training for the Afghan Army
and Police as well as cleared IEDs (improvised explosive
device) and Taliban insurgents in the province.
During his time away, Lt. Meloro said he received hundreds
of letters from the Class of 2012 (his brother Nick’s class).
“I received so many examples of my old
bad poetry from Ms. Graffam and some very nice letters from some teachers I
had,” joked Lt. Meloro. He also received a special video on his birthday that
featured former classmates and teachers.
Last month, Lt. Meloro received a hero’s welcome by members of both Warriors’
Watch Riders and American Legion Riders of Souderton as they paraded past his
house, honked, welcomed him home and thanked him for his service. More than 100 riders were present and some
familiar faces were amongst the crowd.
"One of the people that showed up
was Mr. Garvan,” said Lt. Meloro. “It was an absolute shocker when I saw him - I
really wasn't expecting it.”
Lt. Meloro is an incredibly decorated
serviceman. He has received a Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal,
Global War on Terror Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbons, Afghanistan
Campaign Medal, NATO Medal and Army Achievement Medal.
In addition to talking about his time
abroad, Lt. Meloro also fielded questions from curious students and faculty
“It has been an incredible experience coming
back to GA and seeing everyone,” said Lt. Meloro. “I really enjoyed the day
here and I'm really thankful to be able to come in here and do this.”
Thank YOU Lt. Meloro for your service
and for inspiring our students!
HERE to watch Lt. Meloro’s welcome home.