James J. Caires '18 yesterday invited to a dinner the freshman photographed landing a right cross on a supporter of the SDS strike last month.
Caires, 80, said, "The Harvard Club of Hingham is having a dinner and this young man is invited as my personal guest. He will be honored as a stalwart son of Harvard."
The incident, photographed by Stan Forman of the Record American, occurred when the striker tried to stop the freshman from removing the crosses planted in the Yard to symbolize the Vietnam dead.
Caires spent more than two days looking for the freshman who downed the striker. "I was delighted when I saw that picture in the paper," Caires said. "I thought, here is the actual redemption for this sad affair. These crosses were profaning the Harvard Yard."
Although Caries declined to identify the student, he did acknowledge that he was a member of the freshman football team and also boxed.