Remember the 65th Reunion - Annapolis- 27 April 2019

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                                   GET THAT BULLET BACK!
            "On May Day, in a White House Rose Garden ceremony, President 
              Trump awarded the Commander in Chief's Trophy to the Army 
               football team, which in the 2017 season had  defeated both Navy and 
              Air Force to win the coveted trophy."    -- News item
                                 "Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again,"
                        The olden poet burbled brightly—
                        And Navy's stalwart muscled men
                        Came somewhat short, if only slightly.
                        Now is the time to rise anew,
                        To build a team that will not falter,
                        A strong, undaunted Navy crew
                        To place the prize upon our altar!
                        Let hearts be stout, and arms be steeled,
                        Let plays be hatched to sink the Grey--
                        And man to man upon the field,
                        Return that Trophy to the Bay!


A MEMO FROM SALTED SAM, * Our Poet's April Poem


                                A MEMO FROM SALTED SAM, *
                                   Or, Knock Off the KNO3

  "Yet the truth is, there's no additional levels of saltpeter hidden in Army [or Navy, Ed.] chow. There's also no proof potassium nitrate (saltpeter) has any effect on libido, plus or minus, so there would be nothing to be gained  from such a doctoring of edibles. Yes, saltpeter has long rumored to be an anaphrodisiac, a substance that reduces sexual drive. But it's all rumor and no fact."  -- Snopes Notes

                                     Po-tas-si-um Nitrate!
                                    'Twas breakin' me down!
                                    Girls gave me the finger,
                                    All over that ol' Crabtown.
                                    They served it with sugar,
                                    They mixed in salt,
                                    I wasn't worth nothin',
                                    'Twas ol' Saltpeter's fault!
                                    The corpsmen in Sickbay
                                    Said it just wasn't true,
                                    But when I started drinkin' wardroom coffee
                                    I couldn't doodly-doo!
                                    O four-stripe Commandant
                                    Please make them desist,
                                    Put Potassium Nitrate
                                    At the top of your s***hole list!
                                    O Bo-dee O Do,
                                    O Bo-dee O Do,
                                    And Bibbity Bobbity Boo, Yah!


Memmorial Service for a Classmate - Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) - 11th Co.

Memorial Service will be Saturday, April 14, at 10AM, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria VA, 22302, 703-549-4766, It will be  followed by Buffet Lunch at the Army Navy Country Club Arlington, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington VA 22202, 703-521-6800,

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research.


Death of a classmate - William Boiko - 24th Co.

Major Bill Boiko was born January 6, 1930 in Medford, MA to Gregory and Antoinette Boiko, passed away February 8, 2018. He is survived by his sons, William and wife Rosa, Fr. John, Stephen, James, daughter Magda and husband Craig, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Margaret Mary June and his son Paul.

He graduated with a bachelor degree, 1954 from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, a second bachelor in electrical engineering, 1967 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a master degree in Education, 1982 from the Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, He was a member of Kappa Delta Pi.  After graduating from the Naval Academy, he transferred to the Air Force and retired at the rank of Major after 22 years of service. While in the Air Force he did a tour in the Vietnam War. After retirement, he taught briefly at the University of Texas, at West Lake High School, at Austin Community College, and as a substitute teacher for AISD several years.

He selflessly volunteered his service in various capacities at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church. He was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Catherine. He also served as precinct judge at the St. Elmo voting location. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America for many years. He was also an avid gardener.

Vigil services will be held from 6-8 pm, rosary at 7 pm at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Mass will be celebrated at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 28 at 10 am. Interment with full honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, TX on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 2 pm.

Memorials and guestbook on line at

Death of a Classmate - Richard Perry Yantis - 14th Co.

Born Richard Perry Yantis on July 1, 1932, in Columbus, Ohio, Dick was a proud graduate of Westerville High School, Class of 1949, and the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, where he graduated with distinction in 1954. Commissioned into the United States Air Force, Dick started a life of service to his family and country. During a distinguished 20-year military career that included flying Bob Hope on his 1958 USO Christmas Tour to Europe and North Africa, flying combat reconnaissance over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and earning both a Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina and a PhD from The Ohio State University, Dick also started a career in higher education. He taught at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was Chief of the Advanced Branch of the Mathematics Department, and co-authored two college mathematics textbooks; and at the post-graduate level at the Air Force Institute of Technology. Retiring from the United States Air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1974, Dick returned to his family and lifelong friends in Westerville. He continued his career in higher education as a Professor of Mathematics at Otterbein College in the company of what he described as "wonderful and extremely competent faculty comrades" until his retirement in 1996. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Perry Yantis, of Westerville, Ohio and Mabel Martha Snook, of McArthur, Ohio. 
Jane and Dick met on a double date, not with each other, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1958. They married a year later on October 10, 1959 at which time Dick says he received the "gift of a loving and hard-working lifetime partner". They shared a love of family, the Westerville and Otterbein University communities and their country. They cherished spending time with their sons, daughters-in- law and granddaughters; visiting with family and friends; and traveling in the United States and Europe. Members of multiple historical societies, they also shared a 40-year passion for genealogy; sleuthing through untold cemeteries and libraries researching the families of over 100,000 people in both Ohio and Maryland. They had long and rewarding lives, but were always more interested in learning about others than talking about themselves or their accomplishments. 

Both are survived by son, John Perry "JP" (Diane) Yantis of Westerville, Ohio; son, Jim (Kari) Yantis and granddaughters Emalyn Perry Yantis and Anne Marie Yantis of Atlanta, Georgia; Dicks brother Don (Donna) Yantis of Ocoee, Florida; Janes sister-in- law Helen (Cordrey) McAllister of Eldorado, Maryland, and maternal cousins including Barbara Froggatt of Southampton, Pennsylvania, and Lois (Dick) Gingrich of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends on Monday, April 2, 2018 3:30-7:00 PM at Moreland Funeral Home Westerville, Ohio. A private interment will be held at Otterbein Cemetery at a future date. If desired, contributions may be made in their memory to the Otterbein Thrift Shop, the Yantis Family Scholarship at Otterbein University, the First Presbyterian Church of Westerville, Ohio where both were members, or to your local historical society.

Death of a Classmate - Stanley Hougton - 5th Co.

Col Stanley Powell Houghton, 87, died January 24, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born February 9, 1930 in Tuscon, Arizona to Cavet and Martha (Barnes) Houghton. Col Stanley served as a Fighter Pilot in the United States Air Force for over twenty-six years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Houghton; sons, James Houghton, and John Houghton; ; daughters, Kenya Anders, and Martha Jo Houghton; stepsons, Timothy Miller, Scott Miller, and Christopher Miller; stepdaughters, Kelly Miller, and Kimberly Rash; sister, Helen Elliott; and his eighteen grandchildren. Private Services will be held.


Death of a Classmate - Kenneth Peterson - 9th Co.

Kenneth Aldrick Peterson died at home on February 1, 2018 in Athens, GA at the age of 85 surrounded by family.He served 26 years in the military and retired as Captain, U.S. Navy. His faith was inspirational and gave strength to his family, friends and colleagues.He is survived by four children, Ina Elizabeth "Kitten" Cambria of Plano, TX, Patricia Jane Farris of Shelbyville, TN, Johanna "Jody" Moore of Athens, GA and Pollyanna Peterson of Clinton, CT; 11 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Michael Peterson of Grand Rapids, MI and Jack Peterson of Munising, MI and one sister, Joanne Smith of Minneapolis, MN.His wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Beth" Eberhart, and two of his sisters, Alice Fligelman and Ruth Ervasti, preceded him in death.He was cremated per his request and the family will celebrate his life on his birthday, April 4, 2018, with graveside services at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, GA.Online condolences may be offered at Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


Death of a Class Widow - Mrs. Geraldine Rodriguez


     There will be a Service of Committal at the Columbarium on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 at 1100 for Mrs. Geraldine "Gerry" Holsten Rodriguez (DOB: 10 October 1932, DOD: 29 August 2017).  Mrs. Rodriguez was the widow of CAPT William Primitivo Rodriguez, USN, Class of 1954. He died in September 2003.  





Death of a Classmate - Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) - 11th Co.

Captain Jonathan S. Hurt, USN (Ret.) passed away peacefully at home on 18 December 2017. He was 84 years old. The cause was Lewy Body Dementia.
Captain Hurt was born in Annapolis, MD, on 27 February 1933, and graduated from the Naval Academy with the Class of 1954. His more than 26 years of naval service included duty aboard USS Black (DD 666) and USS Tang (SS 563), and the Commissioning (Blue) Crew of three SSBNs. After a tour with NAVSEA (Code 08) concerned with officer personnel and training, he took command of USS Ray (SSN 653). During his four year command tour, Ray was awarded both the Navy Unit and Meritorious Unit Commendations.

After his SSN command tour, Captain Hurt spent a year on the staff of COMSUBLANT before being assigned to Head, Ocean Affairs (OP-616) in the Political Military Branch of OPNAV. His duties there consisted of nuclear powered warship port visits, the Agreement for the Prevention of Incidents On and Over the High Seas with the Soviet Union, and the Law of the Sea.

Captain Hurt next commanded USS Holland (AS 32) in Holy Loch, Scotland, where the submarine tender was up keeping primarily SSBNs. From Scotland he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. His final assignment in the Navy was as Director of the SSBN Ships System Maintenance Monitoring and Support Office. He directed the efforts of 60 civil service, 8 officers and 54 senior enlisted personnel in providing engineering support to the 31 Poseidon submarines on the SSBN Extended Operating Cycle (EOC) which extended the interval between overhauls to nine years. He also directed efforts toward further extension of the SSBN EOC to 12 years.

Upon his retirement from the Navy in 1980, he joined the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering firm, John J. McMullen Assoc., Inc. (JJMA). He rose to the position of Director in his 20 years there. His principal duties were in support to the Navy in the construction of AEGIS cruisers. He retired from JJMA in 2000.

Captain Hurt is survived by his wife, Beatrice Brown Hurt; his sons Jonathan II (Stacey) and Keith Hurt, step-daughter Laura Graves (Keith) and six grandchildren: Liam and Ana Hurt, and Heather, Holly, Daniel and Hannah Graves. His marriage to Louise Emily Hurt ended in divorce.
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