Major Sweeney, a Chicago native, received his degree in Architecture from Notre Dame in 1957. He was commissioned through the PLC program. Major Sweeney was an advisor to South Vietnamese forces in 1973. The book, "U.S. Marines In Vietnam: The War That Would Not End, 1971-1973," mentions Major Sweeney's actions on Jan 26,1973, just before the cease fire. Major Sweeney was awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He returned to Tulane for an MBA.
Lt. John F Pearce Upon graduation, assigned to USS Hull DD945 which was in the Long Beach shipyard. After the refitting, ship moved to home port San Diego. Since so many of the crew were new, the ship went through pre-deployment trials. Lots of training and learning before departing for WESTPAC. The deployment began in March 1971. After the usual refueling stops in Hawaii, Midway and Guam, we arrived Subic Bay, Philippines about 3 weeks after departing San Diego. Like most deployed destroyers, we spent about half the time on the [...]
James (Jim) M. Walley Jr. Rear Admiral, CEC, USN (Retired) 1st tour RVN (Republic of Vietnam) 11/1970-7/71. Initially assigned as to Head Quarters Company and performed administrative and operations duties as directed. Served TAD (temporary duty) assignments in Nam Cam, Cho Moi and Da Nang focused on constructing military facilities such as expeditionary runways, petroleum storage facilities, river marine facilities and troupe bed-down/dining facilities. Second Tour RVN 12/1971-6/1972 as OIC (Officer in Charge) Seabee Team 7411 (13-person Civic Action Team) building of military/civilian facilities such as schools, roads, bridges and other [...]
RADM James M. Walley, Jr., CEC, USNR (Ret.) RADM Walley was born in Orange County, California and raised in a Marine Corps aviation family environment. He graduated from Tulane University (1970) with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and concurrently received a commission in the Civil Engineer Corps, United States Navy. RADM Walley served 11 years on active duty, first with the Seabees (NMCB 74) and made two deployments to the Republic of Vietnam. Following Vietnam, he was transferred to Washington DC and had assignments in construction with Chesapeake Division and in public works at NAF Andrews, [...]