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Published on November 18, 2018

History Major Lands Job as Naval Historian

Eastern History major Gerry Denardi has secured a position as a historian with the United States Department of the Navy, which he will begin upon graduating Eastern in May.

Eastern History major Gerry DenardiGerry is anticipating putting his History degree to good use right away: “…as a historian for the Naval Department I will engage in the study of potentially historic sites and render my opinions as to the historical value in order to determine if they are worthy of preservation or restoration. In that capacity, I will have the opportunity to plan and carry out historical research projects and conduct historical studies adjacent with archeologists and anthropologists in order to develop hypotheses necessary to explain the significance of the site and its relationship to the Navy.”

Sergeant Denardi in uniform
Sergeant Denardi

Gerry served in the United States Army for eleven years from 2005-2016, as an Infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division and the 4th Infantry Division where he retired at the rank of Staff Sergeant. He deployed to Iraq twice; once to Baghdad and once to Basra and deployed to Afghanistan twice; once to the Kunar valley and once to Kandahar City. He has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Reflecting on his career thus far, he noted, “my prior service, experience, security clearance, and academic performance here at Eastern greatly attributed to my success in finding a job that aligns with my comfort zone (working for the government).”

Written by Bradley Davis