Profiles: Korea Era and Later:
Credit: Courtesy of Jules Rivera.
Jules Rivera is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the College of Education at NCSU, eager to put a capstone on his educational achievements. In 1949 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps right out of high school, and served in the Korean War in the First Battalion, Fifth Marines Infantry. In 1958 he was tapped for officer training. He served two tours of duty during the Vietnam War, the first as a member of the Second Battalion, Third Marines Infantry, and then with the Special Landing Force. After retiring as a major in 1974, Rivera combined his Korean and Vietnam War benefits and obtained four degrees: a B.A. in the philosophy of government from the World University in Puerto Rico in 1975, a B.S. in history from SUNY-Albany in 1978, an M.A. in education from East Carolina University in 1983, and an Ed.S. from ECU in 1984. He retired from the North Carolina state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety in 1992.