65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

65th Reunion - Annapolis- 24-27 April 2019

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Death of a Classmate - Leonard Ivan Cole, Jr. - 23rd Co.

Leonard Ivan Cole, Jr., LCDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Milton, Fl., Leonard Ivan "Jim" Cole, Jr., passed away on February 2nd, 2019. Born 23 May, 1931 in Richford, New York, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1948 at the age of 17 and within 2 years was sent to the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. Upon completion of NAPS program he was accepted into the U. S. Naval Academy where he spent 4 years attaining a Bachelor of Science degree and graduated in 1954 and commissioned as a Naval Officer with orders to flight school in Pensacola, Florida. He earned his 'Pilot Wings of Gold' and was designated Naval Aviator number T-5008 on December 7th, 1955. In April of that year he married the love of his life Mary Leora "Lee" Underwood of Lisle, N.Y. and she joined him down in Pensacola while he completed his flight training and was then assigned as an instructor (termed Plow-back) training the new students in Basic and Radio Instruments flying the T-34 Mentor and T-28 Trojan aircraft. Throughout his 20 plus year career he earned a second Bachelor of Science degree Meteorology in 1965 from the Navy Post-Graduate School in Monterey, California and flew numerous types of aircraft including the T-33 Shooting Star (aka T-Bird), F-11 Tiger, F9F-2 Panther, FJ-4 Fury, S-2F Tracker, T-34A/B models, T-28B, SNJ Texan, SNB-5 Twin Beech, AD-5 Skyraider, TF-1/C-1A Trader (Carrier based transport), U/RC-45J, the HU-16D Albatross, and UCUSJ. Interesting note that he amassed 2847.7 flight hours, was a carrier trained pilot and served in USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Hornet (CVS-12), and USS Iowa (BB-61) during the Vietnam War. He was assigned to various duty stations around the nation and the world, notably Pensacola, FL., North Island (Imperial Beach/San Diego), Mountain View, Long Beach, Monterey, CA.; Agana, Guam NAS; and finally NAS New Orleans, LA., retiring in June 1974 at the rank of LCDR. He is entitled to wear the National Defense Service and the Vietnam Service Medals In his post Naval service he trained under the GI Bill at the local Vocational Technical School in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning mechanics and got his Realtor Associate license. This allowed him to assist Lee in her Real Estate sales career and manage repairs for their clients and their own real estate portfolio. Interesting to note that after he retired he never worked for any other company except as a partner in Lee Cole & Associates, Inc. Real Estate brokerage firm there in the New Orleans Westbank and Metropolitan area. He worked for himself (and Lee) in home investing, renovation and repair often retaining the properties as rentals or selling them upon completing the renovations. Jim taught us skills in the renovations and we became painters, cleaners, gophers and general unskilled labor. But we learned more than we even knew. We learned discipline and dedication and that hard work pays off through his example Dad had his interests in home repairs, rental management, hunting, fishing and boating. For a time in New Orleans he went shrimping on his boat complete with nets and outboards in the Bayous of South Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico. Gigging for flounder on sand bars, fishing for red-fish, water skiing in Bayou Barataria, or running out to our fish camp and learning to handle his boat were some of our fond memories growing up in Louisiana Jim was preceded in death by: his father, Leonard I. Cole, Sr.; his mother, Huldah C. (Arnold) Cole; his daughter, Dr. Sheri Ellen Cole, DVM; his brother, Wallace Cole; and his sisters, Bertha Lee and Delores Dixon Jim is survived by: Mary Leora (Underwood) Cole, his wife of 63 years; his children: Connie Cole; Dr. Randall Cole, DDS, (Karen); and Gregory Cole, LCDR, U.S. Navy (Ret.), (Carol); 8 grandchildren: Sherice Farmer (Mark); Sheri Lee Boudreaux; Ryan Cole; Ashleigh Paschal (Donald); Kimberly Valdez (Matthew); Jenna Cole, Mikaela Cole and Kristina Cole; 5 great grandchildren: Christopher; Brent; Tucker; Savannah; and Laylah. He is also survived by his two sisters, Ruth Beebe of Endicott, N.Y. and Joyce Storie of Owego, N.Y Dad will be truly missed. We love you Services will be held at Trahan Family Funeral Home of Milton, Florida on Thursday, 07 February, 2019 from 5 to 7 pm (6539 Trammel Drive Milton, Florida). A Military Honors funeral will be held Monday 11 February at 0930 am at Barrancas National Cemetery on Pensacola Naval Air Station. All are welcome to attend.


Death of a Classmate - Eugene L. Guttenberg - 23rd Co.

Eugene L. Guttenberg, age 87, of Sheboygan, died on Friday, February 8, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born in Jefferson, Wisconsin on August 28, 1931, the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Hans Guttenberg.

He attended local schools in the Jefferson area and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1949. Eugene attended UW-Whitewater for one year and then was appointed to the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland graduating in 1954. He was trained to be an Air Force Pilot in Florida, earning his wings in 1955. In 1973 Eugene became a part-time Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

On May 14, 1955 he was united in marriage to Joan Yahn in Marianna, Florida. He was granted an honorable discharge in 1960 and then became a stockbroker for Robert W. Baird & Company in the Sheboygan office until his retirement in 1990. He was a current member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Eugene enjoyed golfing, playing cards, traveling to Oneida Casino and working at Riverdale Golf Club during his retirement years. He also enjoyed morning coffee with his friends at the south side McDonalds.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; daughter, Sue Guttenberg; a daughter-in-law, Connie Guttenberg, all of Sheboygan; three nephews, James (Laura) Wedl, of Virginia, Tom (Sherry) Gerondale and Todd (Lisa) Gerondale, both of Fort Atkinson. Many other relatives and friends further survive. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Joseph Guttenberg, his two sisters, Jane Wedl and Ellen Gerondale and a brother-in-law, Donald Yahn.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 1305 Humboldt Ave., Sheboygan with Rev. Richard Cerpich officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Tuesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 12:00 p.m. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Atkinson.

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Eugene's name. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at Sunny Ridge Health Care, Dr. Kerpe and his nurse, Carrie for the compassion and care that was given to him.

The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com

Published in Sheboygan Press on Feb. 10, 2019


ROLL OF DRUMS, ROLL OF NAMES - Our Poet's February Poem





                               ROLL OF DRUMS, ROLL OF NAMES

                                    For all the folks on History's page

                                    Whom February graces,

                                    We send a loud and hearty cheer

                                    When viewing names and faces—

                                    George Washington and Honest Abe

                                    Should lead this famous flock,

                                    But of the rest, too many seem

                                    To be renowned for schlock.


                                    O yes—there's Thomas Edison,

                                    And Galileo, too,

                                    Charles Dickens, and perhaps Babe Ruth,

                                    Liz Taylor—Wow! Woo-woo!

                                    But politicians, actresses

                                    And sports stars fill the list,

                                    What! Aaron Burr and Eva Braun?

                                    They surely should be missed!


                                    The Roll is long, likewise my song,

                                    You're welcome to scroll down

                                    And read how many notables

                                    Wear February's crown—

                                    But of them all, one animal

                                    Might even fit the bill,

                                    I'm speaking of that brown groundhog

                                    Called Punxsatwney Phil!






* Out of respect for your patience I append no more than a slight sprinkling of well-known persons with February birthdays: Clark Gable, Norman Rockwell, James Michener, Charles Lindbergh, Queen Anne, Laura Ingalls Wilder, William T. Sherman, Charles Darwin, Edna St. V. Millay, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jack Benny,  Dinah Shore (Leap Year, 29th), Will Croom , oh, just ever so many more.  


USNA Class of 1954

 Class Luncheon

12 Febuary
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 - Captain Donal “Don” Willis Elliott - 11th Co.

Captain Donal "Don" Willis Elliott, 86, died peacefully at the Capital Caring Hospice on January 22, 2019.

Captain Elliott was born on December 24, 1932 in Belleville, NJ to Dorothy Muriel and George Willis Elliott. Born in the midst of the Great Depression, his father left him, his mother and older sister shortly after his birth. They were subsequently taken in by his mother's sister, Faith, and her husband Fred Croxson, who raised Don as a son in West Orange, NJ. He excelled in both academics and sports before graduating from West Orange High School in 1950. Growing up, he was an avid Brooklyn Dodgers fan, visiting Ebbets Field dozens of times as a boy to watch his favorite player, #42, the great Jackie Robinson. He also loved tennis, playing competitive doubles into his late 70s.

In 1950, he was accepted at the Naval Academy and graduated with distinction in 1954. From there, he attended flight school training in Pensacola, FL and Monterey, CA to become a naval aviator. During his career, Captain Elliott flew over 500 missions, was deployed to Vietnam on three separate occasions where he was involved in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) and earned a bronze star while serving on the aircraft carriers Yorktown and Ticonderoga. He was also involved in two Apollo capsule moon landing recoveries. He retired with full honors on July 1, 1984 after a 30 year career.

Early in his career, and as part of his involvement in ASW, Captain Elliott spearheaded the development of the sonobuoy program, which uses sound waves to detect submarines. He continued working in that field of expertise not only throughout his naval career but also for Navy contractors until he was well into his 80s.

On December 30, 1961, Captain Elliott married Deborah "Debbie" Lou Harvey. As dictated by his Navy career, they lived primarily in the greater San Diego and Washington D.C. areas, remaining married until her passing in 1989.

Captain Elliott is survived by his older sister, Patricia Muriel Dow of Middletown, RI, his two nephews, Norman Dow (Diana) and Scott Dow (Theresa), his three nieces, sisters Jill Fisher (Bill), Diana Weber (Ed) and Allison Thomas, his 13 great nephews and nieces and 3 great-great nephews and niece.

A memorial service will be held at Rust Manor House at Rust Nature Sanctuary, 802 Childrens Center Road, Leesburg, VA from 12-3 pm Saturday, February 9. At a future date tbd, Captain Elliott will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to any of the following: American Heart Association, Friends of Homeless Animals (foha.org) or Humane Society of Loudoun (humaneloudoun.org).

Colonial Funeral Home of Leesburg
201 Edwards Ferry Road NE
Leesburg, Virginia 20176


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Services for Jack Wildman

A Funeral service in memory of Jack will be held on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Naval Academy Chapel, 121 Blake Rd, Annapolis, MD 21401. Interment will follow at the Naval Academy Columbarium. A reception will be held afterwards at the Naval Academy Club.

Death of a Classmate - Donal Elliott -11th Co.

I received word from Gene Geronime that Donal Elliott passed away on 22 January 2019.