Alumni Class Pages

A Message from Your Class Representative

Wow! Hard to believe six weeks have elapsed since the 50th, but that is how time flies. We had about 180 classmates attend, and from the notes I have seen, most everyone had a terrific time. Our thanks go to Jay Keenan and his reunion team for putting it all together, and to all of you who contributed to the Citadel War Memorial, our Class of 67 Scholarship, and the other many needs you supported to make our total gift of over $5.3 to the college. Well Done ’67! 

Now, if you had a good time here in Charleston for the reunion, or if you missed it, here is another opportunity! We play football at VMI on October 20, 2018. Mike Bozeman and Jim Probsdorfer have worked for us to have a gathering there for the weekend. Mike has blocked 25 rooms at the Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center ($109. per night, 540-291-2121) for Friday and Saturday nights (Oct 19th and 20th) for those who may want to gather and go to the game. Plans include a reception/dinner on Friday evening at the Lexington Golf and Country Club ($35. per person), and a tailgate sponsored by the CAA on Saturday prior to the game. For those who have attended football games at VMI, you know billeting is tight, but this weekend will also be their Parent’s Day weekend, so I encourage all to make reservations soonest! Additional details will follow to those who register, so I ask as you make reservations at the hotel or if you can attend without reservations, please drop Mike ( and myself ( an email so we can keep track and forward additional details when known. 

Hotel details: Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 15 Appleton Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578. Call 540-291-2121 and ask for reservations and state the room block is under “The Citadel Class of 1967 Mini Reunion”. 

Looking forward to another terrific weekend, and "thank you" for all you do for The Citadel!

Respectfully, John


A Message from Your Class Representative

On the eve of our 50th Reunion I am sad to report the passing of our classmate, Richard (Dick) J. Conard, “E” Company, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, October 22, 2017. He is survived by his wife Joyce, of Chestertown, MD, and they have two children and several grandchildren. 

We all remember Dick and the SOCON 152 pound wrestling champion, and he is proudly listed on the Wall of Champions in The Citadel wrestling room. Dick went on to serve his country in the US Army after graduation, retiring as a Lt Colonel. Adamant about not wanting to have a funeral service, he made the point of placing a clause in his will that there be no service! 

We offer our prayers and best wishes to Joyce and the entire Conard family. We will certainly salute him at the muster, and miss him at the reunion this week! 

Respectfully, John


Message from Your Class Representative


With great sadness I pass along the loss of our Classmate, Steven C. Tobias, 72, “M” Company, who passed away on Monday, 7 August, 2017. Steve fought a long battle with cancer but never wavered in his support to The Citadel! He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie, and two sons: Shawn, Class of ’00, and Justin, Class of '03. 

Steve arrived at The Citadel from Virginia, was a member of the Summerall Guards, and graduated with a BA in History. After graduation, he served in the US Army from ’67-’69, then accepted a position as a Junior Engineer with the Norfolk and Western Railway Company, later the Norfolk Southern Railroad. He worked his way to become Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of the Norfolk Southern Corporation, retiring in 2009. Of course, we remember Steve and Connie’s hospitality by hosting us at the Northern Southern retreat at Brosnan Forest as part of our 40th Reunion…a well remembered way to kick-start a reunion! 

But his support of The Citadel and our class did not stop there. A member of the “Society of 1842” for his generous giving to the college, Steve served as Chairman of The Citadel Foundation Board of Directors, helping secure the future of our college. The Board of Visitors recognized his many contributions to the college with the award of an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce Degree in 2013. 

Steve’s funeral service will be held Wednesday, 9 August 2017 at 3 PM at Evergreen Cemetery, 1307 Summit Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA. 

Respectfully, John 

We reach out to Connie, Shawn, Justin and the Tobias family and offer our prayers and best wishes. We will miss Steve at the 50th! 


A Message from Our Class Reunion Chairman:


July 19, 2017 
50th Reunion of The Citadel class of 1967 
Letter to class 


Hard to believe that it has been 50 years since we graduated from The Citadel! It seems like, well what does it seem like? Along time ago. 

The plans are coming together for the best Class reunion that The Citadel has ever seen! Preparations have been ongoing for several months to make Thursday October 26 – Sunday October 29, 2017 a most memorable weekend for everyone. The highlight of the weekend will be the dedication of the Citadel War Memorial, Class of 1967 gift to The Citadel. The dedication will be early Friday afternoon and trust me, you will not want to miss this event. 

John Sams has previously sent out information for the Homecoming Weekend which will begin Thursday evening with an informal gathering at The Citadel beach house on the Isle of Palms from 6:30 to 10:00pm. In addition to a full bar, shrimp, oysters, hot dogs and hamburgers will be served at this newly renovated facility. Remember when we first visited this place in August 1963, our knob year? Be assured it is much nicer now and still on the beautiful front beach of the Isle of Palms. 

Friday October 27 will be a very big day. Shortly after the alumni review we will gather at the Citadel War Memorial for the formal dedication. You will receive an invitation with the details. The Citadel has invited a very high level person in the current administration to make the dedication speech, more details on this as they unfold. 

Friday evening will be the big 50th celebration with dinner and dancing at the Carolina Yacht Club, 50 East Bay St beginning at 7:00. The band “Savannah Jack” was such a huge hit at our 45th reunion we have booked them again for this most excellent event! 

Saturday morning will be the usual campus activities with our 12:00 noon tail gate party before the ball game taking place on the 4th floor Club level of the stadium. Lunch will be served and the bar open as we mentally prepare for our last march on the field before the Citadel Bulldogs take on the VMI Keydets at 2:00pm. Our Bulldogs are the defending Socon Champs so we are expecting a real battle. Since our tailgate will be in the stadium on the 4th floor each person must have a football ticket to be able to attend. We have reserved for football tickets for the class so please call the ticket office at 843-953-3647 to arrange to get your tickets to the game. 

Saturday evening there is nothing planned as a class so please make your own reservations for dinner. This would be a good time for companies or just old friends to get together. 

John mentioned in his email that reservations are necessary at either Embassy Suites (headquarters) 843-723-6900, Hampton Inn 843-723-4000, French Quarter Inn 843-722-1900 or The Spectator 843-207-4040. 

Attached is a registration form that we ask to fill out and return as soon as possible so we can get a headcount other family members can be included. The cost for the weekend is $600 per couple. We want to publish for the class info about your life since graduation so please use the registration form to tell us a little about you since we graduated. 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone here in October! 

Jay Keenan 

The Reunion Guy 


A Message from Your Class Representative


I am happy to report the Homecoming Weekend for our 50th Reunion is taking shape, and wanted to share the rough schedule based on the college’s inputs, and our preliminary planning process. 

Our first activity will be a Thursday evening, 26 October gathering as a social and informal rendezvous. We are still working the details for that event. 

The dates for Homecoming this year are 26-28 October 2017, with the dedication of The Citadel War Memorial set for the afternoon of Friday, 27 October (time not yet set, detailed schedule to follow when available). For those who were able to attend, we conducted the groundbreaking for the memorial this past Homecoming, click here for informaiton regarding the ceremony.

Also, on Friday evening, 27 October we have reserved the Carolina Yacht Club, 50 East Bay St, for our dinner dance with “Savannah Jack” the band set to entertain. You may recall they performed the honors at the 45th reunion. Our headquarters for the weekend will be the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District…the old Citadel building on Marion Square and we have reserved a block of rooms there and at three other hotels. Their prices vary, and recommend you make your reservations early: 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District
337 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Telephone 843-723-6900
$279.00 per night (Room block 26-29 October 2017) 

Hampton Inn by Hilton Charleston Historic District
345 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
Telephone 843-723-4000
$249.00 per night (Room block 26-29 October 2017) Your 

French Quarter Inn: For reservations at the French Quarter Inn over the dates of October 26-29, 2017, please visit French Quarter Inn and use the promo code "Citadel". Reservations can also be booked over the phone at 843.722.1900 by referencing the "Citadel Class of 67 – 50th Reunion"
Mix of Traditional King and Traditional Queen Rooms – Thurs: $409; Fri/Sat: $459 Upgraded King and Queen Rooms - Thurs: $449; Fri/Sat: $499 

Rate includes the following Amenities: 
• Champagne upon check in 
• Afternoon Wine and Cheese Reception 
• Freshly Baked Cookies and Milk in the Evening 
• Turndown Service 
• Gourmet Continental Breakfast 
• Wireless Internet Access Parking - $30 per night Valet Service 

The Spectator Hotel: For reservations at The Spectator Hotel over the dates of October 26-29, 2017, please visit the website and use the promo code "Citadel". Reservations can also be booked over the phone at 843.207.4040 by referencing the "Citadel Class of 67 – 50th Reunion".
Mix of Traditional King and Traditional Queen Rooms – Thurs: $389; Fri/Sat: $569 Upgraded King Rooms - Thurs: $439; Fri/Sat: $619 

Rate includes the following Amenities: 
• Artisan snacks and beverages in the room upon arrival 
• Turndown Service • Gourmet Continental Breakfast 
• Wireless Internet Access 
• Butler Service Parking - $30 per night Valet Service 

Additional details will follow as they develop, but wanted to get these longer range planning details out to everyone. Looking forward to seeing all return for a great weekend. Expect additional details within about 30 days. 

Go Dogs, we are expecting another terrific football season! 

Respectfully, John


A Message from Your Class Representative


Once again I have to report the passing of one of our classmates, Byron N. Lord, “L” Company, of Rockville, MD, who passed away on 5 February 2017. Byron was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Ronna, who passed away in 2014. 

After graduation as a civil engineer and attaining a master’s degree, Byron accepted an entry level job with the Federal Highway Administration in Washington. He held many positions until his retirement in 2013 including Chief of Pavements Division, Chief of Highway Infrastructure Division, Deputy Director of the Office of Pavements Technology, Director of Highways for Life, and Senior Advisor for Innovation. His career took him all over the world, and he even had a position as a White House Fellow, working in the West Wing of the White House under President George H. W. Bush. 

Byron and Ronna had three children and eight grandchildren. While their eldest son was in the Cub Scouts, Byron was asked to become an assistant Pack Master and thus began a long association with the Boy Scouts of America. While both sons became Eagle Scouts, Byron rose to become a District Eagle Chairman, a position he held for almost 30 years. 

Services for Byron will be held on Saturday, 11 February 2017, at 10:30 AM at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 550 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Boy Scout Troop 68, Troop Treasurer – Carl Bretscher, 300 Reading Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. 

Our prayers and best wishes go out to the Lord family and his many friends. 





A Message from Your Class Representative

Classmates, once again I am sad to report the passing of another classmate, Steve Rothstein, 71, of Gainesville, FL. Steve passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at North Florida Regional Medical Center near Gainesville after suffering a heart attack. He was born November 2, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas. As a graduate of our class, he served in the USAF and later graduated from the Medical College of South Carolina. He was a passionate physician that cared deeply about his patients, and is remembered for always keeping the tapestry of the family together. Stephen enjoyed ballroom dancing, was an avid gardener, and a great lover of animals. Of course, we remember Steve as a pre-med major (smart) and a SOCOM Champion Wrestler (tough)! 

Stephen is survived by his four brothers, and sons Mont Rothstein of San Diego, CA and Jakob Rothstein (Brie) of Lubbock, TX. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family, and we too grieve at the loss of another classmate.

Sincerely, John


A Message from Your Class Representative

The Rev Charles D. "Pete" Cooper, who attended The Citadel in the Class of 67, Echo Company, passed away near Florence, SC, on 7 December 2016. Pete was born in Lancaster, SC, and was raised in Great Falls and Clinton, SC. A 1963 graduate of Clinton High School, he received postgraduate degrees from Furman University and the University of the South (Sewanee), and was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1981. Pete served in the US Marine Corps, and spent many years as a priest, teacher, coach, and assistant headmaster of several schools, ending with Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School near Florence. 

Pete is survived by his wife of 47 years, Elizabeth Blair Blackwell Cooper of Florence, a son Gordon, and daughters Ashley and Elizabeth. Pete and Elizabeth have six grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held today in Florence followed by burial in St John's Memorial Garden in Florence. Waters-Powell Funeral Home is serving the family, and notes to Elizabeth can be forwarded through them at 400 S Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506 (843-669-6311). 

thoughts and prayers go to Elizabeth and the entire Cooper family.

Respectfully, John


A Message from Your Class Representative

With the ground breaking for The Citadel War Memorial this Friday at 3 PM, appearing below is the inscription which will be etched on the panels opposite the ~745 alumni names slatted to appear in the memorial. Our classmate, John Warley, is the author and has dedicated countless weeks and months of his time in the research and writing necessary to field this history of The Citadel through those who have served in combat. As you read this, you will know the effort required, and we all should thank John when you have the opportunity. Please read this with pride, and enjoy... realize this is the final product! 

The Citadel at War 
By John Warley, ’67 (Final 08-16-2016) 
We, The Citadel’s alumni, welcome you to our war memorial. We wish to share an essential part of the school’s story through the lives and premature deaths of those brave warriors whose names are etched into the walls behind you. They were our classmates, teammates, squad or platoon leaders, our friends. They live on in our memory, and forever in this memorial. Like many of us, they joined the armed forces to do their part to preserve freedom. We came home, while they, in Lincoln’s immortal phrase, “gave the last full measure of devotion.” 

Understanding their sacrifice requires some understanding of The Citadel. It is not for everyone, as anyone who has matriculated here will attest. Men and women come for various reasons, but expect to be challenged, to be instructed, perhaps inspired, and to be tempered into the leaders demanded by an increasingly complex world. Our history, dating from 1842, confirms the value of The Citadel experience. That experience—in the barracks, on the parade ground, in the academic buildings, on the athletic fields, in our chapels—molds and shapes us in ways traditional colleges or universities would not. Its rigors bond us, as was demonstrated as early as 1852, when the entire junior class resigned, forfeiting graduation, to protest an unjust order. When we leave, we lean on that experience, imbued with the competence and confidence nurtured by everything you see around you, to navigate life’s rougher shoals, its sudden dips and curves. And we lean on it to rise, to excel, to lead. 

At the core of The Citadel experience is the honor code. While some schools have discarded their honor codes as relics, we embrace ours: “A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.” By living up to that oath, we prepare ourselves for other oaths, sworn on later days—“to have and to hold” and to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” In striving to live up to the high moral standard set by this code, we seek the values The Citadel instills: honor, duty, respect. 

Honor refers not to the medals, citations, and awards earned in combat, though they have been legion, but rather to the manner in which we conduct ourselves in the roughest, most lethal environments imaginable, including torture and confinement as a prisoner of war (POW). Col. Roy Hilton, USA, Class of 1915, survived the Bataan Death March in World War II, remaining a POW for the duration of the war. Col. J. Quincy Collins, Jr., USAF, Class of 1953, spent seven-and-a-half years as a POW, many of them at the notorious H ỏ a Lò Prison, known better as the Hanoi Hilton, enduring with honor the unendurable. 1stLt. Alan Kroboth, USMC, Class of 1969, experienced a much shorter confinement as a POW, but one that included a forced three-month trek across Vietnam, barefoot, with a broken back, sleeping in bomb craters, and covered with leeches. These and other alumni POWs honored us by the gritty Citadel resolve they showed to our enemies. 

Duty was exemplified by the classes of 1917 and 1918, which saw one hundred percent of their graduates enter the armed services to do their part “over there” in World War I. Many grew up in small towns or on farms, in an age when the telephone was a novelty, the Wright Brothers were experimenting with manned flight, and Theodore Roosevelt led the charge up San Juan Hill. College degrees were the exception, yet having attained one, perhaps the first in a family to do so, these graduates risked all by shipping out to Europe, where unprecedented casualties left a permanent scar on humanity. But still they went. Duty. Nine members of those two classes are named on the wall behind you. Respect is what we show our country, our flag, our superiors, and one another. It is the entire 1854 Corps of Cadets marching through Newberry, S.C., to fire a salute over the grave of Capt. W. F. Graham, the school’s first superintendent. When Capt. John W. Vaughan, USAF, Class of 1968, learned that a newly freed Vietnam POW would be returning to the U.S. without The Citadel ring stolen by his captors, Vaughan sought him out in a Philippines hospital, took his own ring off, and placed it on the former POW’s finger, a gesture of solidarity and respect. Vaughan represented The Citadel brotherhood that day. 

In responding to the nation’s call to arms, those World War I veterans followed a path well worn by the time they shipped out. The initial graduating class of 1846 sent alumni to participate in the first battles ever waged by U.S. soldiers on foreign soil, the Mexican-American War. As members of the famed Palmetto Regiment and other units, we fought from Veracruz to Mexico City, losing six of our brothers, including J.H. Howell, the first alumnus killed in action. The war also initiated a tradition that continues today, that of a war veteran matriculating after military service. That veteran, Allen H. Little, lost an arm during a battle in Mexico before graduating with first honors in the Class of 1852. He died of his wounds two years later. 

Regrettably, the next conflict to test our alumni came not in a foreign land but upon the ground on which you stand today, although our campus was then in downtown Charleston on Marion Square. On January 9, 1861, Citadel cadets, fighting under a new flag, fired the first shot of the War Between the States on the Star of the West, a ship attempting to resupply the Union garrison at Fort Sumter. As other states seceded, our cadets and alumni answered the call to duty. Some left school to form what became known as the Cadet Rangers, assigned to the 6th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry. Using skills and knowledge acquired here, they trained recruits, defended the coast of South Carolina, and in 1864 played a critical role in the bloodiest all-cavalry battle of the entire war at Trevilian Station in Virginia. With Maj. Gen. Wade Hampton leading them, they rushed headlong at a mounted enemy column under the command of Brig. Gen. George Custer and broke their charge. 2 

As Union forces marched to the sea in Georgia, our entire Corps of Cadets defended the Charleston & Savannah Railroad at the Battle of Tulifinny Creek, successfully holding off a superior force. Suffering one dead, seven wounded in their “baptism by fire,” they earned the praise of seasoned veterans who served with them. Given the outcome of the war and the fact that one of our own fired the first shot, it was perhaps fitting that Capt. Robert M. Sims, Class of 1856, served as General Lee’s representative to carry the flag of truce through Union lines at Appomattox. At war’s end, three hundred sixteen Citadel men numbered among those making the supreme sacrifice, including Col. Charles C. Tew, our first graduate. We honor their service. 

Among the casualties on both sides of the War Between the States was the college itself. Like much of Charleston, our former home on Marion Square faced economic destitution and occupation by Union forces. In the desperate years that followed, few envisioned the revival of the noble educational experiment begun there in 1842. We, members of The Citadel’s long gray line, recognized the mournful strains of taps, and taps had been sounded for our alma mater. 

It is therefore fitting, and a testament to The Citadel experience, that we refused to let it die. Classmates had died, and the Lost Cause we defended had died, but the institution we loved could not be allowed to die. We had found in its structure, its rigors, its esprit de corps something essential to preserve. When the last Federal troops garrisoned in our barracks departed in 1877, efforts began immediately to reopen despite daunting odds. The decimated state treasury held no funds to refurbish it. But we persevered. Aided by our old friends in the Washington Light Infantry, we pressed a well-orchestrated campaign that, in 1882, by a single tie-breaking vote in the South Carolina Senate, saved The Citadel. 

The cadets admitted to those first classes after reopening fought a war far different from the one their parents initiated. In this war, the enemies consisted of stark, state-wide poverty, an earthquake in 1886 that brought parts of Charleston to knees still bent, and a fire in 1892 that destroyed a significant portion of the barracks. Through all these adversities, we became, as a corps and as alumni, stronger. In 1898, Americans reminded each other to “Remember the Maine” as war with Spain commenced in the Philippines and in Cuba. We sent thirty-two of our alumni into service, and while we suffered no fatalities, the engagement produced our first Medal of Honor recipient, Brig. Gen. John T. Kennedy, who received his initial military training here. 

Survival of the college into the twentieth century foreshadowed what it was to become in the twenty-first and beyond. Despite the years when we were linked to The Arsenal in Columbia as The South Carolina Military Academy, we have always been known as The 

3 Citadel. In 1910, we officially became The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina. By then, increased enrollment dictated new construction, so in 1922 the campus was relocated to our permanent home here on the banks of the Ashley River. Since its inception, The Citadel has been governed by a Board of Visitors. Each March 20th, we celebrate Corps Day, the date on which the first students reported in 1843. Twenty cadets assembled on that spring day, designated as Beneficiary Cadets because their families were unable to pay the two-hundred-dollar tuition charged to Pay Cadets. To its enduring credit, the Board of Visitors directed that no difference in duties or treatment be made between paying and non-paying cadets; that merit and character were to be the path to promotion and recognition. Merit and character still rule here. Reveille sounds for rich and poor at the same hour. To the beneficiaries of family trusts and to those without resources, we issue the same uniforms, with military and academic achievement on our collars, chests, and epaulets, proudly worn and earned. The price of freedom was again brought home to us in 1941, on “a date which will live in infamy.” Reflecting the nation’s outrage at the attack on Pearl Harbor, we sent as a percentage more of our students into the armed forces than any college in America, except the federal service academies. Those entering Lesesne Gate in September 1940 became known in Citadel lore as the “class that never was,” the Class of 1944. Out of the five hundred sixty-five who reported, three remained by the spring of their graduation year, the rest having been called to serve. 

We participated in all theaters of World War II. In Europe, we lost members of eighteen separate classes in the victorious effort to defeat the Axis Powers. On battlefields that have come to define courage for generations of Americans, we fought and, for some of us, paid the ultimate price. On the beaches at Normandy and Anzio, in the Ardennes Forest, at Saint Lô, in the skies over France, Germany and North Africa, we helped deliver the blows that ended the war. 

One member not lost was Maj. Roland F. Wooten, Jr., USAAC, Class of 1936. Wooten entered The Citadel in the teeth of the Great Depression that began in 1929. He lacked the funds to afford the uniforms essential to his matriculation. Brooks C. Preacher, Class of 1932, had retained his uniforms and agreed to make them available to Wooten, who went on to become a pilot and a World War II hero. In two hundred twenty combat missions over Italy, France, Germany, Sicily, and Tunisia, he shot down three enemy planes. Wooten himself was shot down three times. His valor earned him twenty-two Air Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts, and a host of honors from our Allies. During a later-in-life interview, discussing the impact his alma mater had on him, he said, “We need more Citadels.” 

4 In the Pacific, Lt. Col. Horace E. Crouch, USAAC, Class of 1940, flew as a navigator and bombardier over Tokyo as one of Doolittle’s Raiders. Crouch survived, but members of twenty Citadel classes gave all in avenging Pearl Harbor. Two of those were PFCs John H. Cotter and Gerald R. Casey, USMC, Class of 1946. Brothers could not have been closer than Cotter and Casey. They grew up in the same hometown, went to the same church and school, matriculated at The Citadel together, then saw their education curtailed by their duty and the demands of the war. Assigned to the 4th Marine Division, they played on the football team that won the Central Pacific Championship before being sent to Iwo Jima. Cotter fell on the day of the landing and Casey two days later. The same fate befell our first World War II ace, Lt. Col. George B. McMillan, USAAC, Class of 1938, who survived aerial combat as a pilot for the famed Flying Tigers but was lost in the skies over China thereafter. Ensign Claude J. Gasque, Jr., USNR, Class of 1936, was among three hundred seventy lost at sea when the USS Quincy, having supported the Marine landing on Guadalcanal, succumbed to Japanese artillery and torpedoes in the Battle of Savo Island. In every Pacific battle, from the Philippines to Midway to Okinawa, we were there. 

Lest we forget, there were World War II casualties in the American theater as well. We were among those who trained others and who protected the shores, the air and our borders. Those who died while serving in uniform are remembered here for their sacrifice during a time of extended national emergency. 

South Carolina has always furnished the nucleus of our student body. Those first 1843 Beneficiary Cadets, boys from Charleston, Georgetown, and Abbeville, for whom a college education surely seemed a distant ambition, reported for what must fairly be described as an experiment. The concept of the citizen soldier, someone educated for peace but prepared for war, had no precedent in this state. We admitted the first non-South Carolinian in 1882, and since then young men and women from all over the country and the world have come for what we offer. Most return home to provide leadership instilled here. Many serve in the armed forces. Li Sui An, Class of 1929 and a colonel in the Chinese Army, died of wounds fighting in China during World War II. Beginning in the 1960s, Thai students brought sustained enthusiasm to our ranks. One of those, Unk Viruch Tangnoi, Class of 1963, rose to captain in the Royal Thai Army before losing his life in 1968, fighting as our ally in Vietnam. Today, we accept students from everywhere to prepare them to go anywhere. 

Five years after victory in World War II, the Cold War that grew out of that victory turned hot. On June 25, 1950, communist North Korea, backed by China and the Soviet Union, attacked the Republic of South Korea across the 38th parallel. We were present when U.S. forces, responding to a UN Security Council resolution, led a dramatic amphibious landing at Inchon, cutting off North Korean forces and turning the tide in 5 favor of democracy. By the time an armistice brought an end to the fighting in 1953, twenty-six alumni had fallen. 

Among the litany of tragedies associated with war, those missing in action (MIA) are particularly traumatic, leaving families, friends, and loved ones to live in uncertainty. Confirmation of their fate, so essential to grieving, can take decades, as was the case for Capt. William K. Mauldin, USAF, Class of 1944, shot down over North Korea in February 1952 and not identified until his remains were returned fifty-six years later. Remains never found or identified present the ultimate uncertainty, as we were reminded at the 2015 funeral service for Capt. Glenn R. Cook, USAF, Class of 1967, shot down over Vietnam in 1969. We have included MIAs as part of this memorial, always hoping against the odds to welcome back a lost brother or sister and to strike a name from the wall. The loss of Capt. Patrick McKenna, USA, Class of 1989, highlights yet another danger in war. He and twenty-five others lost their lives over northern Iraq in 1994 when the Black Hawk helicopter McKenna piloted was shot down by friendly fire. When President Kennedy, in his 1961 inaugural address, told the world that America would “pay any price, bear any burden,” we were among the first to learn how high that price, how heavy that burden. The following year, Capt. Terry D. Cordell, USA, Class of 1957, became the first combat death of an American officer in South Vietnam. While here, he served as a company commander with the cadet rank of captain, was a member of the Honor Committee, and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Student. As is too often the case, we gave up one of our best. The deaths and disfigurements in Vietnam defined a generation. The country came to agonize over its price, the burden here and abroad. We agonized too, as word of lost classmates and friends became a dreaded drumbeat. But we went, because while the dangers for those of us destined to serve in Vietnam had changed, our duty had not. For seventy-one of us, the sacrifice was the ultimate one. 

In the decade following the conflict in Vietnam, the U.S. military transitioned from conscription to an all-volunteer force and focused on joint contingency operations. In 1983, we were among the coalition forces deployed to Lebanon as peacekeepers. One of our own, 1stLt. Charles J. Schnorf, USMC, Class of 1981, lost his life in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut. Simultaneously, President Reagan, concerned that Soviet-Cuban influence on the small Caribbean island of Grenada would eventually pose a threat to the U.S., ordered Operation Urgent Fury, a combined force that descended upon the island, restored a deposed government, and rescued hundreds of U.S. citizens from a potential hostage situation. We mourn an alumnus lost in that effort, Capt. Michael F. Ritz, USA, Class of 1977, the only U.S. officer casualty in Grenada. When Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered Operation Desert Storm, which took the life of Capt. Mario J. Fajardo, USA, Class of 1984. 

6 On September 11, 2001, a surprise attack on the homeland must have seemed to some like a latter-day Pearl Harbor, but unlike that Pacific attack on military ships and an airfield, this assault targeted innocent civilians in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on domestic air flights. When the U.S. responded with Operation Iraqi Freedom, one of our own, 2ndLt. Shane Childers, USMC, Class of 2001, was the first to fall. The War on Terror demanded years of our sustained professionalism in the most hostile, heat-infused environments. In Iraq and Afghanistan, we demonstrated uncommon valor and heroic determination, as was acknowledged when two of our fallen, Lt. Col. Chad Buehring, USA, Class of 1985, and Capt. Daniel W. Eggers, USA, Class of 1997, had Camp Buehring in Kuwait and Camp Eggers, a Special Forces compound in Kabul, named to commemorate their leadership and sacrifice. The world is not yet safe for democracy. Our alumni remain in harm’s way across the globe. No one reading these words can fail to hope that the last name has been added to the walls, but history has shown that to be unlikely. What is certain is that when country calls, The Citadel will answer.

Respectfully, John

1967 Class Updates 

September 26, 2016

Wanted to provide an update into what is happening at The Citadel, and prepare all for the visit to the campus in November. In May we graduated our largest class ever, 530 graduates, with 30% entering the service of their country. (Additional cadets would have liked to be commissioned, but the numbers are controlled by the services, and the military is still downsizing). 

Last month we entered the largest class in Citadel history…819 knobs walked through the sally ports, including 68 women (most ever). All five battalions were full with 2352 cadets on campus, and up to this point we have lost 47 freshmen (about 1% better retention than last year). 

We should tip our hats and thank Gen Rosa and his team for earning #1 Public College in the South from US News and World Report for the 6th consecutive year! The college was also rated #1 Best Public Value in the South, and #1 Best Public College for Veterans in the South. Additionally, the engineering program was rated #13 in the nation, moving up from #22 last year! These and other accomplishments led to Lt Gen Rosa receiving the Chief Executive Leadership Award from the Council for Advancement & Support of Education (CASE). For all those grandkids, don’t forget the Class of ’67 Scholarship and get them signed up early! 

When you return to campus, several changes are underway. The campus apartments along Hagood Avenue (road that leads to the stadium) have been demolished, making way for the new School of Business building, Bastin Hall (made possible by a $6M donation to the foundation). Construction will begin prior to the end of the year! The Citadel Marina is being renovated with a new boathouse, docks and complete dredging of the facility for a return of the sports to be hosted there (made possible by a $3M donation). Also, The Citadel Beach House is being rebuilt after the devastating fire earlier this year, and should be ready for use prior to the end of the year. (Reconstruction covered by insurance). Finally, plans are underway for the rebuilding of Capers Hall, where the majority of the building will be demolished and rebuilt, maintaining the front of the building thus keeping the entrance to the campus intact. A large portion of this effort will be funded by donations to The Citadel Foundation by our alumni and other gifts, combined hopefully with help from the state. 

Thanks to all of our class who have been so generous in their contributions to the Class of ’67 50th Reunion Campaign…you may be aware we have reached our goal, but additional effort is needed to continue the great progress of the college. As mentioned earlier, we will break ground for The Citadel War Memorial during Homecoming Weekend this year, with the ceremony the afternoon of 4 November. If at all possible, make plans to attend. The dedication will be on our 50th at Homecoming! 

Thanks for what you do for our college! 

Respectfully, John


August 19, 2016

Class of '67 Mini-Reunion/CWM Groundbreaking, 4-5 Nov 16

Details for the Mini-Reunion for Homecoming weekend 2016 are well underway, and wanted to share the details we have determined for this year. Remember, this is the last mini before we celebrate the Grand 50th next year, and dedicate The Citadel War Memorial, our class gift to the college! Again, thanks to Jay Keenan, Tom Dickinson and Don Beers for the planning and work…many hours spent drinking whiskey and thinking as a team! 

Friday, 4 November 2016: 
3 PM: Groundbreaking for The Citadel War Memorial, just outside Summerall Chapel. We will turn the first several shovels of dirt to begin the process for the memorial, with actual construction beginning in the June 2017 timeframe 
5:10 PM: Memorial Parade 
7-10 PM: Class of ’67 Reception in the Linguard Room at the French Quarter Inn (166 Church Street) in downtown Charleston ( Heavy hors d’oeuvres along with an open bar will frame the evening. This was so well done last year, and the food so fantastic, we decided to repeat! Would suggest not to plan on dinner afterwards, as the staff at the FQI provided more than we could consume!! Dress again will be smart casual (ie, slacks and sport shirt). We will provide updates on the Class of ’67 Campaign and the memorial. 

Saturday, 5 November 2016: 
8:50 AM: Summerall Guards Performance, Summerall Field 
11 AM: Homecoming Review, Summerall Field, Alumni to take review 
12-2PM: The now “traditional” tailgate will occur under the Class of ’67 Tailgate Tent by the Holiday Alumni Center (HAC), located along Congress Street between the HAC and campus. Beer, soft drinks, water, and Bloody Mary’s will be provided along with heavy-duty game-day warm-up food. 
2 PM: Football game at Johnson-Hagood Stadium with Bulldogs (rated #10 in pre-season polls) vs. Samford. The Bulldogs are defending Southern Conference co-champions! Purchase tickets at the stadium, online at ETIX.COM, or through the ticket office at 843-953-3647. 
6 PM: Dinner at leisure with classmates. Reservations recommended. 

Costs: Cost for the reception and tailgate is $55 per person until October 15, thereafter cost will be $70 per person. 

Hotels: Make sure you mention Citadel Class of ’67 for these special rates. 
Holiday Inn Express, 350 Johnny Dodds Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (843-375-2611). $189. Per night 

French Quarter Inn (, 166 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (866-812-1900), Five-Star Hotel. Rates: Thursday, $339; Friday/Saturday $469 per night. 

Spectator Hotel (, 67 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (843-724-4326), rated #1 Hotel in the US. Rates: Thursday, $349; Friday/Saturday $479 per night 

This is a year where we have already lost several classmates, so I hope many of us can return for this year’s mini-reunion. Once again, Jay Keenan’s staff will be accepting registrations, and we will send out registration forms with mailing instructions under a separate e-mail. Take time to return to campus, and participate in the groundbreaking for The Citadel War Memorial! See you soon! 

Respectfully, John

Class News

Once again I must forward the passing of another of our classmates, Bob Patterson, Romeo Company, on April 16, 2016. Bob, a resident of Zephyr Hills, Florida, grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and was a long time resident of the Sarasota area. A US Army veteran, Bob served in Korea and in the Army Reserve until retiring as a Major. He obtained an MBA degree from American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and worked and lived in the Longmeadow, Massachusetts, area until moving to Florida 30 years ago. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Carolyn Alexander, and one son, Robert C. Patterson III, and a daughter, Elizabeth Markham. The Patterson's have four grandchildren. Unfortunately, one of his two sons, David, preceded him in death. 
Please keep Carolyn and the family in your prayers....Carolyn"s address is: 38576 Valley Oaks Circle 106, Zepyr Hills, FL 33540. 

My thanks to Jack Watson, who after contact with Carolyn, reported this to the company and class. 

Respectfully, John

June 27, 2016

The ground-breaking ceremony for The Class of '67 Citadel War Memorial will occur on Friday, 4 November 2016, at 3 PM. This is Homecoming Weekend with a Saturday football game vs Samford. Additionally, we will mark our 49th Year Reunion, and prepare for the all-important 50th! 

Mark your calendars! Details for the Mini-Reunion, and to observe the ground-breaking for the Citadel War Memorial are to follow. 

Hope to see you soon!

Respectfully, John


March 6, 2016

Our classmate, Pat Conroy, 70, passed away on Friday, 4 March 2016 at his residence in Beaufort, SC. Pat is survived by his wife, Cassandra King Conroy, also of Beaufort. All of our lives are richer because of Pat Conroy...

The family will receive friends on Monday, 7 March 2016 from 5-7 PM at The Anderson Funeral Home, 611 Robert Smalls Parkway, Beaufort, SC 29906-9070. (843-524-7144) A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, 8 March 2016 at 11 AM at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907. A private internment will follow. 

A very extensive number of articles were carried in the Saturday, 5 March 2016 edition of the Post and Courier Newspaper here in Charleston, and photographs are available at 

Rest in peace, Pat.

Respectfully, John

February 25, 2016


A quick note for Homecoming 2016, our 49th and last Homecoming prior to the big 50th in 2017. This year on November 4 and 5, 2016, we will again have a mini-reunion, and most importantly, have a groundbreaking ceremony for the Citadel War Memorial on Friday, 4 November. Trust many can attend as a practice for the 50th! Details will follow, but wanted all to have the long-range planning information.

Respectfully, John

January 25, 2016

Unfortunately, we have lost another classmate. Robert Lee Moore, Jr., 70, of Mt. Pleasant, SC passed away Thursday, January 14, 2016. Unfortunately, services were complete before we received notice of his passing. Bob joined our class after graduation from high school in Portsmouth, OH. He was a human resource and labor relations manager with the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Piketon, OH, retiring in 2003. After retirement he relocated to Mt. Pleasant where he worked as a teachers assistant in special education with the Charleston County School District until his retirement in December of 2015. Bob was a lifetime member of The Citadel Alumni Association and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, OH. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Penn Moore, and is survived by two sons, Christopher Wade Moore and Robert Scott Moore both of Mt. Pleasant. Memorials may be made to The Citadel Foundation (Class of '67), 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. 

According to Citadel records, Bob is the 72nd of our classmates who have entered into eternal rest. 

Respectfully, John

January 15, 2016

I forward from our football coach, ref the game at Furman, which we won 38-17! This week we face Mercer at home, and for Homecoming, VMI. This is a great year for Citadel football....see you at the mini-reunion! 

Fellow Bulldogs, 

Last Saturday was phenomenal for everyone associated with The Citadel football program!!! Our alumni made it clear to me from my opening press conference how important the rivalry with Furman was to them, and they showed it with their support in Greenville. Our side was enthusiastic, loud and energetic throughout the whole game and provided an advantage for us at Paladin Stadium even though it was Homecoming for Furman. The entire team fed off our crowd, which included 550 members of our Fourth Class that came up on buses thanks to our Commandant, Capt. Geno Paluso. 

We played with energy and physicality in all phases. It was a hard-hitting game from both teams, exactly like everyone expected to see from a rival. Our defense attacked from the opening kickoff to the final whistle and put the game away with interceptions by Tevin Floyd and James Riley on the last two drives of the game. Our defense continues to improve and make plays with the game plans developed by our defensive staff. Our offense was machine-like to start the game. After a punt, the only other drive we didn’t score was an interception off a tipped ball in the end zone, and at halftime we had already rushed for 297 yards. They gave us a bunch of different schemes, and Brent Thompson called a great game taking advantage of what was there. Our offensive line opened up holes that allowed our ball carriers to deliver hits on most attempts to tackle them. I do want us to come out of the locker room better to start the second half. Furman scored points on the first two drives of the third quarter, cutting our 17-point halftime lead to just seven. We responded and scored the final 14 points of the game, but we still are going to need to play better moving forward. The ending of Sunday’s practice focused on improving our performance in the third quarter. 
We have a special team that is maturing and continuing to take the steps necessary to win. That doesn’t happen on Saturday but instead in the preparation the other six days of the week. I don’t know that we would have been able to win a game like this one last year, and the way the team played after Furman started the second half with points showed me that they understand what we are developing as an identity for our program. This week is another Southern Conference battle as we return home to play Mercer, whose record is deceiving. Their three conference losses have come by a combined 11 points, and they return 75 players from last year’s team that we had to stop a two-point conversion with less than four minutes left to win that game. Bobby Lamb is a good coach who has spent his entire career in the Southern Conference and will have his team ready to play. For another week, our goal of competing for a Southern Conference championship continues to be in front of us. We are one of two teams undefeated in conference play, and Western Carolina could make it a three-team race with a win at Chattanooga on Saturday. The excitement around our program is being felt on campus, around Charleston and within our alumni. We have a chance to make this season special. 

Saturday is the first of two home games we have left, and I hope you will do everything you can to create another fantastic home field advantage for us at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
Thank you for your continued support. 

Go Bulldogs, Mike Houston 

Respectfully, John

'67 Class Reunion

Reunion Schedule (click to view)

Class of 1967 Biographies (click to view)

Reunion Pictures (click to view)

Thank you Ryan Kasyan for being the official Class of 1967 photographer!

'67 Class Reunion Campaign

The '67 Class Citadel Reunion Campaign (CRC) linking our contributions from our 45th through our 50th reunions is underway. Our goals to establish a $1M endowed '67 Memorial Scholarship and Citadel War Memorial are both unique for a Citadel Class. You can help the Class make both a reality by contributing and pledging to these projects through 2017. Let’s make this happen to ensure the storiesof the sacrifice made by our Classmates and 422 other alumni are never forgotten.

Ed Murphy, Tango Company, has developed an excellent ‘67 CRC website that makes contributing easy. Access the website at


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