65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

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You can make reservations at Hotel Annapolis by- by calling 800-526-2593 and asking for USNA Class of 1954. rate


Death of a Classmate - John Edward Newton - 4 th Co.

Facebook had a post that John Newton passed away Sunday , 9 September, in Cupertino, CA .  His son made the following post: 

Dad’s service in the Navy started at the Naval Academy during the Korean War, stretched through the Quemoy Incident (Taiwan) in 1958 right after I was born, the Cold War with forward deployments in the Mediterranean in the 1960s, in Vietnam as Operations Officer on the USS Enterprise and finally in Pearl Harbor serving on the Staff of the Commander-in-Chief Pacific Fleet. It was in this last mission that moved our family to Hawaii and for my mother and him to settle down after the restless moving from base to base over the decades. He helped Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani, HI get started and became an anchor of the church. He also had a very active and volunteer-oriented life with the Lions Club and the community in Mililani. His whole life you could see him volunteering and helping out with our Boy Scout troops, school trips or local church.
In his last years of his life, he and our mother moved back to the Bay Area as they were no longer able to really to look after themselves. Even then, he saw his role as the care giver for our mother following her as she had to go to the memory ward of their care home. After my mother’s passing he moved to down to Sunny View, Cupertino where he led a happy, although memory challenged life at a church-oriented community. He was still his outgoing, bigger than life Naval Aviator self that greeted all the residence every day with a Cheery Aye-Aye.


Richard Raymond's September Poem - DRAGGING WEEKEND



                               DRAGGING WEEKEND

                                 (Tune: "Armored Cruiser Squadron"?)


                        It's Saturday noon on Tecumseh Court,

                        As visitors gather to watch the sport,

                        Your own drag's there—she's a last resort,

                                    Your cousin's college roommate—


                        The beauties rolled in on every bus,

                        And most of us met without a fuss—

                        If one is a brick, too late to cuss,

                                    She's yours for the whole damn weekend!


                        The muster's taken, reports, salutes,

                        The Drum and Bugle Corps thumps and toots,

                        By now your heart's sinking in your boots,

                                    When "Diners fall out!" is given.


                        The football game is a total bust,

                        The hop puts your weekend in the dust,

                        You dance with her because you must,

                                    It's twelve, and the doors go open.                 


                        You head for the drag house double-quick,

                        Still thinking you're certain to get the Brick,

                        While the Bancroft clocks go tick-tick-tick,

                                    Not right for the Flying Squadron.


                        The drag house parlor is nice and dark,

                        Just right for couples to start a spark,

                        And a furtive fumble soon finds its mark,

                                    Woo-hoo! For the Flying Squadron!


                        And that's when you find, that "homely daughter"

                        Is hotter than Babcock and Wilcox water,

                        For it wasn't an Eagle Scout who taught her,

                                    It's you for the Flying Squadron!





Death of a Classmate - Commander HENRY GEORGE BILLERBECK , USNRet - 6th Co.

Born to Fred and Ruth Billerbeck January 30,1931, in Jacksonville, Florida, and was called to be with our Lord Jesus Christ, August 22,2018. 'Love of God, Love of family, and Love of country' were the values George lived by.  He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy June 4th, 1954, and served his country faithfully as an officer for 26 years.  On July 16,1960, he and Carolyn Curtis were united in marriage: a union that continued for 58 years.  They were blessed with twin sons and a daughter.  Following his naval career he worked as a successful real estate appraiser for the VA until his retirement at age 75.  He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and his kind demeanor will be missed by all.  He is survived by wife Carolyn, son David, daughter Heidi(Forrest), and grandchildren Brooke, Austin, and Curtis.


Class Luncheon


USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

11 September
1130 to 1300

Hotel Annapolis (formerly Loew's Hotel) BAROAK Taproom


Classmates, their families, and Widows invited

Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated


Bill Greenlaw


Our Poets August Poem - MORE GUNS IN AUGUST?



                         MORE GUNS IN AUGUST?
                         Should the Trumpet Sound
                "The muffled tongue of Big Ben tolled nine by the clock
                as the cortege left the palace, but on history's clock it was
                sunset, and the sun of the old world was setting in a dying
                blaze of splendor never to be seen again."
                                                                -- Tuchman, "The Guns of August"
                        "In scarlet and purple and blue and green,
                        Three by three the sovereigns rode"
                        Through London streets, a fantastic scene
                        Prescribed under royalty's rigid code.
                        King Edward Seventh had breathed his last,
                        Bands played slow, and the great bell boomed,
                        Glorious pageantry marching past,
                        Never a one knew their way was doomed.

                        Every so often, the eye turns back
                        To view, with a quizzical, dim foreboding,
                        Events that the headlines screamed in black,
                        Bygone echoes of shells exploding,
                        Legions of soldiers--perhaps their shades--
                        Steadily tramp to the martial beat,
                        Far from the drills and the dress parades,
                        Flaps from the flagstaff a winding-sheet.

                        Consumptive radical slays Archduke,
                        Nations erupt into global war--
                        Rogues develop a secret nuke,
                        We're almost back into nineteen-four.
                        Diplomats squabble and sabers rattle,
                        Enemies rise, there is rising fear,
                        Are we set to resume the battle?
                        Better prepare, while the skies are clear.


65th Reunion

Our hotel for the 65th Reunion, Loews Annapolis Hotel, has been sold to  Capital Partners. and will operate as  Hotel Annapolis . 

You can make reservations at Hotel Annapolis by calling 800-526-2593 and asking for USNA Class of 1954 group rate.  

At this time no action is required on reservation that have been made.


Services for Paul Skarlatos

Services for Paul Skarlatos will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church,8601 Wolftrap Rd SE, Vienna, VA 22182, on Monday, 30 July.

Viewing at 2:00pm
Funeral at 3:00pm


Death of a classmate - Captain Paul Skarlatos USN (Ret) - 7th Co.

Captain Paul Skarlatos USN (Ret)  Naval  Aviator  died  16  July  2018.  Paul  was raised  in  Rochester  NY.  Following graduation from Monroe High School in Rochester in 1948, he attended the University of Michigan, before he was appointed   to USNA.    Paul was a member of the 7th Company and lived in the 2nd    wing of   Bancroft Hall.  On graduation Paul was commissioned an Ensign  and underwent flight training shortly after. He received his wings in 1955. His first duty assignment was with the Fleet Air Wings Training Unit, Atlantic Fleet. After   he served with Attack Squadron 43 and later with VF  74 aboard INTREPID  He served as a  Bull   Prof  at the Academy from 1961 to 1964. While at Annapolis, he received a master’s degree in foreign affairs from American University.   He served as  guided missile officer aboard INDEPENDENCE. He also served with  VF 13 as operations officer aboard the SHANGRI LA in 1966.  Starting with VF 13, he flew F-8 Crusaders,  In 1970, he served in Vietnamese waters, flying off the BON HOMME RICHARD with  VF 53   as   XO,  and later, as  CO,  after the CO  was killedHe   served as personnel officer on the staff of the Commander, Naval Forces, Atlantic Fleet. Prior to reporting to the F.D.R as Executive Officer, he served with the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington D.C. as aviation commander detailer. He  was  promoted Captain, 1 January 1975.  Paul   was a Distinguished Graduate of the Naval War College and National War College.   Personal decorations include  the Bronze Star with “V,” Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and several campaign medals.   Following his retirement  in 1978, He earned   a master’s degree in Information Technology from American University.  He worked as a system engineer and business development leader at TRW. Then  Paul   worked at several consulting firms, including JGW and Associates, in senior leadership roles. He   later     formed  Systematic Inc., a  software  engineering  company, and was  its president. Paul  was  pre-deceased  by  Marguerite Ryan, first  wife, in 1992.    Survivors  are second  wife Patricia Trott-Skarlatos, whom  he married  in 1994,  three children from his first marriage;   Michael, Elizabeth, and Matthew,  Two  brothers;  George,  and  Spero, and many nieces and nephews.   Paul  will be laid to rest at  a  later date in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. 


Death of a Classmate - Paul Skarlatos - 7th Co.

Paul Skarlatos passed away at the Leewood nursing home in Annandale Virginia on 16 July 2018. 

Addition information will be published when available. 


Death of a Classmate - R. Raley THOMLEY - 21st Co.

Lt. Col. R. Raley Thomley, USMC (Ret.) of Newbern TN  age 88 died 22  June  2018 from  heart failure.  Robert Raley Thomley grew up in Alabama.  He attended The Marion Institute and received an Alabama appointment to USNA. “Rails” was in the 21st Company and lived in the 6th Wing of Bancroft Hall.  On graduation, he was commissioned Second  Lieutenant   USMC,  attended Marine Corps Basic School,  Quantico, VA  and received training as an infantry platoon commander and Marine Officer.  Afterward, he received Engineering training at Camp Pendleton, CA. He became a Platoon Leader in the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, on Okinawa. This was followed as Aide-de-camp to the Assistant Division Commander in Japan.  Raley's next assignment was Disbursing Officer School and duty in disbursing at Camp Pendleton. Then he was an Infantry Platoon Commander in the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton. In 1959, he attended Photo Interpretation School, Fort Holabird, Baltimore  MD. Following, he was assigned as Operations Officer, 8th Engineer Battalion, Force Troops, Camp Lejeune, NC.  During  1960 - 61 he trained Cuban Freedom Fighters in amphibious operations prior the Bay of Pigs action. Returning to the States, Raley became Company CO in the   8th Engineer Battalion, and then CO  2nd Topographic Co.  A tour in Washington, D.C. followed with ONI; then the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he served at the National Photo Interpretation Center during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  In 1965, he was assigned Operations Officer, 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Marine Division  South Vietnam. In 1966, he became the Operations Officer 2nd Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune. PG School at Monterey, CA followed.  and an MS  Degree in Management-Quantitative Analysis. In December 1968. Raley was assigned as Director Marine Corps Computer Sciences School, Quantico. Afterward, he moved to. Okinawa as Assistant Chief of Staff (Intelligence) 3rd Marine Division His last assignment was Director of Programming, Marine Corps Supply Activity Philadelphia.    Raley retired 1 June 1973  and moved to Memphis as Director Corporate Data Center, Holiday Inns, Inc. Services were June 25, at St. Mary Episcopal Church. Burial was in Dyer County Memorial Gardens.  Survivors are wife, Agnes Ann Moore, 3 sons; Raley Daniel  Thomley, Paul, Christopher (Teresa)  Thomley,  and Erin Andrew (Dyan) Thomley,  3 daughters; Kathryn Ann Devlin (Charles), Rosemary Susan T. Dragunas (Gint),   C. Maria Coleman; 2 sisters; Jacquelyn Warren (Fritz), Ann Forrester, 12 grandchildren; and  5 great-grandchildren.