USNA Class of '63

Electronic Lucky Bag: Third Battalion

James Edward Leeper, Jr.

Falls Church, Virginia

Brought up in the "Old Navy" tradition by his father, a retired Rear Admiral, Speed decided to give up the confining life of Washington, D.C., to join the ranks of the men in blue. After a short tenure at Columbian Prep, he entered the Academy with the firm desire to make every liberty call for the remainder of his career. At times during plebe year, we thought that the academic departments were going to get him, but with a little extra work, he made it all right. Always on the move, Speed actively supported the Navy soccer team, as well as many company teams. His achievements do not stop at athletics, however. He was alway on hand to help a friend and was a mainstay in the company morale for four years. In Speed, the service will receive a well rounded and versatile officer.

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John Michael Lents

Seattle, Washington

After a year at Seattle Univerity, Mike brought his boundless energy to the banks of the Severn. Neat and exacting by nature, he lost no time in distinguishing himself as one of the best. His cheerful attitude and easy flair for applying his ready wit to the everyday problems made Mike a popular figure with all who knew him. Studies were no big problem and he always had time to help a classmate. His was a familiar form in the handball and basketball courts. Sincere and possessing a calm, easy manner, Mike was a handy man to have around on any occasion from a skull-session to a bull-session. Mike, with an eye on the fair sex, could be counted on to spend a good part of his monthly insult on postage stamps and stationery. A man who always lives by the code of a gentleman, Mike will be a welcome additon to any wardroom in the Fleet.

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Austin Sherwood Lett, Jr.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

According to certain members of our class, Milwaukee has two outstanding products. The second is Austin S. Lett, Jr. Austin came to Navy with an outstanding background as a scholar and an athlete. A leg injury plebe year kept him from participating in varsity athletics. Watching him walk down the passageway port side provided humorous moments during a year when such were few. Never one to concentrate on one subject, Austin consistently made high marks in all his courses. Some of his profs were perplexed at the lack of correlation between attention in class and quiz grades. Wherever his service career takes him, Austin will be respected by those who know him, whether it be as senior, subordinate, or friend. His intensity and wide range of knowledge will be an asset not only to him, but also to the nation.

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