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Shipmate 2021-2022

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2022

 

  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.

 

“Gordo 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 of science.

     

  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 as follows:

 

Ensigns (line)              587

Ensigns (CEC)            10

Ensigns (Supply)         28

2nd Lt. Marines            70

2nd Lt. Air Force          185

 

  CLOSING RANKS

  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

Ron Johnson, 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

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

SEPTEMBER 2022

 

  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???

 

“Bruce 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. 

 

“Bud 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.

“The 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 rupertnjaan@comcast.net or Dick Buss at bussdm63@vereizon.net and let them know your situation.

 

“58 is Great”

    CLOSING RANKS

  Peggy Brooks, the wife of Charlie Brooks, 17th Company died on 17 May 2022

  Jay Gallo, 14th Company passed away on 18 May 2022

  Jim Campbell, 11th Company died on 19 May 2022

  Roger Stallkamp, 16th Company died on 23 May 2022

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JULY – 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 is: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1651531010237&key=GRP&app=resvlink  For questions about the Westin Annapolis or about making reservations contact Mike Giglio, 10th Company, at giglio3936@aol.com or 703-751-7956.  

  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 per graduate.   

  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.

 

“JACK 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?  

  CLOSING RANKS  

Jim Hocker, 5th Company, died on 26 February 2022  

Jay Taylor, 1st Company, died on 14 April  2022  

Dick Keefe, 4th Company, died on 22 April 2022  

Dave Ault 10th Company, died on 8 May 2022  

Alex Martella, 13th Company, died on 1 May 2022  

Kent Lawrence, 16th Company, died on 12 May 2022  

Richard McKelvey, non-grad, died on 5 April 2022  

Becky Caldwell, widow of Bob Caldwell 18th Company, passed away on 31 March 2022  

Sarah Withers, wife of Bill Withers 19th Company, passed away on 27 April 2022  

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JUNE 2022

 

  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.

 

 

A 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.

   

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

MAY 2022

 

  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.

 

“Reunion Time”

   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?

 

 

“The Gatje family”     

 

  CLOSING RANKS

 Leroy Haenz, 20th Company, died on 21 September 2021

Stephen Guthman, 13th Company, died on 24 January 2022

 

 

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

MARCH – APRIL 2022

 

As 2021 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.

 

Before 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.

 

Closing Ranks:

 

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

 

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2022

 

  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 treasure.”

 

“10th Company Reunion”

    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.

 

“Jack 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. 

    FAREWELL SERVICE

  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.

 

“Madelyn Fenick with Lance Massey, John Davis, Chuck Smith and Mike Chapple”

    CLOSING RANKS

  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 2021

 

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

 

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2021

 

  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 in October.

Mollie Hemingway

 

    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?

The 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.

 

The Poindexter Clan

    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.

Captain 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 FIDELIS

    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.

Marty and Gene

    CLOSING RANKS

  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 2021

  JD Peters, 13th Company, died on September 20th 2021

  Ray Bumgardner, 22nd Company passed away on December 31st 2020

  Nancy Stremic, widow of Tony Stremic, died on July 28th 2020

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

OCTOBER 2021

 

  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 Company

 

          *  Wrestling Team (co-Captain)

          *  Undefeated in wrestling meets

          *  Football Team

          *  Most Valuable Lineman, 1958 Cotton Bowl

          *  2nd Team All American

  Al Swanson, 21st Company

            *  Basketball (team Captain), Football Team, Track Team

          *  7 Ns, 6 N stars

                  

  CLASS ATHLETIC LEGEND (2021 VERSION)

 

Gordon 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 GORDO!!!

“National Swimming Champion”

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

  Bill Bauer, 18th Company, and his bride Judy celebrated their 58th Wedding Anniversary on 6 July 2021.  Is 58 great or what?

"Bill and Judy Bauer”

   EARLY WARNING!!!  HERE COMES '58

  By 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”

 

  CLOSING RANKS

  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

 

CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

SEPTEMBER 2021

 

  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 year

            * 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 in 1957

            * Halfback on offense, safety on defense

            * Selected for 3rd team All American in Football

            * 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 retirement.

RADM Ben Montoya USN

    WEDDING BELLS

  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 reunion.

Bud 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.

Jack 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.

Pete B., George, Pete W., Bill and Lee from the left

  CLOSING RANKS

 Jack Petit, 7th Company passed away on the 11th of June

 Mike Cunningham, 18th Company died on 21 June.

 

JULY-AUGUST 2021

 

  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.  

In the 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 high speed.

  Dick also 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      Mary

            * 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

            *  Squash All American twice

            *  Never lost a match to a Cadet

            *  6 N's, 5 N stars

            *  In 1957 Navy won the National Intercollegiate Squash Racquets Association Championship                       and John played #1 for Navy.  He was ranked #4 in the Nation and voted All American.

            *  In 1958 John won the Maryland State Men's singles Championship and was invited to play in        the National Men's championship

             

  CLOSING RANKS  

Ronald Kirk, 9th Company.  Died on 17 September 2020  

Kenneth 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

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JUNE 2021

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 w_schramm@comcast.net.

  CLOSING RANKS  

Arthur Ridley, 4th Company, died on 5 March 2021  

Patricia Gladin, widow of Jack Gladin, 23rd Company, passed away on 25 February 2021  

Mary Sue Jones, widow of Bob Jones 3rd Company, died on 22 February 2021  

Juanita Medlock, widow of Chuck Medlock, 7th Company, died on 5 December 2020

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

MAR-APR 2021

 

  HHI LUNCHEON

  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. 

 

“Hudson's on the Docks at HHI”

   HOSPITAL POINT?

  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.

 

“The 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.

 

RADM Richard Pittenger”

  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.) 

   CLOSING RANKS

  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 2020

  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

 

CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JAN – 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.

 

 

“Dr. 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.

 

“Ms. Sarah White receiving the Admiral Charles Larson Award

for Ethical Leadership”

   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.

 

RADM Jack Adams, USN (ret)

 

  CLOSING RANKS -

  Ronald Daringer, 16th Company, died on 26 October 2020

  Dick Tillman, 1st Company, passed away on 15 October 2020

  Bob Stibler, 18th Company passed away on 12 November 2020

  Tom O'Neill, 22nd Company died on 13 October 2020

  (Check our Class of 1958 web site for more details on their passing)

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2020

 

  CLASS LUNCHEON??  IN WASHINGTON DC?? 

The Washington Chapter of the USNA Class of 1958 was able to resume luncheons in August.  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 cruises.)  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.) 

The 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”.

 

“Taylor 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.  Well done.

 

“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.  BZ!

 

“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.

    CLOSING RANKS

  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 2020

  Betty Farnan, widow of Dick Farnan, 20th Company, died on 31 August 2020

  Note:  Obits for deceased Classmates and spouses may be found on our Class Website: 1958.USNACLASSES.COM

 

Note:  In the July-August of Shipmate I reported the death of Charles Bowne, but misspelled his name as Browne.

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

OCTOBER 2020

 

  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 exercise.  

  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.  

“Class 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.

 

“2008 GOP Convention”

    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.

  CLOSING RANKS

Daniel Leonard, 24th Company, passed away on June 27th 2020.  

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.

 

SEPTEMBER 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 aircraft folded.

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.  Semper Fi.

 

“LtGen 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 Yonder.

 

“General 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. 

  REFLECTIONS

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 different stories.

  CLOSING RANKS

 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

 Correction:  In the July-August issue of Shipmate I incorrectly reported the death of Charles Browne.  It should have read Charles Bowne, 8th Company.

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JULY-AUGUST 2020 ISSUE

 

  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.

 

          VADM 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.

 

     C-7A Caribou

  IN THE LINE OF DUTY

LTJG James 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.

LTJG William 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.

“Mike and Dottie Cunningham”

 

  CLOSING RANKS

  Charles Bowne 8th Company, died on 23 April 2020

  Lawrence Reid, 3rd Company, died on 27 April 2020

  Ed Jackson, 5th Company, passed away in January 2020

  Robert Flynn, 10th Company, passed on 4 May 2020

  George Myers, 16th Company, died on 14 April 2020

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JUNE 2020 ISSUE

 

  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 Midshipmen.

 

“Dr. 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.

 

“Charlie and Eric”

   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 row.

 

“Denver 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 Quonset Point.

 Just over 2 years after graduation and we had lost 5 Classmates, 4 of them in aircraft accidents.

   CLOSING RANKS

 James Fredericksen, 10th Company, died on 18 February 2020  

William Graham, 12th Company, died on 8 March 2020

 Robert Ellis, non-grad, passed away on 1 February 2020

 Marion Raczek, non-grad, passed away on 1 February 2020

 Loyd Shelton, non-grad, died on 8 March 2020

 Don Leo, non-grad, died on 9 March 2020

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

APRIL-MAY 2020 ISSUE

   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 other University.

    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”

  CLOSING RANKS  

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

 Richard Cordova, 17th Company, passed away on 4 February 2020

 Paul Tucker, 22nd Company, died on 17 January 2020

 Jim Fredericksen, 10th Company, died on 18 February 2020

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

MARCH 2020 ISSUE

  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 Wilcox.

So, what happened on December 14th?         ***NAVY 31 – ARMY 7***

  WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COMPANY OFFICERS?   

The most 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.

  Captain Robert 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 “great”.  Out 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.

 

“Watching 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.

  Captain Edward 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.

 LCDR Carl 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.

 LTCOL John 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.

 

“George Fennell honored in Pensacola Walk of Honor”

  CLOSING RANKS  

Tony Stremic, 20th Company passed away on 19 November 2019

  Jack MacKinnon, 9th Company died on 22 November 2019

 Dave Allard, 7th Company passed on 30 November 2019

  Allen Keith Sewell, non-grad died on 14 November 2019

 

 

USNA CLASS OF 1958 SHIPMATE COLUMN

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2020 ISSUE

 

  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 line parted.  

    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.

 

 “10th Company Reunion”

 

  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 Great” flag.

   

“Pat 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 Marjorie Woodberry.

    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.

 

“Dr. 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??

  CLOSING RANKS

William Brown, 22nd Company died on 13 October 2019

Stan Dargis, 4th Company died on 9 October 2019

  Sinkler Warley, 20th Company died on 3 October 2019

  Ernest Merritt, 19th Company died on 30 August 2019

 Ronald Brence, 23rd Company died on 23 October 2019

 Ralph Neely, 3rd Company died on 24 October 2019

  Dick Farman, 20th Company died on 1 September 2019

  Owen Kirkley, 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

  Jarvis Girard, Non-Grad, died on 7 November 2019

  Marlys Girard, wife of Jarvis Griard, passed on 22 October 2019