65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019


65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

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12/7/18

AS THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE - Dick Raymond's December Poem


                           


AS THE CLOCK STRIKES TWELVE  

December is a somber month,
The darkest of the year—
The days are short, the nights are long,
Not often bringing cheer.
December, we remember those
Who left us, for a while:
A welcome voice, a hearty laugh,
The sunshine of a smile.

The Christmas Season brings us fun,
With New Year's parties after,
And midnight mistletoe's a hoot,
When hanging from a rafter.
The Winter Solstice turns a page,
As sunshine slowly brightens,
Dark Ages? That's from times long past,
And Ac Year slightly lightens.

Before long comes the glorious spring,
December's gloom will fade,
Ere long fair visitors will view
The Worden Field parade,
The buds and blossoms will burst forth,
Gardens go bright with May,
And Old Grads congregate once more,
To celebrate their Day!

9-9-18

11/17/18

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



John Edward Newton passed away peacefully on September 9, 2018 from complications of Alzheimer's
 Disease in Cupertino, CA. John graduated from the Naval Academy in 1954 and served a distinguished 
23-year Navy career. His last posting brought his family to Hawaii in 1974. John enjoyed a long career
 as a computer science instructor and as a Budget Analyst for the state. He was a founding member
 of Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani, and volunteered with the Lions Club, the Honolulu Chorale, 
and the Pearl Harbor Memorial. John was preceded in death by his wife LaVaunna (Pat), and is 
survived by his brother, children, and grandchildren.
 Funeral at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 1 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23rd. 
Reception to follow at Christ Lutheran Church in Mililani at 3 p.m.


11/11/18

Robert J. Rennell , 12th Company


I received the following from Sharon A. Rennell-Francz , the daughter of classmate Robert J. Rennell , 12th Company. If you can provide any information to her the email address is 

hockeymom390@gmail.com





Dear Will,

My father, Robert J. Rennell, was in the graduating Class of 1954 at Annapolis.  He is still living in Ann Arbor, Michigan (although his health has become somewhat of a struggle).  He does not use the Internet at all.  I was searching for anything I could find on him; articles, pictures, etc. for my son who is going to be a senior in high school and very much wants to attend the Naval Academy.  

We toured Annapolis last summer and we were able to pull up his graduation photo on the kiosk.  But due to an unfortunate house incident, we have lost all photos, papers, diplomas (even his class ring).  I noticed that your class is celebrating a 65 year reunion in April.  Sadly, I don't see any way that my father would be able to travel for this.  

Would you be able to publish something on your website to see if any of my father's roommates, acquaintances or classmates might be able to provide some insights or maybe even group photos with my father in them?  It would so much be appreciated!  It looks like I can order a yearbook online, but I don't know if he will have many photos in there or not?

Thanks for your help!

Sincerely,

Sharon A. Rennell-Francz
2433 Brantwood Drive
Westlake, OH 44145
216-339-6883

11/4/18

‘EIGHTEEN—PLUS ONE HUNDRED - Dick Raymond's November Poem

                                                           
                                        

                                                           
                                                    
                      'EIGHTEEN—PLUS ONE HUNDRED

"On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in the Great War came to an end following
the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany that called for
ceasefire effective at 11 a.m.– it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of         
the 11th month." -- News item, New York Times 11-12-1918

                        Eleven of the clock. The guns fall silent—
                        Men rise up from their trenches, half-afraid,
                        Wondering at the calm. Their war is over,
                        No more the brute barrage, the sudden raid.

                        Four years of death, of unimagined slaughter,
                        Germans and Britons, Frenchmen, Viennese,
                        Italians, Russians, last to come, Americans—
                        Three empires wiped away with horrid ease.

                        A world has changed—old ways to be forgotten,
                        Gracious old customs swept into the trash,
                        Boundary lines redrawn, nations created,
                        Ten years of feast—and then will come the smash.

                        No peace indeed—this Armistice is brittle,
                        While terms imposed by vengeance-blinded men
                        Shall hatch a nest of vipers, thrice-embittered—
                        In twenty years it will begin again.

                        8-31-18

11/1/18

Death of a Classmate : Gordon I. Dahl - 6th Co.


I received the following from George ABBEY:


Dear Will,

I wanted to let you know about the loss of our classmate Gordon I. Dahl from

the 6th Company,Gordy,88 years of age, passed away on September 24th,2018 
at his home in Banning, California.Services and burial were at Riverside National 
Cemetery,adjacent to March Air Force Base,on October 10th. Gordy retired 
from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel,serving in Vietnam flying F-4's.

A good friend,who may be gone,but will not be forgotten.

Best regards ,George A.





10/28/18

Death of a Classmate - Stanley Swanson - 18th Co.


I received the following from  June Swanson :

Just wanted to let you know of the passing of my husband, Stanley Swanson, on October 18th. (18th Company.)

He was always grateful for his Academy education and the many lessons it taught him.  It also gave him a lifelong love and passion for lacrosse.  He started at defense all 3 years he played, and was selected first team All-American his senior year.  The team was national champions in 1954, and he was awarded the William C. Schmeisser Memorial trophy as the outstanding defenseman in college lacrosse.  

Wherever we moved he looked for a team to play on.  If there wasn't one, he started it.  He also started or helped start teams at the University of Colorado, Boise State University, and  Idaho University...plus many high schools in Idaho.  After he retired he coached a local high school team, held summer lacrosse camps for young boys, and continued playing in a local "old man's team".  He returned to Annapolis in 2007 to play in the Army-Navy Alumni game.  (He was 76 at that time.)   He passed his passion on the countless boys, many of whom are now coaching teams of their own.  He is now at ease in the Idaho Veterans Cemetery.   

June Swanson

10/17/18

Death of a Classmate - Chester Roger Oberg - 20th Co.



Chester Roger Oberg, age 89, went to be with Jesus on September 28th, 2018 in Austin, Texas after being surrounded by his loved ones. Chester grew up in Minnesota, the son of Chester J. Oberg and Bernice L. Jasperson. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS. After over 20 years he honorably retired from the Navy where he was awarded a National Defense with one Bronze Star. During his time in the Navy he met his wife, Donna Snyder, and married her in Rhode Island by Chaplain Harrel in 1965. After the Navy he went to work for the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Regulatory Commission and then the Public Utilities Commission of Texas. He then retired and devoted his time to his own personal businesses and to his wife and youngest son in Texas. Chester Oberg is survived by his loving wife, Donna Lee Oberg, and his four children: Mark Oberg, Dean Oberg, Lee Anne Wells, and Roger Oberg. He also leaves behind multiple grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Upcoming Events Visitation Oct 18 10:00 AM 11:00 AM Harrell Funeral Home 4435 Frontier Trail Austin, TX, US, 78745.


10/12/18

Death of a Classmate - Charles Mayes Isbell - 12th Co.



Maj. Charles Mayes Isbell (USMC ret.) Charles Mayes Isbell, 87, of Hartfield, died on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at his home. He was the son of the late Arnold J. Isbell of Pensacola, Florida and Margarita M. Giese of Newport News, Virginia. In 1954, he married Mary Dunn of Gloucester, Virginia. After 26 years in USMC at various bases throughout the country, he retired and proceeded to build a house on the Piankatank River Golf Course. He was an avid golfer and a true fan of the Washington Redskins. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Gloucester. He taught Math and coached the golf team at Christ Church School for 10 years. Proceeding him in death besides is parents was his brother, Don, wife Mary, and daughter, Kendy. He is survived by his children Charlie and his wife, Ann, of Columbia, S.C.; Keith and Lucy of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Danny and Tina of Hartfield; Grandchildren, Jonathan of Myrtle Beach, Malia of Virginia Beach, Erica of Lexington, S.C., and Mary of Hartfield; and Great Grandchildren, Zoe and Ivy of Lexington, S.C The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Windsor Gardens Cemetery, Dutton, Va. Special thanks to his caregivers, Bridget Y Ceballos and Regina Carter, and also his Hospice Team. Memorial donations may be made to either Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, PO Box 581, Gloucester, Va. 23071 or to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, 7358 Main St. Gloucester, Va. 23061. The family requests that everyone wear casual attire for the visitation and funeral service. Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Daily Press on Sept. 30, 2018

10/2/18

Dick Raymond's October Poem - SUNSET ON THE HILLS *


                                                           
                                                                         
           
                                                        

                             
    
                        

                                            SUNSET ON THE HILLS *
                        Slow clouds drift by, like pink-sailed frigates cruising,
                        Mists creep along the valley-floor below,
                        The distant mountain-ridge is masked in shadow,
                        Pale blue above belies the sunset-glow.
                        Far thunder booms to westward--showers coming,
                        But snug on the veranda I belong,
                        To watch the slow envelopment of evening
                        And sing the silent verses of my song.
                        The trees below, full-leafed, will soon be barren,
                        Our lives, as leaves, float downward, one by one,
                        Unwise to count remainders on our fingers,
                        Soon, soon enough will sink the setting sun.
                        A white streak chalks the sky, great jets are passing—
                        Somewhere on high a meeting there shall be,
                        These "surly bonds of earth" will be uplifted
                        With smiles and laughter, jubilant and free.
                        8-31-18

9/23/18

Online '54 Class Store


Received the following from Bill Greenlaw:

We have arranged with Anchor Enterprises to reopen the Online '54 Class Store. This time Anchor is offering an embroidered Class Crest jacket and a limited number of the ball caps.

Please click on the following link to check it out: 

http://www.usnaclasstore.com/54store.html