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Professors of Naval Science


Years Professor of Naval Science 1939-40 Captain Walden Lee Ainsworth USN 1941 Captain James Mackney Lewis USN 1942 Commander Thomas B Brittain USN 1943-45 Captain Forrest U. Lake USN 1946-June 51 Captain Harry Douglas Power USN Summer 1951-53 Captain Edward T. Eves USN 1954-55 Captain C.E. Cortner USN 1956-58 Captain Edward T. Eves USN 1959-62 Captain R. V. Gregory USN 1963-66 Colonel Robert W. L. Bross USMC 1967-68 Captain Harry Howard deLaureal USN 1969-73 Captain Ernest E. Wilson USN 1974-76 Captain Herman C. Abelein USN 1977-79 Colonel T. L. Morgan USMC 1980-82 Colonel W. S. Pullar USMC 1983-84 Colonel R. [...]

Professors of Naval Science2022-08-19T10:43:02-05:00

Ens Jahn USS Curtis Wilbur


190309-N-JN784-1222 PHILIPPINE SEA (March 9, 2019)- Ensign Austin Jahn mans his watch station in the Combat Information Center aboard USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54). U.S. Navy warships train together to increase the tactical proficiency, lethality, and interoperability of participating units in an Era of Great Power Competition. (U.S. navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Alexandra Seeley)

Ens Jahn USS Curtis Wilbur2022-06-27T11:58:26-05:00

Charles E. McHale Jr. (45)


May 18, 2015 Charles Edmund McHale, Jr. died on May 18, 2015 surrounded by loved ones at his home. He was 89 years of age, and the beloved husband of Betty Woodward McHale for 62 years. Charles was the son of the late Charles Edmund McHale, Sr. and the late Mrs. Lillian Berniard McHale. He is survived by his four daughters: Ginger McHale Tobey of Westport, CT; Cindy McHale Starling (Philip) of Hopkinsville, KY; Lisa McHale Creed (Curtis) of Baton Rouge, LA; and Willow Hale of Los Angeles, CA. He was grandfather to nine: Caroline Tobey, Charlie [...]

Charles E. McHale Jr. (45)2021-06-22T19:31:57-05:00

Captain James Toups (61)


August 10, 2016 Retired prominent and  attorney, and USN Captain, James E. Toups, Jr. died Wednesday, August 10, at St. James Place after a long illness with Parkinson's and Lewy Body Dementia. He was 76. Jim was a native of New Orleans and a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. He graduated from Baton Rouge High, and attended Tulane University on a Naval Scholarship where he was President of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma. He graduated in 1961 with a major in Physics and a minor in Math. It was at Tulane that he met the love of his [...]

Captain James Toups (61)2021-06-22T16:23:25-05:00

Dr. Edward Stormont Lindsey (52)


March 23, 2018 Dr. Edward Stormont Lindsey died peacefully at home on Friday, March 23 at age 87. He was predeceased by his parents, the Rev. Edward Austin Lindsey and Jane Stormont Lindsey, and his sister Jane Austin Lindsey Gilcoat (Bill) and brother Homer MacMillan Lindsey (Joan). He is survived by Margaret Ann Turfitt Lindsey, the love of his life, two children, Ann Lindsey Wilhelm (Jack) of Austin, TX, and M. T. Dean Lindsey (Peggy) of State College, PA, and four grandchildren: Edward Morton Wilhelm of Austin, TX; Caroline Ann Lindsey Meneau (Mitchell) of Chicago, IL; David [...]

Dr. Edward Stormont Lindsey (52)2022-01-05T12:05:25-06:00

Carlos J. Indest III (65)


July 20, 2020 Carlos Joseph Indest, III went to his Eternal Rest on Monday, July 20, 2020, in Covington, LA. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 5, 1940. Married to and loving husband of Margaret "Peggy" Collura Indest for 53 years and the proud father of Karl J. Indest (Lisa) and Jason A. Indest (Allison), and the grandfather (Paw-Paw) of Dominic J. Indest, Samuel J. Indest, and Alexander W. Indest. Son of Carlos J. Indest, Jr. and Edna Louise Abadie, both deceased, and the maternal grandson of Annie Cauenberg Abadie, also deceased. Attended Holy [...]

Carlos J. Indest III (65)2021-06-22T15:40:46-05:00

Lt John C. Crawford – Staff 1964-66


Lt Crawford  was Sophomore Instructor for 2 years, during which he was Faculty Advisor to the Radio Club and The Barnacle. He came to Tulane NROTC in September 1964 from the USS Cone (DD-876) where he was the Weapons Officer. He departed in June 1966 to serve on the Staff of Admiral Ward, Commander US Naval Forces Vietnam. At the time of his death he was assigned to the Coastal Surveillance Force and served on Swift Boats. On March 10, 1967, a U.S. Navy VC-47J (#99844) from Tan Son Nhut Air Base Detachment, Naval Support Activity (NAVSUPACT) Saigon, [...]

Lt John C. Crawford – Staff 1964-662021-07-23T10:12:04-05:00

Lt. j.g. Frederick L. Bell – 1974


Lt j.g. Frederick L. Bell died when his aircraft crashed into the sea off USS Dwight D. Eisenhower on 1 March 1978, approximately 60 miles SE of Jacksonville, Florida.  During the first dog watch the aircraft had mechanical problems while in plane guard position about 100 yards off the starboard quarter. The weather was calm with clear visibility, when it suddenly rolled rapidly to the right, crashed into the water tail first and sank, inverted, disappearing from view in barely 30 seconds. Two of the four crewmen survived. RELATED STATEMENT: LCDR Howard M. Tillison USNR (Ret.) : I [...]

Lt. j.g. Frederick L. Bell – 19742022-06-28T14:13:37-05:00

Women Making Waves 2021


CDR Jacobson Commander Katie (Hagen) Jacobson is a sixteen-year veteran of the United States Navy and is the Executive Officer of USS NITZE (DDG 94) in Norfolk, VA. On March 3, 2021 she participated as a featured speaker in Tulane's Alumni Association Women Making Waves 2021. Each year the Office of Alumni Relations celebrates the career successes of our alumnae in order to further inspire and motivate Tulane women to seek leadership positions in the workplace and in their communities. This year’s panel discussions will include Herstories, where alumnae share their personal journeys to professional success, and Pathways to [...]

Women Making Waves 20212022-01-05T08:37:28-06:00

Capt. Kevin Kennedy (92) – PNS U. Virginia


Captain Kevin Kennedy (92) has assumed command of Naval ROTC at the University of Virginia. Captain Kevin Kennedy graduated from Tulane University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1994. He is a 2006 graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College in Canberra, Australia and earned a Master in Maritime Studies Degree from the University of Wollongong in 2007. Captain Kennedy’s operational assignments include Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FOURTEEN (HS-14), Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron TWO (HS-2), Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron FIFTEEN (HS-15) and Helicopter [...]

Capt. Kevin Kennedy (92) – PNS U. Virginia2021-06-05T06:35:07-05:00

Frank Laboureur (75) June 16, 2011


1954 - 2011 Frank Marcel Laboureur , age 57, a resident of New Orleans, LA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 16, 2011, surrounded by family and friends. Born in Deinze, Belgium, Frank came to the United States at the age of 18 months with his parents, the late Jacques Louis Laboureur and Yvette D'haene Laboureur. He was raised in Atlanta, Georgia, where he graduated from Northside High School. Upon graduation from Tulane University, Frank was commissioned through NROTC in the United States Navy and served for four years. He returned to New Orleans in 1981 where he [...]

Frank Laboureur (75) June 16, 20112021-02-26T12:24:44-06:00

Flight Instuctor & Air America


July 1970, I reported to Helicopter Training Squadron 8 (HT8) as a Flight Instructor flying UH1D’s (Huey’s.) Learning to fly an aircraft a fraction the size of a CH-53, while simultaneously instructing the student in the lesson being taught was challenging at first. We had to learn to repeat the maneuver description as it was written in the Students’ Procures Handbook, as we did the procedures in the aircraft. Once I got comfortable with the Huey it was a breeze. I enjoyed it so much, I would have stayed there and instructed for the rest of my working days if [...]

Flight Instuctor & Air America2021-02-16T20:26:10-06:00

Flight School


Initially I had received orders to Parris Island as a Recruit Company Commander. During my tour in VN, I had put in for flight training, so my orders were changed, and I went to NAS Pensacola. It was interesting to see the improvement in my hearing on my flight physical, once I got to Pensacola, compared to the one I took in Vietnam.  I started flight school in June and received my wings as a helicopter pilot in May 1968. While in flight school, (according to Navy Times) I was one of only six 23-year old Captains in the USMC [...]

Flight School2021-01-17T13:40:15-06:00



Now that I had graduated from college, a Marine school, and an Army school, it was time for the Mother of all Senior Trips. I flew commercial across the country to San Francisco in April 1966. I was wearing summer khakis and found S.F. to be quite chilly that time of the year.  A Boeing 707 chartered from a commercial air carrier flew us to Okinawa, with a refueling stop in Guam.  The seating was arranged for the maximum number of passengers and every single seat was full.  There were no movies, no peanuts, and no fun.  When we got [...]


The Basic School


In June 1965, I reported to the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Virginia, which is home to various training facilities for Marine officers, the Army’s Provost Marshal General, NCIS Headquarters, The DEA Training Academy, the FBI Academy, and the FBI Lab, as well as HMX-1, the unit that flies the President’s helicopters.  We had to wait for the US Naval Academy midshipmen to graduate before starting Basic School.  For two weeks we rode USMC buses into Washington, DC touring the various monuments and the Smithsonian Institute.  It was a fantastic opportunity to visit DC and not have to worry about [...]

The Basic School2021-01-17T13:40:59-06:00

Jason C Woodbury – 1998


1976 - 2016 On January 8, 2016. the world lost a shining and beautiful star, as Jason Charles Woodbury passed away at the age of 39. Born in St. Paul on May 12, 1976, to Lynn and Charles Woodbury, Jason had more joy, love, and adventures in his 39 years that most people have in 90. Jason and his family moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1988, and he graduated from Antilles High School in 1994. He went on to graduate from Tulane University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. Jason was an active member of [...]

Jason C Woodbury – 19982023-03-28T15:55:51-05:00

Avery Stirratt III Class of 1954


1932 - 2020 Avery Stirratt III, of New Orleans, passed away peacefully the morning of Good Friday, April 10, 2020 at the Lambeth House. The cause of death was cancer. He will be greatly missed by many friends and his loving family. He is survived by his second wife, Marietta Moyer Lanier Stirratt; five children: Betsy (Blaise Cronin), Avery IV (Nada), Anne Elston (Jeff), Laurie (Carl Blackledge), and John (Crissy); four step-children: Charles Lanier Jr. (Reecee), Leslie Stumpff (Scott), Kathryn Lanier, and Evelyn Langdale (Pope); four grandchildren: Ben and Andrew Wolin, Erin Fitzmaurice, and Tallulah Stirratt; ten step-grandchildren: [...]

Avery Stirratt III Class of 19542020-11-04T11:23:34-06:00

History Presentation Sept 22,2020


Due to the circumstances of the day, the start is delayed. For convenience skip ahead 3:30 to see Tim Huete begin the presentation.

History Presentation Sept 22,20202020-10-27T17:56:37-05:00

Annual Meeting October 2020


Annual Association meeting held October 15, 2020. Simply click the play button and the recording will appear.

Annual Meeting October 20202020-10-27T13:03:08-05:00

Tulane’s NROTC Polar Explorer


How a Tulane NROTC Alumni had an island named after him. Operation HIGHJUMP was officially named “The US Navy Antarctic Development Project 1946-1947”. It was led by Admiral Richard Byrd, the already famous Polar explorer. HIGHJUMP had a primary mission of establishing a permanent US base in Antarctica. It had numerous secondary missions including: training in Antarctic operations, establishing US sovereignty, scientific research, and mapping. Operation HIGHJUMP did not include map-control surveys for geodetic ground control needed to produce accurate maps. Operation WINDMILL was officially named “The US Navy Antarctic Development Project 1947-1948”. WINDMILL had a primary mission of obtaining [...]

Tulane’s NROTC Polar Explorer2020-12-02T19:42:59-06:00

Lt. Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. – 1943


Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. was an Alumnus of the Tulane NROTC Unit. He was KIA [BNR] on 16 June 1945 over the Bay of Makassar, Sulawesi Province, Netherlands East Indies (now the country of Indonesia). He is also a descendent of the Paul Tulane family. This is his story. Tulane became a private university in 1884 when the public University of Louisiana was reorganized and named in honor of benefactor Paul Tulane, a wealthy merchant who bequeathed more than $1 million to endow a university "for the promotion and encouragement of intellectual, moral and industrial education." A native of Princeton, [...]

Lt. Louis Tulane Bass, Jr. – 19432022-06-28T14:27:11-05:00

Air Intelligence Officer (CVA-35) on USS Enterprise


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 [...]

Air Intelligence Officer (CVA-35) on USS Enterprise2020-06-09T17:32:58-05:00

Lt jg Ashley Kiple (16) Ship Handler of the Year


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 [...]

Lt jg Ashley Kiple (16) Ship Handler of the Year2021-06-05T06:55:40-05:00

Lee H Askew, III – Class of 1966


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

Lee H Askew, III – Class of 19662020-04-25T12:03:15-05:00

Charles B Barfoot – Class of 1955


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.” [...]

Charles B Barfoot – Class of 19552020-04-25T12:05:00-05:00

Robert H. Barrow MOI 1957-1960


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

Robert H. Barrow MOI 1957-19602020-04-25T12:16:16-05:00

Harry Lamont Belin – Class of 1965


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].

Harry Lamont Belin – Class of 19652020-04-25T12:06:27-05:00

Robert L. Bross – PNS 1963-66


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 [...]

Robert L. Bross – PNS 1963-662020-12-17T13:49:42-06:00

Stanley H. Carpenter – Class of 1946


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.

Stanley H. Carpenter – Class of 19462020-04-25T12:09:20-05:00

Thomas S. Clower – Class of 1969


Thomas S. Clower Class of 1969 Initial orders were to USS Mauna kea [AE-22] deployed in Westpac. The USS MAUNA KEA (AE-22) was  a Suribachi-class ammunition ship

Thomas S. Clower – Class of 19692020-04-25T12:10:01-05:00

Wayne E. Cowen – Instructor 1967-69


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, [...]

Wayne E. Cowen – Instructor 1967-692020-04-25T12:10:36-05:00

Lynn Owen Cox – 1960


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 [...]

Lynn Owen Cox – 19602020-04-25T12:11:04-05:00

David Emile Crais


David Emile Crais [Deceased] 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 [ Tulane Class of 1966] was the nephew of David Emile Crais [NROTC Class of 1942], LtJg USN KIA in 1944 in the Mediterranean.

David Emile Crais2024-05-12T16:03:05-05:00

Richard Dinkel – Class of 1967


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 [...]

Richard Dinkel – Class of 19672020-04-25T12:23:00-05:00

Ron J. Drez – Class of 1962


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

Ron J. Drez – Class of 19622020-04-25T12:13:33-05:00

Ronald J. Dusse – Class of 1960


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 [...]

Ronald J. Dusse – Class of 19602020-04-25T12:13:59-05:00

Lt Patrick L Ruth – Class of 2008


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 Patrick L Ruth – Class of 20082020-05-24T21:25:56-05:00

Wright H. Ellis – Instructor 1968


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). [...]

Wright H. Ellis – Instructor 19682020-04-25T12:15:07-05:00

Arthur V. Flotte – Class of 1967


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 [...]

Arthur V. Flotte – Class of 19672020-04-25T12:18:47-05:00

CDR Matt Lacroix – Class of 1995


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 [...]

CDR Matt Lacroix – Class of 19952020-05-24T21:32:16-05:00

Robert W Fobes, Jr – Class of 1963


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.

Robert W Fobes, Jr – Class of 19632020-04-25T12:18:19-05:00

Lt Gregory Scott Fulco – Class of 1992


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 [...]

Lt Gregory Scott Fulco – Class of 19922020-05-24T21:43:30-05:00

Naval ROTC


My freshman year I lived on the second floor of Phelps House, the freshman dorm. We shared a bathroom with three other two-man rooms.  The student dorm advisor was in NROTC and thought it would be neat to have a “Navy Suite”, so all of my suitemates were on NROTC scholarships.  That meant that on Thursday nights, the place smelled of shoe polish and Brasso as all eight of us got our uniforms ready for Friday’s drill. The summer after my freshman year, I ended up on the USS Lake Champlain, an anti submarine aircraft carrier.  It was the last [...]

Naval ROTC2021-01-16T17:31:25-06:00

Tomas D. Sosa Y Gallagher – Class of 1968


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.

Tomas D. Sosa Y Gallagher – Class of 19682020-04-25T12:21:04-05:00

Amphibious Ready Group Bravo


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. [...]

Amphibious Ready Group Bravo2019-12-16T12:27:14-06:00

Clifford M Graf – Class of 1965


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 [...]

Clifford M Graf – Class of 19652020-05-05T13:05:17-05:00

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 1966


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.

Homer Gray Hutchinson III – Class of 19662020-04-25T12:24:15-05:00

Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot


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 [...]

Two Vietnam tours aboard the USS Constellation CV-64 as an attack pilot2019-11-18T16:36:59-06:00
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