Pres: CAPT W. Spencer Johnson IV, USN (Ret.)
Sec'y: Michael H. Shelley
164 Sweetwater Lane, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
h: 828-862-4245 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: http://www.usna63.org.
On Tuesday, July 1, Bruce Webb and I met with the Kolon family as they celebrated their son Carl's induction into the Class of 2018. Carl is the grandson of our classmate Carl Kolon, who died of cancer in 1980. The Class Foundation helped Matt with his college tuition, and Matt donated his Dad's Class ring to the Naval Academy museum, where it is on permanent display. I got to know Carl when he was involved with the Class Foundation. In fact, he was the President just prior to my taking it over. It was ironic that a few years after his death, the Foundation could help his son Matt with his college tuition. Matt said he really needed the help.  You may recall that I shared news of Carl's appointment to USNA in our May-June column, including Matt's complimentary remarks about how the Class of 1963 Foundation had helped him many years ago. Bringing the Kolon story up to date, Matt placed an account of this year's I-Day on his web site; click HERE to see it.
In this picture from left to right are Matt, Patty, Carl, and his sister Nellie. Please note that Carl has his bayonet belt on and he already knew the answer to "What's up?"
The Kolon family in Tecumseh Court
This second picture shows Bruce, the Kolons, and me. Bruce was in the 17th Company with Carl.
The Kolon men with Bruce Webb and Jim Ring
Another grandfather, Merrill Dorman, provided this news about his USNA grandson:
On the front cover of the Wednesday, 14 May, Wall Street Journal was a photo from the "Sea Trials" evolution for the Class of '17. It showed my #1 grandson Carl Merrill Trampenau yelling out the cadence to his 29th company buddies doing their arm in arm sit-ups. The photo caption was all that was provided, and Carl did not know they were going to make the press. The class of 2017 attacked Herndon on Monday, 19 May, and about a week later Carl boarded a 44-ft yawl bound for Bermuda with the Ocean Sailing Team. Plebe year is over already.
Larry Marsh took this picture at the Class lunch held at the Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA, on June 19. Left to right are Joel Gardner, Bob Forster, Mario Fiori, John Aucella, Forrest Siburt, Ed Hutchison, Larry Marsh, Dan Koczur, and Jim Ring.
Arlington, VA, lunch attendees
We have lunches at the new club for the Washington area classmates, and it would be great if more of the locals or visitors would join us. We look forward to renewing our long time friendships (Whenever two for more shall meet) and show you the new Army Navy Country Club. There is plenty of parking. Our next lunch is scheduled for 1130 on September 9 at the Army-Navy County Club. Spouses are welcome.
My wife, Connie, and I flew out to San Diego to attend the wedding of Dave Thornhill's son, Allen, who is a Marine Major and had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan. We stayed with roommate, Lew Blackwell, and Lynn at their condo there. Thorny and I flew together in VA-15 on the Intrepid (CVA-11). Also enjoyed having dinner with Edith and Max Ricketts.
Dave and Jane Thornhill, Connie and Miller Detrick, and Lynn and Lew Blackwell
Posing with newlyweds Allen and Lauren
Diana and I enjoyed a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands in May, visiting Oahu, Hilo, Kona, and Hawaii. It was an early celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary; the actual date will be August 29. We're going to Portland, OR, for our son-in-law's 50th Birthday on July 14, returning after a few days so I can attend my Charlottesville Municipal Band practice. We have six summer performances every other week during the summer with rehearsals in intervening weeks. We commit every Tuesday but two to the band during the year. I'm in the percussion section (was in D&B and Concert Band at USNA).
Our children are in Oregon, Nebraska, and Alabama so seeing them consumes travel dollars. When we moved to Charlottesville, the children were in Minnesota, Ohio, and Alabama. Three years ago our oldest, Sarah, moved to Oregon and two years ago our middle child, Emily, moved to Nebraska. Son James remains in Auburn, AL. When we moved to Virginia, the furthest child was a two-days' drive. "...best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley".
As a point of pride, I wish to note that three members of our Haddonfield (NJ) Memorial High School graduating class became members of the USNA Class of 1963: Don Reeves, Sherwood Zimmerman, and me.