#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Ara Parseghian


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Ara Parseghian.

Ara served in the Navy during World War II.

While training at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, he was recruited to play running back for the base football team and competed against the nation’s top college teams.

After service, he enrolled at Miami University in Ohio. After college, he joined the Browns. An injury led him to coaching, eventually at Notre Dame.

Ara coached Notre Dame’s football team for 10 years, winning two national titles and retired with a record of 95-17-4.

Ara passed away earlier this week at the age of 94.

We honor his service.

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

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It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. TOMMY Lee Brown    

    Seeing Ara as vet of the day made me smile. He was a class act and one of our Greatest Generation. I really miss those days when he was on the Norte Dame sidelines.

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