Remember the 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


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.


TROPHIES OF VICTORY - Dick Raymond's July Poem

                                               TROPHIES OF VICTORY *
                "The Naval Academy museum has rediscovered and presented for display
                a nearly-forgotten collection of captured flags, taken by Naval and Marine  
                forces, in battle with a number of very formidable enemies." -- News item

                                    When our haughty British foes
                                    Sought to keep our freedoms down,
                                    And patriots reached for bayonets and powder,
                                    A new Navy soon arose
                                    From every seaside town,
                                    To answer with a thunder even louder—

                                    And our infant naval force
                                    Met the mighty Royal N,
                                    John Paul Jones made them quiver in their booties,
                                    It was Serapis, of course,
                                    And those stubborn Englishmen
                                    Learned to yield their flag, among their other duties.

                                    Now the flags hard-won are in our hands,
                                    Stained with heroes' blood in distant lands,
                                    Let them be displayed for the whole Brigade,
                                    To remind all hands how the name was made!

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* For any who care to, these lyrics may be sung to the tune of "The Tower of London", 
from Gilbert and Sullivan's "Yeomen of the Guard."            


Death of a Classmate - Colonel James (Jim) Ralph Dunbar

Colonel James (Jim) Ralph Dunbar, Ret. USAF passed away peacefully in his home in the Woodlands, Texas on May 14th, 2018. He is survived by his three children, Timothy A. Dunbar, Thad P. Dunbar, and Sharon D. McGrath, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his two brothers Richard P. Dunbar and Fredrick A. Dunbar and his sister Deanna D. Duncan.
Jim was born in Crawfordsville, IN on July 17, 1930. He grew up in Darlington, IN and after his first year at Purdue University he was accepted into the US Naval Academy.
While at the Academy he joined the Navy rowing team and was a member of the "Great Eight" that won the Gold Medal in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. The crew remained undefeated over three years and twenty-nine consecutive races, a feat unmatched by any other in the sport.
After graduating, he was commissioned into the US Air Force. He further attended, during his 28 year career, the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and the Aerospace Research Pilot School.
He was a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Also a decorated fighter pilot during the Vietnam War where he flew his beloved F-105, Thunderchief. During his test pilot career he flew many different aircraft. His favorites were the Century series aircraft (F100-F106). He earned many medals and awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/10 OLC, and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He will be inurned in the Columbarium at the USNA on July 16, 2018 to rest on the shores near the Severn River to watch the Navy crews row by. The service will be at 11:00am on Monday July 16th, 2018.
In memory of Dad:

High Flight
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things... I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, - Put out my hand, and touched the face of God."
John Gillispie Magee Jr.
Published on from June 20 to July 3, 2018


Class Luncheon - 10 July

USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

10 July

1130 to 1300

Loew's Hotel BAROAK Taproom

Classmates, their families, and Widows invited

Both  valet and "self park" tickets can be validated


Bill Greenlaw