CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
SUMMER CRUISE 1955 – Part IV (On USS Iowa, at sea enroute to Spain)
June 1955 – Beautiful Day.
Went out on the deck this morning and found the old lion of an ocean
quiet as a lamb.
Hardly a ripple as far as the eye could see.
We were supposed to have gun firing today, but there wasn't enough wind
to get the planes aloft.
It was like that all day.
This is tourist crossing weather I guess, but what am I but a tourist?
On U.S. Government expense no less.
Been typing liberty cards for the troops, 586 of them all together.
It is a pleasant thought to know that we will be using them soon.
Looked at cameras and watches today.
I don't need a camera, but they sure are fascinating things to look at. I
might get a watch before I go home.
They look nice too.
Will check with the home front.
Today was payday.
But then we shelled out $37.10 for the Madrid tour.
I have money.
I might have a couple hundred back home.
But I'm going to enjoy myself first.
It's still hard to believe I'll be in Madrid Spain in a f
It's a beautiful night, oodles of stars.
Tom and I might sleep out on the fantail.
June 1955 – Another belle jour.
Did sleep out.
Reminded me of home and what I used to do.
Same sky and hard to believe I am 3000 miles from home.
The stars are all the same and the big dipper still points north.
We are going out again tonight.
It looks like a nice night, a little warmer as a matter of fact.
We finally got off the gun firing.
They secured the 5 inchers.
What a racket the 40 mms make.
No one hit the poor little red drone that kept buzzing around.
I could have sworn it was laughing at us.
Well, it was an interesting and noisy afternoon.
I would like to try it soon. Probably
will a week after we leave England.
Hit the movie again tonight.
Quite a movie goer now.
I only stayed for the cartoon.
Mack Sennett's, old cars and all.
I couldn't see watching the “Beast from 20,000 Fathoms”.
Well to bed under the stars again.
It looks like rain later on.
June 1955 – What a day! Yes it
rained about 0500. I woke up soaked.
Spent the rest of the “night” under the Admiral's gig.
It cleared up soon enough though and turned into a beautiful day.
Field day for all hands except Tom and me.
I did work though. Typed
steadily on watch bills. We are
preparing for next phase. Tom and I
have hopes of staying on. I'll even
do my cruise journal if I have to. I
saw Steve Soitez on the Glennon during a high line this morning.
He looks sick. I sympathize
with him wholeheartedly. Tomorrow is
inspection day. We expect to go by
the Rock of Gibraltar at about 1000 too. Hope
I can get some pictures. Went to see
Marlon in “Waterfront” tonight. The
3rd time. I still enjoyed
it though. He is really great.
It's later tonight than it usually is.
We are closing up our first phase and also preparing for inspection.
Looks like tomorrow will be a good day.
Land for the first time in 14 days.
A LIFE WELL LIVED - Adrienne
McCullough, the wife of Marty McCullough 12th Company, died on 18 May
2023. She was born in Chandannagar
India in February 1936. Her parents
were David Scott and Phyllis Scott. At
this time India was a colony of the United Kingdom and her father was a business
man assigned to a post in Calcutta and Adrienne's early years were in Calcutta.
A very exciting and colorful place to grow up.
When World War II started her father joined the Royal Indian Army Service
Corps and the family moved to places like Deolali, Jhansi and Rawalpindi.
Her father was killed in action while working on the Burma Road, one of
the most remarkable engineering achievements of all time.
After his death the family returned to Calcutta and Adrienne attended
boarding school in Darjeeling, India in the foothills of the Himalayans.
With the end of the war Adrienne's mother married an American executive
working in India and the family relocated to Shanghai, China where Adrienne
attended the Shanghai American School. All
this and she was only about 10. With
the fall of Shanghai to the Communists the family moved back to India where she
attended the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India.
The next move for this proper young English lady was to England where,
although she was English, she had never lived.
There she attended Gateway Girls School before her stepfather moved the
family to the Arlington VA in the United States. She finished High School in
1954 and then attended George Washington
Worked in a D.C. law firm and then joined American Airlines as a flight
In 1960 she and Marty were married and this young lady, who had already
seen a lot of the world, set off for more adventure as a Navy wife.
During Marty's career in the Navy they lived in Norfolk, VA, Princeton,
NJ, Monterey CA, Pax river, MD, Manila, Philippines, Ankara, Turkey and Coronado
CA, which is where they settled down after Marty's retirement from the Navy.
She was a gifted and active watercolorist and a Member of the Coronado
Art Association for over 30 years.
Also an active member of the Coronado Historical Association.
She was a founder of the Coronado Armchair Travel program which was
adopted by the Coronado Recreation Department and also active in the Church.
Before retiring she worked as a Realtor and for a Coronado travel agency
(a position she was well prepared for) and as a volunteer for Navy Relief and
with the PTA.
And I would be remiss if I failed to mention her proudest achievements as
a devoted wife to Marty and loving mother to their 3 daughters.
active life, a rewarding life, an exciting life, and a life well lived.
Brinegar, 8th Company, died on 19 July 2023
McCullough, wife of Marty McCullough 12th Company, passed away on 18
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
CRUISE 1955, Part III, “at sea in the mid Atlantic enroute to Europe”
Saturday 11 June – Rainy all day. Inspection
today. We heaved out and triced up
at 0600 and then cleaned EVERYTHING. Then
they (the Capt and Exec) inspected everything even more completely than we'd
cleaned it. They spent two hours
alone in the mess compartments. We
got by everything okay with few complaints.
We then started speed runs for the IOWA's quarterly report.
She really shook and trembled. She
got up to 31 knots and then settled down to 25 which they kept up for four
hours. She lived through it.
Late in the evening we were back with the squadron.
All the little red and white lights blinking.
I swear we were just off the coast of somewhere, but that is days away.
I'll be glad when the trip is over and we are home again. Mom Bancroft
with her soft racks, real showers and motionless decks would look might nice
now. But it will come in due
time and with it home and a little real sleep.
Sunday 12 June – Clear and warm. Holiday
routine all day today. That means we
did no work at all. I did hang
around and do odd typing jobs. Took
a few pictures this morning. Beautiful
day for it. Went up to the 011
level. Sunbathed all afternoon
(after the Admiral left via helicopter). I
also got a letter off to MN, dear MN. How
I do hope she can come up for awhile this August and things work out.
I know Mom would like MN. She
is what every mother's boy should have. Went
to the movies for the first time. It
was “Down Three Dark Streets”. Was
pretty entertaining. An FBI
thriller. Worked til 12:30 after the
show and then they screwed us by setting the clocks ahead again.
Oh sleep, where is thy blessed sting?
When I get to Barcelona I'm going to sleep for one whole day just to get
in shape for the next three. Only
seven days to go.
Monday 13 June – Clear then rain. Another
Monday. Thank God they aren't as
blue as they could be during plebe year. Again
I did intermittent typing and loafing. Al
Granger gave me Tom's job of assigning guests for the Admiral.
That means I'll be doing a little work.
I don't think that Tom and I are having too rough a cruise, but the guys
in the office do. We do stay up late
and don't have much free time to roam around.
But we don't stand watches or have working parties.
Al says he will try to get us the job for the rest of the cruise.
It's all right with me. I
never was one for manual labor. Went
to the movies again tonight. “Dangerous
Crossing”. It was pretty good.
Must have been one of Jeanne Crane's first.
Managed to type up the memo for tomorrow by 2300 and get to bed early.
Everybody did for once. I
don't see how Skip is managing to stay alive.
He never sleeps. They gave
him some sleeping pills down at sick bay so now he sleeps at his desk.
I think it is sort of stupid not sleeping when you have no reason to stay
up. I guess he's beginning to think
so. We had a smoke screen laying
demonstration today by a couple of destroyers.
Interesting, but not too spectacular.
I liked the sub exhibition better. Had
another high line. Wonderful how
they do it.
Tuesday 14 June – Overcast, rainy. Got
up weary, but for the first time had an appetite for breakfast.
Ever since I was sick I haven't eaten much.
Today was a little bit better, but I'm still not eating as much as I'm
used to. I sure hope it improves
because I would like to enjoy the trip home.
We were supposed to fire the 5”s and the 40 mms at GQ today, but the
weather intervened. Some poor guy
who didn't get the word took a blast at a passing plane and sleeve with the
after 40 mm mount. He must have felt
lonesome when he heard no other guns go off.
He and his crew are, I imagine, high on the Captains' list.
Another high line, over the stern this time.
What won't they think of next? Went
up on the bow tonight all alone. I
was sort of enjoying thinking of home and all.
I still find it hard to believe I'm here.
We passed close to the Azores today.
Be hitting the home stretch soon. 5
more days. Getting to bed early
tonight. It's 2200 now.
We are improving down here. By
the time we are squared away the ROTCs will be taking over and screwing up the
works again. I'd be satisfied
though, as long as I had the job for another phase or both.
What a free and happy idea.
LUNCHEON (east coast version) - The
Washington Chapter of the USNA Class of 1958 met at the Army-Navy Country for
lunch on 25 May 2023. Our Class
sponsors a fellowship at the Stockdale Center and Dr. Daniel Cervone, who is the
current fellow, was the guest speaker at the luncheon.
He was joined by Dr. Ed Barrett, the fellowship permanent director.
Class attendees were Buff Walter and his son, Jackie and Fred Victor,
Phil Taylor and his daughter, Beverly Smedberg, Kay Powell, Lynn and Taylor
Keith, Harry Hurst, Eileen and Mike Giglio, Jane and Gordon Gerson, Linda Gamboa,
Lois and Whitey Edwards, John Carty, Charley Brooks, Dan Bellay and Ann and Jack
Dr. Cervone and Jack Adams
LUNCHEON (west coast version) – The San Francisco group of USNA Class of 1958
Classmates and spouses met at Paradise Valley Estates for lunch in May.
Those attending (from the left to the right in the attached photo) were
Jude Potter, Bill Gibson, John Potter, Nancy Bartels, Bruce Bartels, John Davis,
Bill Oliver and Virginia Oliver. (Note:
you will observe that fewer Classmates attended the West Coast luncheon, but
perhaps that is because it is harder to get to Paradise)
58ers in Paradise
AND NOW – In June of 1958 the Dow Jones Average was about 469 and a new Chevy
Impala cost $2841. Today the DJA is
3563 and a new Impala is $30,348. In
1958 an Ensign (01) received a base monthly pay of $222.
Today a 01 is paid $3477/month. When
we were Midshipmen we were paid $111/month.
Today Midshipmen are paid on the order of $1150/month, but just as in our
days there they do not receive all of that directly.
Uniforms must be paid for along with tailor shop fees, laundry fees, etc
and there is a nest egg waiting at the end of the four years.
They do receive a $75/month stipend during plebe summer which increases
to $125/month the remainder of plebe year and increases each year thereafter.
COL. Ricky Davidson, USAF, 4th Company, died on 17 June 2023
CAPT. Peter Roder USN, 24th Company died on 4 June 2023
James Van Hoose, 10th Company, died on 25 May 2023
Barbara Alexander, widow of
Richard Alexander, 10th Company passed away on 30 April 2023
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
SUMMER CRUISE 1955 – In our Class of 1958 column
in the June issue of Shipmate I included the first part of a diary that Dave
Ault, 10th Company, kept during our youngster cruise in the summer of
1955. In this and subsequent columns
I will continue to incorporate entries from Dave's diary as he wrote it on board
the USS Iowa.
“Summer Cruise 1955, Part II”:
Monday 6 June – Clear skies again. We
pulled out at 0730, sailing for Spain, scheduled ETA on the 20th.
We manage to start settling down to a slight routine in the office and
get things organized. It was a
pretty day and very smooth sailing. At
about noon we had formed a formation and were on our way.
We were assigned GQ stations today – I'm trainer on Mount 51 – also
am pointer on gunnery station 419 – both very interesting jobs.
I hit the sack early again – It's so easy to sleep.
We had a very incomplete tour of the ship today – she's tremendous –
887' long and 108' wide. That's
nearly the length of three football fields.
Tuesday 7 June – Stormy – rain. Who
says you can't get seasick on a Battleship?
We started getting some swells and I upchucked breakfast – still
managed to do some typing. Felt
lousy all day – did not go to dinner or lunch.
“Skip” Furlong, in charge of the Mid'n office, let me secure early
and so I hit the sack at 1600 – slept like a dead log – oh, yes, we had a
sub exhibition by the USS Tench (SS-417)today – got some movies.
Wednesday 8 June – Very windy, clear. Had
ourselves some 55 mph winds last night – water breaking over the deck – woke
up feeling very poor – comparable to the hang-over after the Army game.
I did try to down some breakfast, but lost it in a short time.
Finally went to sick bay – got some pills but still felt lousy.
They finally took hold though and I got down some supper which is still
in the hole. We had a couple of
highline transfers today from the USS Benner (DD-807) and the USS Glennon
(DD-840). It was quite interesting
because the seas were so rough. I
certainly feel for the poor guys on the destroyers – they toss and pitch so!
I'm okay now, I think will be able to tell tomorrow.
June – Windy, rainy. Got up
feeling okay – no more mal de mer!! I
am beginning to enjoy ship life now. It
wasn't an outstanding day – had a high-line episode again – a second one was
postponed until tomorrow morning. Today
we didn't work very hard – lots of spare time.
Had a lecture on engineering organization – refrigeration yesterday and
the evaporators the day before. Got
off a letter to mom and Bridie today. When
will they get them? Find myself
thinking of home and next summer – should have big times.
Stayed up in the office to 9:30 tonite.
Friday 10 June – Rainy – clear night. Another
easy day – field day for all other hands.
We just sat in the office and ate ice cream.
I really felt for the guys holy-stoning, etc.
We have a big inspection tomorrow – all hands are squaring away their
gear and sanding the decks – shoe shine party up here in the “office”.
Didn't feel so hot for supper – thought the M de M had come back, so
took a couple of pills to be safe. Didn't
eat too much. We change time again
tonight – ahead an hour. We have
got about 3000 miles left to go. I
went out on deck tonight – it's hard to believe we are way out here in the
middle of the Atlantic on a ship – and all the lights around are just the
ships and not land-ho. It's a pretty
night though – the spray goes up over the side into my face – love it.
Still think I'll go Navy Air though – flying's the greatest.
note – Dave was onboard the
USS Iowa BB-61 while I was on one of
those destroyers that he observed tossing and pitching; (WGS)
LUNCH AMONG THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS – On March 30th the DC
Chapter of the Class of 1958 gathered for a luncheon at the Army/Navy Country
Club. Our Class President Gordon
Gerson discussed the upcoming 65th Reunion and Harry Hurst previewed
the 2023 Navy football team and the new coaching staff.
The following Classmates, spouses, widows and guests attended:
Buff Walter, Fred and Jackie Victor, Bev Smedberg and her daughter Mary
Ellen, Ellen Dougherty, Mike Salmon, Pete and Julie Russell, Kay Powell, Barbara
Polski, Jess Hernandez, Harry Hurst, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Gordon and Jane
Gerson, Whitey and Lois Edwards, Dan Bellay and Jack and Ann Adams.
AEGIS AND THE CLASS OF '58
– It is a very special honor to have a Federal building named after you and a
really, really special honor if it happens while you are still alive.
RADM George Meinig USN (ret), Class of '58, is the recipient of that very
special honor. For his work in the
development of AEGIS the RADM GEORGE MEINIG INTEGRATED AIR AND MISSILE
DEFENSE ENGINEERING CENTER was named in his honor.
The Center is a 50,000 square foot building in Moorestown NJ.
RADM GEORGE MEINIG INTEGRATED AIR AND MISSILE
DEFENSE ENGINEERING CENTER
PHOTOS FROM THE 65TH
One of the events at our 65th reunion was a memorial service at the
Academy Chapel. After the service we
gathered on the steps of the Chapel for a picture.
OF 58 AT OUR 65TH”
Company held a Company dinner at the Severn Inn during the reunion.
Those attending, from the left, were George McNulty, George Gallagher,
Rupe MacLean, Chet Nagle and Gene Porter.
21st AT THE 65th”
Reunion factoids – There were 79
Classmates who attended the 65th.
The Companies with the most attending were the 17th and the 24th
with 7 each.
Dick Hanson, 7th Company, passed away on 13
Frank Bassett, 18th Company, died on 21 March
Herbert Stiff, 16th Company, died on August 2nd
Frank Coyle, 23red Company, passed away on 28 March 2023
Charles Korzinek, 7th Company, died on 23
Marty Kuhneman, 5th Company, died on 7 April
Patricia Bellay, wife of Dan Bellay, 7th
Company passed away on 28 April 2023
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
BRAVO ZULU – A lot of work goes into a USNA Class
reunion and that was the case for the 65th Reunion of the Class of
1958. The Class owes a special
thanks to the following Classmates for all their efforts– Gordon Gerson 11th,
Marty Hill 24th, Bruce Wilcox 12th, Dan Bellay 7th, Fred Victor 11th, Harry
Hurst 7th, Jack Adams 4th, John Carty 23rd,
Mike Giglio 10th, Rupe Maclean 21st, Taylor Keith 19th,
Terry Cooper 24th and Whitey Edwards 17th.
And a really special thanks to two Class widows for all their help, Linda
Gamboa 17th and Kay Powell 13th.
Well Done to you all.
CRUISE 1955, – In June of 55, following the graduation of the Class of
'55, the rest of the Brigade including the new 3/c from the Class of '58 set
forth on their summer cruise adventures. One
of our Classmates, Dave Ault, from the 10th Company kept a diary of
his cruise. Dave is deceased now,
but his family has passed along his diary which I will share in our Class column
in the form of a serial.
The Cruise, part I
- Saturday 4 June 1955 – Weather clear. Up
at 0430 and down to chow. Final
cramming of gear and then down to the Maine Mast to embark in the P-boats at
exactly the scheduled 0600. Took
about 45 mnutes to get out to the USS Iowa where she was anchored in the Bay.
She certainty looked big when we drew alongside.
As soon as I found my rack and locker (both very small) and stowed my
gear I was ordered to the Mid Cruise Office and put to work typing.
Mass confusion reigned, but we finally got out watch bills, etc for that
night. While I was busy at work the
Iowa weighed anchor at 0730 and headed for Norfolk VA.
We arrived at Norfolk at about 1930 and tied up at pier 7.
We were granted liberty from 2000 to 0100.
I met up with Bob MacGregor and Walt Kopp and we traveled by bus into
Norfolk. We ended up at the Dolphin,
a submariners hangout and I managed to reach that pleasant point of not being
quite drunk. At about 2230 I tore
myself away from the boys and came back to the ship.
The rack felt great after a long day and I had no trouble going to
Sunday 5 June -
Weather clear. Reveille at
0630 and back to the office. Did
some more typing and then took off for Norfolk at 1000.
Met Lou Shane on the base and we went out to Virginia Beach after a light
lunch. I lost Lou somewhere after we
got there and borrowed a pair of trunks from Bernie Ryan and stretched out on
the beach. It was a beautiful place
and not too crowded. Later I met
George in the bar out there and we settled down at a table with a couple of
pitchers of beer (90 cents each). Sent
off a couple of post cards, played some pool and then we came back.
I tossed Gene Radcliffe for a girl that Bud Kerr had available that night
and won. We three then had a very
good supper and the set out for an evening of pleasure.
Gene left early and Bud and I wandered down Norfolk's strip and all I
could see were bars. It's a poor
liberty town. Not many women and
mostly all white hats. I didn't feel
much like drinking anymore so we just wandered around.
We later met girls at the Music Box and found they were both engaged and
had their fiancées along. The Music
Box was a funny little place. “Very
respectable”. The entertainers
were all drunk which made them all the more entertaining.
We later left Norfolk for the docks.
The bus was full of drunk white hats.
Everyone's last night ashore until we hit Barcelona.
(to be contnued)
Dick Lawe, 22nd
Company, died in March 2023
Walt Reister, 19th
Company, died on 19 February 2023
Jay Taylor, 1st
Company, passed away but date
Larry Larson, 16th
Company died on 1 February 2023
Chuck Baker, 11th
Company, died on 5 March 2023
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
65th Reunion – Our Reunion in mid April was a
great success and all the attendees had a wonderful time. (Disclaimer- I am
writing this column in mid-February since submissions for the May issue were due
by 21 February. So once in a while I
refer to my crystal ball.)
California Dreaming – Golf in California is a year round activity and
no where more so than in San Diego. Chuck
Smith, 20th Company, reported that he, Mike Chapple 5th
Company and Taylor Keith 19th Company enjoyed a round of golf at the
North Island golf links. There was
no report on scores or who won.
Taylor and Chuck”
Diplomas and Dilemmas – Russ Henderson, 9th Company, wrote
with an interesting observation about our Diplomas.
His question was, where do they go when we go?
Some of us, perhaps most of us, have a child or grandchild who will say
they would like our Diploma. In some
cases because they would really like a part of our history or in some cases
maybe to make us feel good. But what
about those of us who don't have a relative to leave it to?
Any suggestions out there? By
the way, the design for our Diplomas was first used at the Academy in 1869 and
our Class was the last Class to get those classy Diplomas.
Starting with the Class of '59 the Academy shifted to a much less
attractive and much cheaper version.
A Class of 1958 Diploma”
Korzinek, 7th Company, passed away on January 23rd 2023
wife of Steve Barrett, 2nd Company died on the 31st of
Carol Bernes, wife of Don
Bernes, 4th Company died on January 19th 2023
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
I write this column in January the plans are set for our 65th reunion
from 13 to 16 April 2023.
Everyone should have received emails and letters with the details about
the schedule, registration, etc.
Reservations hopefully have been made at the Annapolis Westin along with
on-line registration for the scheduled events and bags are being packed for the
The reunion starts on Thursday the 13th when the out of
towners will be arriving.
This is a good day for some sightseeing in Annapolis and making contact
with roommates, Company-mates and shipmates.
Friday will be the busiest day of the reunion.
That morning buses will take us to the Academy for a memorial service at
the Chapel followed by a group picture.
Then lunch at the Officers and Faculty Club, a presentation by the
Superintendent and comments by the President of the Alumni Association followed
by a Brigade Parade on Worden Field.
Then buses back to the Westin to get ready for Company dinners/parties
Saturday starts with another bus ride to the Academy for a tour of
Terwilliger Hall, one of the newest buildings on the grounds, then free time to
tour the grounds, watch the noon meal formation, visit the Mid store and catch
In the afternoon there will be a Lacrosse game at the stadium and that
evening our Class dinner at the Westin.
Sunday there will be chapel services for those inclined and brunch in
Then it will be time to say goodbye to old friends, and to the Academy
where the Severn meets the Bay.
Mike Giglio sent a report of a 10th Company gathering that
took place in Alexandria VA in September 2022.
The report and photo of that gathering came to me in late December and
now in January I am including it in the column for the March-April issue of
Shipmate, but the real message in these Class columns is who is doing what not
when. Those in the picture, from the
left, are Bill Hillsman, Bill Garvey, JJ Seeberger, Sally and Dave Sutherland,
Eileen Giglio, Walker Venable (Bobs son), Bob Venable, Jake and Dianne McMichael,
Bonnie Venable, Micky Hillsman, Mike Giglio and Pat Seeberger.
10th Company Reunion
December 2022 was a very social time for 58ers in the
Forget sheltering for COVID, the theme was let's party!
Jack Adams reported on the annual Army-Navy '58 Joint luncheon on 1
December at the Army-Navy Country Club.
Harry Hurst and Bob Orlosky (64) briefed the attendees about Navy's
football team and Brad Johnson did the same thing for Army.
USNA 58ers present in addition to Harry were Buff Walter, Jackie and Fred
Victor, Beverly Smedberg, Julie and Pete Russell, Barb and Eric Mansfield,
Taylor Keith, Eileen and Mike Giglio, Jane and Gordon Gerson, Linda Gamboa, Lois
and Whitey Edwards, Carolyn and Paul Brown, Ann and Jack Adams and Dan Bellay
who provided the musical accompaniment for the singing of Navy Blue and Gold and
God Bless America.
Johnson (USMA 58), Harry Hurst (USNA 58) and Bob Orlosky (USNA 64)
Rupe Maclean wrote to remind us that Classmates in the Annapolis area
gather for dinner on the first Tuesday of the month at the Galway Bay restaurant
which we used to know as the Little Campus Inn.
Shown in the picture are those attending the December dinner.
From the left they are Joan and Rupe MacLean, Polly Mitchel, Gordon
Gerson, Kay Powell, Jim Corder's daughter, Janet Bouvier, and Julia Corder.
at the Galway Bay in Annapolis
December 15th our Washington/Annapolis classmates were back at the
Army-Navy Country Club for their annual Christmas party and Jack Adams sent in
the report and photos.
Polly Mitchell and Dan Bellay provided the music before lunch and for the
singing of Christmas carols after lunch.
Whitey and Lois Edwards provided the center pieces for each table.
Those attending were Mike and Eileen Giglio, Gordon and Jane Gerson,
Marty and Nancy Hill, Linda Gamboa, Taylor and Lynn Keith, Whitey and Lois
Edwards, Bob and Sheila Lance, Bill and Pat Dougherty, Polly Mitchell, Dan
Bellay, George and Ann Ojalehto, Jack and Ann Adams, Kay Powell, Pete and Julie
Russell, Bev Smedberg and Barbara Polski.
Byman, 2nd Company passed on 12/13/22
Morris, 6th Company, died on 1/14/23
Miller, 6th Company, died on 12/9/22
Omberg, 6th Company died on 1/18/23
Daniels, 8th Company passed on 11/24/22
“JJ” Seeberger, 10th Company, died on 12/23/22
Panala, 13th Company, passed on 12/31/22
Higgins, 17th Company died on 11/4/22
Ann Fuller, widow of Gran Fuller 22nd Company died on 12/2/22
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
65th REUNION NEWS – Registration for our 65th
Reunion will be different from past reunions.
This time we will be registering on-line.
As soon as the schedule and the prices for events are settled the Class
will be notified and registration will start (this will be when those computer
savvy grandkids will come in handy). In
addition to the All Hands notification all the information for registering will
be available on our Class of 1958 web site (1958.usnaclasses.com/default.htm).
If you have your '58 name tags from previous reunions be sure to bring them with
you to the 65th. Disposable name
tags will be available, but the old ones are really cool.
I'm referring to the name tags, but the same holds for those of us in the
Great USNA Class of 58 who will be at the reunion.
When you arrive at the Westin Annapolis there will be a Check-in/Hospitality
Room where you can check-in and enjoy some hospitality.
The plan is to keep a listing there of all those who have checked-in to
help us make contact with roommates, Company Mates and Class friends.
On the Saturday morning of our reunion we will have an opportunity to tour the
Terwilliger Center for Student Athletes which is a privately funded 25,000
square foot addition to Ricketts . The
primary donor was Ron Terwilliger, Class of 1963, who donated $15,000,000 for
the building. An additional
$10,000,000 was also donated, mostly by other Academy graduates.
This is an outstanding facility and you don't want to miss this tour.
In the past our reunions were in the fall and always included attending a Navy
football game. This time we will
have the opportunity to attend a Navy Lacrosse game.
The game will be against Lafayette and it should be an exciting game and
fun to watch.
■ – The normal suspects were augmented by
a 10th Company Reunion of Classmates from around the country and Dan
Bellay was the after lunch speaker. Those
attending were; Jean and Buff Walter, Jackie and Fred Victor, Sally and Dave
Sutherland, Pat and JJ Seeberger, Mike Salmon, Kay Powell, Barbara Polski,
Dianne and Jake McMicael, Barbara and Eric Mansfield, Harry Hurst, Mickey and
Bill Hillsman, Jesse Hernandez, Eileen and Mike Gigio, Jane and Gordon Gerson,
Bill Garvey, Linda Gamboa, Lois and Whitey Edwards, Charlie, Brooks, Kan Bellay,
and Ann and Jack Adams.
NOTE: Not that we need
another reminder of getting older, but it was noted that Mike Salmon is the 9th
longest continuous member of the Army-Navy Country Club.
(I wonder who the other 8 guys are?)
SECNAV – At the Navy – Notre Dame football game Gordon and Jane
Gerson visited with the Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro, USNA Class of
1983. The SECNAV is also a CDR USN
(ret) who served 22 years on active duty.
HOME IS THE SAILOR, HOME FROM THE SEA – Jim Clement, 19th
Company, may very well have logged more sea time than anyone in our Class.
For 20 years he has been giving lectures on board cruise ships. 200
cruises so far including 45 to Alaska, 31 Panama Canal transits, 12 cruises
around Cape Horn, 10 summer cruises to Norway and about 3 per year to the
Caribbean to mention a few. Tough
duty but someone has to do it. Pictured
below are Jim and his buddy Goofy on a Disney cruise.
photo # 2
– Jim Higgins and Bill Oliver met 68 years ago
when both were assigned to the 17th Company and they have been
friends ever since. In March of 2022
Bill and Virginia Oliver visited Jim and Betty Higgins for what turned out to be
the last time. Jim passed away in
November 2022 at the age of 90.
photo # 3
11th Company died on 23 September 2022
21st Company, passed away on 21 August 2022
David Wier, 13th
Company, passed on 26 July 2022
Chiocchio, 2nd Company died on 6 November 2022
13th Company died on 26 March 2022
24th Company passed on 20 October 2022
Jokanovich, 12th Company, died on 6 November 2022
Jim Kenney, 6th
Company, died on 1 October 2022
Jim Higgins 17th
Company died on 7 November 2022
wife of Chet Grochi, 6th Company died on 27 September 2022
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
BIRDS HAVE TO FLY, FISH HAVE TO SWIM – One of
life's mysteries is why Gordon Gerson, our Class President, went into the Air
Force instead of the Navy given that water is his natural habitat.
I say that because Gordo continues to amaze with his swimming prowess.
At the 2022 National Masters Swimming meet he was the National Champion
in the 100 Meter Breast Stroke. And
he had 3 seconds and a third in other events in the 85-89 age group.
with more medals for his collection”
WASHINGTON CLASS OF '58 CHAPTER LUNCHEON – At the July luncheon the
guest speaker was Wes Huey, USNA '87, who is the Executive Director, Enterprise
Strategy and Communications for the Academy Alumni Association and Foundation.
Wes is also a son-in-law of Chuck and Sally Larson.
He spoke about a program implemented in 1997 wherein Naval Officers are
selected for “permanent” teaching positions at the Academy.
The Naval Academy is authorized to have up to 55 of these Permanent
Military Professors who are active duty officers at the rank of O5 and O6.
If those selected have a PhD fine, if not they will be sent to school to
obtain one. They commit to then
serve as Professors at the Academy up until their statutory retirement.
The program also authorizes 12 PMPs at the Naval Postgraduate School and
8 at the Naval War College. There is
also a Permanent Military Instructor (PMI) program for O4s who have a Masters
degree. Those attending the luncheon
were Jack and Ann Adams, Dan Belay, John Carty, Whitey and Lois Edwards, Linda
Gamboa, Gordon (alias the Fish) and Jane Gerson, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Jess
Hernandez, Taylor Keith, Sally Larson, Eric and Barbara Mansfield, Rupe MacLane,
Kay Powell, Pete and Julie Russell, Mike Salmon, Beverly Smedberg with son
Braden, Fred and Jackie Victor and Alice Wiedemann.
STATISTICAL DATA FOR THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 1958 (part I) – I know
there are those of you out there in readership-land who have been waiting 64+
years for this information so here you are:
There were 1211 new
admissions in the Class of 1958, 7 ex-midshipmen readmitted with our class, 3
turned back from the Class of 1957, 9 more subsequently turned back (whatever
that means), 6 ex-midshipmen readmitted with the class of 1959 and advanced to
our class and 3 ex-midshipmen readmitted with the Class of 1960 and advanced to
our class. That is a total of 1239,
but 2 of those ex-midshipmen readmitted with our class were then advanced to the
class of 1957 so the “input” in
our class after all that moving around was 1237.
By June 4th 1958
there had been 21 discharged, 188 others honorably discharged (deficient in
studies), 26 honorably discharged (physical reasons), 2 resigned (for conduct),
80 resigned (voluntary), and 4 resigned (voluntary but also deficient in
studies). 16 turned back, (15 of
which were for deficiency in studies and 1 for a health reason).
337 lost along the way which means we graduated 900, but wait, there was
one other Classmate who was in the hospital and he was turned back to the Class
of 59 so we graduated 899 who were awarded diplomas and the degree of bachelor
STATISTICAL DATA FOR THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 1958 (part II) -
So what happened to the 899 of us who graduated?
Turns out 13 were physically disqualified for commission and were
honorably discharged and 1 was in Bethesda Hospital pending commission at a
later date. 5 of the Class were
foreign nationals and were commissioned later in their own Navies.
The rest of us were commissioned as Officers and Gentlemen on June 4th
Ensigns (CEC) 10
2nd Lt. Air Force
Dick Keefe, 4th
Company, passed away on 22 April 2022
Bruce Holmberg, 18th
Company, died on 31 July 2022
Charlie Pinkham, 4th
Company, passed away on 14 September 2022
Zack Pate, 24th
Company, died on 4 September 2022
Wayne Scott, 16th
Company, died on 12 September 2022
23rd Company, passed away on 2 September 2022
Paul Westphal, 1st
Company, died in September 2022
Alice Criswell, widow of Phil
Criswell, 4th Company, died on August 1st 2022
Sandra Day, widow of Chapin
Day, 23rd Company, died on 21 January 2022
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
YOUNG AND INNOCENT – Gary Minar, 20th, sent
this story. It was the spring of
1958 and Bruce McCandless, 19th, told Gary he had learned about a
training flight a couple of the Navy pilots stationed at the Academy were going
to take to Bermuda in one of those UF amphibians they flew us in around the
Annapolis area. And the pilots were
willing to take along a couple of Mids so Gary and Bruce flew to Bermuda for the
weekend. When they got to the plane
for the return trip the big “boat” hull was being filled up with boxes.
With the extra weight it took a long run for the plane to get up on the
step and into the air, but it did and in due course arrived in Norfolk to clear
customs. The customs inspector was
an older guy who had his problems getting up the ladder and into the plane and
never really did a search. So when
the plane returned to Annapolis there were a lot of happy folks waiting for
their boxes. Gary and Bruce never
knew what was in the boxes, but Bermuda was a duty free port and the booze there
was very cheap so???
McCandless in Bermuda circa 1958”
OLDER AND NOT SO INNOCENT – This one comes from Bud Manazir, 12th.
Bud and his wife Paula were on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate their
anniversary in May and were at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel for dinner.
Bud noticed that this distinguished white haired gentleman in front of
him at the hostess desk was wearing a service academy ring.
So Bud spoke up and asked about the ring and the young man with the
distinguished white haired gentleman said it was a Naval Academy ring and as he
walked away he looked back and said his dad was Class of '58.
Surprise! The DWHG was Tom
Jacobs of 7th Company fame and he lives in Hawaii.
Manazir and Tom Jacobs (with the hair)”
MORE FROM THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY – Far, far from
Honolulu our Classmates in the Washington DC area gathered for a luncheon.
Our Class President Gordon Gerson serves on the Alumni Association of
Class Presidents and represents the Classes from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. As
a result he is very up to date regarding what is happening at the Academy and
with the Alumni Association He shared his insights at the luncheon about the new
Terwilliger Center for Student-Athletes at the Academy, the proposed expansion
of the columbarium, and the construction of the new Alumni Headquarters for the
Alumni Association. Attending the
luncheon were Buff and Jean Walter, Bev Smedberg, Taylor and Lynn Keith, Pete
and Julie Russell, Kay Powell, Jess Hernandez, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Gordon
and Jane Gerson, Linda Gamboa, Dan Bellay and Jack and Ann Adams.
WEST COAST PRE-REUNION – Bill and Mickey Hillsman made the trip north
from California to Oregon to visit with 10th Companymate Jake
McMichael and his wife Dianne. The
visit was in the end of April and Bill shared the picture of the happy foursome
at this mini-reunion.
Hillsmans and the McMichaels”
SPEAKING OF REUNIONS – Hopefully, as you read this in September you
will have made your travel arrangements and your reservations at the Westin
Annapolis for the BIG 65th. Getting
to Annapolis and getting around Annapolis are two different things however.
Transportation in and around Annapolis at our reunions is always a major
concern when the planning is being done for the reunions.
The Class will be providing transportation to and from the Westin for
Class events including events at the Academy, and Company/Batt parties on Friday
night. The actual schedule for this
transportation is a work in progress and has to wait until all the events are
planned and the number of attendees is determined.
To help with the transportation planning we need information on those who
may not be getting around as well as before and may have special needs. If, for
example, you use a walker or a wheelchair or even a cane to get around please
contact Rupe MacLean at [email protected]
or Dick Buss at [email protected]
and let them know your situation.
Peggy Brooks, the wife of Charlie Brooks, 17th
Company died on 17 May 2022
Jay Gallo, 14th Company passed away on 18 May
Jim Campbell, 11th Company died on 19 May 2022
Roger Stallkamp, 16th Company died on 23 May
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
– AUGUST 2022
65TH REUNION NEWS – In the Class column in the June issue of Shipmate I
suggested that it is time to make your reservations for the reunion.
The dates are 13-16 April 2023 and our Reunion Hotel is the Westin
Annapolis. The phone number for
reservations is 888 627-8994 and the online reservation address for reservations
For questions about the Westin Annapolis or about making reservations
contact Mike Giglio, 10th Company, at [email protected]
MORE REUNION NEWS - Now for those who may have forgotten let me comment
on the weather in Annapolis in April. The
average daily high temperature is 65-68 degrees F and the average daily low is
48-45 degrees F so think cool and breezy.
April is also the wettest month in Annapolis with a 36% chance of rain on
any given day. So, next April when you come to the 65th Reunion,
bring a sweater and/or jacket and don't forget the rain gear.
COST PER GRADUATE – In an earlier class column I reported on how much a
Midshipman is paid these days which is about 10 times what we were paid.
But that amount is only a small part of what it costs the taxpayers for a
brand new Navy/Marine Officer after 4 years at Annapolis.
According to the Academy PAO the cost for the Class of 2020 was $438,740
JUNE 4TH, A DATE TO REMEMBER – Byron Brooks was an enlisted naval
aviator (NAP) in the Navy prior to WWII. He
was in Torpedo Squadron Five (VT-5) aboard USS Yorktown.
On a flight over the Atlantic his plane went down and he was lost at sea.
The date was June 4th 1941.
William Lawe was also an enlisted man in the Navy.
He was assigned to Torpedo Squadron Eight (VT-8) on board USS Hornet as a
gunner on a TBF Avenger. During the
battle of Midway his plane was shot down and he was killed.
The date was June 4th 1942.
Their sons, Paul Brooks and Dick Lawe both attended the Naval Academy
with the Class of 1958. Moreover
both were together in the 22nd Company and both graduated with our
Class. The date was June 4th
1958. Paul and Dick both went on
to become aviators. Paul in the Navy
and Dick in the Marines. Four men,
separated by years yet united by love of Country, by fate and by a date to
remember; June 4th.
WASHINGTON CHAPTER LUNCHEON – Once again Classmates and spouses in the
Washington area gathered for an enjoyable luncheon.
The speaker for the event was Professor Claude Berube who is the Director
of the USNA Museum. Besides managing
the museum the Professor teaches classes in history and elective courses such as
hands on war gaming, the War of 1812 Naval Tactics (which includes a sailing
event), courses about naval battles using ship replicas, etc.
If you attend our 65th you might find a visit to the museum
very interesting and worth the time. Attending
the luncheon were Jack and Ann Adams, Dan Bellay, John Carty, Whitey and Lois
Edwards, Linda Gamboa, Gorden and Jane Gerson, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Kay
Powell and Bev Smedberg.
ADAMS AND PROFESSOR BERUBE”
■ WHEN DID WE BECOME
MIDSHIPMEN? - Most of us, if asked that question, would say 28 June 1954, but in
fact only 923 of the 1221 in our Class were sworn in on that day.
There were 24 more “swearing in ceremonies” for the other 298 members
of our class before our final Classmate took the oath on 17 August.
Sometimes it was only a ceremony for 1, but sometimes it was a
significant number such as on 6 July when the number was 83.
Anybody out there among the 298 who can explain why they missed the big
day on 28 June?
Hocker, 5th Company, died on 26 February 2022
Taylor, 1st Company, died on 14 April
Keefe, 4th Company, died on 22 April 2022
Ault 10th Company, died on 8 May 2022
Martella, 13th Company, died on 1 May 2022
Lawrence, 16th Company, died on 12 May 2022
McKelvey, non-grad, died on 5 April 2022
Caldwell, widow of Bob Caldwell 18th Company, passed away on 31 March
Withers, wife of Bill Withers 19th Company, passed away on 27 April
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
LOST BUT FOUND – It was 1982 and George McNulty, 21st
Company, was in Dublin, Ireland to attend a business meeting (he was a civilian
by then). He had taken off his Class
ring to get cleaned up for dinner and forgot to put it back on.
Later when he went to look for the ring it was no where to be found.
Fast forward to 2020 and I received an email asking me for George's
contact information. I forwarded the
request to George and it turned out the inquiry came from a man who was a 15
year old boy back in 1982. He had
come across the ring back then and gave it to his mother who put it aside where
it remained forgotten until the mother died.
The family came across the ring going thru the mother's things and
decided to try to find the owner which was how they came to contact our Class
Secretary (me). George's daughter
contacted the young man, who was now over 50, in Ireland and in due time the
ring was sent to George. Our rings
don't change size, but sometimes our fingers do so George sent the ring off to
Jostens where they resized and polished the ring and replaced the stone which
had been damaged in the process. So
40 years after it was lost the ring is back on George's finger where it belongs.
RING TO REMEMBER
REUNION NEWS - Our 65th
reunion will be different from previous reunions in several ways.
This time we will gather in the Spring (13-16 April 2023) instead of the
Fall so no football game. Another
difference will be the hotel where we will be staying.
This time it will be The Westin Annapolis.
The Westin is located on West Street at Westgate Circle.
The room rate is $169/night with 13% state and local taxes in addition.
Parking is an extra $25/night for self-parking (I am referring to us
parking the cars not the cars parking themselves).
Reservations can be made by contacting Marriott reservations (they own
Westin hotels) at 1-888-627-8994. Reservations
opened for booking on May 1st 2022.
Be sure to let them know you will be attending the USNA Class of 1958
reunion to get that special rate. 100
rooms have been reserved for us and they will be held until March 17th
2023. One other difference with this
reunion. The crowd will be older,
more mature, more wiser, etc.
58 BY THE NUMBERS – In the summer of 1954 there were 1221 of us sworn
in as Midshipmen in the USNA Class of 1958.
During our 4th Class year 14 additional Midshipmen were either
turned back or readmitted to our Class. 215
were separated by the end of that first year, 118 due to academic deficiencies,
19 who were physically disqualified, 61 who resigned, 5 who turned back and 12
for other reasons. So by June of
1955 there were 1020 in our Class. During
3rd Class year we added 3 and lost 62 and the total in the Class was
down to 961 by June 1956. A year
later the number was 909 and at graduation in June of 1958 we were 899 strong.
CLOSING RANKS -
Tom Barry, 8th
Company died on 3 March 2022
Ted Driggers, 18th
Company died on February 26th
Dan Ziegler, 11th
Company passed away on 21 February 2022
Sam Swart, 3rd
Company died on March 4th 2022
Charles Collins, passed on 7
February 2022. He started with the
Class of '58, but was a non-grad.
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
REUNION – Just a reminder. Our
65th reunion is less than a year away.
It will be 13-16 April 2023 to be exact so start your planning.
HOW OLD IS OLD? - If you are starting to feel old these days just
remember you probably aren't the oldest '58 Classmate.
That honor goes to Marty Kuhneman 5th Company who was born on
July 7th 1932. And, yes
that is right, Marty will soon be turning 90.
Actually we have 7 Classmates who will turn 90 this year.
CHAPTER NEWS – We often get reports from the Washington DC Class of '58
Chapter and sometimes we also hear from the San Francisco area Chapter, but we
don't often hear from the New Zealand Chapter.
I'm referring to Art Bass, 2nd Company who has been living in
NZ since 1980. After graduation Art
served on two DDs and then had a tour as the Chief Engineer on an ice breaker
which led to a visit to NZ which led to Art meeting his wife to be Gaynor (Art
recalls that 85% of the bachelors on board applied for marriage licenses in NZ).
Following that tour Art resigned his Regular Commission and started a
second career working for the Navy as a civilian and also serving in the
Reserves. In 1980 he retired and
moved to New Zealand where life has been an exciting adventure.
Presently Art and Gaynor live on the North Island overlooking the sea.
Next time you are in NZ drop in and say hello.
SUPER SPREADER – Pete Gatje, 24th Company, hosted a family
reunion over the holidays. Isn't it
nice to see smiling faces instead of a bunch of masks?
Haenz, 20th Company, died on 21 September 2021
Guthman, 13th Company, died on 24 January 2022
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
– APRIL 2022
came to an end our Classmates in the Washington DC area participated in a three-
part celebration. The common theme
was the Army-Navy football game.
the game – The Washington DC 58ers gathered with USMA class of 58 grads
for the annual Army-Navy Classes of 1958 luncheon.
The luncheon was held at the ANCC on the 2nd of December in
advance of the Army-Navy game. Brad
Johnson USMA '58 and Bob Orlosky USNA '64 presented information on the two
teams. At that time Army was listed
as a 9-point favorite, but both Brad and Bob declared the game would be closer.
Attending from the USNA class of 1958 were Buff Walter and his son, Fred
and Jackie Victor, Phil Taylor and his daughter and son-in-law, Taylor and Lynn
Keith, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Linda Gamboa, Whitey and Lois Edwards, Paul and
Carolyn Brown, Dan Bellay and Jack and Ann Adams.
“Brad Johnson and Bob Orlosky”
■ During the game
– On the 11th of December about 40 Class of 1958 classmates,
spouses and friends gathered at the Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington VA to
watch the game and have a good time. Pictured
below left to right are: 1st row – Marty Hill, Joan MacLean, Nancy
Hill, Ann Adams and Kay Powell; 2nd row – Barbara Mansfield, Lynn
Keith, and Eileen Giglio; and 3rd row – Eric Mansfield, Taylor
Keith, Rupe MacLean, Jack Adams and Mike Giglio.
“Christmas comes early in Arlington”
After the game – 41 Classmates and spouses in the Washington DC
area turned out for the annual Class of 1958 Christmas luncheon at the Army-Navy
club and to celebrate Navy's victory over Army.
Good food, nice holiday decorations and music to sing carols by presented
by Polly Mitchell and Dan Bellay.
“Polly Mitchell and Dan Bellay”
Note: There have been lots of
changes at the Naval Academy since the Class of 1958 graced the halls of Mother
Bancroft. If you have any
questions about the Academy in 2022 drop me a note, an email or call and I will
try to find an answer. I'll start
this with a question of my own.
■What are Midshipmen
paid in 2022? - When we were Midshipmen we received $111/month which was
half the base pay of an Ensign. In
2022 the Mids are paid 35% of the base pay of an O1, but that amounts to
$1217/month. (That adds up to more
than $58,000 over 4 years in addition to tuition, room and board).
Everything is not free however. From
their pay Midshipmen are charged for uniforms, books, and a variety of other
charges. Some examples are life
insurance ($25/month for a $400,000 policy), barber shop ($26.55/month for males
and a few dollars more for females), laundry and dry cleaning ($76.10/month),
tailor shop ($30.65/month), Midshipmen activities ($30-$40/month depending on
Class), USNA Athletic Association ($288/year), etc.
In terms of actual cash the plebes get $125/month, 3/c get $225, 2/c get
$325 and 1/c get $500. And of course
most Midshipmen will graduate with a nice nest egg the Academy has saved for
them. For more information there is
a Commandant of Midshipmen Instruction titled “Midshipman Stipend and Annual
Budget Book” that you can find on the internet.
Les Troolin, 20th
Company, died on 1 December 2021
Leroy Haenze, 20th
Company, died on 12 September 2021
Frank Herrin, 11th
Company, passed away on November 10th
John Goolsby 12th
Company, passed away on November 25th
James Hoerle 20th
company died on December 24th.
Jan Cook 15th
Company died on November 25th
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
10TH COMPANY STRONG
The 10th Company held their annual reunion from 19 to 24 September
2021. 21 Classmates, wives and
widows attended. Mike and Eileen
Giglio hosted an Austrian themed buffet dinner to begin the week.
(Mike didn't report on the menu, but I'm guessing it was something like
Wiener Schnitzel, beer, Goulash, beer, Spaetzle, beer, Tafelspitz (boiled beef)
and more beer. But everyone doesn't
drink beer in Austria so probably there was wine and schnapps as well. Prost!)
Most of the week was spent in the Alexandria area, but on one day
everyone went to Annapolis where an inurnment ceremony was held for Lee Meador
and Betty Sutherland at the Columbarium followed by lunch at the Severn Inn.
Those attending (L to R in the picture) were Eileen and Mike Giglio,
Margareta MacGregor, Pat Doss, Shirley Ford, Bill Hillsman, Jake McMichael,
Mickey Hillsman, Pat Seeberger, Sally Sutherland, Kay Powell, Dave Sutherland,
Bonnie Venable, Dave Ault, Bob Venable, Bill and Alice Garvey and Dianne
McMichael and Norine Ault kneeling in front.
Harlow Manahan and Polly Mitchell missed the picture.
As Mike noted; “memories of years gone by and a new reminder to
GREATER DC CHAPTER LUNCHEON
Another very enjoyable
chapter luncheon was held on September 30th at the Army-Navy Club.
Rupe MacLean spoke about executing the “American Loop”.
This is a boat cruise north along the east coast of America, up the
Hudson river, across the Great Lakes, through canals to reach the Mississippi
river, down to the gulf, around Florida and up the inter-coastal waterway to
home. Rupe did the planning,
purchased a 43 ft cruiser and was set to go, but health issues prevented
execution of the plan. However ift
makes a great story and as Rupe's son said “a great adventure trip, just 10
years too late”. Attending the
luncheon were Jackie and Fred Victor, Julie and Pete Russell, Kay Powell, Barb
and Paul Polski, Barb and Eric Mansfield, Joan and Rupe MacLean, Taylor Keith,
Marty Hill, Jess Hernandez, Eileen and Mike Giglio, Jane and Gordon Gerson, Lois
and Whitey Edwards, John Carty, Dan Bellay and Ann and Jack Adams.
If any of our
Classmates has made the American Loop trip or a similar adventure please send me
your story to share.
Adams with Joan and Rupe MacLean”
TRADITION AT THE ACADEMY
In a previous Shipmate column
I commented on changing traditions at the Academy.
Ralph Buck 23rd Company, wrote to share his thoughts on the
subject. Ralph noted that tradition
can be defined as a set of beliefs and values or as an established ritual and
both definitions apply to what we think of as the traditions at the Naval
Academy. Ralph also pointed out that
traditions can change and should be changed if they alienate or disrespect a
part of the community. For example
if a community changes new members may feel excluded by an old tradition.
But don't cancel or change a tradition if everyone in the community is
included and it affirms the core values of the group.
Instead honor and celebrate it because there is real beauty and value to
be found in tradition. Thank you
Ralph for your input.
Note: In years past change in
society was slow sometimes happening over generations, but now changes in the
world we live in are constant and rapid. In
this brave new world it can be hard to hang on to traditions that we have lived
with and cherish.
Chuck Smith reported that he, Lance Massey, John Davis, and Mike Chapple
attended the funeral Mass for Joe Fenick in El Cajon California on 21 October
2021. They are pictured below with
Joe's widow Madelyn Fenick. Tom
Fleming represented the Class of '58 at the service at Miramar National Cemetery
which was held on 26 October 2021.
Fenick with Lance Massey, John Davis, Chuck Smith and Mike Chapple”
George Kenefick, 1st Company, died on 10 October 2021
Kenneth Mitchell, 10th Company, died on 29 August 2021
Curt McGaffin, 14th Company, died on 2 October 2021
Joe Fenick, 7th Company, died on 4 October 2021
Davis Matheny, non-grad, died on 14 September 2021
Gail Moran, widow of Michael Moran, 24th Company, died on 29 August
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
MOLLIE HEMINGWAY – Bill Hemingway, 18th
Company, wrote to report that his daughter-in-law, Mollie Hemingway, was a 2021
winner of the Bradley Prize which is awarded in recognition of her extraordinary
talent and dedication to restore, strengthen and protect the principles and
institutions of American exceptionalism. Mollie is a senior editor of the Federalist
(an online magazine), a senior journalism fellow at Hillsdale College and a
Fox News contributor. She is also
the author of the national best-seller Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh
Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court. Her latest book Rigged:
How the Media, Big Tech and the Democrats Seized our Elections went on sale
COM58 AND SECNAV – The new Secretary of the Navy
is Carlos del Toro a retired Navy Commander and a member of the USNA Class of
1983. He was born in Cuba and came
to the United States as a young boy. Gordon
Gerson came to know SecNav while both were serving as Class Presidents and they
recently met again at a Parade at the Academy.
Gordo did not which of them was the honored guest at the Parade?
Secretary of the Navy and our Class President
POINDEXTER CLAN – John sent the picture of his family
gathered to celebrate he and Linda's 63rd Anniversary.
Two of the four sons in the picture graduated from the Academy.
Mark was Class of '85 and Tom Class of '92.
Another son, Alan, who did not attend the Academy was a Navy Aviator and
also a NASA Astronaut with two missions in space.
Alan was a Navy Captain and Dean of Students at the Naval Postgraduate
School when he died in an accident.
DC CHAPTER LUNCHEON – Have you ever wondered why our Classmates who
attend luncheons in the DC area refer to themselves as the GREATER DC CHAPTER?
Are they referring to the number of attendees or the geographical area or
is it something else that is “greater”?
I wonder? Anyway their most
recent luncheon was in July (for the latest up to date news be sure to read our
class column). The guest speaker was
Captain Donald Kennedy who spoke about the actions the Academy had to take to
deal with the COVID problem. On-line
instruction last year, graduating the Class of 2020 (5 separate ceremonies),
inducting the Class of 2024, bringing the Brigade back to the Academy, etc.
Attending the luncheon were Jack and Ann Adams, Dan Bellay, John Carty,
Gordon and Jane Gerson, Mike and Eileen Giglio, Taylor and Lynn Keith, Eric and
Barbara Mansfield, Paul and Barbara Polski, Kay Powell, Mike Salmon, Phil and
(son) Tim Taylor, and Buff, Jean and (son) Rich Walter.
Donald Kennedy and Jack Adams
MORE HEMINGWAY NEWS – Bill and his wife Kathy
celebrated their 58th wedding Anniversary on 6 July.
He noted that he and Bill Bauer, who also celebrated his 58th
wedding Anniversary this last summer, were both in the 18th Company
and both went into the Marines. SEMPER
KEEPING IN TOUCH – Gene Porter, 21st Company, attended a
vintage boat show in Idaho and decided to visit his old roommate Marty Donahoe
who lives in Salt Lake City. Marty
resides in a senior living center, but is in pretty good shape.
They had lunch, talked about the old days and enjoyed each other's
company which is the way it should be.
Ray Hardy, 13th Company, died on April 1st 2021
Mary Hardy, Ray's widow, died on May 8th 2021
James Corder, 3rd Company, died on May 21st 2021
John Wells, 19th Company, died
on July 21st 2021
Ted Smedberg, 19th Company, died on August 7th 2021
Russ Mowery, 21st Company, died on August 9th 2021
Carl Triebes, 8th Company, died on August 28th 2021
Ken Mitchell, 10th Company, died on August 29th 2021
John Daniel Haney, 16th Company, died on September 14th
JD Peters, 13th Company, died on September 20th 2021
Ray Bumgardner, 22nd Company passed away on December 31st
Nancy Stremic, widow of Tony Stremic, died on July 28th 2020
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
CLASS ATHLETIC LEGENDS
In the last couple of Class
columns I have listed 4 of our 6 Classmates who were nominated as Class of '58
Athletic Legends. Here are the final
2 from that list:
Tony Stremic, 20th
* Wrestling Team (co-Captain)
* Undefeated in wrestling
* Football Team
* Most Valuable Lineman, 1958
* 2nd Team All
Al Swanson, 21st
* Basketball (team Captain),
Football Team, Track Team
* 7 Ns, 6 N stars
CLASS ATHLETIC LEGEND (2021 VERSION)
Gerson, 11th Company, our Class President participated in the 2021
National Short Course Masters Swimming Championships.
The meet was held in Greensboro, North Carolina from 21 to 25 July.
Gordo came in first in both the 100 Backstroke and the 200 Backstroke,
and third in the 50 Backstroke. He
also finished 5th in 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke and 6th
in the 50 Breaststroke. WAY TO GO
Bauer, 18th Company, and his bride Judy celebrated their 58th
Wedding Anniversary on 6 July 2021. Is
58 great or what?
and Judy Bauer”
EARLY WARNING!!! HERE COMES
1959 those of us who went into Navy Air had moved on to Advanced Training.
Several of the Class were assigned to the S2 pipeline and expected to be
assigned to Anti-Submarine squadrons flying the S2F.
But the Navy had other ideas and 6 of the 58ers received orders to
Airborne Early Warning Squadron-12 (VAW-12) home-based in Quonset Point RI.
The reason was that VAW-12 was receiving the E2 which was the S2 with a
very big radar antenna on top. The
six were Mike Woodbury, Hugh Palmer, Mike Frawley, Dave Stubbs, Jack Dittrick
and Fred Victor who provided me with all this information.
VAW-12 was unusual in the sense that the Squadron had 40 aircraft that
were divided into 4 plane detachments which were assigned to Atlantic Fleet CVAs
and CVSs. The E1s and later the E2s
would go on to become an important element in early warning and vector control
of carrier fighters and attack aircraft and our six
intrepid airmen from the Class of '58 played a vital role in implementing these
advances in carrier aviation.
“E1s in Formation”
James Lyons, 6th
Company, died on 30 June 2021
Ralph Carestia, 20th
Company, died on 8 July 2021
Frank Gamboa, 17th
Company, passed away on 8 July 2021
James Silldorff, 5th
Company, died on 1 January 2020
William Geoghegan, non-grad,
died on 14 June 2021
OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
In recent issues of Shipmate I have outlined the deaths of our Classmates who
died in the line of duty. There were
28 of them and the last of the 28 to report on was CDR Jack Hoel USN, 6th
Company. Jack died on 11 September
1974. At the time Jack was the
Commanding Officer of the USS John Calhoun (SSBN-630) Blue crew.
He was returning to his ship from a trip to Washington DC when the
Eastern Airlines DC-9 he was traveling on crashed on approach to Charlotte, NC.
Of the 28 Classmates who died
in the line of duty 20 were USN Officers, 5 were USAF Officers and 3 were Marine
Officers. 22 of the 28 who died were
pilots or flight officers. 3 of the
28 were killed in action (KIA).
CLASS ATHLETIC LEGENDS
Each Class President was asked to present the names of outstanding athletes from
his Class. In the last issue of
Shipmate I described the achievements of Harry Hurst and John Griffiths.
Here are the achievements of 2 more.
Ben Montoya, 5th Company
* Starting pitcher for the Academy Baseball team
for 3 years
* Captain of the Baseball team 1st Class
* Three N's, two N-stars
* Retired Rear Admiral
* Served on the Academy Board of Visitors for 5
years including 2 years as Chairman
* Selected in 2008 by the USNA Alumni Association
as a Distinguished Graduate
Ned Oldham, 6th Company
* Captain of the Academy Football team
* Starting midfielder for the Lacrosse team
* Scored all 14 points against Army in 14-0 victory
* Halfback on offense, safety on defense
* Selected for 3rd team All American in
* Honorable mention All American in Lacrosse
HONORING BEN MONTOYA (PART II)
Mike McLane 6th Company recently visited the Submarine Museum in
Groton Ct. and as he was looking at some of the new exhibits he came across a
large picture of Ben Montoya. Mike
was surprised because this was a Submarine Museum and Ben had been a Civil
Engineer Corps Officer. Turns out
this was an exhibit about the contributions of hispanic/latino Officers and Ben
made a very large contribution to the Navy during his active duty career and in
Ben Montoya USN
Bud Manazir, 12th Company, happily reported his
marriage on the 22nd of May 2021 to the beautiful Paula Jane Jacobs
and is looking forward to introducing her to the Class at our 65th
and Paula Jane Manazir
IN THE WORDS OF JACK ADAMS, “HALLELUJAH!!!”
The DC Chapter
of the Class of 1958 gathered on 28 May for the first get together in over a
year and over 30 Classmates, spouses and friends were present.
The guest speaker was RADM Samuel Cox, USN (ret), Class of '80, who is
the Director of the Naval Historical and Heritage Command and Director of Navy
History and Curator of the Navy. He
gave an inspiring presentation explaining how history can provide real lessons
for current policy makers. In his
talk he linked Classmates from the Class of '58 and parents of Classmates to
historic events and noted how our Class's continuing supportive efforts for the
USNA Museum is so important.
Those attending were Buff and Jean Walter, Fred and Jackie
Victor, Mike Salmon, Pete and Julie Russell, John Rohrbaugh, Kay Powell, Eric
and Barbara Mansfield, Roger and Kathy Lyons, Bob and Shelia Lance, Marty and
Nancy Hill, Gordon and Jane Gerson, Whitey and Lois Edwards, Bill and Pat
Dougherty, Charlie Brooks, Dan Bellay, Jack and Ann Adams plus guests from the
Class of '80.
Adams and RADM Samuel Cox
MEANWHILE BACK AT HILTON HEAD
Lee Polhill, 19th Company reported that he, Pete Westphal, 1st
Company Pete Berg, 18th Company, George Stubbs, 17th
Company and Bill Pendley, 3rd Company met for lunch at Hudson's on
the Dock on Hilton Head Island. Since
this is not the first time this group has gathered at Hudson's I decided to do a
little research. Turns out that
Hudson's started out as an Oyster Factory in 1912 and evolved into the present
day restaurant. They serve about
450,000 oysters a year and 70,000 lb of shrimp so they must be doing something
right. If you want to find out what
keeps bringing them back you can order Hudson's Cookbook and/or Hudson's
Seasoning on line.
B., George, Pete W., Bill and Lee from the left
Jack Petit, 7th
Company passed away on the 11th of June
Cunningham, 18th Company died on 21 June.
THEN AND NOW
THEN – In 1970 the Class of '58 participated in
the Annual Homecoming activities at the Academy.
On Friday the 9th of October we joined other Alumni for a
reception in Dahlgren Hall and dinner in the Mess Hall and on Saturday attended
the football game. Then on that
Saturday night we had our annual Class Homecoming dinner party.
The party was held at the Royal restaurant on West Street with drinks and
light hors d'oeuvres followed by a roast beef dinner.
The cost was $10 and that was for a couple, but did not include drinks.
NOW – Our Class leadership is starting to think
about our next Class reunion which will be our 65th and will be held
in the spring of 2023. It just takes
a bit longer to organize things these days.
Oh, and don't expect dinner to pay $10 (per couple) for dinner this time.
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
LCDR Guy (Sam)
Houston USN, 12th Company, died in November 1969 serving with Carrier
Air Wing 3 on board the USS Saratoga while deployed in the Mediterranean.
Sam was participating in flight maneuvers at the time of the accident.
LCDR Keith Rasmussen, USN, 24th
Company, died on October 19th 1971.
Keith was piloting an E-2B over the Sea of Japan when his plane collided
with an A-7. All five members of
Keith's crew perished in the crash. Both planes were operating from the USS
Midway and entering the landing pattern at the time of the collusion.
January-February 2021 Class column I reported on the death of LT Bruce Wilhelmy
in 1966. Dick Buss, a Companymate of
Bruce from the 20th Company, sent in some additional information
regarding Bruce and the fatal accident.
At the time of his accident in 1966 Bruce was doing an acceleration run
at 28,000 feet when the wings came off the plane.
Investigators determined that an exhaust leak had caused Bruce to lose
consciousness from carbon monoxide fumes and the plane went out of control at
noted that Bruce received the Distinguished Flying Cross for obtaining low level
photos over Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
CLASS ATHLETIC LEGENDS
The Alumni Association has asked Class Presidents to present names of
outstanding athletes in their classes. In
the next several columns I will list our Classmates nominated for this honor.
Let's start with:
Harry Hurst, 7th Company.
* Plebe football, basketball and baseball
* Varsity football
* 3 N's, 2 N stars
* AP back of the week for gaining 137 yards on 9
carries for 2 touchdowns against William and
* Set Navy record for three touchdown receptions in
one game. Never broken in 62 years.
* 1958 Cotton Bowl Championship team (leading
ground gainer and all-purpose yard gainer)
Played both offense (halfback) and defense (safety)
* Honorable mention All-American
John Griffiths, 6th Company
* Varsity Tennis and Squash, Captain of both teams
All American twice
lost a match to a Cadet
N's, 5 N stars
1957 Navy won the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association
played #1 for Navy. He was ranked #4
in the Nation and voted All American.
1958 John won the Maryland State Men's singles Championship and was invited to
play in the
National Men's championship
Ronald Kirk, 9th
Company. Died on 17 September 2020
Gebhart, 14th Company. Died
on 29 April 2021
Byron Nelson, 19th Company (non-grad).
Died on 8 April 2021
Bert Concklin, 24th Company. Died
on 23 December 2020
Joseph Paull, 6th Company. Died
on 19 March 2021
Catherine Morgan, wife of David Morgan 1st Company.
Died on 15 May 2021
Sandra Pidgeon, widow of Robert Pidgeon, 2nd Company.
Died on 1 May 2021
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
In 1969 we lost two more
Classmates in aircraft accidents. In
both theses cases they were victims of circumstances outside their control.
LCDR Alan Hospes, USN, (2nd
Company), died on the 31st of July 1969.
At the time Al was assigned to VA-36 and stationed at NAS Cecil Field.
On the 31st he was flying an A-4C on a training flight when
fate intervened. During a practice
bombing run the engine flamed out and Al ejected however the chute did not open.
CAPT Wilbur Wright, USAF, (18th
Company), died on October 9th 1969.
At the time Will was an electronics warfare officer with the 93rd
Bombing Wing stationed at Castle AFB. He
was a crew member on B-52Fs and at the time of his death he was on a training
flight. The plane was conducting
night time practice touch and go landings and overran the runway, crashed and
exploded on impact. All 6 crew
members perished in the crash.
CLASS OF '58 WEBSITE
If you haven't checked lately
I recommend you visit our Class Website. It
is full of information of interest. The
Website was created by Poj Walters and Fred Victor around the time of our 45th
reunion and is now maintained by Fred Victor, 11th Company, and he
does an outstanding job. The Home
page has current information such as the names of recently deceased Classmates
and wives. You can click on a name
there and access an obituary for that person.
At the left of the Home page is a list of other sections of the
Website you can visit. News/Events
is especially useful in the run up to reunions for example.
Also in this section is a link to the comprehensive guidelines for
preparing and administering obituaries that Terry Cooper put together a couple
of years ago and is still relevant today. Shipmate
has our Class of '58 columns from Shipmate.
Photo Gallery has pictures (surprise).
Roster has an up to date Class roster.
Binnacle List has reports of Classmates who are ill.
Last Call has obits for deceased Classmates and wives.
Board of Trustees lists your Class Officers and Company Reps lists
the Company Representatives and Assistant Company Representatives.
Links for '58ers and Fleet Link have links to other
websites of interest. One important
note about the website. Fred does a
great job and deserves a lot of credit, but he depends on all of us to provide
him with the information that goes into the website.
For example, if you move, change your phone number or email address be
sure to let Fred know. Also, any info and/or pictures from trips or special
events in your lives that you would like to share would be welcome.
Our Class of
'58 Website address is http://1958,usnaclasses.com/default.htm.
THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE
That observation was made by
an ancient Greek philosopher by the name of Heraclitus.
Another example of how right he was is June Week at the Naval Academy.
Only now it is called Commissioning Week and it takes place in May.
So let me ask for an opinion poll. Can
you think of a good reason for the changes?
Does there need to be a good reason for changing a tradition?
Is tradition a good thing in the military?
Send your opinions to [email protected].
4th Company, died on 5 March 2021
Gladin, widow of Jack Gladin, 23rd Company, passed away on 25
Jones, widow of Bob Jones 3rd Company, died on 22 February 2021
Medlock, widow of Chuck Medlock, 7th Company, died on 5 December 2020
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
A small group of 58ers gathered in December for a Christmas luncheon.
The location was Hudson's on the Docks at HHI.
Now perhaps you have not been to Hudson's on the Docks or do not know
what or who HHI is? Well, HHI refers
to Hilton Head Island and I will guess that Hudson's is a bar/restaurant owned
by Mr. Hudson. Since it is on the
Docks it is probably near the water, but I am guessing that based on the photos
on the wall in the picture. Attending
the luncheon and also in the picture were George Stubbs (17th) and
Lee Polhill (19th) in the front row and Bob Mason (9th)
and Bill Pendley (3rd) in the back row.
Tom Grimm, Pete Berg and Pete Westphal were unable to attend.
on the Docks at HHI”
I suspect that most of our Class would venture to say that Hospital Point has
that name because the Naval Academy Hospital is located there.
However, that is no longer actually true.
The name of the point is the same, but the Hospital is no longer there.
The old hospital building is still there but it is no longer a hospital.
The USNA Alumni Association has some offices in the building as does the
United States Naval Institute. Across
the Severn River at the Naval Support Activity there is a modern medical
facility and the Sick Bay in Bancroft Hall is much enlarged from what it was
during our days as Midshipmen.
The first hospital at the Academy was built in 1846 but it was poorly built and
in a bad location. That building was
replaced in 1852 with a new facility adjacent to the Officer's Club.
In 1868, after the Civil War, when the Academy returned to Annapolis,
land was purchased north of College/Dorsey Creek and in 1871 a new hospital was
built. Designed by RADM David Porter
it was very modern for the day, but it had to be closed in 1876 because of a
prevalence of malaria. The building,
then known as Porter's Folly, was used for storage.
In 1903 Congress appropriated a large amount of money for rebuilding the
Naval Academy facilities and a new hospital was opened in 1907.
In 1939 and again in 1941 new wings were added and this was the building
we knew as the Hospital. In 2017 the
hospital function was moved across the Severn.
An ever evolving Academy in a changing world.
Naval Academy Hospital that we knew”
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
LCDR Robert Kornegay USN (13th Company) died on March 15th
1967 in a plane crash. At the time
Bob was assigned to the Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake.
He was on a flight to Quonset Point as part of the crew of a Douglas A-3B
Skywarrior. The plane was making a
fueling stop at Lockbourne AFB in Ohio when it crashed short of the runway
during a GCA approach. All three
members of the crew were killed.
LCDR Alexander Lupfer USN (10th Company) died on 13 May 1967 as the
result of the crash of the TF9-F jet he was piloting.
At the time he was a flight instructor flying out of NAS Kingsville
Texas. Alex had served in 5
different fighter squadrons in the fleet, had deployed to Vietnam and saw
combat, had studied aeronautical engineering at the NPS in Monterey and had two
years experience as a flight instructor prior to the crash. Alex was a very
experienced and well qualified pilot, but sometimes events happen that are out
of the control of even the best aviators.
FLAG OFFICERS AND GENERAL OFFICERS (continued)
Phil McNall, 15th Company, was another of our Classmates who rose to
Flag rank. Phil's first tour was on
the USS Estes (AGC-12). He then went
to the Supply Corps School and transferred from surface line to the Supply
Corps. Later he would go to the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and earn a Masters degree in operations
analysis. That was followed by a
tour as the aide to the Commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command.
Then back to sea on the USS New Orleans (LPH-11).
His first command was the Fleet Materials Supply Office, then Naval War
College and duty as the Supply Officer on USS Nimitz (CVN-68).
He served as Commanding Officer of the Supply Center in San Diego,
followed by a tour as Supply Officer for the 7th Fleet.
His final tour was as Commanding Officer of the Aviation Supply Office.
Phil retired in 1988 and dropped his anchor in San Ramon California.
In his retirement Phil worked as a professional golf instructor (does
that count as work?) and as a defense industry consultant.
RADM Phillip McNall USN (ret) passed away on 28 November 2020.
RADM Richard Pittenger USN (ret), 17th Company, grew up with a love
for the sea which was a bit strange for someone born in Nebraska.
But Dick's family moved to Washington State when he was young and he
smelled salt air. As a school boy he
was a Sea Scout/Sea Cadet and when he graduated from High School he joined the
Navy Reserve. In the Reserves he
applied for an appointment to the Academy and was accepted.
During his career in the Navy Dick had a lot of sea duty and loved every
minute. His first ship was the USS
Dupont DD-941. His other seagoing
tours were USS Norfolk, DL-1, USS Farragut, DLG-6, USS Pledge, MSO-492 as
Commanding Officer, USS Perry, DD-944 as XO, USS Connole, FF-1056 as Commanding
Officer and DESRON 26 as Commander. During
his career Dick became one of the Navy's leading experts in ASW.
That focus started with his earliest shipboard assignments and continued
during his career. At the Naval
Postgraduate School he earned a Masters degree in underwater acoustics.
Later during duty with the staff of COMCRUDESLANT he was the ASW officer
on the staff and developed the concept of an “ASW Squadron”.
The USS Connole was a part of that Squadron which won several Fleet
awards during Dick's tour as CO. During
his final years on active duty Dick served as the Director of ASW programs for
the CNO and as the Oceanographer of the Navy.
After retiring from the Navy Dick went to work for Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution where he was in charge of the WHOI fleet of research
vessels, both surface and sub-surface, and served in that capacity for 14 years.
THE REST OF THE STORY
In past Class columns I have
written about the careers of Classmates in the years following graduation, but I
have not written about Classmates who did not graduate although I am sure many
of them had distinguished careers. In
this column I would like to highlight the career of one such Classmate.
His name is Reginald Vachon and he died in December 2020.
I learned of his life from reading his obit and I feel the rest of his
story is worth sharing. Although he
did not graduate from the Academy Reggie did go on to earn a BS in engineering,
a MS in nuclear engineering and a PhD in mechanical and aeronautical
engineering. He also earned a law
degree as well and was a member of the Alabama State Bar and admitted to
practice before the Supreme Court. He
was an engineer with NASA and with the Army and was a retired US Army Colonel.
During his life he founded several engineering companies and was a
registered engineer in six States, as well as in Europe and Asia.
He worked internationally in Brazil, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize,
Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Iran, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Russia.
Reggie was also a distinguished academic and was a chaired professor of
mechanical engineering at Auburn, an adjunct professor at Purdue and a recipient
of the Outstanding Teacher award from the ASEE.
In 2019 he was awarded the ASME Medal for eminent and distinguished
achievement in engineering. During
his career he served as President of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies, President
of the Pan American Academy of Engineers, Vice President of the Union of Pan
American Engineering Societies and Vice President of the World Federation of
Engineering Organizations, and the list goes on.
(Note: if you knew Reggie during his time at the Academy or in late life
and would like to share your memories please contact me.)
Tom Powell, 13th Company, died on 9 December 2020
Bob Slaven, 1st Company, died on 3 December 2020
Chapin (Chip) Day, 23rd Company, passed away on December 23rd
Phil McNall, 15th Company, died on November 28th 2020
Robert Pidgeon, 2nd
Company, passed away on 30 December 2020
Ernie Luders, 3rd
Company, died on 8 January 2021
David Eller (non-grad) died
on 15 December 2020
Reginald Vachon (non-grad) died on 24 December 2020
OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
– FEB 2021
WASHINGTON DC NEWS FLASH – The Class of '58 DC Chapter held a luncheon
on 29 October. Attending were Buff
Walter, Ted and Bev Smedberg, Pete and Julie Russell, Paul and Barb Polski,
Taylor Keith, Gordon and Jane Gerson, Frank and Linda Gamboa, Whitey and Lois
Edwards, Dan and Pat Belay and Jack and Ann Adams.
The guest speaker was Dr. Marcus Hedahl an Associate Professor and the
current Stockdale fellow at the USNA Stockdale Leadership and Ethics Center.
Dr. Hedahl spoke about today's leadership precepts and how they are
presented to the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Hedahl and Jack Adams”
THE ADMIRAL CHARLES LARSON AWARD FOR ETHICAL LEADERSHIP – Each year the
Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership presents the USNA Class of 1958 Admiral
Charles Larson Award for Ethical Leadership to a member of the faculty or staff
at the Naval Academy who has demonstrated integrity, service and leadership
while upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior.
This year the Award went to Ms. Sarah White the Deputy for Facilities and
Construction at the Naval Academy.
Sarah White receiving the Admiral Charles Larson Award
IN THE LINE OF DUTY – In recent Class columns I have been looking back
at the stories of our Classmates who died in the Line of Duty.
The next name on that list is Captain Leonard Reynolds USAF, better known
as Pete, from the 22nd Company. Pete
went into the USAF after Graduation and at first became a launch control officer
in the Air Force missile program. Later
he went into flight training and was first in his class.
On 8 July 1964 he was piloting an F-105D and collided in mid-air with a
KC-135 refueling plane over California. Pete
did not survive the collision.
It would be almost 2 years
before we lost another Classmate and that was Lt. Christopher “Bruce”
Wlhelmy, USN from the 20th Company.
Bruce went Navy Air after graduation and in 1962 he was flying RF-8
Crusaders with VFP-62. When the
Cuban missile crises happened Bruce distinguished himself as one of the pilots
flying high speed, low level missions over Cuba.
On 17 February 1966 Bruce was assigned to the Navy test pilot program at
Pax River and fate intervened. He
died while he was flying a T-28 and during an extreme test the plane crashed.
FLAG OFFICERS – I suspect that if someone checked they would find that
the person whose picture has appeared in the most issues of Shipmate would be
none other than RADM John (Jack) Adams USN (ret), Class of 1958.
Jack Adams, 4th Company, is the President of the Class of '58
Washington DC Chapter of the Class and in almost every Class column I report on
luncheons of the very active DC Chapter and those reports include pictures of
Jack with the guest speaker du jour. So
now that you know what he looks like, let me highlight his distinguished career.
Jack went Navy Air and earned his Wings of Gold in December of 1959.
He was assigned to VS-32 where he flew the S2.
Shore duty followed at NPS Monterey and in Washington DC including duty
as an Aide to an Admiral which is always exciting.
Then sea duty on USS Randolph CVS-15 for two years, shore duty at the
Naval War College and back to sea with VS-24 on USS Intrepid.
Jack's first command was VS-22 where he flew the S-3A.
That tour was followed by a tour as Chief Staff Officer at VS-WING ONE,
then duty at NAVOP05 in Washington before returning to VS-WING ONE as Commander.
In 1981 he was given Command of the USS Sylvania AFS-05.
In 1983 he served as Commander of Service Squadron Two and was promoted
to Flag Rank. As a RADM Jack served
as the 81st commandant of the Washington Naval District, had a tour
with the Joint Chiefs and then served as Commander ASW Wings Pacific.
His final active duty tour was as Commander Naval Bases, San Diego.
During his active duty career Jack flew 50 different types of military
aircraft and made arrested landings on 16 different aircraft carriers.
He also traveled to all seven continents during his Naval career and, in
his words, “had an absolutely splendid time”.
As you might expect Jack followed his distinguished Naval career with a
distinguished career in the private sector.
In his spare time he served on the Naval Academy Alumni Association Board
of Trustees, on our Class of 58 Board of Directors, as Vice President of both
the Navy League and the Association of Naval Aviation, and as a Director of the
Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard Residence Foundation and the list goes on.
Jack Adams, USN (ret)
CLOSING RANKS -
Daringer, 16th Company, died on 26 October 2020
1st Company, passed away on 15 October 2020
18th Company passed away on 12 November 2020
22nd Company died on 13 October 2020
Class of 1958 web site for more details on their passing)
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
IN WASHINGTON DC??
Washington Chapter of the USNA Class of 1958 was able to resume luncheons in
Deciding that if one guest presentation is good then two must be better,
the leadership scheduled a double header.
First up was our Classmate Harry Hurst.
He discussed the talent on the Navy football team and was articulate,
witty, and entertaining as usual.
Harry gave an optimistic forecast for the upcoming season (note: this was
before the BYU game).
On a more serious note, our Classmate Taylor Keith gave a scholastic
report on the history of Hatuey Beer.
(Hatuey was brewed in Cuba and served to us in Gitmo on our Midshipman
Taylor reported that once there was a native Chief in the Caribbean named
Hatuey who fought the Spanish in the 16th Century.
He ended up being caught by the Spanish on the island of Cuba and was
burned at the stake in 1512.
History does not report if he was caught because he had been drinking too
much beer, but for some reason Bacardi named a beer in his honor and made Hatuey
Beer from 1927 until the late 1950's.
(Craft beer and ale with the name Hatuey are still being brewed and are
available in the U.S.)
following Classmates and guests attended the luncheon:
Buff Walter, Phil Taylor and son, Ted and Bev Smedberg, Pete and Julie
Russell, Paul and Barbara Polski, George Ojalehto, Rupe and Joan MacLean, Sally
Larson, Taylor and Lynn Keith, Alice Weidmann, Harry and Peg Hurst, Mike and
Eileen Giglio, Gordon and Jane Gerson, Frank and Linda Gamboa, Whitey and Lois
Edwards, Charlie and Peggy Brooks, Dan and Pat Bellay and Jack and Ann Adams.
The Master of Ceremonies and the two speakers are pictured in a Class of
'58 version of “The Masked Singer”.
Keith, Jack Adams and Harry Hurst”
FLAG OFFICERS AND GENERAL OFFICERS
In this column I would
like to highlight two of our Classmates who both became Naval Aviators and rose
to Flag Rank through the Patrol Squadron (VP) community. I refer to Jesse
Hernandez and Bill Pendley. Something else they share was that they both had
been in the 3rd Company.
RADM Jesse Hernandez, 3rd Company, received his Wings of Gold in
December 1959 and reported to VP-46 at NAS North Island in San Diego.
His tour in VP-46 was unusual in the sense that during that time the
Squadron went from P5Ms to P2V-5Fs, to P2V-7s, to P3As (the first Squadron on
the West Coast with the P3s). His
next tour was to Pax River for Test Pilot School and the Naval Air Test and
Evaluation Center. During this time
Jesse flew 25 different aircraft. (How
did he remember where the on/off switches were in so many different planes??)
Further tours included Flag Lieutenant for COMCARDIV 6, a tour in VP-50,
VX-1 in Key West, back to Pax River, then VP-46 as XO and CO.
In 1982 he had Command of Patrol Wing 10 and in 1985 was selected for
Flag and served as Commandant of the Washington DC Naval District followed by a
tour as Commander Patrol Wings Pacific. Jesse's
final tour was as Commander U.S. Naval Forces Japan.
“RADM Jesse Hernandez, USN”
RADM William Pendley, 3rd
Company, received his Wings in February 1960 and reported to VP-45 at NAS
Bermuda. He then attended American
University and earned a Masters in International Relations and was a PhD
Candidate (ABD). Bill's next
tours were on the USS Essex as Assistant Navigator, Armed Forces Staff College,
and back to VP-45. Then OPNAV in
Strategic Plans and Policy followed by yet another tour with VP-45 as XO then
CO. Next was a tour as
COMPATWING 11 Operations Officer then back to Washington as Executive Secretary
to the CNO. After being promoted to
Captain, Bill had a tour as Commander Patrol Wing 11.
Next was Washington at OPNAV followed by a tour on the Staff of
CINCPACFLT. After promotion to
Flag rank he was Commander Patrol Wings Atlantic Fleet from 1983 to 1985.
After another Washington tour at OpNav Bill was sent to Korea as
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea and Senior Member United Nations Military
Armistice Commission. His final tour
was as Director Strategic Planning and Policy at CINCPAC.
“RADM William Pendley, USN”
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
In our last column I wrote
about two of our Classmates who died in the line of duty in 1961 and both
involved accidents in F8U Crusaders.
In June of 1963 we lost
yet another Classmate flying an F8U. LT.
Donald Meyer USN, 4th Company, died in an accident near Hawaii while
operating from the USS Hancock, (CV-19). The
accident happened at twilight when Don was attempting a carrier landing.
According to eyewitness reports the visibility was poor and Don dropped
below the flight path, was unable to recover and wave off and crashed into the
fantail of the Hancock.
In January of 1964 CAPT. Carl Larsen USAF, 16th Company, died in an
accident in Osan, Korea. At the time
Carl was stationed at Kadena AFB, Okinawa. On
the 23rd of January he was piloting his F105D Thunderchief and crashed while
landing at Osan AFB in Korea. According
to USAF records the cause of the accident was a stuck throttle which caused the
plane to overrun the runway.
Jim Sheenan, 1st Company, passed away on 14 September 2020
Barry Howard, 4th Company, died on 17 July 2020
Newt Moore, 1st Company, died on 30 June 2020
Al Rachap, 12th Company, passed away on 27 June 2020
Rosemary Adkins, wife of Jim Adkins, 9th Company, died on 3 September
Betty Farnan, widow of Dick Farnan, 20th Company, died on 31 August
Note: Obits for deceased Classmates
and spouses may be found on our Class Website: 1958.USNACLASSES.COM
In the July-August of Shipmate I reported the death of Charles Bowne, but
misspelled his name as Browne.
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
IN THE LINE OF DUTY - In our
Class column in the September issue of Shipmate I wrote about the loss of two
Classmates, James Moore and John Paul Price, in 1961.
Both were flying F8U Crusaders at the time of their deaths and sadly that
pattern continued the next year. FIRST
LT Alexander Longdon USMC, 7th Company, was killed on 14 September
1962 when his F8U Crusader collided in mid-air with an Air National Guard F86
near Dallas Texas.
In 1962 the Navy introduced
the P3A Orion into the fleet. The
first Squadron to get their Orions was VP-8 and they took delivery of their
first P3A in August of 1962. Just a
few months later LT Theodore White, 16th Company, was lost at sea,
along with 13 other crewmates, when his VP-8 P3A crashed on 30 January 1963.
The accident happened at night, about 500 miles from land in the Atlantic
when the plane was operating at about 500 ft altitude during a training
FLAG OFFICERS AND GENERAL OFFICERS – Referring back to the September
2020 Class column again you will/may/perhaps recall I wrote about the careers of
General JB Davis USAF, 14th Company, and LTGEN Terry Cooper USMC, 24th
Company. Terry passed on an
interesting bit of history that took place in 1990.
Then LTGEN JB Davis was Commander of US Forces Japan and then MAJGEN
Terry Cooper served as JB's Deputy Commander.
At the same time ADM Chuck Larson, 8th Company, was CINCPAC
and RADM Bill Pendley, 3rd Company, was on his staff.
And RADM Jesse Hernandez, 3rd Company was in Command of Patrol
Planes in the Pacific and RADM Jack Adams, 4th Company, Commanded
Naval Bases San Diego and was dual hatted as Commander Maritime Defense Zone,
Sector California. Simply put the
Class of 1958 was pretty much in charge of the Pacific for that brief period in
time. The photo shows JB and Carol
Davis, Chuck and Sally Larson and Terry and Bettie Cooper at JB's quarters at
Yokoda AFB during a visit by Chuck and Sally to Japan.
of '58 Flag Officers and their Ladies”
REFLECTIONS – In 1983 a writer for the Norfolk Ledger-Star named Pete
Rowe did a series of articles about the USNA Class of 1958.
He interviewed 13 of our Classmates reflecting on their careers in and
out of the Navy. Steve “Whitey”
Edwards, 17th Company, was one of those 13.
In 1983 Whitey had retired from the Navy as a Captain and had taken the
job of Commandant of the Maine Maritime Academy. At the time his reflections on
his career were; “How many people did we touch?
How many lives did we affect? Is
it enough to command an aircraft carrier as opposed to making a lot of money or
sculpting a beautiful statue? I had
an absolutely super career, absolutely great.
The wife loved it. I loved
it. I went into it with a goal –
command destroyers. Did it.
When not doing it again at 45 I decided to do something else.”
So recently I asked Whitey to comment on those reflections some 37 years
ago. He said he still remembers that
his Navy career had been a blast. “Lots
of sea duty, which was by choice. Didn't
join the Navy to drive a desk.” He
served on 6 destroyers, was XO of 2 and CO of 2.
The USS Lester and the USS Semmes. Whitey
spent 4 years at the Maine Maritime Academy after he retired from the Navy then
moved to the DC area and had a very rewarding career of 15 years working for GE
on Navy projects.
Another of those 13
Classmates was John McCain, also from the 17th Company.
John retired from the Navy in 1981 as a Captain and by 1983 was just
getting going in his political career. In
1982 he ran for the seat of retiring Congressman John Rhodes of Arizona.
A year later speaking to Mr. Rowe, he recalled that “there was 115
degree heat in July and August, but I knocked on 16,000 doors.”
John won the nomination and was elected in November of that year.
In 1983, looking back on that election, he reflected; “For once, I was
correct. People want someone to
represent them who understands the issues, can articulate the issues and get
things done.” Later, after rising
to the pinnacle of public life John wrote in his book Faith of My Fathers that
“Nothing in life is more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than
yourself, something that encompasses you but is not defined by your existence
alone.” The photo is John and his
family on stage after he accepted the nomination for President at the 2008 GOP
Convention. John died in 2018.
LEGACIES - Jim Adkins, 9th
Company, was pleased and proud to advise us that his grandson James Newton
Adkins IV was inducted into the USNA Class of 2024.
That means he will graduate 66 years after his grandfather did.
But that is not all of this story. Jim's
son is the Class of 1986 and Jim's granddaughter is Class of 2014.
This is a Navy Blue and Gold family for sure.
GOOD QUESTION FOR REEF POINTS -
Jack Adams, 4th Company, was recently asked a question by the widow
of a Classmate. She was donating her
late husband's Naval sword and had noticed what appeared to be a six pointed
Star of David engraved on the sword near the hilt and asked Jack why that would
be. He checked and sure enough his
sword had the same symbol. So Jack
contacted RADM (ret) Sam Cox, Class of 1980, who is the Director of the Naval
History and Heritage Command and the Curator of the Navy.
His report is that it is a Six Pointed Persian Star not the Star of
David. To prove they meet
specifications U.S. and British military swords are required to have the Persian
Star together with the word “proved” etched on the blade as a guarantee of
the quality of the steel. The origin
of the symbol is unknown, but dates back to the Persian empire as a symbol for
Damascus Steel. Note: I can say from
personal knowledge that not all Naval Officer's swords have the Persian Star
symbol. In late 1959 I received my
Navy wings in Corpus Christi Texas and moved to Coronado California to join a VP
Squadron. During the move my sword
was either lost or stolen and I had to buy a replacement.
The one I bought at the Navy Exchange was made in Japan and has no
Persian Star. Not being sure of the
quality of the steel I wisely avoided sword fights during my career.
Daniel Leonard, 24th Company, passed away on June 27th
Joseph Hutchinson, 8th Company,
died on 30 June 2020.
William Newt Moore, 1st Company, died on 30 June 2020.
Eric Thacher, 16th Company, passed away on 1 July 2020.
Russell Vreeland, 2nd Company, died on 1 July 2020.
Barry Howard, 4th Company, died on July 17th 2020.
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Looking back at the list of
Classmates who died “in the line of duty” there were two who died in 1961.
Both were Naval Aviators flying F8U Crusaders and both were flying from
the USS Independence at the time of their accidents.
LTJG James Moore USN, (3rd
Company) died on April 6th 1961.
Jim was assigned to VFP-62, a Photographic Recon Squadron and was flying
the F8U-1P Crusader. At the time of
his death he was engaged in a night carrier qualification exercise on board the
USS Independence. His plane crashed
into the sea following launch from the carrier when one of the wings on his
LTJG John Paul Price USN, (6th
Company) died on 22 August 1961. John
was assigned to Fighter Squadron VF-84 and was also flying the F8U Crusader.
At the time of his accident John was deployed to the Med on board the USS
Independence and crashed while attempting to land on the carrier.
FLAG OFFICERS AND GENERAL OFFICERS
In the July-August 2020 issue
I introduced a segment in our Class of '58 column celebrating our Classmates who
achieved Flag rank. In this
issue I would like to briefly highlight the careers of two General Officers from
the Class of 1958. One in the
Marines and one in the Air Force.
LtGen Matthew T. Cooper, USMC
(24th Company) served on active duty for 35 years.
During his career Terry had 20 years in Command tours.
He served two combat tours in Vietnam, Commanded two Marine Corps
Divisions, was Commanding Officer of Camp Pendleton and also Commanding Officer
of the Marine Corps Officers School at Quantico.
After his retirement in 1993 he became the President and CEO of the
Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and served in that role for 15 years.
The Headquarters for Toys for Tots is named the Cooper Building in his
honor. He has also served as a
Trustee of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and on the Board of Directors of
the Naval Mutual Aid Association. In
2011 Terry was selected as a Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate.
Matthew Cooper, USMC (ret)”
General James Davis USAF (14th
Company) was one of our Classmates who earned 4 Stars.
After graduation JB obtained his Air Force wings and was assigned as a
KC-97 pilot. He yearned, however, to
fly something faster and in 1967 underwent F4 Phantom training.
In January of 1968 he was assigned to the 13th Tactical
Fighter Squadron based in Thailand and by September of that year he had flown
100 combat missions over North Vietnam. That
tour was followed by duty at SHAPE in Europe then back to the States to attend
the Armed Forces Staff College. In
1979 he was given Command of the 474th Tactical Fighter Wing.
By 1988 he was Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan and concurrently served
as Commander Pacific Air Forces. His
final duty was as Chief of Staff for SHAPE.
JB retired from the Air Force in 1993. A great career in the Wild Blue
James Davis, USAF (ret)
COMPANY OFFICERS REDUX
Pete Westphal (1st
Company) passed on some information about one of our more well known Company
Officers. I refer to Captain Perrich,
USMC, known to our Class as Bonzo, the Company Officer of the 3rd
Company. Pete went into the Marines
after Graduation and in 1966 he was the CO of B Company, 3rd Engineer
Battalion with the 4th Marines in Chulai.
LtCol Perrich was the CO of the 1st Battalion, 4th
Marines and Pete's engineers supported the 1st Battalion in their
combat operations. Pete saw LtCol
Perrich many times at his Command Post and went along on a number of the combat
operations. By this time Bonzo had
mellowed and when Pete told him he had been considered a terror at the Academy
he admitted that he had worked at it. Bosco,
as his friends called him, made full Colonel and was considered a good Marine
recognized for his intellect.
In 1983 the Ledger-Star was
the afternoon paper in Norfolk Va. In
October of that year they published a 3 part series about the USNA Class of 1958
written by Pete Rowe a staff writer on the paper.
It was 25 years since our graduation, a time to reflect on both the past
and the future. Mr. Rowe interviewed
13 of our Classmates for his article.
One of those Classmates was
Hollis Holthaus (4th Company), the son of a pharmacist in Nebraska.
Hollis went Navy Line, but as he neared 20 years service he found himself
with repeated tours in communications billets and that was not what he wanted.
As he told Mr. Rowe, “My interest in the Navy was in ships.
I wasn't interested in boondoggle communications.”
At the same time a tumultuous personal life had left him divorced and
shattered. As an Officer he never
held command at sea and drifted from destroyer to diesel sub to spy ships to
communications. In a communications
billet at the White House he said that he had “dealt with Christian
telecommunications people and found most were very naive”.
So Hollis retired in 1978 as a Commander and recognizing his calling
elsewhere he moved to Los Angeles and helped establish the U.S. Center for World
Missions, streamlined fund raising for World Vision, a relief organization and
became the executive director of the Union Rescue Mission which feeds and houses
hundreds of the poor and homeless. And
that was where he was in 1983. Later
he would go on to become the executive director for the Chicago Christian
League, another large rescue mission. Hollis
found satisfaction in serving the homeless and needy and said “But for the
grace of God I could have been one of those men”.
He died in 1993.
Hollis Holthaus, LA Skid Row, 1983”
Pete Gatje (24th
Company) was another of those interviewed in 1983.
At the time he was a Captain and told Mr. Rowe that he had hopes to
attain Flag rank, but that would not come to be.
Pete had earned his Navy Wings after graduation and later became a
Restricted Line Officer with a specialty in oceanography and meteorology.
He retired in 1986 following a tour as Commanding Officer of the Naval
Oceanography Center in Norfolk VA. After
retirement he worked for ST Systems as a Systems Engineer.
Like many of our Classmates he had found a new career with a Company that
had links to the Navy. He also
became a Park Ranger for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and as a
Supervisor had responsibility for maintaining over 1000 miles of trails, but
hiking the trails of the Appalachians was a hobby for Pete and keeping the
trails open was his way of saying thank you.
899 of us graduated on the 4th
of June in 1958 and in our careers and personal lives there have been 899
Jim Corder, 3rd
Company, died on 21 May 2020
Floyd Hissong, 14th
Company, died on 23 May 2020
Don Leo, non-grad, passed
away on 9 March 2020
James Lott, non-grad, passed
away on 15 June 2020
Patricia Salmon the wife of
Michael Salmon, 8th Company, died on 25 May 2020
Arden Polhill the wife of Lee
Polhill, 19th Company, died on 10 June 2020
In the July-August issue of Shipmate I incorrectly reported the death of
Charles Browne. It should have read
Charles Bowne, 8th Company.
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
FLAG OFFICERS AND GENERAL OFFICERS – The Class of 1958 had 25 graduates
achieve Flag rank during their careers. These
include 18 U.S. Navy Flag Officers and 2 Flag Officers in the Navies of other
countries, 2 General Officers in the Marine Corps and 3 General Officers in the
U.S. Air Force. One of those
Classmates is VADM Ron Eytchison USN (ret) 1st Company.
After graduation Ron served on a Destroyer prior to attending nuclear
power and submarine training which was common in those days.
After duty on both an SSN and an SSBN he was selected for graduate school
which was not so common among Submarine Officers.
And to make it even more unusual, as an Olmsted Scholar, two years of the
graduate education was spent at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
After that it was a series of tours ashore and at sea including Command
of the USS Skate (SSN 578). Subsequent
tours included Command of Submarine Squadron Six, and a multi-hatted tour as
Commander Submarine Group Eight, NATO Commander Submarines Mediterranean,
Commander Submarine Force U.S. Sixth Fleet and Commander Area ASW Forces U.S.
Sixth Fleet. His final active duty tour was as the Director of Strategic Target
Planning where he was responsible for targeting all strategic nuclear weapons.
Following his retirement Ron worked 13 years as an executive and
consultant in the civilian nuclear power industry.
Well done Ron. There is one
more achievement that Ron can take great pride in.
He can still wear his uniform! In
the attached photo Ron is administering a virtual swearing in oath to new
Ensigns who graduated from Georgia Tech.
Ron Eytchison in his Dress Whites
THE REST OF THE STORY - At
the Academy Pat Hanavan, 24th Company, received the Marine Corps
Association Prize. So he went into
the Corps, right? Well, actually
not. Instead he joined the Air Force
and became a pilot. In the Air Force
Pat had some very interesting assignments including flying the C-7A Caribou in
Vietnam. The C-7A is a twin engine
STOL cargo plane capable of landing on unimproved runways on the order of 1000
ft which is about the length of an aircraft carrier.
During his career in the USAF Pat received a PhD in Engineering from UCLA
and became a registered Professional Engineer (PE).
When he retired in 1978 he joined the faculty at the University of Texas
in San Antonio. Pat's
expertise as a PE was in Software Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering.
As an engineer his work took him to many countries that I am sure were
more enjoyable than Vietnam. Pat
also found the time to earn a Master of Arts degree in Theology along the way.
IN THE LINE OF DUTY
Wood USN, 24th Company, died on September 12th 1960.
Woodie was flying an AD-5 from Moffet Field in California on a night
flight and went missing off the coast.
Flynn USN, 21st Company, died on 21 December 1960.
Bill was 3rd pilot/navigator on the crew of a P2V from Patrol
Squadron Seven. The Squadron was
deployed to NAS Argentia, Newfoundland and Bill's plane went missing on a night
flight while participating in a Fleet training exercise.
WHERE THERE IS THE WILL THERE IS A WAY – Mike Cunningham, 18th
Company, and Dorothy Hanners, his friend and companion of 10+ years were
enjoying each other's company when along came the COVID-19 situation and talk of
quarantine, stay at home, etc. So
Mike took action and asked Dottie to marry him and she said yes.
This was in early February and the wedding was set for 17 March.
The location would be the old Court House in Orange Virginia.
At 10:30 the morning of the 17th Mike received a call from the
Magistrate who told him the Court House had been closed because of the virus.
Time for Plan B! After a
discussion the Magistrate offered the parlor in their home.
Offer accepted and it is now Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham.
Congratulations to the bride and groom.
and Dottie Cunningham”
Charles Bowne 8th Company, died on 23 April
Lawrence Reid, 3rd Company, died on 27 April
Ed Jackson, 5th Company, passed away in January
Robert Flynn, 10th Company, passed on 4 May
George Myers, 16th Company, died on 14 April
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY – The Washington DC/Annapolis Chapter of the
Class of 1958 celebrated cupid's day with a luncheon.
Present were Buff Walter, Jackie and Fred Victor, Julie and Pete Russell,
John Rohrbough, Paul Polski, George Ojalehto, Rupe MacLane, Jean LeBer, Marty
Hill, Eileen and Mike Giglio, Jane and Gordon Gerson, Linda and Frank Gamboa,
Lois and Whitey Edwards, Terry Cooper, Pat and Dan Bellay and Ann and Jack
Adams. The speaker was Dr. Joe
Thomas the Director of the USNA Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and he
spoke about the means used to impart ethical leadership principals to today's
Thomas and Jack Adams”
WHEN EVER TWO OR MORE. . . - Two members of the 17th Company
were able to rendezvous for lunch and fellowship.
Eric and Barbara Mansfield and Charlie and Peggy Brooks got together in
Vero Beach while vacationing in Florida. Peggy
is from Vero Beach and she and Charlie visit there almost every year.
Eric and Barbara have a condo a couple of hours south of Vero Beach and
so it came to pass.
HONOR FLIGHT ELIGIBLE – Glen Smiley, 5th Company, joined the
Navy Reserve in June of 1953 after graduation from High School.
In August the Korean War Truce was signed and Glen became a Korean War
Vet before he joined us at the Naval Academy.
Because of that service Glen became eligible to participate in an HONOR
FLIGHT trip to Washington. These are
all expense paid trips to Washington DC for vets of WWII and the Korean War.
In Glen's case 26 vets and 27 “guardians” travelled from Denver, but
Honor Flights originate from many cities. In
Washington they visited various memorials and monuments as well as the Capitol
and everywhere they went they were cheered, folks wanted to shake their hands,
etc. Glen is probably not the only
Classmate we have who is a Korean War Vet If
you are one of those look into getting on an Honor Flight.
Check it out on www.honorflight.org.
In the photo Glen is kneeling, handsome guy at the far right of the front
Colorado Honor Flight”
IN THE LINE OF DUTY – By 1960 those of us who had gone to flight
training had earned our wings and were in Fleet Squadrons.
More flying hours in more demanding aircraft and more demanding
situations equaled more accidents.
Massey Pierce, 15th
Company, was assigned to Utility Squadron 7 (VU-7) in San Diego.
The primary job for VU-7 was to tow targets for Fleet training exercises.
Massey died in an aircraft accident on 15 June 1960 at NAAS Brown Field.
Theodore Graver, 2nd
Company was assigned to a Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron based at Quonset
Point. On 19 July 1960 Ted was
killed in a helicopter accident in Georgia while enroute from Mayport Florida to
Just over 2
years after graduation and we had lost 5 Classmates, 4 of them in aircraft
Fredericksen, 10th Company, died on 18 February 2020
Graham, 12th Company, died on 8 March 2020
non-grad, passed away on 1 February 2020
non-grad, passed away on 1 February 2020
non-grad, died on 8 March 2020
non-grad, died on 9 March 2020
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
NOTHING ENDURES BUT CHANGE – I'm sure all of us remember the thousands
of meal formations we attended, marching to the Mess Hall, going to our assigned
tables and having the stewards serve us family style.
Well, most of that has changed. At
today's Naval Academy meal formations are limited to Monday-Saturday noon meal
and only the Companies that form up in the Forecourt actually march to the meal
(I suspect that is to provide a show for the tourists).
Instead of a formation for breakfast the Midshipmen attend Quarters.
Most of the meals are optional and during those meals the Midshipmen do
not have assigned tables so that is different from when we were seated in
Company areas at assigned tables. At
most of the meals the Midshipmen are also given options regarding what they want
to eat. Oh, and I almost forgot. The
upperclass can keep food in their rooms. For
example 1/C can have small refrigerators in their rooms as well as coffee
makers. No stoves yet, but TVs are
okay. In some ways life at the
Academy is like it was 60+ years ago and in other ways it is like life at any
IN THE LINE OF DUTY – A couple of issues ago I started a discussion of
our Classmates who died in the Line of Duty.
There were 28 of them and in this issue I will discuss what happened to
Robert Stannus and John Mason the 2nd and 3rd of that
group to die in the line of duty.
Dick Stannus was in the 9th
Company and after graduation he went Navy Line and was detailed to the USS Bexar
(APA-237). On a deployment to
WESTPAC the Bexar encountered typhoon Ellen on 9 August 1959 and two Marines
were washed overboard by the heavy seas. Dick
was the OOD and because he was an excellent swimmer he volunteered to go in the
hazardous waters to rescue the men (conditions were too rough to launch a small
boat). Dick did rescue one of the
Marines, but he and the other Marine were both killed. Dick was awarded the Navy
and Marine Corps Medal for his valor.
John Mason was in the 4th
Company. John always wanted to fly
and after graduation he went into the Air Force.
He died on 14 December 1959 when his F-86 Sabrejet crashed.
At that time John was in what those of us who were Navy pilots called
advanced training. In John's case he
was training to be an interceptor pilot.
LATITUDE 22+ THE ROADHOUSE CABO – I'm not sure of the details, but it
seems that a detail from the 18th Company visited an establishment of
some repute in Cabo San Lucas. There
is photographic evidence proving that Bill “uno” Hemingway and Bill
“dos” Bauer were there.
“Bill Hemingway, Jake the 1078 lb Blue Marlin
and Bill Bauer”
MERRY CHRISTMAS – I know some of us are still sending out our Christmas
Cards so it should be no surprise that I am still reporting on Class Holiday
festivities. Our Class Washington DC Chapter had a Holiday luncheon (latitude
unknown) with 52 folks present. Dan
Bellay and Polly Mitchell provided the music and there were reports of singing
and dancing and a good time enjoyed by all.
“Dan Bellay and Polly Mitchell”
ALUMNI CHAPTERS – If you are one of those who only read our Class of
'58 column in Shipmate you may not be aware that there are a number of USNA
Alumni Chapters in various locations. There
are 6 Chapters in California for example and even some outside the U.S. such as
in the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Tokyo, the UK and Spain.
There is even an RV Chapter for Recreational Vehicle fans.
I know that because Tom and Kay Powell, 13th Company sent me a
picture of the two of them dancing at an RV Chapter gathering in Key West. (What
is this about all these 58er's dancing?)
“Tom and Kay Powell in Key West”
WEST COAST CHAPTER LUNCHEON – Our West Coast Chapter, San Francisco Bay
Branch, gathered for lunch in January in beautiful Tiburon by the Bay.
Those attending were Keith and Diane Featherston who were the hosts, Bill
and Virginia Oliver, Phil McNail, Bruce and Nancy Bartels, Barbara Allard and
John Potter. The location was the Harbor Light Restaurant.
(This is a high class place and I can tell because there are no Blue
Marlins hanging around.)
“58ers at the Harbor Light Restaurant”
George Jenkins, 10th
Company, passed away on 7 February 2020
Robert Warren, 8th
Company, died on 1 February 2020
Myron Kandra, 22nd
Company died on 23 January 2020
Cordova, 17th Company, passed away on 4 February 2020
Tucker, 22nd Company, died on 17 January 2020
Jim Fredericksen, 10th Company, died on 18 February 2020
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
ARMY-NAVY DC LUNCHEON – Every year graduates from the USMA and USNA
Classes of 1958, who live in the Washington DC area, gather prior to the
Army-Navy football game to enjoy a nice lunch, renew old friendships and harass
each other with claims how THEIR team is going to win THE game.
The luncheon is held, of course, at the Army Navy Country Club and so it
was on 5 December. After lunch Harry
Hurst presented the case for the Naval Academy.
He described the changes in Navy's coaching staff and the resulting
impact on the Navy team. He
described the strengths and weaknesses of our team and cautioned that Army was a
5 win and 7 loss team and therefore would be highly motivated because a win
would allow them the keep the Commander in Chief trophy, go to a bowl game and
chalk up a 4th straight win over Navy.
Brad Johnson presented Army's case. He
noted their problems with injuries to key positions and how close most of their
losses have been, but also pointed out that season records do not matter much
when it comes to the Army-Navy game. Since
Navy was the host at this luncheon they ended the day by serenading the USMA
crowd with a rendition of “The Goat is Old and Gnarly”.
Navy was well represented by Jack and Ann Adams, Dan and Pat Bellay, Paul
and Carolyn Brown, Whitey and Lois Edwards, Frank Gamboa, Gordon and Jane Gerson,
Mike and Eileen Giglio, Harry and Peg Hurst, Taylor Keith, Jean LeBer, George
Ojalehto, Paul and Barbara Polski, Tom and Kay Powell, John Rohrbough, Pete and
Julie Russell, Phil Taylor, Fred and Jackie Victor, Buff Walter and Bruce
happened on December 14th?
***NAVY 31 – ARMY 7***
WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COMPANY OFFICERS?
distinguished of our Company Officers turned out to be a U.S. Army Officer and a
West Point graduate. I am referring
to Alexander Haig who was the Company Officer for the 11th Company.
He went on to become a 4 star General, served as the Supreme Allied
Commander in Europe, was Secretary of State for President Reagan and White House
Chief of Staff for Presidents Nixon and Ford.
Gordon Hunt was the Company Officer for the 17th Company.
Captain Hunt graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1949.
In 1950 he was serving in Korea as a 2nd Lieutenant in charge
of a Motor Pool Company. When the
Chinese attacked there was chaos and a general retreat.
2nd Lt. Hunt took his trucks across the frozen Chosin
Reservoir to rescue the wounded left behind in a field hospital.
For his actions he received the Silver Star.
He retired from the Marines as a Lieutenant Colonel.
■ JOHN MCCAIN QUOTATION – In
his years as a POW John had time to reflect on many things and in later years he
wrote down some of those reflections. In one of his books he wrote “It is your
character, and your character alone, that will make your life happy or
unhappy”. Good advice for our
children and grandchildren.
ARMY-NAVY GAME CELEBRATIONS – Back in Washington our DC Chapter
Classmates gathered at the Giglios home to enjoy the game.
The official report was that both the game and the party were
west in San Diego our Classmates gathered at Miramar to watch the game and enjoy
each other's company. In the
picture, L to R, are Al and Ann Skiles, Jan and Lore Cook, Tom Fleming, Chuck
and Tam Smith, Pete Nystrom, Doree and Pete Hekman, John Washburn, Madeline and
Joe Fenick. Chuck Smith also
reported that the plan for 2020 is for gatherings in Coronado in March, Rancho
Bernardo in June, Coronado again in September and back to Miramar in December.
If you are going to be traveling in the vicinity of San Diego in any of
those months please contact Chuck Smith.
Army-Navy in San Diego”
IN THE LINE OF DUTY – In the January-February 2020 issue I wrote that
28 of our Classmates had died “in the line of duty” following graduation.
In that column I detailed what happened to Ensign George Fennell and
Captain Paul Klinedinst, the first and last of our Classmates to die in the line
of duty. In this column I would like
to look back at what happened to 3 Classmates who were killed in action (KIA).
One was a Marine Officer, one a Navy Line Officer and one an Air Force
pilot. All three were killed during
the Vietnam conflict.
Browne, USMC, 5th Company (KIA 27 July 1967) – Ed died in enemy
action in Quang Tri province while serving as Commanding Officer of “D”
Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines.
He was killed by incoming counter battery fire while trying to rescue
some of his men. He was our first
Classmate killed in action.
Jerrold Peterson USN, 11th Company (KIA 2 April 1969) – Carl was
Operations Officer on USS Ogden (LPD-5) from 1966 to 1968 and participated in 8
major amphibious assaults in Vietnam. In
1968 he could have rotated home, but volunteered instead for duty with the
riverine forces in Vietnam and was given Command of Patrol River Boat Squadron
57. On 2 April 1969 he was embarked
on one of his Squadron Patrol Boats when it was hit by an enemy rocket.
Carl was mortally wounded and died from his wounds.
Wayne Held USAF, 3rd Company (declared KIA on 21 August 1975) –
John was a member of the 604th Air Commando Squadron.
He was flying a Cessna Dragonfly aircraft (A37-A light attack jet) on a
combat mission in Phuoc Long Province on 17 April 1968 when his plane was hit by
ground fire. John ejected, but was
not heard from again. On 21 August
1975 he was declared officially KIA.
UPDATE REGARDING GEORGE FENNELL – In the January-February 2020 issue of
Shipmate I reported on the death of George Fennell, the first of the Class of
'58 to die in the line of duty. I
have recently learned that on 7 December 2019 the USNA Alumni Association
dedicated a “Walk of Honor” in Pensacola for 42 USNA graduates who died in
the Pensacola area. George Fennell
was one of the 42 so honored and a brick in his name is part of that walk.
Fennell honored in Pensacola Walk of Honor”
Tony Stremic, 20th Company passed
away on 19 November 2019
Jack MacKinnon, 9th Company died on 22 November
Dave Allard, 7th Company passed on 30
Allen Keith Sewell, non-grad died on 14 November 2019
CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN
IN THE LINE OF DUTY - In the
years after graduation we had 28 Classmates die “In the line of duty”.
In upcoming issues of Shipmate I will be looking back at those who died
in service of their Country.
Our first Classmate to die after graduation was Ensign George M. Fennell Jr. USN,
22nd Company. George came
to USNA from Brooklyn with an ambition to become a Naval Aviator.
At the Academy he won the Jack Cobb Moore Award for the highest mark in
the Naval Aviation Course and graduated with distinction.
Following graduation George reported to NAS Pensacola for flight
training. On Sunday September 21st
1958 George died in an aircraft accident in the line of duty.
The last Classmate to die in the line of duty while on active duty was Captain
Paul Richard Klinedinst, Jr. USN, 24th Company.
Paul also came to the Academy from New York State and graduated near the
top of the Class. He served in
submarines and was the Commanding Officer of the USS James Monroe.
In 1980 he was the Executive Officer of the USS Howard W. Gilmore
(AS-16). On January 13th
1980 the Gilmore was moored at Santa Stefano Island and was getting underway to
transit to Genoa. Paul was
killed while observing the casting off of lines when a large, 10 inch, mooring
10TH COMPANY REUNION – In October twenty two Classmates, wives and
widows of the 10th Company gathered in Williamsburg, Virginia for
their 15th annual reunion. In
addition to seeing old friends and telling tall tales the group had outings to
Colonial Williamsburg, the Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Battlefield.
All this was followed by nightly Happy Hours at the Embassy Suites Hotel
where the picture was taken. In the
picture Left to Right are: 1st Row, Alice Garvey, Bill and Mickey
Hillsman, Pat and JJ Seeberger, Jean and Harlow Manahan and Eileen Giglio.
2Nd Row, Marvis Giddens, Margareta MacGregor, Pat Doss, Dianne
McMichael, Bonnie Venable, Mike Giglio, and Norine Ault.
3Rd Row, Jake McMichael, Jack Giddens, Bill Garvey, Wes and
Jeanne May, Dave Ault and Bob Venable.
HERE A BEAR, THERE A BEAR, EVERYWHERE A POLAR BEAR - Pat Hanavan, 24th
Company, and his daughter Cindy travelled to the Hudson Bay in October to see
for themselves what is happening with the polar bears.
Out they went in a Tundra Rover, or the “food truck” as the bears
think of it. On their outing they
saw about FIFTY polar bears so I think Al Gore can relax.
The picture shows Pat and Cindy in the Tundra Rover.
Look close and you will note one of the polar bears admiring the “58 is
Hanavan, daughter Cindy and unnamed polar bear”
PARADISE REVISITED – Once a year the 58ers in the San Francisco Bay
area migrate to Paradise Valley Estates for a luncheon and so it was on the 23rd
of October. Dave and Barbara Allard
and Bruce and Nancy Bartels, who live at PVE, hosted the event.
Also present were John and Jude Potter, John Gardner, Phil McNall, Bill
and Mimi Schramm, Bill and Virginia Oliver and Dave Woodberry with his daughter
OCTOBER IN WASHINGTON DC – The 58ers in the DC/Annapolis area gathered
for their October luncheon and the guest speaker was Dr. Claude Berube who is
the USNA Museum Director and also a History professor.
He gave a very interesting presentation about programs and projects at
the Academy Museum involving Midshipmen and historical research.
He also spoke about the need to restore and protect museum artifacts of
historical significance, such as the 58 flag Bruce McCandless took into space.
Those attending were Buff Walter and his son Scott, Pete
Russell, Tom and Kay Powell, Paul and Barb Polski, Taylor Keith, Harry and Peg
Hurst, Jess Hernandez, Clivie and Nancy Goodwin, Mike Giglio, Gordon and Jane
Gerson, Frank and Linda Gamboa, Dan and Pat Bellay and Jack and Ann Adams.
Berube and Jack Adams”
COMPANY OFFICERS? - Whatever happened to our Company Officers?
I thought that would be an interesting subject to report on, but turns
out it is not an easy subject to find information about.
The Academy does not even have a record of who the Company Officers were
back in our days at USNA. The
subject came up when Glen Smiley, 5th Company, wrote with a story
about an experience he had with Capt. Parrish, USMC during 1st Class
year. Turns out Glen and his
roommate Cleve Puckette were relaxing in their room when there was a knock and
in walked Capt. Parrish, the Officer of the Day.
During his inspection of the room he notices a coffee cup on the desk
with coffee residue in the cup and it was against regulations to have coffee in
your room. The Captain then
announced “somebodys been drinking coffee!”, but does not ask Glen or Cleve
who. Instead he starts to really
check for the source of the coffee. He
looked in the lockers, behind the books, in the shower, under the sink, under
caps and hats, within folded uniforms, in the pockets of b-robes, in the shoe
rack, etc. Glen is in a panic
because not only is there coffee supplies, but also an electric grill for
grilled cheese sandwiches another no no. The
Captain felt under the pillows and the mattresses, looked behind the radiator
and out the window and finally gave up and left the room.
A minute later he came back and said “Mister Smiley, after graduation I
want you to tell me where you hid your coffee” and left.
So my question is, what happened to Capt. Parrish and his fellow Company
Officers in the years after we graduated? If
you know please let me know and where did you hide the coffee Glen?
ARMY? NAVY? - Bob Adams grew up in a military family.
Two of his great grandfathers went to West Point.
His father and a grandfather graduated from the Naval Academy.
And that grandfather was Vice Admiral William Smedberg, the Supe when we
were at USNA and the father of Ted Smedberg '58 which makes Bob Adams Ted's
nephew. So Bob goes to the Naval
Academy and graduates with the Class of 1973 and then goes on to become a SEAL.
But the story doesn't end there. In
1987 Bob accepts a commission in the Army and a scholarship to medical school
and becomes a doctor. In 2006 he
retired from the Army as a Colonel. The
unanswered question is, does he cheer for Army or Navy??
22nd Company died on 13 October 2019
Stan Dargis, 4th Company died on 9 October 2019
Sinkler Warley, 20th Company died on 3 October
Ernest Merritt, 19th Company died on 30 August
Ronald Brence, 23rd Company died on 23
Ralph Neely, 3rd
Company died on 24 October 2019
20th Company died on 1 September 2019
1st Company died on 20 August 2019
Barbara Detjen, widow of Richard Detjen, 9th
Company passed on 5 May 2019
Marlene Prince, widow of William Prince, 9th
Company passed on 13 June 2019
Frances Nutting, widow of Roger Nutting, 16th
Company passed on 23 September 2019
Annette Thornton, wife of Bob Thornton, 20th Company
passed on 20 September 2019
Non-Grad, died on 7 November 2019
wife of Jarvis Griard, passed on 22 October 2019