photo by Matt Roth
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Rory Shriver walks past her grandparents’ barn door. Ron Shriver’s family painted the U.S. flag in honor of Ron a few weeks before he left for bootcamp — in the summer of 2001.
Ron Shriver grew up on a large farm house in Pleasant Valley, Maryland, a small township outside Westminster. After his lease was up, he moved back to his parent’s home with his two children Rory and Miles, living temporarily in their basement before graduating from McDaniel College in May. After tossing his graduation cap, he and his children will drive cross country to meet up with his wife who has been working on her graduate degree in Alaska.
Ron Shriver is a retired marine staff sergeant. He is also the first in his family to attend college, thanks to the New G.I. Bill. His wife, a fellow retired Marine, is finishing up graduate school in Alaska. After Ron gets his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in May, he plans to drive to Alaska with is two children Rory, 6, and Miles, 5. For the move Ron got rid of most of his family’s belongings, and after his lease was up, he and his children moved back into his parent’s farmhouse.