I was assigned to VA-35 in 1965 and served with them until 1968. During that time, we deployed to Vietnam twice and were part of Air Wing 9 on the USS ENTERPRISE. I was the Air Intelligence Officer (AIO) with VA-35. As such, I flew with the pilots whenever a right seat needed filling and sent to the same survival training that they did. I felt this was a good way to establish a good relationship with the aircrews. I have a lighter from Grumman which is engraved with my name and the words “50 hours A6A.” My picture, conducting [...]
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The USS Little Rock Gold Crew Ship Handler of the Year is Lt.j.g. Ashley Kiple. The Ship handler of the year award is given to Surface Warfare Officers who demonstrate superior performance while standing Officer of The Deck Underway onboard the Navy’s newest platform, the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship. Kiple is from Virginia and received her commission from Tulane University. Her qualifications include Surface Warfare, Officer of the Deck, and Anti-terrorism Tactical Watch Officer. She was previously stationed onboard the USS Chafee (DDG 90). Surface Warfare Officers are Naval officers whose training and primary duties focus on the operation of [...]
Lee Askew III Class of 1966. USN. Vietnam deployments aboard USS Enterprise 1966-1968. JAN 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JAN 1966 - Atlantic Ocean AUG 1966 - JUN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam NOV 1966 - JUL 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam NOV 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 1 NOV 1967 - Indian Ocean JAN 1968 - JUN 1968 West Pac-Viet Nam
Charles B. Barfoot [Deceased] Class of 1955 USN. 4 years active duty. 33 years as civilian mathematician at the Center for Naval Analysis During Vietnam War short term assignment at III Marine Amphibious Force [MAF] HQ Danang RVN leading a team of CNA analysts Editor Note CNA is the Navy’s non-profit “think tank” located in Alexandria, VA. “If instead of sending the Observations of seamen to able Mathematicians at Land, the Land would send able Mathematicians to Sea, it would signify much more to the improvement of Navigation and safety of Men's lives and estates on the aliment.” [...]
Marine Officer Instructor [MOI] Tulane NROTC 1957-1960 27th Commandant of Marine Corps 1979-1983 Honorary Doctorate Tulane University Commanding Officer 9th Marine Regiment in RVN, Deputy G-3 III MAF 1968-1969 Famous for Operation Dewey Canyon Also served in WWII, Korean War. Awards include: Navy Cross; Army Distinguished Service Cross; Silver Star, Bronze Star/”V”; Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Vietnam Service Medal; National Order of Vietnam; RVN Gallantry Cross; RVN Meritorious Unit Citation, RVN Campaign Medal
Class of 1965 USN. Two tours RVN late 1960s and early 1970s. Specialized in Intelligence and Psychological Operations. A week after his rotation back to CONUS after his 2nd tour a bomb was detonated one floor above his hotel room in Saigon. His father was a career Naval Intelligence officer. His grandfather served with “Wild Bill” Donovan in the WW2 Office of Strategic Services [OSS].
Robert W. L. Bross [Deceased] USMC. 27 years active duty. Retired as Colonel Professor of Naval Science [PNS] Tulane NROTC 1963-1966 Masters degree Tulane University Slavic Languages 1970 Senior Advisor South Korean [ROK] Marine Brigade [Blue Dragon Brigade] 1967-1968 Editor Note – from September 1965 to February 1972 the ROK Marine Brigade was Operational in South Vietnam. It was under the operational control of the US III Marine Amphibious Force [III MAF] commander. A USMC Colonel was assigned as the Senior Advisor to the ROK Marine General in command. USMC officers were assigned at most levels of command to provide [...]
Stanley H. Carpenter [Deceased] Class of 1946 USMC. 30 years active duty. Retired as Colonel. 1 RVN tour 1968-1969. Officer in Charge Chu Lai Airbase; subsequently Commanding Officer Marine Wing Support Group 17 [MWSG-17] at Danang. Editor Note – as a 1st Lt, prior to being designated a Naval Aviator, his platoon of Amtracs led the 1st wave at Blue Beach II at the Inchon landing in the Korean War.
Wayne E Cowen [Staff Instructor 1967-1969] Lt. Cowen, hails from Parsons, Kansas, and is a graduate of Kansas State College with a B.S in Education. After graduation in 1960 he entered the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Florida, and after about 11 months of training was designated Naval Flight Off1cer His first tour of duty was with patrol squadron out of NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. His last tour of duty was spent as an Airborne Navigator with patrol squadron four (ASW) stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. While serving in this capacity, LT. COWEN was deployed to Vietnam, [...]
Lynn Owen Cox [Deceased] Class of 1960. Arts and Science USN. Aviator Vietnam tours with Heavy Attack Squadron 10 [VAH-10] aboard USS Constellation CV-64 VAH-10 "Vikings" -- NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (1961-1970) Activated in 1961 with Skywarrior. Deployments to Western Pacific aboard USS Constellation (CVA-64) and participated in Gulf of Tonkin incident. Operated as detachment squadron with deployments to Southeast Asia and to Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean. Unit was redesignated VAQ-129 in September 1970. Commissioned at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, on May 1,1961, VAH-10 was the last HATRON to be activated. It received its first A3D-2s [...]
David Emile Crais [Deceased] Class of 1960 USMC. 20 years active duty. Retired as LtCol. One tour RVN in mid 60s. A review of alumni records and online records reveals that David Emile Crais [NROTC Class of 1960] was the nephew of David Emile Crais [NROTC Class of 1942], LtJg USN KIA in 1944 in the Mediterranean.
Richard “Rich” Dinkel [Deceased] Call Sign “Magic” Class of 1967 USMC. Full career,retired as LtCol. Awards include Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal I tour RVN 1972 flying F4J Phantoms with VMFA 232 “the Red Devils”. In April 1972, the Red Devils redeployed the entire squadron from Japan to Vietnam upon minimum notice in 2 days to counter the NVA spring offensive of that year. After a three month stay at DaNang, VMFA-232 moved its operations to Nam Phong, Thailand. Here they continued to fly air to ground sorties in addition to playing a key fighter role on [...]
Ron J. Drez Class of 1962 USMC. Active duty 1962-1969 1 tour RVN with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines [2/5] November 1968-March 1969 Commanding Officer Hotel Company 2/5 Awards include 2 Bronze Stars/”V”, Presidential Unit Citation [PUC] and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry/with silver star
Captain Ronald Dusse, USMC, arrived in Vietnam with VMFA-531 in 1965. He received the following mention in the official history of VMFA-531: On 25 April,(1965) the MEB launched Captain Don K. Hanna and Chief Warrant Officer- John L. Wenrich, Jr., and Captain Ronald J. Dusse and Chief Warrant Officer-2 James H. Stowell on the first CAS (Close Air Support) scramble, to attack VG snipers along a ridge line west of Da Nang. A second scramble, led by Hanke and Schwarz, was told by the ground FAG that their rocket firing was so good that the VG refused to fire on [...]
The Navy identified pilot Lt. Patrick Lawrence Ruth and student aviator Lt. j.g. Wallace Eugene Burch as the two sailors who died in an Oct. 1 crash. Their T-45C Goshawk trainer jet crashed near Tellico Plains, Tenn., near the Cherokee National Forest in the eastern part of the state, and could not be reached until the next day due to the remote location. The two were on a training mission and were assigned to Training Squadron (VT) 7 at Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. Ruth, 31, from Metairie, La., began his Navy career in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps at [...]
LT Wright H. Ellis is a native of Lockport, New York, and a 1961 NROTC graduate of the University of Rochester, where he majored in history and political science. His first duty assignment was aboard the USS Harwood (DD-861) as Damage Control Assistant. He later served at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and aboard the USS Vigil (AGR-12). Prior to reporting at Tulane he spent a year in Vietnam with the Third Marine Regiment at Da Nang, earning the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V." LT. Ellis, departed Tulane for duty as operations officer aboard the USS Shields (DD-596). [...]
Arthur V. Flotte Class of 1967 USN Served in USS Brush DD-745 during Vietnam deployment 1969. Brush spent five years on three Vietnam deployments between 1965 and 1969. Brush conducted intensive patrol and gunnery operations in the South China Sea. Brush (DD-745) was launched 28 December 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Co., Staten Island, N. Y.; sponsored by Miss Virginia Perkins, great-granddaughter of Charles Brush; and commissioned 17 April 1944. Brush received five battle stars for World War II service, four battle stars for her Korean operations and seven battle stars for Vietnam service. Brush decommissioned at San Francisco on 27 October [...]
Commander Matt Lacroix was one of three children in a Navy family. After attending high schools in California, Virginia and Connecticut, he decided to accept an NROTC scholarship and graduated with honors from Tulane University (1995) with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Later, he earned his Masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. After commissioning as an ensign in 1995, he began his advanced studies and training in the Navy nuclear propulsion and submarine programs. Matt was first assigned to the USS Wyoming (SSBN 742). He held a variety of technical and tactical assignments at sea and ashore [...]
Robert W. Fobes Jr [Deceased] Class of 1963 USN. Died on active duty 4/26/67 in aviation accident while on a then classified mission “Cloud Gap”. 1 tour RVN Editor Note His RVN service was referenced in his obituary with no additional details. A followup report on the accident here.
Friends, family, fellow pilots and students on Monday will honor a career Navy pilot known as a great teacher and motivator, who died in a plane crash on Wednesday. The Navy confirmed Friday that a body found Thursday near the site where a T-45 Goshawk crashed in the Atlantic Ocean about 93 miles off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, was that of Navy Lieutenant Gregory Fulco, the training jet's pilot. "(He was) very energetic, very upbeat, always had a smile on his face," said Commander Jay Chesnut, commanding officer of VT-22, the training squadron at Naval Air Station Kingsville to [...]
Ensign Sosa Y Gallagher was assigned to USS Radford DD 446 on graduation and commissioning. During 1967 1968 and 1969 DD 446 operated on Yankee Station and bombarded Viet Cong targets in South Vietnam.
Gregory Kahn Class of 1966 BA Political Science I was commissioned in May 1966. My first ship assignment was to the USS Tortuga [LPD 26]. Prior to reporting I attended CIC school at point Loma CA and Amphibious Warfare school at Coronado CA. I served aboard the USS Tortuga from July 1966 to June 1968 as CIC Officer and Navigator. The USS Tortuga was built in 1945. She had seen extensive in WestPac since that time, including the Korean War. She was 450 feet long, had a 15 foot draft, a well deck a, helo deck, and numerous small craft. [...]
USN. Aviator 28 years active duty. Retired as Captain USN 2 cruises off Vietnam 1967-1969 flying A-4s from USS Coral Sea and USS Ranger. Met with Tulane NROTC classmate Rodney Chastant at Cubi O’Club just prior to Chastant being KIA in Vietnam. 3rd cruise off Vietnam 1972-1973 flying A-6s from USS America. Participated in Christmas bombing offensive. Shot down 23 January 1973; rescued by helo from USS America. Wounded when shot down, awarded Purple Heart Medal. January 23, 1973 was the day President Nixon announced he was going to sign the Treaty with North Vietnam. Graf's plane was the last [...]
Homer Gray “Hutch” Hutchinson III [Deceased] Class of 1966 USMC. 23 years active duty. Retired as LtCol Designated Naval Aviator 1968. I tour RVN 1968-1969. Flew F4B Phantom II with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 542; served as Forward Air Controller [FAC] with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines.
Grant Collier Class of 1960, College of Arts and Science USN, Aviator Initial orders Pensacola Fl for basic flight training, then to Beeville TX for advanced flight training. Assigned to VA-146 “Blue Diamonds” at NAS Lemoorer CA. Flew McDonald Douglas A-4 Skyhawks [A4D-2N] as a special weapons and conventional weapons delivery pilot. Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot. Subsequently a Flight Instructor at NAS Pensacola FL in VT-4 flying T2B buckeyes. Following my Naval service I was a pilot for Pan American Airlines and later an insurance marketing executive. Now fully retired. Married, 3 [...]
Lieutenant Commander Michael Dallas Chalfant, Jr., 36, died Tuesday night, September 10th, 2002 in a military plane accident while serving his country. Totally devoted, loving husband, father, and son, he served honorably in the United States Navy for 14 ¸ years. Lieutenant Commander Chalfant was born in Sumter, SC and graduated from The Landon School in Washington, DC. He is a 1988 graduate of Tulane University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in business. While attending Tulane, he was a member of the Navy ROTC and precision parade drill team. Michael received his wings as a Naval Flight [...]
Date: 20-MAY-1987 Time: night Type: Grumman A-6E Intruder Owner/operator: VA-85, US Navy Registration: 161685 C/n / msn: I-662 Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 Other fatalities: 0 Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair) Location: Stumpy Point, North Carolina - United States of America Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.) Nature: Military Departure airport: NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA (NTU/KNTU) Destination airport: NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA (NTU/KNTU) Narrative: A-6E Intruder BuNo. 161685/AA-501 of VA-85, US Navy, based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach. Crashed May 20, 1987 into a heavily wooded area at a Navy bombing range at Stumpy [...]
On December 12, 1979 at about 4:00A.M., Navy Lieutenant J.G. Ken Bates was killed when the Grumman A-6 aircraft he piloted, NG523, Bureau Number 151566, pitched violently and suddenly into the ocean about 100 miles off San Diego immediately after having been catapult-launched from the aircraft carrier Constellation. The crash occurred within two to three seconds after launch and within several hundred feet forward of the bow of the Constellation. Neither the bodies of Lieutenant Shaw and bombardier-navigator Lieutenant Bates nor the wreckage of NG523 were ever recovered.
Steve Bratton I completed A-4 training and detached from VA-44 [Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Florida on October 5, 1965. Ten days later, on October 15, 1965 I flew my first combat mission over North Vietnam. My first Vietnam deployment was in 1965. I was assigned to Attack Squadron [VA] 86 [Sidewinders] and flew A-4 Skyhawks off the USS Independence CV-62. In 1968 I deployed again, still assigned to VA-86 and flew the A-7 Corsair II off the USS America CV-66. Class: 1963 Degree: BA Service: USN Years of Service: 1963-1969 Years in Vietnam: 1965 [...]
1945 - 1968 The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Joe E. Allen (MCSN: 0-103089), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 24 May 1968, Second Lieutenant Allen's platoon established an ambush on a suspected enemy infiltration route in Thua Thien Province. Alertly observing a numerically superior [...]
Captain J. Carlos Indest, III I was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in August 1965. After finishing Marine Officer Basic School at Quantico, I attended Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, OK. In June 1966, I was deployed to Viet Nam and joined Delta Battery, Second Battalion, Eleventh Marines. I was then assigned to the First Battalion Fifth Marines as an Artillery Forward Observer. I served as a Forward Observer until mid-August 1966 when the First Battalion Fifth Marines engaged in battle with an NVA Force. Our Battalion had [...]
Noah H. Long Class of 1965. USN. 31 years service, 5 years active duty, 26 years reserve duty. Retired as Rear Admiral. Served two tours RVN as Company Commander in Mobile Construction Battalion [MCB] 133. Vietnam related awards include: Navy Commendation Medal w/combat “V” and 2 gold Stars In lieu of 2nd and 3rd award, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation, and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation. Noah H Long Oral History RADM Noah H. Long Flag Officer Entry
Colonel Kenneth R. Burns (Ret.) Following graduation from The Basic School at Quantico I was designated an Amphibian Vehicle Officer, and assigned to 1st Marine Division, Vietnam, with Amphibious Vehicle School, Camp Pendleton in route. Prior to the completion of school my orders were changed and I was directed to report as a Platoon Commander to the recently formed Fifth Amphibian Vehicle (Amtrac) Battalion. Like any hard charging Second Lieutenant I questioned the wisdom of this change, and was told that my NROTC four year obligation gave them an extra year to control my destiny. [...]
11-14-2007 James William (Bill) Barnes died after a short illness on November 14, 2007 at 83 years of age. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania he was the son of Frank Holman Barnes and Phyllis Godson Barnes Markley, both immigrants from London, England. Bill was a resident of the New Orleans, Louisiana area for most of his life before moving to Jackson, Mississippi in 1984. Bill completed Lusher Grammar School and graduated from Jesuit High School in 1941. Upon graduating from Jesuit, Bill enrolled in Tulane University studying electrical engineering. He participated in the Navy ROTC program and prior [...]
William F Font I was a Radar Intercept Officer, flying F-4 Phantoms. My Fighter Squadron, VF-114 was deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk. Our Vietnam cruise was November 1967 to June 1968. Awards include: Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal Editor Note Kitty Hawk [CVA-63] was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for exceptionally meritorious and heroic service from 23 December 1967 to 1 June 1968, which included the Tet Offensive, while participating in combat operations in Southeast Asia. William F Font, Class of 1966, BS Biology Years in Service: 1966-1970 / Years in [...]
I graduated from Tulane in Feb 1944 with a BBA degree, was commissioned an ensign on the same day and received orders to report aboard the USS LACKAWANNA (AO40) at about the same time. While aboard the LACKAWANNA, my ship participated in the Hollandia campaign, Saipan, Guam, Battle of the Philippine Sea, invasion of the Philippines, Okinawa and was among the first ships to enter Tokyo Bay after the surrender by Japan. After returning home and inactive duty in the Navy, I enter the Tulane Law School in September 1946 and graduated in June 1949. One of my early [...]
LCDR Bryon K. Miller was a Tulane NROTC Staff Instructor in 1968. Originally from Blackville, South Carolina, Miller is a 1951 NROTC graduate from the University of South Carolina with a B. A. Business Administration. He received his wings in 1953 after serving two years in the fleet. Prior to reporting to Tulane Mr. Miller was flying VP aircraft out of Japan and the West Coast including a deployment to Vietnam where he earned the Air Medal for combat missions flown out of Saigon and participation in operation "Market Time." Mr. Miller, departed Tulane on the third of June for [...]
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!!! The Navy Building on the campus of Tulane University was the site of the 2019 commissioning. Six men and women received their commissions in the Navy and Marine Corps. The ceremony began at 9:30 AM with the Marching On and the National Anthem. Captain Fred Holcombe, Chaplain for Marine Forces Reserve, gave the Invocation. The Professor of Naval Science, Captain D. Senesky, welcomed all guest and honorees. He said this occasion marked an impressive celebration of accomplishment for the students and the staff. He recognized special attendees including Captain Patrick Huete, USN Ret, former [...]
The Alumni Association, through generous donations from various members, was able to sponsor two midshipmen to attend the Notre Dame Leadership Conference in South Bend, Indiana. MIDN 2/C Trusty and MIDN 2/C Mastendino came away with a wonderful learning experience and gave special thanks to alumni sponsors John Stelly, James McGowan, and Fritz Teuscher. From 7-10 February 2019, the two midshipmen joined their peers from around the country. They heard speakers from all walks of the military life and gained greater insights into what is happening in the world as related to the military—particularly the Navy and Marine Corps—and some [...]
Farewell and Following Seas The Unit Staff said Farewell to four members, as they depart for new adventures:. MSgt Bryan Smith, Asst Marine Officer Instructor LT Nicholas Munns:, Freshman and Submarine Advisor Capt. Donald Meyer, Marine Officer Instructor LT Crystal Gonzales, Sophomore & Surface Warfare Advisor Hail and Welcome Aboard The Unit Staff has Hailed new staff members as they begin their latest assignments: LT Carlos Thillet - Junior and Surface Warfare Advisor LT Jeremy Jorge – Freshman & Submarine Warfare Advisor Capt. Dorinda Pintos – Marine Officer Instructor [...]
Early morning on 9 April, 2019, the Tulane NROTC Battalion formed up on the Tulane University Center Quad for the annual Change of Command and Awards Ceremony. The Change of Command was the first order of business with Midn 1/C William Pankey being relieved of command and Midn 2/C Samuel Beal taking the helm as the new Battalion Commander. A Pass in Review impressed the crowd gathered for the event. The midshipmen then fell into a close formation for the Awards Ceremony. The Alumni Association presented our two awards, the LCDR Jack Wintle and the General Robert H. Barrow Awards, [...]
Pelican Publishers approached Earl Higgins, class of 1963, a few years ago and asked him to write a new book. They wanted to put out a 100 Catholic list to join their 100 Jewish list. Thus was born 100 Catholic Things to Do Before You Die. Earl was an English major at Tulane who went on to get a law degree. After retiring from both the Navy and the US Court of Appeals, he is now a ranger at Jean Lafitte National Park and an author. His other books are Metairie, Ames, High: The Streets of Jefferson Parish and The [...]
James Michael McClurkan [Deceased]Senior Medical Student, Commissioned with NROTC class of 1965Retired as Captain USN Medical CorpsOfficial USN photo shows him wearing RVN Campaign MedalEditor Note Captain McClurkan’s obituary referenced his service inVietnam as a “medic” prior to his selection to study to be a Navy Doctor.This would place him in Vietnam sometime around 1961. It would also explainHis wearing the RVN Campaign Medal [service between 1961-1973]but not the RVN Service Medal [service between 1965-1973]News article about his death
Kenneth W. Moore Marine Officer Instructor [MOI] 1975-1977 RVN tour 1967. Awards include Silver Star, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal. https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/40817
November 6, 2017 Paul Reginald Daigle, 72 passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017. Interment was at a later date at St. Bernard Cemetery No. 2 in Breaux Bridge. A 1967 Tulane Naval ROTC graduate, Mr. Daigle was a Marine during the Vietnam War. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, gardening, and riding around on his tractor. He cherished moments spent with his family and friends, especially his beloved dogs. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Marjorie Brewer Daigle of Breaux Bridge; daughter, Susan Elizabeth Hodge and husband Johnny of Breaux Bridge; sons, [...]
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the US Freedom Pavilion of the National World War II Museum, the Honorable Thomas C. Wicker, Jr. (RET) was awarded the Scott Cowen Service Award for exceptional contributions to Tulane University and the community. The setting was a fitting location as Judge Wicker is a charter member of the National World War II Museum. He is a member of the Tulane NROTC Class of 1944 and is a long-time Board Member of the Tulane NROTC Alumni Association. Thomas Wicker graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in 1944. He was [...]
Jim Hunter informed us that he was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania on May 11, 2019 at 10 am. It was a perfectly beautiful, sunny, cool day (it rains more days than not in Western Pennsylvania). His wife, Jeannine, was able to see the campus for the first time. Jim's thesis is titled Confirmation, Community, and Commitment: Evaluating Church Attendance at the Episcopal Church of St. Mary, Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had been working on the thesis for six years (2013-2019), while working full-time. "I am still not over the fact [...]