Obituaries and Memorials

Lt Jg Robert Fobes – Class of 1963

2019-06-29T08:10:39-05:00

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 exercise Cloud Gap (classified research project). A/C was attempting a mountain peak landing and at approx 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 19632019-06-29T08:10:39-05:00

Lt CDR Thelmon S Stallings – Class of 1965

2019-05-11T10:48:43-05:00

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 19652019-05-11T10:48:43-05:00

Lt CMDR Jack Wintle – Staff 1940

2019-05-07T12:01:09-05:00

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 19402019-05-07T12:01:09-05:00

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

Ensign Herbert J McCampbell Jr. – Class of 1942

2019-04-08T10:52:37-05:00

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

Rufus Harris Jr. – Class of 1944

2019-03-02T13:54:34-05:00

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 19442019-03-02T13:54:34-05:00

Louie Kontz Harris – Class of 1956

2019-03-03T17:58:04-05:00

1932 - 2017 Louie Kontz Harris, born May 25, 1932 passed away peacefully on Friday, June 23,2017. He was the son of the late Rufus Carrollton Harris and Louise Walker Harris of Monroe, GA. Louie, in his first marriage, was the beloved husband of the late Maxine Marie Kentzel with whom he had his much-loved children Louie Kontz Harris, Jr. and Maxine Henriette Harris. He later married Lucie Pasquier Baker Murphy and was a good friend to her children Nancy Baker Hagen (Dan), John Elliott Baker and Lucie Adele Baker (Bill Robinson) He is survived by his daughter-in-law, [...]

Louie Kontz Harris – Class of 19562019-03-03T17:58:04-05:00

Col Stanley H Carpenter – Class of 1946

2019-03-03T18:01:38-05:00

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 19462019-03-03T18:01:38-05:00

Lt Jg Joseph J Parpal – Class of 1944

2019-04-12T16:26:52-05:00

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 19442019-04-12T16:26:52-05:00

Lt Jg Rosolino J Territo – Class of 1963

2019-03-05T14:03:28-05:00

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 19632019-03-05T14:03:28-05:00