Death of a Classmate - CAPTAIN DWIGHT M. AGNEW, JR. - 5th Co.


Dwight Agnew of Hanahan, SC, husband of Maxine Agnew, went to eternal rest on 8/18/2019. He was 87 years old.

Family and friends are invited to attend services on Wed, Aug 28, at 3:00 pm, at the All Saints Chapel, Naval Weapons Station, to be followed by a reception at the Fellowship Hall, in the Reagan building, where the family will receive friends.

There will be a private interment at a later time at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dwight was born September 6, 1931, in Honolulu HI, a Navy Junior, and only child of Dwight M Agnew Sr. and Thelma (Biegler) Agnew. His maternal grandfather, Col. George H. Biegler was a congressional medal of honor recipient, and one the original founders of USAA insurance company. Dwight graduated from the US Naval Academy, class of 1954 and went on to have a distinguished career of 30 years. He had command of two ships, two shore commands, a tour at the Pentagon, and was also an instructor at the Naval Academy. Dwight was a lifetime member and former President of the Navy League, and a member of the Naval Alumni Assn, MOAA, Redbank Golf Association, and the American Legion. His favorite things in life included anything Navy, Redskin football, tennis, golf, fishing and camping. He enjoyed them all to the max.

Surviving in addition to his wife Maxine, of 36 years are five children: Julie Coons, Kim Agnew, Dwight A Agnew, Deborah (Charles) Peckham and Daniel Harrison; eight grandchildren: Miranda Boyd, Nathan (Valerie) Boyd, Shea (Derek) Poe, Chelsey (Alex) Brown, Dana (Chance) Walls, Tishlee (Chris) Rivera, Austin and Wesley Harrison; eight great-grandchildren: Caleb and Kaylee Boyd, Lily Walls, Amalee and Amelia Rivera, Rainn and Crosby Poe, and Knox Brown.

Dwight had a rewarding life helping many along the way and will be greatly missed, but always remembered with love.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, please give to the Charleston Vietnam Veterans Assn., Chapter #780, 520 Folley Rd #282, Charleston, SC, 29412.

J. Henry Stuhr Northwoods Chapel
2180 Greenridge Road 
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 572.2339



Death of a Classmate - Capt. Roland Clarke Bilyeu USN (Ret.) - 6th Co.

Capt. Roland Clarke Bilyeu USN (Ret.) of Williamsburg died peacefully on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, surrounded by family. Born Feb. 18, 1932, in Sheridan, Wyo., "Buster" was the son of Clarke and Georgia Huss Bilyeu and graduated from Sheridan High School. After a year at the University of Wyoming, he received a Senatorial appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. In 1954 he graduated with his commission as Ensign. He met his future bride of 60 years Mary Katherine Buckley in her hometown of New London, Conn., where he was attending submarine school. They were married in June 1959 at the Naval Submarine Base New London Chapel. Buster entered the submarine service after two years in the USS Gurke. Submarine tours included the Raton, Swordfish, Von Steuben and Snook. In 1968, he returned to the Swordfish as commanding officer. Subsequently, he served as commander, Submarine Division 61 and as deputy commander, Submarine Squadron 6. Buster performed several tours of duty during his 28-year Naval career including San Diego, Pearl Harbor, and Norfolk. The next three and a half years were spent in the Pentagon, followed by a tour as commander, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, a tour he and his family enjoyed very much. Never one to talk about his achievements, we will do it for him. Buster was honored with several decorations, medals and citations including the Legion of Merit (twice), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal with Star, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Star, Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Third Order of Sacred Treasure. Buster retired from the Navy in July 1982 and with his family settled in Williamsburg, working for Virginia Power at the Surry Nuclear Power Station for 12 years. He loved tennis, golf, music and was a life-long avid reader. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Don, his wife Mary Kay and his son, Jeff. Buster leaves to cherish his memory his sister Carole Bilyeu-Selig; brothers Jim Bilyeu and Michael Bilyeu; his daughter Pam Cohen; his son Greg Bilyeu and his wife Stephanie Fulenwider Bilyeu; grandson Jostin Bilyeu and his wife Meghan; grandsons Parker and Spencer Cohen; great-grandchildren Ramona and Clarke; and many loving relatives, friends and of course, shipmates. Buster will be inurned at the Naval Academy with his wife Mary Kay. The family requests donations to support the Hospice House of Williamsburg in lieu of flowers.
Published in Virginia Gazette on Aug. 10, 2019


Death of a Classmate - Captain Donald A. Morton, CEC, U.S. Navy (Ret.) - 13th Co.

Captain Donald A. Morton, CEC, U.S. Navy (Ret.) died on July 30, 2019, at the Virginia Hospital Center. He was 88 years of age.

Captain Morton, the son of a Naval Officer, was born on August 12, 1930, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed by the Japanese on December 7, 1941.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1954 and served in destroyers before transferring to the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, where he worked in facilities planning, design, construction, and maintenance. His duty stations included San Diego, Midway Island, Boston, the Naval Academy where he was the Planning and Engineering Officer planning the modernization and expansion of the Academy, the Naval War College where he was a student, staff and faculty member and Assistant to the President for Development Programs, and in Congressional Relations for the Secretary of the Navy in the Pentagon. He served two tours with the Naval Construction Forces (Seabees) in Vietnam.

After retiring from the Navy in 1984, Captain Morton worked for TRW on Naval weapons systems procurement; for System Planning Corporation developing maintenance systems for the NASA research centers and as a private consultant. He worked as a volunteer for civic organizations in McLean for several years.

In addition to the Naval Academy, Captain Morton held degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Boston College, and the Naval War College. He was a registered professional engineer.

In retirement, Don enjoyed backpacking, skiing, biking, and water sports at the family beach house on the Chesapeake Bay.

Captain Morton is survived by his wife of 63 years Joan Frances of their home in McLean, by a son Matthew David and his wife Deborah Ann of Ashburn, Virginia, a granddaughter Kathleen Elizabeth, a grandson Michael Selwyn and granddaughters Abigail Marie and Emilie Grace.

Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Published in The Washington Post on Aug. 8, 2019


Fitz Woodrow

I paid my respects yesterday to Fitz Woodrow at the Arlington service. There was a big crowd at the service from his family and friends. I didn't know Fitz at the Academy and I only met him when I came to Washington on my last Navy duty. I did have the pleasure then of working with him on class functions, lunches, picnics, and reunions. I served as one of his Vice-Presidents while he was class President.
 I don't know any individual who contributed more to develop the unity we enjoy as a class than Fitz.
Yesterday I sat with Jerry and Lois Krumwiede, Dora Bell, Joan Alger and Mildred Damico at the reception and we talked about Fitz and the times that were with the Class of 54. Those times were happy times that I am glad that I was a part of.
Fitz was a good Marine, a good classmate, a good man, but most of all a good friend.
I will miss him.  

Will Croom


Arlington Services for Fitz Woodrow

Arlington services for Fitz Woodrow will be held at 1100 on 5 August. A reception will follow at Army Navy Country Club. 

Death of a Classmate - L. Douglas Kinney- 1st Co.

L. Douglas Kinney passed away peacefully after a long illness on June 5, 2019, at the age of 86, in Elk Grove, CA, with family by his side. He resided in Sacramento and the surrounding area for over 56 years. He was born August 18, 1932, in Lander, Wyoming, the only child of Leo M. Kinney and Lila M. Kinney. He graduated with honors from Fremont County Vocational High School in Lander in 1950, played Junior American Legion baseball for four years, lettered in basketball and football, made all-state band for four years playing French horn and was selected for Boys State. He also attained the rank of Life Boy Scout. Immediately thereafter, upon a senatorial appointment, Mr. Kinney attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from 1950-1954. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in general engineering while participating in several sports, as well as the Drum and Bugle Corp and the Midshipmen's Symphonic Band. He served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Boxer and on the destroyer USS Harry E. Hubbard. Following an honorable discharge from the Navy, Mr. Kinney enrolled in Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1961, graduating No.1 in legal research. Mr. Kinney served his entire professional career in the California Legislative Counsel Bureau for 32 years, advancing to Deputy Legislative Counsel III. His work involved many areas including drafting the original air pollution bills, extensive work in education as well as state government, health and safety, military and veterans, welfare, civil law, discrimination, business and professionals, family law, and many other subjects. He eventually became renowned for his expertise in public retirement, a field he covered for over 10 years. In addition to his long, steady legal research career as an attorney, he was a founding member of the Humanists Association of the Greater Sacramento Area, an associate of the Unitarian-Universalist Society of Sacramento, a life member of the University of California Alumni Association, a member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Hastings Alumni Association and he maintained memberships in several other organizations in line with his intellectual interests. Mr. Kinney had a life-long love of sports, music, academic pursuits and chocolate! In his later years, he enjoyed world travel, sang with barbershop groups, collected and studied mushrooms, played senior softball, and enjoyed family dinners and get-togethers. Always nattily attired preferably in his trademark Irish golf cap and sports coat, he had a chivalrous demeanor and maintained a charming sense of humor to his final days. Mr. Kinney was preceded in death by his beloved lady friend, Joanne Dangerfield. He is survived by his three children; Elizabeth Sides (and Jim Sides) of Petaluma, CA, Mark Kinney (and Lana Kovarik) of Foresthill, CA, and David Kinney (and Traci Kinney) of Elk Grove, CA, as well as three grandchildren; Katherine Kinney of New York City, Kelsey Sides of Los Angeles, and Austin Sides of Santa Cruz, California. As his final act of contributing to society, his body was donated to a science organization so that others could benefit from the advancement of medical research.

Published in The Sacramento Bee on July 21, 2019


Death of a Class Wife - Mary Kay Bilyeu - 6th Co,

I received the following from  Bill Hoover:


Mary Kay, wife of our Classmate Buster Bilyeu, passed away on Sunday July 14 at the Windsor Meade retirement home here in Williamsburg Virginia.

Buster has not been doing very well at all for sometime from problems of his own and has been in nursing care at the same facility. I have talked to a mutual friend at the home --who has talked to Buster.  My friend advises that Buster may not even understand that Mary Kay has died and that it is best not to try and contact him. I understand his children are with him.

Sad news,



Death of a Classmate - Commander Jamieson "Jamie" K. Deuel USN Ret. 15th Co.

Commander Jamieson "Jamie" K. Deuel (USN Ret.) died on June 29, 2019, at the age 87 years old, widower of Carol Deuel, born in Geneva, NY February 23, 1932, but has called ABQ home since 1968. A graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1954, Jamie proudly served for 21 years retiring in 1975. In 1972 he was a wrestling referee at the Munich Olympic Games. In 1975, after being stationed in the UK for 5 years, he retired from the Navy he returned to ABQ. He brought the game of soccer to the Westside of ABQ when he created the Northwest Rio Grande Soccer League and started his own company Deuel & Assoc. He is survived by his four children, Holly Gilster, Beth Deuel, Martha Curran, and Jake Deuel, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren who know him by the name "Coach". A Memorial Service will be held at Paradise Hills United Methodist Church at 10 am on Friday, July 12, 2019. Instead of flowers please make a donation to the US Navy Memorial at www.navymemorial.org

Published in Albuquerque Journal from July 9 to July 10, 2019


WHERE THE “OLD GUARD” WALKS - Dick Raymond''s July Poem


                      WHERE THE "OLD GUARD" WALKS
                     3d U.S. Infantry, Arlington Tomb Guards
             Their dedication to mission transcends duty into love."
                                           -- Sen. Tom Cotton, "Sacred Duty" *

                        By day, by night, the sentries march,
                        Twenty-one steps along the mat,
                        Then halt--a shift, Left shoulder, ARMS--
                        Resuming, with a smart spat-spat.
                        In every weather, come what might,
                        They pace their cold and lonely post,
                        Yet not alone—beside them glides
                        A vast, unseen and silent host.

                        Three hundred thousand here, so far,
                        (How many more, no man can say),
                        They come by singles, by platoons,
                        Arriving every night and day.
                        A lone Tomb represents them all,
                        Where watchful warders walk their beat—
                        Stern Duty sounds with every step,
                        Echoing from their faithful feet.

                        Selected from the tallest ranks,
                        Trained to the edge by sergeants hard,
                        Each soldier strives to meet the test,
                        To earn the honored badge "Tomb Guard."
                        And visitors, in wordless awe,
                        Behold each on-the-hour relief,
                        The click of heels, the stiff salutes,
                        Reflections of a nation's grief.


* Former Captain Tom Cotton, now junior Senator from Arkansas, has served in the 3d Infantry's Guard Company. His book is a best-seller.