Pres: CAPT W. Spencer Johnson IV, USN (Ret.)
Sec'y: Michael H. Shelley
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Web site: http://www.usna63.org.
On the 19th of November, 2013, in St. Petersburg, FL, after an excellent address in honor of "Lacplesu Diena" to many veterans of the wars for Latvian Independence and their surviving families, Latvian Rear Admiral Andrejs Mezmalis, Retired, USNA Class of 1963 was presented with the Brigade Flag by Helmuts Feifs, Class of 1966. Admiral Mezmalis is the major architect of the resurgence of the Latvian military into the modern force for peace that it is today. He was enjoined to fly the flag in Riga, Latvia, when Navy beats Army and on other auspicious occasions.  We congratulate Andy for his accomplishments and will now raise our official total of Class of '63 flag officers to 21, including both him and Peruvian Navy Rear Admiral Guillermo Devoto.
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During our Sunday Brunch at the 50th I gathered three other SEALs along with myself for a group photo. To my knowledge, there were six of us from the Class of 63 who eventually became SEALs. The other two were Rick Trani, who was KIA in Vietnam, and Larry Graham, who I believe did not attend the reunion. The four of us in the photograph are Grant Telfer, myself, Bob Newton, and Ed Gill. It is interesting that Grant, Bob, and I all came from the original 12th Company. We all look exactly like we did when we completed BUD/S training.
Class of 1963 SEALs at the 50th Reunion
Karen and Steve Hoy were this year's hosts as a large turnout of the Class of 1963 gathered at their lovely home in Murietta. It was a beautiful, sunny day that added to the good cheer and camaraderie. Attendees included Dick and Susan Andrews, Janet Gushue, Jerry Harken, Maureen Hogan, Bill and Dottie Hughes, Donna Kaup, Karl and Marirose Kozak, Ted and Kay Krohne, Alan and Terry McAnally, Dave and Pattie Meyers, John and Betty Middleton, Win and Sally Orgera, Dick and Sheila Ortwein, John and Pam Pfeiffer, Jay Roberts, John Ryan, Mike Rubel, Chuck and June Stone, Grant Telfer, Jim and Sandi Thornton, Vern and Gail Von Sydow, Roy and Vicki Warren, Rich and Betty-Ray Wilson. Our custom is to present a gift to the hosts for their gracious hospitality. This year our gift provider, Vern, surprised Steve Hoy with a beautifully framed copy of the Shipmate cover showing Steve with president Kennedy at the 1962 Army/Navy game coin toss. A great time was had by all as we cheered another Navy victory!Thanks to Lew Blackwell for sending this news of yet another victory achieved by members of the Class of 1963.
Army-Navy game day in Southern California
The Class of 1963 entered a team in the Army-Navy Classic Golf Tournament held at the Admiral Baker course in San Diego the day before the Army-Navy game. The team consisted of myself, Max Ricketts, Mike Rubel, and Jim Thornton. I am very pleased to report that we won the low net championship. We each received a Navy sweatshirt as a prize. I will have inserted in each team member's Retired File the following citation;  The primary focus of tournament was to raise funds for the USNA Foundation. The field consisted of 40 teams from USMA and USNA representing classes from 1956 through 2003."Well done to all for a great effort. As team captain, I couldn't be prouder of how each of you performed under very difficult conditions. Your commitment ,determination and willingness to fight on despite the odds is a testament to your character and devotion to duty. Well Done, BZ, etc. "
Army-Navy Champion golfers in San Diego
The truth be told, this victory for USNA '63 was in large part due to the remarkable captaincy and decision making of Lew Blackwell in guiding our team through the very hostile terrain of the Admiral Baker North Course in San Diego. The Class of 1962 was in the foursome following us and sincerely remarked they were simply in awe of our team's incredible skill [at least that's what I thought they said]. To make it fair to the other teams, next year we're going to drink a few glasses of wine before teeing up.
It's always enjoyable to run into a '63 Classmate, and particularly so upon leaving Spartan Stadium after a most exciting Navy triple overtime victory over San Jose State. We had both watched Navy's last second victory over Pitt at our 50th Reunion in Annapolis just a few weeks before, and I didn't think that game could be topped for excitement.
I don't know of too many classmates in the San Jose area. I play golf about once a week with Ed Hartford who lives just up the road in Mountain View, and we're trying to coax Dave Moore to travel from Sacramento to join us. I've met up with my 13th Companymate Gary Thomas who resides up in the Sierras in Truckee, and hopefully we'll get in some skiing together this winter if snowfall permits.