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Dr James Michael McClurkan – 1965

2020-04-25T12:27:54-05:00

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 

Dr James Michael McClurkan – 19652020-04-25T12:27:54-05:00

Kenneth W. Moore, MOI 1975-1977

2020-04-25T12:28:50-05:00

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

Kenneth W. Moore, MOI 1975-19772020-04-25T12:28:50-05:00

Paul Daigle – Class of 1967

2019-10-11T16:49:56-05:00

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, [...]

Paul Daigle – Class of 19672019-10-11T16:49:56-05:00

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award

2019-11-24T07:17:36-06:00

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 [...]

Judge Thomas C Wicker (44) Recipient of Scott Cowen Service Award2019-11-24T07:17:36-06:00

Jim Hunter (76) Awarded Doctor of Ministry

2020-01-29T10:38:45-06:00

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 [...]

Jim Hunter (76) Awarded Doctor of Ministry2020-01-29T10:38:45-06:00

David M. Rains – 1967

2020-04-25T12:40:53-05:00

Assigned to the Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) (after May 1967), initially designated Mekong Delta Mobile Afloat Force, and later the Riverines. This joint US Army and US Navy force comprised a substantial part of the brown-water navy. It was modeled after lessons learned by the French experience in the First Indochina War and had the task of both transport (of soldiers and equipment) and combat. The primary base was at Đồng Tâm Base Camp, with a floating base at the base of the Mekong River. MRF played a key role in the Tet Offensive. Đồng Tâm Base [...]

David M. Rains – 19672020-04-25T12:40:53-05:00

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 1966

2020-05-24T21:39:41-05:00

May 8,2002 Gray Hutchinson entered the Marine Corps through NROTC after graduation from Tulane University in 1966. He earned his "Wings of Gold" in early 1968. After transition training for the F-4 Phantom, he flew combat missions with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-542 in the Republic of South Vietnam. He also served as a Forward Air Controller with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines in the Republic of South Vietnam. Gray had additional tours with Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons 201, 312, 323, and 333. He was a graduate of the Navy's elite "Top Gun" school and served as a T-2 Buckeye [...]

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 19662020-05-24T21:39:41-05:00

Micheal P Reddington Class of 1966

2020-04-25T12:33:11-05:00

USN. Aviator. Deceased 8 years active duty; 18 years reserve duty; Retired as Captain USNR. 2 tours Republic of Vietnam [RVN] late 1960s, early 1970s During RVN tours specialized in Prisoner of War [POW] recovery intelligence. Notably, he was the debrief officer for John McCain.

Micheal P Reddington Class of 19662020-04-25T12:33:11-05:00

Ens Peter W Saravo – Class of 1965

2020-05-24T21:45:45-05:00

Ensign Saravo was killed in a plane crash while training on Feb 14, 1967. While flying a solo night flight Saravo reported problems with the aircraft. He was ordered to drop fuel and return to base. His plan crashed on landing. Saravo did not survive the crash.

Ens Peter W Saravo – Class of 19652020-05-24T21:45:45-05:00

Captain Thomas A Carter – Class of 1965

2020-07-14T14:56:06-05:00

Died in Helicopter crash 11/14/1967. A U.S. Marine Corps helicopter UH-1E (tail number 153737) from VMO-3 was a single ship VIP flight for the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Division. The official USMC history states that the aircraft crashed inverted in a flooded rice paddy and that there was still a fuel fire burning when the CO of the 4th Marines arrived in another helicopter. This party landed on a dike and walked to the crashed UH-1E. They put the fire out and had to dive under water to get the bodies out. There were six KIAs in the [...]

Captain Thomas A Carter – Class of 19652020-07-14T14:56:06-05:00

Captain Rodney R Chastant – Class of 1965

2020-05-24T22:02:46-05:00

On October 22, 1968, a U.S. Marine Corps OV-10A Bronco (#155422) light attack and observation aircraft, call sign Hostage X-Ray, from Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), Marine Aircraft Group 16 (MAG 16), was conducting marking runs near the village of Giang Hoa (12 miles SW of Danang) in Quang Nam Province, RVN.  While flying below low cloud cover it was hit by ground fire, causing the aircraft to crash.  Its two-man crew were killed in the incident. The lost crewmen were pilot CPT Eugene W. Kimmel and aerial observer CPT Rodney R. Chastant( Tulane NROTC 1965). A UH-1E helicopter gunship [...]

Captain Rodney R Chastant – Class of 19652020-05-24T22:02:46-05:00

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson – Class of 1945

2020-04-25T12:33:42-05:00

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson {Deceased] Class of 1945 USN. 31 years active duty. Retired as Rear Admiral Assigned as Operations Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff to Commander Amphibious Ready Group [ARG] 1 in 1967. Awards, among many, include RVN Cross of Gallantry and Combat Action Ribbon Editor Note ARG 1 had aboard the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade [MAB]. At this time, the MAB contained nearly 8,000 men with nearly half  assigned to the two Seventh Fleet Special Landing Forces (SLF) Alpha and Bravo.* The two SLFS each consisted of a Marine infantry battalion, supported by a helicopter squadron and reinforced [...]

Reuben Goodwin Rogerson – Class of 19452020-04-25T12:33:42-05:00

Lt CDR Thelmon S Stallings – Class of 1965

2020-05-24T21:45:19-05:00

June 15, 1978 In 1978 LCDR Stallings was an instructor with VT-124. While riding backseat in an F-14 on a familiarization hop crashed while in the landing pattern.

Lt CDR Thelmon S Stallings – Class of 19652020-05-24T21:45:19-05:00

Robert N Rosemont – Class of 1968

2020-04-25T12:32:42-05:00

Ensign Robert N Rosemont was assigned to USS Cleveland LPD-7 on graduation and commissioning. LPD-7 was deployed to Vietnam continuously from 1968-1973.

Robert N Rosemont – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:32:42-05:00

Jeffrey A. Roux – Class of 1968

2020-04-25T12:32:19-05:00

Jeffrey A Roux Class of 1968 USN.  Surface Warfare Officer. Full career, retired as Commander USN Editor Note Details of CDR Roux’s service are derived from awards worn in US Navy Official photo [see below]. Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/”V’, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal w/star indicating more than 1 tour, RVN Campaign Medal, Vietnam Civic Action Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Unit Citation.

Jeffrey A. Roux – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:32:19-05:00

John C. Ruff – Staff 1968-69

2020-04-25T12:34:52-05:00

Lt Tuff, from Mobile Alabama, graduated from USNA in 1962, receiving his commission in unrestricted line. His first ship was the USS Stribling (DD-867). After destroyer school he reported to the USS Meredith (DD-890) to assume duties as Operations Officer. From May 1967-68 Lt Ruff served as River Patrol Operations Officer on the staff of the Commander, USN Forces, Vietnam. Foe his meritorious service in that capacity he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal.

John C. Ruff – Staff 1968-692020-04-25T12:34:52-05:00

A-6A All Weather Attack Aircraft

2019-09-24T16:10:35-05:00

K. C. (Kit) Corcoran On my first tour (1969-70), I served in Vietnam with VMA(AW)-242 at Danang, flying A-6A Intruder aircraft. During the course of about 10-months I flew about 200 missions, dropping close to 2-million pounds of bombs in South Vietnam and elsewhere. Most of our flying was elsewhere, conducted at night, typically single-ship in rain and cloud, at 500-1000 feet altitude, in valleys between the mountain ridges, and travelling as fast (450-500 knots) as the Hogship would go carrying 28 bombs, while the bad guys did their best to [...]

A-6A All Weather Attack Aircraft2019-09-24T16:10:35-05:00

Swift Boat: Mekong River Interdiction

2019-09-24T16:02:56-05:00

Bruce (Buz) E. Sulzner I volunteered for Swift Boat Operations. In May of 1970, after completing the QC Officer course at NATTC GLYNCO, I was detached and ordered to report to COSRON ONE, Vietnam via TAD at the PCF/Riverine Warfare School at NIOTC Mare Island, Vallejo, California. While on TAD at NIOTC, I attended SERE training at Whidbey island, Washington and weapons training at NAD HAWTHORNE, Nevada. […]

Swift Boat: Mekong River Interdiction2019-09-24T16:02:56-05:00

Ronald E. Shrieves – Class of 1965

2020-04-25T12:37:02-05:00

USN. 2 years active duty 1967-1969. During that period served aboard USS Long Beach CGN-9. Editor Note  During the period 1967-1969 the USS Long Beach Had 2 WESTPAC deployments off coast of North Vietnam. In May 1968 and later in June 1968 shot down 2 MIGs with Talos missiles at range of 60+ miles.

Ronald E. Shrieves – Class of 19652020-04-25T12:37:02-05:00

Three Tours; Artillery, Helicopters, Air America

2019-09-24T16:11:02-05:00

William (Bill) R. Andrews, Jr. After The Basic School, I went to the Army Artillery and Missile school in Lawton Oklahoma for Artillery training. I arrived at Da Nang on April 7, 1966. I remember the date, because it was my mother’s birthday! I was assigned to E battery /2/12 as a forward observer (FO) and attached to “Hog” company (as we fondly called it) 2nd battalion, 9th marines, south of Da Nang. […]

Three Tours; Artillery, Helicopters, Air America2019-09-24T16:11:02-05:00

CLG-5: Naval Gunfire Support

2019-09-24T16:11:42-05:00

James Basil Godwin, III, RADM (ret) As a Midshipman 1St Class I was deployed to Yokosuka Japan embarked in USS Oklahoma City (CLG – 5). We spent the summer onboard during combat operations in support of Combat Operations ashore. We provided gunfire support to troops in contact. I stood combat watches during these shore bombardments. […]

CLG-5: Naval Gunfire Support2019-09-24T16:11:42-05:00

James R. Sweeney – MOI 1969-70

2020-04-25T12:37:30-05:00

Major Sweeney, a Chicago native, received his degree in Architecture from Notre Dame in 1957. He was commissioned through the PLC program. Major Sweeney was an advisor to South Vietnamese forces in 1973. The book, "U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The War That Would Not End, 1971-1973," mentions Major Sweeney's actions on Jan 26,1973, just before the cease fire. Major Sweeney was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He returned to Tulane for an MBA.

James R. Sweeney – MOI 1969-702020-04-25T12:37:30-05:00

Lt Jg Robert Fobes – Class of 1963

2019-08-29T15:12:46-05:00

April 26,1967 After service in Vietnam, Lt JG Fobes died in a helicopter crash while participating in a classified training operation. A/C crashed and burned in the Santa Rita mountains about 5 miles from Sonoita while taking part in operation Cloud Gap (classified research project). A/C was attempting a mountain peak landing and at approximately 150' above landing site, rotor RPM dropped to 6400. Pilot applied power for go-around but A/C continued to descend and lose RPM. At 20' AGL, A/C suddenly turned right and settled down to ground, M/R blades hit rock outcropping next to landing area, [...]

Lt Jg Robert Fobes – Class of 19632019-08-29T15:12:46-05:00

MSO-488: Minesweeper in Haiphong Harbor

2019-09-24T16:12:16-05:00

Robert Michael Cosgrove My Viet Nam service began when it was decided to mine Haiphong Harbor. I was XO of USS Assurance (Minesweeper Ocean, MSO-521) in Charleston. We were sent to Hampton Roads in September 1972 to help determine the best method for sweeping the Mk 36 Destructors that the Navy planned to use. Fast forward to January 1973. As part of the peace process, Henry Kissinger agreed to sweep the mines that we had dropped. Two of the sweeps chosen to do the job were Naval Reserve Force at Pearl Harbor. As they had [...]

MSO-488: Minesweeper in Haiphong Harbor2019-09-24T16:12:16-05:00

CVA-41: South China Sea on the USS Midway

2020-07-14T11:47:27-05:00

Earl Higgins A couple of weeks after commissioning in May 1963, I reported aboard USS MIDWAY (CVA-41) with homeport in Alameda, California. After the usual operations and one cruise to WESTPAC, the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 changed our operational plans. President Johnson escalated the war, and MIDWAY was an early part of that effort. Instead of an anticipated peacetime cruise that would have taken us to, among other places, Australia, Singapore, and Bangkok, we were ordered to war. MIDWAY departed Alameda in early 1965 for Subic Bay with a stop in Pearl [...]

CVA-41: South China Sea on the USS Midway2020-07-14T11:47:27-05:00

Brown Water: River Section 552

2019-09-24T16:13:28-05:00

Dennis Pelletier When I left the States, my orders had me going to RivSec. 543. River Section units were squads of river boats, supply, service and patrol, for use on inland rivers. However, when I checked into Saigon, I was informed I was going to RivSec. 552 a new RivSec just forming up. When I got Nha Be, I met my OIC and AOIC, both “short timers”. They told me that at that time our section did not have any boats. So for the first two weeks of my tour I [...]

Brown Water: River Section 5522019-09-24T16:13:28-05:00

DD-807: Off the coast of North Vietnam

2019-09-24T16:13:59-05:00

Kenneth Mallon All of my active duty was served aboard the USS Benner (DD-807) a WWII destroyer. Her main armaments for Vietnam operations were her six 5″ guns, 3 twin mounts that saw a lot of action off the coast of North Vietnam while Benner was involved in Operation Sea Dragon as a unit of Task Force 77. Our objectives were to engage enemy waterborne craft attempting to deliver supplies and ammunition to South Vietnam, and to locate and destroy enemy shore batteries along the coast of North Vietnam. [...]

DD-807: Off the coast of North Vietnam2019-09-24T16:13:59-05:00

Logistics Supply Base Cam Ranh Bay

2019-09-24T16:14:13-05:00

Leonard Sapera I arrived at LSB (Logistics Support Base) Cam Ranh Bay 1/3/1971 and found a U.S. Navy operation in bad shape. My Navy advisors and their VN counterparts were not speaking and my main mission was to train the Vietnamese to take over base operation by the end of the year to demonstrate that the ‘Vietnamization Project’ was doable. Since no one spoke the others language I could see there was a problem of trust. My counterpart, LT Pham Van Bay was easy to train as a start. So a [...]

Logistics Supply Base Cam Ranh Bay2019-09-24T16:14:13-05:00

F-4 Carrier Aviator on Yankee Station

2019-09-24T16:14:33-05:00

Austin Lindsey, Captain USN (ret) I was flying a late night mission from the USS Independence in the Gulf of Tonkin. On return, I had a hydraulic pump failure and couldn’t lower my landing gear. Since it was night, the ship diverted me to Da Nang which had a Marine F4 squadron. I activated my emergency air system to lower the landing gear but only the left main and the nose wheel came down. So now I was faced with a one wheel up landing. […]

F-4 Carrier Aviator on Yankee Station2019-09-24T16:14:33-05:00

Lt Jg Rosolino J Territo – Class of 1963

2020-05-24T21:46:50-05:00

March 9 1965 March 09,1965: Lt. (jg). Rosolino J. Territo, 23, of NAS Lemoore was killed when his A4C Skyhawk BuNo 147817 crashed and exploded in swampland east of St. Vincent's Hill as it was about to make a radar landing at Hamilton AFB at 7:20 p.m. yesterday. Territo’s plane was one of two making a practice radar approach to the base, to gain experience in landing at unfamiliar fields. He was followed by instructor Lt. Harold D. Barnhart of Lemoore, who said he lost visual and radio contact with Territo minutes before they were supposed to land. San [...]

Lt Jg Rosolino J Territo – Class of 19632020-05-24T21:46:50-05:00

Michael O. Tackney – Staff 1969

2020-04-25T12:38:25-05:00

A native of Falls Church, Va., Lt. Tackney graduated USNA in 1964. He served as ASW Officer aboard the USS Cromwell (DE-1014) and USS Voge (DE-1047). Following Voge, he joined Coastal Division 12 in the Danang-Chu Lai area of Vietnam where he commanded a Swift Boat engaged in coastal and riverine patrols.

Michael O. Tackney – Staff 19692020-04-25T12:38:25-05:00

Captain James McCarter – Class of 1962

2020-05-24T22:08:55-05:00

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain James William McCarter, Jr. (MCSN: 0-85448), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Assistant Battalion Operations Officer with the Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 14 October 1967. During Operation KINGFISHER, the Battalion's night defensive position was subjected to heavy volumes of rocket and mortar barrages which inflicted numerous casualties. The devastating bombardments were immediately followed by a [...]

Captain James McCarter – Class of 19622020-05-24T22:08:55-05:00

1st Lt Claiborne H. Brown Class of 1961

2020-10-01T16:41:55-05:00

Ist Lt Claiborne H Brown USMC, age 23, Tulane NROTC Class of 1961 died in an aircraft crash during the evening of 10/25/1963. Brown had just departed Brunswick Naval Air Station, Brunswick ME, in an A-4, en route to  Bunker Hill Air force Base IN. The aircraft crashed into nearby Casco Bay, slid up onto the shore and hit a vacant cottage. Brown had apparently attempted to eject from the aircraft; he was found nearby in a partially deployed parachute. He is buried in New Orleans.

1st Lt Claiborne H. Brown Class of 19612020-10-01T16:41:55-05:00

Lt JG David P Grow Class of 1961

2020-09-30T11:30:42-05:00

Lt Jg David P Grow USN, NROTC class of 1961 died 6/24/1963, age 24, in a helicopter crash off the coast of San Diego, CA. His body was found near the crash site by Navy divers. He is buried at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola FL.

Lt JG David P Grow Class of 19612020-09-30T11:30:42-05:00

2nd LT James A Ducote Class of 1959

2020-09-30T11:34:06-05:00

2nd Lt James A. Ducote USMC, age 23, Tulane NROTC Class of 1959, died in an aircraft crash during the afternoon of 5/22/1961. Ducote was a student pilot flying from US Naval Air Station Chase Field, Beeville Tx. During this time period Chase Field was used to relieve flying congestion from NAS Pensacola. Ducote's aircraft crashed. He was found in his aircraft dead of multiple extreme injuries. He is buried in New Orleans.

2nd LT James A Ducote Class of 19592020-09-30T11:34:06-05:00

DD 945: WESTPAC on the Gunline

2019-09-24T16:14:46-05:00

Lt. John F Pearce Upon graduation, assigned to USS Hull DD945 which was in the Long Beach shipyard. After the refitting, ship moved to home port San Diego. Since so many of the crew were new, the ship went through pre-deployment trials. Lots of training and learning before departing for WESTPAC. The deployment began in March 1971. After the usual refueling stops in Hawaii, Midway and Guam, we arrived Subic Bay, Philippines about 3 weeks after departing San Diego. Like most deployed destroyers, we spent about half the time on the [...]

DD 945: WESTPAC on the Gunline2019-09-24T16:14:46-05:00

OIC Seabee Team 7411

2019-09-24T16:15:09-05:00

James (Jim) M. Walley Jr. Rear Admiral, CEC, USN (Retired) 1st tour RVN (Republic of Vietnam) 11/1970-7/71.  Initially assigned as to Head Quarters Company and performed administrative and operations duties as directed.  Served TAD (temporary duty) assignments in Nam Cam, Cho Moi and Da Nang focused on constructing military facilities such as expeditionary runways, petroleum storage facilities, river marine facilities and troupe bed-down/dining facilities.  Second Tour RVN 12/1971-6/1972 as OIC (Officer in Charge) Seabee Team 7411 (13-person Civic Action Team) building of military/civilian facilities such as schools, roads, bridges and other [...]

OIC Seabee Team 74112019-09-24T16:15:09-05:00

Lt Jg Joseph J Parpal – Class of 1944

2020-05-24T22:11:35-05:00

August 6, 1945 Lt Jg Joseph John Parpal was lost with the crew of the USS Bullhead, a submarine which was sunk by Japanese forces in August 1945, the last US Navy ship lost in WWII. Departing Fremantle for her third war patrol, BULLHEAD (LCDR E. R. Holt, Jr.) on 31 July 1945, started for her area (from 110° 00'E to 115° 30'E, in the Java Sea). She was to leave her patrol area at dark on 5 September and head for Subic Bay, P.I. CAPITAINE and PUFFER were also to patrol in the Java Sea area, as [...]

Lt Jg Joseph J Parpal – Class of 19442020-05-24T22:11:35-05:00

USMC: Artillery Fire Direction Officer

2019-09-24T16:15:18-05:00

 1st Lt. Ross E Bailey After Basic School, in December of ’65, I was assigned to Field Artillery Officers Basic Course (FOPBC) in Ft. Sill, graduating in April of ’66.  I arrived in Da Nang in mid-May and was assigned to Apha Battery, 1st Bn, 12th Marines.  As the only FAOBC trained junior office in the battery, rather than the usual first assignment as a forward observer, I was assigned as Fire Direction Officer. […]

USMC: Artillery Fire Direction Officer2019-09-24T16:15:18-05:00

USMC: Combined Action Program

2019-07-22T15:17:17-05:00

Major William Lannes, III I was assigned as the Operations Officer for a Combined Action Group. The basic unit was a Combined Action Platoon (CAP) which consisted of a squad of Marines (and a Corpsman) and a Popular Forces Vietnamese platoon (Popper Foxtrots). These PFs were the lowest level of Vietnamese military and they received half the pay of a regular infantry soldier in VN. However they were assigned to protect the villages in which they lived which provided some motivation. […]

USMC: Combined Action Program2019-07-22T15:17:17-05:00

Swift Boat: River Patrol

2020-05-03T15:53:07-05:00

Captain Warren Hudson USN (ret) “I was OIC (Officer in Charge) of Swift 70. On Nov 6, 1968 we were shooting at bunkers on the south side of Cape Batanga. We were ambushed by on 75 mm recoilless rifle and several automatic weapons. One crewman was killed and a USMC rider was blown overboard and never recovered. Two crewman and I were wounded. The photo is from that day. I’m the guy with my back to the lifelines without a shirt getting one of the two morphine shots that morning. The [...]

Swift Boat: River Patrol2020-05-03T15:53:07-05:00

USMC: Force Reconnaissance

2019-09-24T16:15:25-05:00

Captain Michael Henry 1st Reconnaissance Company 1st tour RVN 1966-1967. Initially assigned as a Communications/Crypto Officer at HQ 3rd MARDIV. Re-assigned as Communications Officer 1st Force Recon, due to requirement for Parachute Qualified officers. Designated as Platoon Leader/Team Leader 1st Platoon, 1st Force Recon. Participated in 3 major operations and led 16 long range patrols into NVA/VC controlled areas. WIA June 1967. […]

USMC: Force Reconnaissance2019-09-24T16:15:25-05:00

NFO: Electronic Counter Measures

2019-11-18T17:18:46-06:00

Captain Robert E Ryan III After I was commissioned on the Quarter Deck at the NROTC Unit I headed to Quantico for TBS. TBS was only 5 months back then due to the war. Was selected for NFO (Naval Flight Officer) training and headed to Pensacola for Flight School. In Flight School was second in my NFO class and was able to be assigned to training as an Airborne Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO). Training was by the Air Force at Mather Air Force Base where all Air Force and Marine Electronic Warfare Officers were trained. From [...]

NFO: Electronic Counter Measures2019-11-18T17:18:46-06:00

Lt CMDR Jack Wintle – Staff 1940

2020-05-24T21:49:39-05:00

November 14, 1942 Lieutenant Commander Jack W. Wintle was killed in action near the Solomon Islands November 14, 1942. Commander Wintle came to Tulane University in the summer of 1940 as one of the first officers at Tulane's Naval ROTC unit. During his two years at Tulane he gained the respect and admiration of the staff and Midshipmen as well as the faculty and student body of the University. A 1932 graduate of the US Naval Academy, Wintle served on the USS California, the USS Bushnell and the USS Perkins before returning to the Academy for post graduate [...]

Lt CMDR Jack Wintle – Staff 19402020-05-24T21:49:39-05:00

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman

2019-11-24T08:25:29-06:00

Support for the Midshipmen Battalion is a key function on our Alumni Association.  Members continue to provide financial support. To date in 2019 the association and individual members have anted up to fund: Extensive renovation of the Wardroom. Air travel, admission fees and lodging for two Midshipman to attend the annual Notre Dame Naval Leadership Weekend. Tulane Naval ROTC workout gear in USMC and USN versions. In addition, the Archive Committee is always interested in yearbooks, newsletters, (Logs and Helms), photographs, biographies, and oral histories.  Please consider all the ways to give back to your Tulane Naval ROTC Alumni Association. [...]

Alumni Association Support for Midshipman2019-11-24T08:25:29-06:00

Lt JG David E Crais – Class of 1942

2020-05-24T21:48:57-05:00

Lt Crais was killed when the USS BUCK sank off the coast of Salerno Italy. While on patrol off Salerno, Italy, on 9 October, USS Buck was ambushed just after midnight by German submarine U-616 and hit forward starboard by at least one and possibly two torpedoes. The warship flooded quickly, settling down forward and sinking within four minutes. Although most of the depth charges were set to safe before the destroyer was abandoned, a severe underwater explosion killed andwounded sailors in the water. Spotted by friendly aircraft the next morning, 97 survivors were rescued by Gleaves (DD-423) and the [...]

Lt JG David E Crais – Class of 19422020-05-24T21:48:57-05:00

Steve DeMatteo (96) Retires

2019-09-13T12:31:56-05:00

DeMatteo retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years of Active and Reserve service.  A CH-53E pilot, Steve was stationed with Marine Air Group 16 at MCAS Miramar, CA from where he deployed numerous times, participating in Operation Enduring Freedom, the amphibious invasion of Afghanistan as well as numerous other sorties in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He also served as an MOI and Associate PNS at University of South Florida.  Upon resigning his active commission in 2007, he served in numerous billets throughout the Marine Reserves. Pictured are various Tulane NROTC shipmates who attended his retirement ceremony. [...]

Steve DeMatteo (96) Retires2019-09-13T12:31:56-05:00

Naval ROTC Alumni Takes Second at TU Novel Tech Challenge

2019-09-12T20:00:56-05:00

Timothy E Gressett (07) led his team to second place in the 2019 Tulane School of Science and Engineering Novel Tech Challenge. Student teams compete in the annual event by developing ideas that improve the environment, human health, education and urban infrastructure through technology. Gressett's team set out to develop a method to identify pathogens by their DNA fingerprint, without the need for expensive equipment, trained technicians or electricity. The team won second place with a scheme to diagnose disease rapidly, accurately and inexpensively. Their $5000 prize will go toward further development with a goal to deploy the technology in [...]

Naval ROTC Alumni Takes Second at TU Novel Tech Challenge2019-09-12T20:00:56-05:00

Ensign Albert Babcock McCoard Jr. – Class of 1942

2019-04-08T11:17:01-05:00

July 10, 1943 Ensign Albert B McCoard, Jr.  was commissioned with his Tulane Naval ROTC class in May of 1942. Ensign McCoard proceeded to assignment on the USS Maddox (DD-622). Maddox was commissioned in October, 1942 and proceeded to convoy escort duty in the Atlantic. July 10, 1943 Maddox was on submarine patrol off Sicily during the initial Allied amphibious invasion. A single German bomber scored a hit on Maddox's ammunition magazine. The catastrophic damage caused Maddox to roll and sink within two minutes. Less than one half of the crew survived. Ensign McCoard was among those who [...]

Ensign Albert Babcock McCoard Jr. – Class of 19422019-04-08T11:17:01-05:00