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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

Death of a Classmate - Lt. Col. R. Raley Thomley, USMC - 21st Co.

Lt. Col. R. Raley Thomley, USMC (Ret.) age 88 of Newbern passed away on Friday at the Tennessee State Veteran's Home in Humboldt.

Raley was born in Newton, AL to the late Bert and Selma Raley Thomley. Raley served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and then graduated from Andalusia High School in Andalusia, AL. After graduation he attended Marion Military Institute. As a 1954 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps serving as an Engineer and Intelligence Officer. Raley served in Vietnam from 1965-1966. After being Director of Computer Operations in Philadelphia, he retired in 1969 at the rank of Lt. Col. After his military career, Raley served as Director of Computer Operations for Holiday Inn in Memphis. He enjoyed flying, skiing in Colorado, hunting, tennis and running filled his retirement years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2018 at St. Mary Episcopal Church with Father Gary Meade officiating. Burial will be in Dyer County Memorial Gardens. Dyersburg Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

The family will receive visitors from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Dyersburg Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Agnes Ann Moore of Newbern; three sons, Raley Daniel Thomley of Turnersville, NJ, Paul Christopher Thomley (Teresa) of Memphis and Erin Andrew Thomley (Dyan) of Haddonfield, NJ; three daughters, Kathryn Ann Devlin (Charles) of Sewell, NJ, Rosemary Susan T. Dragunas (Gint) of Finksburg, MD and C. Maria Coleman of Southaven, MS; two sisters, Jacquelyn Warren (Fritz) of Hawaii and Ann Forrester of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; twelve grandchildren, Charles, Katherine, Evan, Joshua, Jacob, Joseph, Catarina, Christopher, Travis, Kimberly, Rebecca and Kelly; five great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, great-nieces and nephews.

The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Mary Episcopal Church, 108 N King Ave, Dyersburg, TN 38024 or to Matthew 25:40, 432 W Court Street, Dyersburg, TN.

Dyersburg Funeral Home, 731-285-3021

Published in The Commercial Appeal on June 24, 2018


Information on Class Crest Shirts and Caps from Bill Greenlaw

We have an opportunity to purchase some unique golf shirts and ball caps in that they will have our '54 Class Crest embroidered on them (pictured below). The shirts, which are 100% cotton, cost $50 each and the caps cost $18.50 each. A shipping cost will be in addition. A Maryland outfit, Anchor Enterprises, owned by a USNA '67 alum, will provide the shirts providing we can come up with an order of at least 12 shirts, and will provide the caps with a minimum order of 24. We could expect the merchandise to be delivered about a month after we place the order. 

If you are interested in ordering any or all of these items please let me know by
​sending an email to me 

Anchor Enterprises will establish a website where we can order the shirts and caps as soon as the minimum order is assured. I intend to order one of each.

Do more with '54!!

Bill Greenlaw