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
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
1938 - 2016 Louis Hanner Watson passed into heavenly glory on August 8, 2016, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi. Louis was known as a "Buddy" to many, a nickname given to him by his older brother. He was born on March 15, 1938, at Old Baptist Hospital in Jackson to William Harvey Watson, Jr. and Sarah Brown Hanner Watson. Louis's father, Billy, was on staff at the Mississippi State Sanatorium in Sanatorium, Mississippi. As Louis often recounted, his family moved to Meridian, Mississippi, on July 2, 1944, "complete with [his [...]