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NFO: Electronic Counter Measures


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Ensign Herbert J McCampbell Jr. – Class of 1942


August 9, 1942 Ensign Herbert J Campbell Jr. was commissioned with his Tulane Naval ROTC class in May of 1942. Ensign McCampbell became the our first alumni casualty. The USS Vincennes provide pre-landing bombardment while US Marines landed on Guadalcanal of August 7, 1942. Very early in the morning of August 9, Vincennes came under fire from a larger group of Japanese vessels in a naval engagement known as the Battle of Savo Island. Vincennes was hit by multiple torpedos and 5 inch shells. At 02:30 the order was given to abandon ship. At 02:50 the Vincennes rolled [...]

Ensign Herbert J McCampbell Jr. – Class of 19422019-04-08T10:52:37-05:00

From the Desk of the PNS


Dear Alumni, Greetings from the corner of Freret and McAlister! This is my first offering for this newsletter since assuming command of the unit in October 2018. Patrick Huete is a hard act to follow, and I’ve consulted with him quite a bit to make sure I’m not standing into danger!  That said, this assignment has already exceeded my expectations in so many ways. My wife, Lorraine, often asks “how was work?” I simply tell her: “it’s really not work.” I thoroughly enjoy what I do, and that is primarily due to the outstanding active duty staff and midshipman [...]

From the Desk of the PNS2019-04-11T19:10:18-05:00

Watson Wardroom Facelift


Thanks to the family of Louis Watson (1960) the Wardroom in the Navy ROTC Building received a magnificent facelift.  The Unveiling and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on the evening of March 29, 2019 and all lauded the outcome.  Larry Tortorich, class of 1978, and father of alumni John (2018) and Michael (2017) attended and expressed his pleasure as “Wow!  What an incredible and beautiful Wardroom!”  He could not wait to share photos with his sons. The update was made possible due to the generosity of Louis Hanner Watson (deceased), class of 1960, and his family.  During his time at [...]

Watson Wardroom Facelift2019-04-12T10:16:09-05:00

New Commanding Officer


Welcome to Captain Daniel J. Senesky as the new Commanding Officer of the Tulane NROTC Unit. He arrived at the beginning of the school year and has had a chance to enjoy the university and the city. Captain Senesky is a Surface Warfare Officer who hails from New Jersey. He graduated with a BA in Broadcasting from Pennsylvania State University and a MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University. During his career, he has spent time aboard the USS Pyro, USS Carl Vinson, USS Fitzgerald, USS Higgins, and USS Gary running the gamut from Division Officer to CO. [...]

New Commanding Officer2019-04-12T10:22:33-05:00

Dean Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.


Kimberly Foster arrived at Tulane in August 2018 to assume responsibilities as Dean, School of Science and Engineering (SS&E). Association members Brian Bourgeois (82) and Tom Dolan (75) met with Dean Foster  to discuss the role of SS&E in attracting Midshipman candidates to Tulane Naval ROTC. NROTC scholarships are allocated across three tiers of degree. Additional SS&E  tier 1  degree programs would provide more opportunities for NROTC scholarships. Engineering degree programs are tier 1. Dean Foster was pleased to discuss her plans and issues related to increasing the number of Engineering programs in the context of Tulane's focus on interdisciplinary studies and the [...]

Dean Kimberly Foster, Ph.D.2019-08-26T16:00:50-05:00

Douglas Hurley (88)


Doug Hurley, class of 1988, was pictured in the Wall Street Journal  (right side) discussing manned space exploration on the day Elon Musk's rocket launch. Hurley has been chosen to be part of the SpaceX Commercial Crew.  He will be on the test flight of the Dragon in April.

Douglas Hurley (88)2020-05-03T15:50:27-05:00

Honorable Barry W. Ashe Class of 1978


Honorable Barry W Ashe (Tulane Naval ROTC 1978) is confirmed to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Ashe was nominated by the President and experienced an easy Senate confirmation (20-1 vote).  A New Orleans native, Ashe served on the minesweeper USS Engage after commissioning in 1978. Post active duty Ashe returned to Tulane Law school. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner in the New Orleans office of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C., where his practice spanned a broad range of complex civil and commercial law matters, in both state and federal courts, at trial and [...]

Honorable Barry W. Ashe Class of 19782019-07-11T16:15:34-05:00

T. Todd Reboul, III – Class of 1944


1922 - 2020 T. Todd Reboul, 97, died peacefully in his sleep on July 6, 2020 at the Glen at Willow Valley in Lancaster, PA. He and his wife, Doris Hoffman, moved to Lancaster in September 1995 from Moorestown, New Jersey. He had been employed by RCA for 27 years as a research physicist at the David Sarnoff Research Laboratories in Princeton and later as a Director of Corporate Contributions in New York City. He was born on October 3, 1922 in New Orleans, LA, but spent a greater part of his early life in Vicksburg and Jackson, [...]

T. Todd Reboul, III – Class of 19442020-07-15T20:07:58-05:00

Ron Drez (62)


Author and historian, Ron Drez, will be leading a tour of France in conjunction of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Ron served as Company Commander Hotel 2/5 1968 (VietNam). He is President of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours having served both as friend and associate of the distinguished, late historian. He has written many articles for military history magazines and is a contributing author and editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica web site for its Normandy feature.  

Ron Drez (62)2019-04-11T19:12:13-05:00

Rufus Harris Jr. – Class of 1944


January 29, 2018 Rufus Carrollton Harris, Jr. died peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018. Rufus was born September 6, 1923 in Macon, Georgia to Mary Louise Walker and Dr. Rufus Carrollton Harris. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Harris Hawk (Thomas), Rufus Carrollton Harris, III (Victoria), Louise Harris Saik (Clifton), Douglas King Harris (Diana); his loving wife of 39 years Mary Lou Hevron Harris and her children: Michele Lafaye Lopiccolo (Frank) and Edward Emory Lafaye, III (Olivier); and his brother Dr. Joseph Henry Walker Harris (Elvy). He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren who called [...]

Rufus Harris Jr. – Class of 19442019-03-02T13:54:34-06:00

46th Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet Won by Texas A&M


Our Battalion conducted another successful Mardi Gras drill meet March 1,2019. Twenty six teams competed with Texas A&M coming in first, Norwich University second and USMA West Point at third. “I hope that each competing unit walks away with the realization that practice and commitment do, in fact, pay off in very rewarding ways,” said Tulane NROTC unit Commanding Officer, Capt. Daniel Senesky. “For the Tulane Midshipman Battalion, I hope that they, too, recognize that the long hours spent planning and coordinating the many facets of this event were well worth it.” “The number one focus of the Mardi Gras [...]

46th Annual Mardi Gras Drill Meet Won by Texas A&M2020-05-03T15:50:47-05:00

Col Stanley H Carpenter – Class of 1946


Stanley Hammack Carpenter, 75, a retired Marine Corps colonel and aeronautical engineer who specialized in weapon development and flight safety issues, died of emphysema Sept. 20 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Alexandria. Col. Carpenter, an aviator, served 30 years in the Marines before retiring in 1974 as chief of air operations at Quantico. He participated in the Inchon landing during the Korean War. In 1968 and 1969, he served in Vietnam as an officer in charge of Chu Lai Air Base and as commanding officer of an air operations support group in Da Nang. Col. Carpenter, a [...]

Col Stanley H Carpenter – Class of 19462019-10-21T10:34:12-05:00

John Weinmann – Class of 1950


1929 - 2016 Mr. Weinmann was ambassador to Finland from 1989 to 1991 and chief of protocol from 1991 to 1993. The latter position is a State Department post; its holder advises the president, vice president and secretary of state on protocol matters. In a 1996 interview, Mr. Weinmann said his first day as chief of protocol was nerve-racking. Four hours after he was sworn in, he had to have everything ready for Czech President Vaclav Havel's arrival at the White House. "I was very nervous," he said. "I knew nothing about the job - I mean, nothing." [...]

John Weinmann – Class of 19502019-03-03T18:04:36-06:00

Lt Col David E Crais


Lt. Colonel David Emile Crais USMC (Ret), 72, of Etowah, passed away on September 22, 2017. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, he was the son of the late Henry Rosenfeld and Helen Jane Whitaker Crais. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Henry Crais. David grew up in a large family of six children who enjoyed all that there was to offer in the exciting, food-centric town of New Orleans. He earned an athletic scholarship to Tulane University where he ran track and majored in English. During his senior year he married his [...]

Lt Col David E Crais2019-08-14T06:42:56-05:00

Maj Charles Aloysius “Charlie” Romans, Jr – Class of 1977


Charles Aloysius Romans Jr., age 47, died at 3:33 p.m. Monday, December 23, 2002, at home in Durham. He was the beloved son of the late Rosemary Giovingo Romans and Charles A. Romans, brother of Regina Rose Romans Douvillier, and brother-in-law of Harold J. Douvillier Jr. He is survived also by his very special friend, Greg Tuchek, and his Wheaton terrier, "Ziggy." He was predeceased by another very special friend, Steven Allan Benton; and Great Danes, "Beau," "Bosko I," "Gunther," and "Bosko II." A native New Orleanian, Charlie was a graduate of Brother Martin High School and Tulane University (1997). A [...]

Maj Charles Aloysius “Charlie” Romans, Jr – Class of 19772019-03-03T18:13:38-06:00

Lt William McKeown – Class of 2003


Lt. William (Bill) Joseph McKeown, 26, Charleston, S.C., died in a car accident in Charleston, where he was stationed in the Navy. Bill was born on July 21, 1981, in Dickinson. Bill attended grade school in Marmarth and North Pole, Alaska. He graduated valedictorian from Rhame High School in 1999. From there, he went on to Tulane University in New Orleans, La., with a full scholarship from the Naval ROTC program. He graduated with a mechanical engineering degree and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in 2003. Bill went on to serve in the Navy as both a mechanical and [...]

Lt William McKeown – Class of 20032019-03-03T18:14:36-06:00

Fred A Skellie Jr. – Class of 1942


Fred A. Skellie, Jr., 92, passed away March 3 at home in Decatur, GA, with his devoted wife of 70 years, Lucille, by his side. Born in Cuevas, MS, he enjoyed childhood with his seven siblings on the Gulf Coast in Long Beach, MS, where he graduated from Long Beach High School in 1938. In 1942, he graduated from Tulane University with a degree in economics. While attending Tulane, he was a member of the Naval ROTC. After marrying Lucille McPherson, Fred served in WWII as a lieutenant and navigator aboard the destroyer USS Rodman. One of the ship's first duties was escorting [...]

Fred A Skellie Jr. – Class of 19422019-03-03T18:58:16-06:00

Joseph K Perloff MD – Class of 1945


Joseph K. Perloff, MD, died at 89 years of age on 18 August 2014, at his home in Los Angeles. He was born 21 December 1924, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his bachelor's degree from Tulane University in 1945 and his medical degree from Louisiana State University in 1957, graduating as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. His internship and residency (both in pathology and internal medicine) were at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York and were followed by a Fulbright Scholarship at the Institute of Cardiology in London. He was a cardiology fellow at Georgetown University Hospital [...]

Joseph K Perloff MD – Class of 19452019-03-03T18:19:45-06:00

Captain Thomas Bayne Denegre, Jr. – Commissioned in 1941


Retired Navy captain and banker Thomas Bayne Denègre Jr. died at 92 Saturday at Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury, the retirement community in Irvington he worked so hard to create. At 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and transferred to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps when he went to Tulane University. With World War II on the horizon, he earned an officer's commission in 1941 and volunteered for the submarine service, where he spent the next 19 years. He commanded a submarine and later a division of six submarines. He served on 10 wartime patrols. He was executive [...]

Captain Thomas Bayne Denegre, Jr. – Commissioned in 19412019-03-03T19:00:05-06:00

Col Robert W.L. Bross PNS 1963-1966


Colonel Bross was the Unit CO of Tulane NROTC BROSS Col. - Robert Bross (USMC, Ret.) of Atlantic Beach, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2007 at the age of 86. Robert was born in 1920 in Babylon, NY, son of William Warren Bross and Lillian Allen Leute Bross. He graduated from Princeton University in 1941 and received his Masters degree in Slavic languages from Tulane University in 1970. For 27 years he served in the United States Marine Corps first serving in World War II in the Pacific Theater. His military career included serving as Assistant Naval Attaché to [...]

Col Robert W.L. Bross PNS 1963-19662019-03-03T18:21:12-06:00

Noah H. Long, Jr. – Class of 1965


 Commander, Second Naval Construction Brigade Rear Admiral Noah H. Long, Jr. received his commission in the Civil Engineer Corps in July, 1965 from Navy ROTC at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He served on active duty for five years which included two deployments to Vietnam as a Company Commander with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion-133. Upon his release from active duty he affiliated with the Naval Reserves. He served in RNMCB14, Jacksonville, FL and RNMCB-24, Huntsville, AL in progressively more responsible positions as Company Commander, Operations Officer, [...]

Noah H. Long, Jr. – Class of 19652019-03-03T18:21:50-06:00

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award


At Homecoming, The Honorary Lifetime Membership Award was presented to Captain Patrick Huete for his constant and unfailing support of the Alumni Association during his tenure as the Professor of Naval Science. Humbled and honored described Captain Huete as he was awarded the plaque. He felt it was a privilege to be able to be at Tulane University and was thrilled to have an opportunity to spend a part of his Naval career in his hometown.

Honorary Lifetime Membership Award2019-11-24T08:27:45-06:00

Letter to the Alumni from Captain Patrick Huete


As I reflect on the four years I spent as PNS I am very grateful for the opportunity to have led such a talented group of midshipmen and staff, both uniform and civilian. There was no better way to wind up my career, working a great job in the city I love. Tulane NROTC is truly unique, and my interactions with other units throughout my tour only reinforced my belief in this fact. Shrimp and crawfish boils, Carnival parades, the Mardi Gras Drill Meet, and the Run for the Fallen are just some of the events that separate the [...]

Letter to the Alumni from Captain Patrick Huete2019-08-26T16:01:31-05:00

Naval ROTC Homecoming 2018


Our association hosted a Homecoming Party at the Navy Building on Friday afternoon, November 9, 2018. The event was a catered affair that had alumni sharing stories and enjoying camaraderie. The Class of 1993 had a great turnout of alumni and was thrilled to be with one another again. Several attendees decided to become lifetime members. The business portion of the meeting saw the approval of the slate of board members and an address by the association president. The new alumni website was unveiled with many thanks to Tom Dolan for his hard work. Next, the new Commanding Officer, [...]

Naval ROTC Homecoming 20182019-04-16T15:08:07-05:00