Rohe Track Era All About Us!

 

BILL SELLMER

UT Track:  1963-1967; Middle Distance Runner (440, 880); SEC Champion -- Indoor Mile Relay (1965, 1967), Outdoor Mile Relay (1965, 1966), Indoor Two Mile Relay (1966).

Military Service:  USMC; Reserves (1962-1967); Active (1967-1973); June 1962 to August 1967, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Platoon Leaders Class Program; June-July 1963, PLC Junior Course, MCB Quantico, VA; June-July 1966, PLC Senior Course, MCB Quantico, VA; August 1967, commissioned at a second lieutenant, USMC; August 1967 to January 1968, Officers’ Basic School, MCB Quantico, VA; January-May 1968, Infantry Platoon Commander, Company A, SDT Battalion, MCB Quantico, VA; February-May 1968 All- Marine Corps Track & Field Team, MCB Quantico, VA; April1968, Riot Control deployment to Washington, DC, for Martin L. King assassination riots; June-July 1968, Recon School, LFTC Coronado Amphibious Base, San Diego, CA; July 1968 to November 1969, Vietnam (see below); December 1969 to June 1971, All Marine Corps Track & Field Coach, MCB Quantico, VA (Inter Service Track & Field Coach 1970 and 71); July 1971 to July 1973, Commanding Officer, Company A, Battalion Operations Office, and Battalion Executive Officer, First Recon Battalion, First Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA; August 1973, Ended military service

Vietnam:  July 1968 to July 1969; Platoon and Company Commander, Company A, First Recon Battalion, First Marine Division, Da Nang, Viet Nam; July-Nov 1969, Division Assistant Intelligence Office, First Marine Division, Da Nang, Viet Nam

Medals:  Navy Commendation Medals with V, Presidential Unit Citation

Comments from Bill Sellmer:  The years at Tennessee were fabulous years and I would do it almost exactly the same again, only next time work a little more on the grades my freshman year. Being under the leadership and influence of Coach Rohe and wonderful teammates, it set the standards of which most teammates live by today. The commitment and dedication, work ethic, get it done attitude, and most importantly, Finish and Finish Well, has served all with enriched lives. What a Day!