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, [...]
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
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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
Colonel Kenneth R. Burns (Ret.) Following graduation from The Basic School at Quantico I was designated an Amphibian Vehicle Officer, and assigned to 1st Marine Division, Vietnam, with Amphibious Vehicle School, Camp Pendleton in route. Prior to the completion of school my orders were changed and I was directed to report as a Platoon Commander to the recently formed Fifth Amphibian Vehicle (Amtrac) Battalion. Like any hard charging Second Lieutenant I questioned the wisdom of this change, and was told that my NROTC four year obligation gave them an extra year to control my destiny. [...]
William F Font I was a Radar Intercept Officer, flying F-4 Phantoms. My Fighter Squadron, VF-114 was deployed on the USS Kitty Hawk. Our Vietnam cruise was November 1967 to June 1968. Awards include: Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Campaign Medal Editor Note Kitty Hawk [CVA-63] was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for exceptionally meritorious and heroic service from 23 December 1967 to 1 June 1968, which included the Tet Offensive, while participating in combat operations in Southeast Asia. William F Font, Class of 1966, BS Biology Years in Service: 1966-1970 / Years in [...]
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 [...]
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.
1944 - 1969 Upon his arrival in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Robert John Kuhlman, Jr. was assigned to Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing at Da Nang Air Base. On 17 January 1969, the Squadron’s Mission 6363, a direct air support mission, was originally assigned to the Squadron Executive Officer, Major Luther A. Lono. Something precluded Maj Lono from flying the mission and it was reassigned to Captain Edwin James Fickler and his bombardier/navigator, 1stLt Robert J. Kuhlman. Their A6A Intruder aircraft launched out of Da Nang Air Base on [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Personal Data Gregory W. Kahn, LCDR USN (Ret) Tulane Naval ROTC Class of 1966 BA Political Science Commissioned May 1966 Louisiana Native Historical Events Korean War Assignments / Engagements Initial Schools ( Jun 1966 - Jul 1966) CIC at Point Lorna Amphibious Warfare at Coronado - Mexican Invasion Journey to USS Tortuga (LSD 26 ) (Jul1966) Travis Air Force Base - vaccinations Clark AFB to Subic NS harrowing bus ride AP A across South China Sea - typhoon Ora LST Floyd County USS Tortuga (Ju11966 - Jun 1968) Built 1945, Pacific Duty, Extensive Korean War Service 450 Ft. Length, [...]
1944 - 2002 The loss of two Navy training jets and seven crew members last week in the Gulf of Mexico may never be explained, a fellow aviator said Wednesday at a pair of memorial services. The T-39 Sabreliners, used for navigation, radar intercept, electronic warfare and other nonpilot training, vanished from radar about 40 miles south of Pensacola on May 8. Neither sent a distress signal. "I do not know now, nor do I ever expect to answer or understand why this happened," said retired Navy Capt. Charles Tinker in his eulogy. "I fear it will [...]