WaveTops: November 2021 edition. Published by the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation.
Featured Stories
Alumni Center Milestone Event
On 18 November, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation broke ground at the site of the future Alumni Center. USNA and Alumni Association and Foundation leadership along with guests were invited to celebrate the phase transition from planning to construction for this state-of-the-art facility, the first in our history dedicated to the service and accomplishments of Naval Academy alumni, parents and friends. Check out this video of ADM Bob Natter ’67, USN (Ret.), chair of the Alumni Center Chairs Committee and Advisory Panel, who personally launched the demolition as honorary excavator operator. Visit our webpage for updates on construction progress and a link to a live camera that takes stills every 30 minutes. Alumni Association and Foundation staff expect to take occupancy at the Center in spring 2023.
Your November/December Shipmate
Please be advised that your November/December issue of Shipmate will arrive in mid-December rather than early December so that we can include in the mailing our Called to Serve: Daring To Lead Campaign Report. Thank you in advance for your patience and Happy Holidays!
Navy vs. Notre Dame Travel in 2023
Come cheer on Navy as we take on Notre Dame in Dublin, Ireland in August 2023. All Navy fans welcome! There are plenty of travel packages to choose from, including three-day Dublin-only packages and golf packages. You can also create a custom package for you and your family. All packages include game tickets. Let’s turn the stadium Navy Blue and Gold! Go Navy!
Lost Ring Triggers Amazing Story of Connections
A hunting trip in Norway in 1993 led to the discovery of a Naval Academy ring belonging to 1stLt Henry Pilger ’70, USMC, who perished in a 1972 helicopter crash. This discovery and the desire to return the ring to the Pilger family launched a path of many twists and turns, dead ends and strange coincidences. The ring found its way to San Diego, where Pilger’s daughter Abigail Boretto lives. The story doesn’t end there, Boretto will meet the man who found the ring in Norway and will visit the crash site. Read the full story here.

SACC: Back in Person!
After two years of successful virtual events, it is time to get back to connecting with one another in person. The Service Academy Career Conference returns to in-person events beginning 24-25 February 2022 in Jacksonville, FL! We are looking forward to seeing candidates network, interview with recruiters, and take next steps in their careers. If you are considering a career transition or need to hire top-tier talent, register for SACC in 2022!
Fox Sports Hosts Veterans Day Show at USNA
On 7 November, FOX Sports continued the annual tradition of honoring those who have served our country with a two-hour “FOX NFL Sunday” pregame show from the U.S. Naval Academy. Special segments included a message from Brigade Commander MIDN Jackie Booker Jr. ’22 and U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, a tribute to RADM Grace Hopper, USN (Ret.), and more. In the piece “Blood Brothers, Tom Rinaldi told the story of LT Brendan Looney ’04, USN, and 1stLt Travis Manion ’04, USMC, who lost their lives in combat.
Join Us on an Adventure to the Galapagos Islands!
Our first Galapagos Islands tour sold out and our second departure is almost sold out. Join us 5-12 March 2022 and celebrate 50 years of travel with us. Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers. Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions. Click here to see a short video of what you can expect. For more Galapagos trip information and to make a reservation, click here. To view all of our extraordinary 2022 tour options, visit here.
Share Your Financial Advice with Young Graduates
Newly commissioned Naval Academy graduates are prepared to lead sailors and Marines. As they enter the workforce, many could use some financial guidance. Shipmate wants to share the best financial advice alumni received. In 200 words or less tell us who supplied the advice and how you benefited. Please send responses to Managing Editor Jimmy DeButts at: jimmy.debutts@usna.com.
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Barron ’10 Arrives at International Space Station
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Virtual Veterans Day Wall of Gratitude
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Skinner ’22 Selected as Rhodes Scholar
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#1 Ranked Online Graduate Computer Science Program for Veterans
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Regoli ’99 Wings Thomas ’18, First Navy Woman Assigned F-35s from Flight School
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Preferred Provider of Financial Services
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Midshipmen Tour NSWC Dahlgren Division
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Join Our Team!
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Prager Squash Facility Dedication
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O’Hare ’88 Wins 2021 Veterans Writing Award
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Great Gifts for the Holidays
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First Native American USNA Graduate ADM Joseph Clark 1918 Honored


Army cadets fall short in mission to grab Naval Academy mascot

 A group of Army cadets at West Point fell short in their mission to grab the Naval Academy's mascot, in a long-running but officially shunned tradition between the schools, The New York Times reported.

Over the weekend, the Army cadets sneaked into a private farm in Annapolis, Md., where the mascot, the 37th Bill the Goat, was pastured with other goats, including at least one prior Bill, the Times reported.

Various breeds of goat have served as the Naval Academy's mascot for the past 70 years, according to the newspaper, all of which have been named Bill.

The cadets were so loud that they caused the goats to run, and the cadets grabbed the wrong goat. When they returned to West Point, the cadets unveiled the 34th Bill the Goat, an arthritic retired mascot with one horn, The Army and Navy told the Times in a joint statement.

The Army told the Times that the 34th Bill was returned on Monday, and a veterinarian who checked the goat said he was in good health.

"The U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy are disappointed by the trust that was broken recently between our brothers and sisters in arms," West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams and Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Sean Buck said in a joint statement to The Hill.

"These actions do not reflect either academy's core values of dignity and respect," the superintendents said. "West Point has ensured the mascot was returned safely and is investigating those responsible."

This isn't the first time Bill the Goat has been grabbed throughout history in pranks - called "spirit missions" - which normally precede the Army-Navy football game. Army Cadets have stolen Bill at least 10 times since 1953, and Air Force cadets have also pulled off some pranks on Bill, the Times noted.


                           Happy 246th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps!



Our Poets November Poem


                        “ELEVEN-ELEVEN, SEE YA IN HEAVEN!”

                               An Anthem for Veteran’s Day *


                        To all our shipmates, watching from on high,

                        Their splendid seraphs, shining in the sky,

                        We raise a glass, and chorus, with a sigh,

                                    Hallelujah, and here’s to ya!


                        Proudly we gathered on that bright June day,

                        We raised our hands, tossed caps, and went our way,

                        Our once-young hearts now verge upon decay,

                                    And yet we sing, Hallelujah!


                        Down through the years, whenever we should meet,

                        Whether from wing, battalion, or the fleet,

                        We’d tell our tales, some blushful to repeat,

                                    But laughingly, with an Oo-rah!


                        When we shall join that everlasting crew

                        We’ll sing old songs, and hoist more than a few,

                        Plebes once again, but toasting Navy blue,

                                    Hallylooyah, Hallylooyah!






Our Poets October Poem - THE PADRE CAME HOME



"After nearly seventy years, since being recovered from a mass grave at

a POW camp in North Korea, the body of Chaplain (Captain) Emil J.                  

Kapaun. USA, was at last identified, reverently returned to his little

home  church in Pilsen, Kansas, and laid to rest with solemn ceremony.

For his heroism in that prison camp, staying to be captured, ministering

to his fellow-prisoners, defying his captors, he was awarded the Medal of

Honor. Posthumusly. And a first step toward sainthood." -- News item

We sing the old-time martyrs, "Who follows in their train",

And seldom think how some may tread today--

Not only under Nero did Christians suffer pain,

A many meet such fate along the way.


A dauntless Army chaplain set out to bear that cross,

He would not flee, though troops were pulling back,

Obedient to duty, the Great Martyr as his boss,

He faced the worst, and steadfast, did not crack.


He stole food for his buddies, he tended to the sick,

Guards beat him, sat him naked in the snow--

He led a Mass at Easter, used every kind of trick

To keep men's hopes alive, their hearts aglow.


Too soon, in mortal torment, his splendid spirit passed,

His body went with others, to the dust,

Yet patient toil recovered his name and bones at last,

Forever now he sleeps among the just.


And in a little country church they sing his holy name,

No more to be unnumbered or unknown,

Who never sought for glory or the shallow world's acclaim,

He sings them for his Lord, before the Throne. 




Death of a Classmate - Captain Bernard F. Storck USN RET- 17th Co.


Captain Bernard F. Storck USN RETIRED, beloved husband of Margaret Mary Storck (deceased) and now Jo Marie Cox, sailed from this world on September 20, 2021. He was the father of Carolyn Marie McNeill (Tom) and Michael William Storck (Janelle). He is survived by one brother, Ed Franklin Storck, and 3 wonderful grandchildren he adored, Taylor, Katie and Eli.

Captain Storck entered the Navy in 1950 as an enlisted man. He was selected for admission to the Naval Academy on a Fleet Appointment and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1954. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, where he earned his master’s degree in Management in 1969. Other tours of duty included service on guided missile cruisers and destroyers. He also served as the 19th Company Officer at the U.S. Naval Academy before being selected as an Engineering Duty Officer. As an Engineering Duty officer, he served as the planning and production officer at the New York Naval Shipyard, Repair Officer on the USS Vulcan, Commanding Officer of the Amphibious Maintenance Support Unit and the Design and Maintenance section of the Naval Sea System Command, which was tasked with the design of the Aegis Missile System. He proudly served on the Board of Inspection and Survey under Vice Admiral John Bulkeley.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, 4801 Jefferson David Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Rd, Fairfax, VA 22032.
Online guest book and live stream is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Published by The Free Lance - Star on Sep. 24, 2021.



Death of a Classmate Falvie (Andy) B. Anderson -1st Co.


Falvie (Andy) Anderson passed away  at the age of 90.

All men die, but not all men live. Andy truly lived life to the fullest. A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he’s gone.

Andy was a native son of Louisiana, graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, career Naval officer, and an awesome softball pitcher.
He is survived by his wife Terry, sister Charlene, daughters Pandie, Tia (son in law Bernie), Keri, grandsons Grey and Dalton. He is also survived by Chris the cat and many, many great friends.

A celebration of life was held August 21st at 2:00pm at the Shevlin Park picnic pavilion.