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The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                           Summer 2008   Page 1

                              Summer   2008            Newsletter of the Flying Midshipmen

                    A LOOK BACK IN TIME with THE BEST OF ”ALWAYS A JOCK”


   THE EAST COAST REUNION 2009                          THE WEST COAST REUNION 2008
   is scheduled for May 4-8 at PENSACOLA.               is scheduled for September 9-11 in
   See Page 5 for more information                      Monterey, CA. See the Registration
                                                        form on Page 12
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                    Summer 2008       Page 2

  The Aviation Midshipmen
            LOG                                                        PRESIDENT LOU’S MESSAGE
                                                                       Flying Midshipmen are unique and distinguished naval aviators.
              Publisher                                                I’m honored and proud to have been elected President of this
   Aviation Midshipmen Foundation                                      splendid organization.
                Editor                                                 Gene Sizemore, President Emeritus, served us well, and is an in-
           Bill Busse (2-47)                                           spiration to me as I take on new responsibilities.
        Photo Contributors                                           I’m grateful to Herb Sargent who has agreed to serve as Executive
          Roy Mantz (7-48)                                           Director. He has been meticulous picking up where Del Branden-
        Walter Ohlrich (14-48)               burg so diligently left off handling our administrative tasks.
        Historian & Research                 Lots of things are happening or in the development stage.
         Glenn Allen (14-46)
                                             Dave Hardin, our webmaster, has initiated changes to our website. You now can access
           Poet Laureate                     the FMA Directory on the web. A letter is coming your way to give you a user name and
         Bob Brennan (15-48)                 password. Folks without a computer will receive a homemade version of the Directory
                                             by mail.

                                             Gene Martin has accepted the challenge to make arrangements for a “really big” FMA re-
            AMF Address                      union in Pensacola May 4th to 8th, 2009. Mark your calendars. See page 5 of this LOG for
             P.O. Box 246
         Compton, MD 20627                   details. You are also encouraged to attend the 36th annual West Coast reunion, September
         Phone: 301.475.7890                 9th to11th, 2008 in Monterey, CA. Chairmen are Earl Rogers and Hank Stanley. Registra-
  Website:          tion information is in this LOG. Roy Mantz is overseeing the Flying Midshipmen Youth
    e-mail:            Aviation Training Program on the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. He’s enthusiastic
                                             about the progress being made to welcome a full class of Navy League Sea Cadets this
                                             year. The response to the program, an offshoot of what Judge Colby has been leading for
 The Aviation Midshipmen LOG is              us in past years, has been so positive that Midway is planning on extending the number
 published biannually by the Aviation        of classes offered in 2009.
 Midshipmen Foundation, a non-profit,
 tax exempt, educational foundation
 as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the      Cathy Caldwell has taken the task of coordinating information for FMA widows. She’s
 U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The AMF         working on ideas.
 LOG is the newsletter of the “Flying
 Midshipmen”. Operations are on an
 all-volunteer basis; there are no paid
 employees and no rented office space
 except for a post office box, internet   AT THE HELM                                                  Lou graduated from Stanford Uni-
 connection and an “800” telephone        Lou Kriser’s adventures                                      versity with a degree in Interna-
 number to provide service for our
                                          have so far included                                         tional Relations. He also obtained
                                          Naval Aviator, Profes-                                       a Masters Degree in Public Policy
  Articles and photos for publication     sional Staff on Capital                                      and Public Administration from
 in the LOG are encouraged; submit        Hill, business executive-                                    the University of Maryland.
 them to the LOG Editor at 555 By-        lobbyist and his present
 ron St. #308 Palo Alto CA 94301.         stint as President, Kriser                                  Lou is a fair golfer, having “won”
                                          Enterprises.                                                the Chrysler Cup at TPC Avenel
 The PURPOSE of the Association                                                                       in 1986 with Arnold Palmer. He’s
 and Foundation is to preserve and
                                          Lou was designated a Midshipman USN in            been the Mayor of River City in The Music
 strengthen a spirit of comradeship
 among members of the Armed Forces        December 1946 having spent two years at           Man, and played the lead in You Can’t Take
 of the United States who served in the   Duke University and Pre-Flight at the Uni-        It With You, among a host of other theatrical
 U.S. Navy as Aviation Midshipmen;        versity of North Carolina. He is recorded as      adventures.
 to record and preserve for historical    Flying Midshipman number fifteen, graduat-
 purposes a memory of the era of Avia-    ing with navy wings on April 27, 1947. As a       Visit to see a unique golf inven-
 tion Midshipmen in the United States     member of the FMA he is probably the senior       tion that keeps the golf glove and grip dry in
 Navy during war and peace; to foster
                                          midshipman in our ranks today.                    the rain patented by him and his daughter Jill,
 and perpetuate the role of aviation in                                                     married to a Marine Aviator.
 the United States Navy; to give ap-
 propriate recognition to the memory of   Lou began sea duty in VA-95 flying TBMs
 those who pioneered and contributed to   on the USS Philippine Sea in 1947, and ac-        Lou retired as Captain in 1973, to become
 its development; to help preserve for    quired about 100 carrier landings before be-      Chief of Staff to Congressman Craig Hosmer
 history for the benefit of future gen-   ing designated Ensign in April 1948. Other        (R-CA). That experience led to Professional
 erations, appropriate representative     squadron duties included VF-92, later VF-74,      Staff, House Armed Services Committee, and
 naval aircraft and related equipment;
                                          flying Bearcats and Corsairs, VF-73 Cougars,      senior staffer on the HASC Seapower Sub-
 and to promote naval aviation and the
                                          VAP-62 A3D, and CO, VRF –31. Shore du-            commttee.
 United States Navy. Additionally, the
 AMF educates America’s teenagers in      ties included Aide, Naval Air Forces, Pacific
 Aviation to encourage them to choose     Fleet, Instructor, U.S. Naval Academy, IBTU       Retiring from the Hill in 1984, Lou became
 careers in Aviation.                     Flight Instructor at Pensacola, Air Boss, USS     President, Snyder, Ball, Kriser Corporation,
                                          Independence, and Special Projects, Office of     lobbyists. SBK, INC. dissolved in 1994 and
                                          Legislative Affairs, Navy.                        Lou formed Kriser Enterprises.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                 Summer 2008   Page 3

                                      ON GOLDEN WINGS
                                                as of 10 July 2008

        Aviation Midshipmen
        Robert W. Barnard
        Rodney B. Carter                Wives/Widows
        Donald A. Gardner
        W. F. “Bill” Goodman
                                        Kathleen Ketchmark Wife of G. J. “Jerry” Ketchmark (17-48)
        William A. Gregg IV             Donna Goossen          Wife of Ercel D. “Ed” Goossen (1-47)
        Lawrence H. Resek               Esther Littell         Wife of R. W. “Wally” Littell (15-48)
        C. Charles Restuccia            Mary Sargent           Wife of Herbert A. Sargent (9-47)
        Charles W. Safanda              Betty Spence           Wife of Benjamin E. Spence (7-47)
        Allen L. Sweet                  Patricia Ashworth      Widow of A. Ray Ashworth
        Richard C. Jacobi               Cordellia Brown        Widow of Rodney B. Carter
                                        Bette Kremer           Widow of John L. Kremer


                                E    ternal Lord God, who alone spreads out the heavens and rules the ragings
                                     of the sea, who makes the clouds your chariot and walks on the wings of
                                 the wind, tonight we lift our prayers for Flying Midshipmen both present and
                                 past. Wearing Wings of Gold, we have pierced the skies in our flying machines,
                                 have chased the clouds and tracked the endless space of the skies through stars
                                 You placed to guide and orient your creation. We flew from wooden decks,
                                 sometimes in weary machines. But, we did our best to stand guard over the
                                 sacred trust of duty, honor, and country. Many of our comrades sacrificed their
    lives in both war and peace that this nation might remain free. We remember them tonight in silent prayer
    that what they died for will forever remain a proud heritage of freedom and honor.

    Tonight, bless those of us who remain. May we continue to be faithful to the cause that first called us to
    duty, that of defending freedom, preserving the peace, and keeping our nation safe. We give thanks that
    intrepid airman still fly off steel decks, following in our footsteps. May our accomplishments in the past
    be an inspiration to them, that the United States Navy will ever be a stronghold of valor, commitment, and
    daring skill for the defenders of freedom. Bless us as tonight we remember and rededicate ourselves to the
    cause of human freedom and may the United States of America remain the land of the free because it is the
    home of the brave. Amen

    Chaplain R. Fenton Wicker (6-48)
    5136 Violet Bank Drive
    Virginia Beach, VA 23464
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                              Summer 2008      Page 4

                                           HERB SARGENT...OUR NEW EXEC
         CAPT Lawrence C. Day

        CAPT Glenn L. Allen, Jr.
        ADM G. E. R. Kinnear, II                                   erb Sargent was born and raised in New England. Upon graduating
        RADM William A. Gureck                                     from Lowell, MA high school, he joined the Navy V5 program an
          RADM Paul H. Engel
         RADM James B. Morin                                  attended Emory and Henry College and the University of Virginia.
       RADM William G. Sizemore
                                                              After two years of college, he went to Selective Flight Training at
           CAPT. Louis Kriser                                 Los Alamitos, CA and soloed the N2S before reporting to Ottumwa,
                                                              IA for preflight in the class of 9-47. Preflight school in Ottumwa was
       SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT                                  moved to NAS Pensacola in July 1947 and all his flight training was
           Joseph A. Reyes
                                                              conducted at Pensacola and Jacksonville, FL.
         CDR Herbert A. Sargent
                                                           In December, 1948, on completion of advanced flight training in F6F
             SECRETARY               and F4U’s, he received his wings and was assigned to VA75 at Quonset Point, RI. When VA75
           CAPT Roy T. Mantz
                                     was decommissioned in November 1949, he was reassigned to VF32. He was on a Mediterrain-
            TREASURER                ean Cruise aboard the USS Leyte when the Korean War started. The ship returned to Norfolk,
          CDR James J. Sullivan      VA, went through the Panama Canal and was one of the first carriers involved in the Korean War.
             HISTORIAN               He flew 30 combat missions and was awarded the Air Medal with two gold stars.
         CAPT Glenn L. Allen, Jr.
         VP-EASTERN AFFAIRS          The following tours of duty included flight instructor at Pensacola, FL, helicopter training and
         CDR Herbert A. Sargent      assignment to HS1 in Key West, FL. After duty assignments in Jacksonville, FL; El Centro, CA;
        VP-WESTERN AFFAIRS           Oxnard, CA; Kaneohe, Hawaii and he attended the Naval Postgraduate School. His final assign-
        CDR Elmer M. Tollgaard       ments were Air Boss on the USS Iwo Jima and Tactical Air Control Squadrons 11 and 21.
      VP-MEMBERSHIP/RECORDS          He retired from the US Navy on July 1, 1975.
          CAPT Roy T. Mantz
        VP-CORPORATE AFFAIRS         His post-Navy career was owner and personnel consultant of a personnel placement agency.
          CAPT Gerald R. Bell        Herb is a widower. He was married for over 56 years to Mary and they had six children, five girls
                                     and one boy and eleven grandchildren.
         CAPT Walter "R" Thomas
        CAPTDavid B. Seeman             DEL BRANDENBURG...RETIRED AGAIN!

                                                             Iturned the job over“Exec Dir” for the27 Maypart. IHowever a
           CAPT Louis Kriser
            VP-EDUCATION                                                           to Herb Sargent          2008. I enjoyed
          Hon. Robert T. S. Colby                              the role of FMA                       most
          VP-WIDOW AFFAIRS                                   couple of personal circumstances might explain why “retired.”
           Catherine Caldwell
               DIRECTORS                                  Some of you know Fran and I like to RV travel when possible. The
            Glenn L. Allen, Jr.                           fact is I don’t think I could do a good job for FMA while on the
               Gerald R. Bell
         D. E. “Del” Brandenburg                          road for periods of weeks or months loomed big in the decision.
            Catherine Caldwell                            We remained home the past winter while Fran was undergoing
               Paul H. Engel                              chemotherapy treatments. It now looks as if we will be free to
             Robert D. Kaiser
            G. E. R. Kinnear, II    travel again soon. These factors really didn’t hit home (or exist) while “Silver-tongued”
                Louis Kriser        Paul Engle hired (sold?) me on the “ExDir” position. I did enjoy it most of the time.
               Roy T. Mantz
              James B. Morin
             Joseph A. Reyes        One other factor also crossed my mind while thinking about giving up the “ExDir”
            Herbert A. Sargent      position. I have studiously avoided any position requiring extensive paperwork/re-
             David B. Seeman
          William G. Sizemore       cord keeping. I doubt the term “extensive paperwork” translates
           Norman E. St. Louis      the same for me as for most of you. I have passed these duties to others much of my
            Walter “R” Thomas       life--Mother, wife, yeoman, assistant, secretary.
            Elmer M. Tollgaard

     AMF OFFICERS                   I did enjoy my time as “ExDir” and hope I gave a reasonable package to Herb Sargent
                                    to take over. My thanks to Gene Sizemore, Paul Engle, Roy Mantz, Bob Kaiser, Glenn
          RADM Paul H. Engel        Allen, Jerry Bell, Walt Thomas, Dave Seeman, Joe Reyes and our new President, Lou
                                    Kriser for help and advice along the way. I apologize to those I’ve forgotten. Perhaps
        SECRETARY/TREASURER         a memory not as sharp as it should be is another factor in my decision to retire again.
          CAPT Louis Kriser

             DIRECTORS              One of my past bosses said, “never take over from a star performer.” I forgot this
             Paul H. Engel          good advice. And now a word of warning to all the FMA members scattered around
              Louis Kriser
           Joseph A. Reyes          the country--if I can still travel with gas being $4.00 plus a gallon--I may give you a
          William G. Sizemore       call and bum a beer and sandwich when in your area.
           Walter R. Thomas
                                    See you at the next FMA Reunion.                       Sincerely, Del
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                      Summer 2008    Page 5


       THE 2009thru 8th,Pensacolaconjunction with heldan-
        May 4th
                         2009, in
                                  Reunion will be

       nual Naval Aviation Museum Foundation Symposium.
       We have rooms at the Ashton Inn & Suites on Pensacola
       Boulevard. The Ashton Inn is close to Corry Field, and has
       both indoor and outdoor pools, and a workout room.

       You might ask why the change in our “normal reunion”
       week-days. The main reason is that...hopefully...we will
       have an opportunity to see a Blue Angel Practice Show
       on either Tuesday or Wednesday morning of our Reunion

       Also, We are planning very interesting tours for you folks to enjoy during your visit.

       So, mark your calendars now! Your Registration Forms will appear in the Winter issue of the FMA LOG. We
       look forward to seeing each and every one of you. It won’t be too long before you will receive your SIGNAL
       “CHARLIE” and be able to begin your approach to the FMA Ready Room. See You There!

                                                               Reunion Chairmen...Gene Martin & Ben Pascal

    BOOK REVIEW:                       Aircraft Carriers at War by James L. Holloway III
                                   [Holloway is the son of Adm. James L. ("Lord Jim") Holloway Jr., one of the
                                   best known and most respected naval officers of the post-WWII era, former Naval
                                   Academy superintendent, former chief of naval personnel, and originator of the
                                   "Holloway Plan."]
                                   "Throughout military history, certain weapons predominated on the field of bat-
                                   tle. Such was the American aircraft carrier from World War II to the present. One
                                   of the Navy's great sailors, Admiral James Holloway III, skillfully weaves his
                                   own naval career with that of naval aviation, U.S. policy, and diplomacy during
                                   that turbulent era in his excellent book Aircraft Carriers at War."
                                                   Capt. James A. Lovell (7-48) USN (Ret.), Commander, Apollo 13

                                   James L. Holloway III graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1942 and
                                   served in destroyers during World War II, shooting down three Zeros at the Bat-
                                   tle of Leyte Gulf as gunnery officer of the Bennion. He became a naval aviator
                                   in 1945 and flew combat missions in Korea, where he was promoted to the com-
                                   mand of a jet fighter squadron. After nuclear reactor training under Vice Adm.
                                   Hyman Rickover, Holloway became captain of the first nuclear carrier, Enter-
                                   prise, for two combat deployments to Vietnam. In 1968 he returned to the Pen-
                                   tagon and established the nuclear-powered carrier program. Four years later he
                                   took command of the Seventh Fleet in Southeast Asia. In 1974 he was selected
                                   as Chief of Naval Operations and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Among
                                   Admiral Holloway's more than forty medals and decorations are the French Le-
                                   gion of Honor, Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Grand Cross of Germany,
                                   Knight of the Italian Order of Merit, U.S. Distinguished Service Medal, and the
                                   Distinguished Flying Cross.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                              Summer 2008      Page 6

                                THE BEST OF BRENNAN
                         OUR OUTSTANDING POET LAUREATE

                                                                Navy Pilot
                                                                  Army Soldier
                                                      A Navy pilot - he chose to fly.
                                                       A drafted civilian - dumped here to die.

                                                      Over Korea - in skies we control.
                                                       Frozen Chosin - in a stinking fox hole.

                                                      Napalm, bombs, rockets - air support flight.
                                                       Bugles, screams, whistles - heart-thumping fright.

                                                      Chilly up here - be good to get back.
                                                       Twenty below - with not even a sack.
                 Back Home Again!
                                                      Another hour - and it’ll be back home.
                                                       Another night - and chilled to the bone.

                                                      The dinner menu is - potatoes and steak.
                                                       Frozen C-rations - without even a break.

                                                      Then Wiley Coyote - on the ship’s movie tonite.
                                                       The Gooks might sneak up - in the dead of the night.

                                                      The pilot looks down - sees nothing but snow.
                                                       The soldier looks up - and watches him go.

                                                      Back to the ship - first pass and a cut.
                                                       Alone on his watch - a knot in his gut.
      The Korean War Memorial, Washington D C
                                                      Uneventful flight - with no opposition.
                                                       Vastly outnumbered - they’ll storm our position.

                                                      That hop makes thirty - another citation.
      PERSONAL NOTE                                    The Chi-Coms attack - charge at his station.
      The 50th Anniversary of the Korean War          The pilot goes home - to the home of the brave.
      evoked many memories - some good, some           The soldier stays there - an unmarked cold grave.
      bad, some proud, some sad. On Christmas
      Eve, 1950, I overflew the final evacuation of   REFLECTION
      soldiers and marines from Hungnam, Korea.
      Reflecting on and reading about that war has    As one of the fortunate - like all FMA,
      brought a new realization of how tough and      I count all my blessings - give thanks every day,
      miserable the fighting was for those on the
      ground. Their agony, suffering, terror, cour-   For the free schooling and a great chance to fly.
      age and bravery make my ‘sacrifice’ seem        Sure, I had a few scares, and some buddies did die,
      trite and inadequate.
                                                      But compared to the ground troops who get shot at and
      God, I was lucky !                              freeze,
                                                      Flying off bird-boats is sort of a breeze.
      Bob Brennan 15-48
      October 1, 2000                                 With greatest respect, I offer a toast -
                                                      “Here’s to the foot soldiers - you guys are the most !”
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                     Summer 2008   Page 7

                   MORE OF THE BEST OF BRENNAN

               Flying Colors
    (Dedicated to the Colorful Sailors Who “Keep ‘Em Flying”)

    Alone, alone - all, all alone, alone in a lonely sky.
    Such is the fate of Navy men - Navy men who must fly.

    Streaking and skimming through gossamer clouds,
    Bursting into a mind-boggling scene -
    A rainbow - an endless pallette of colors

    At the end of this rainbow, far far below
    So small, it seems only a speck,
    No pot of gold, but the carrier bold
    Alive with sailors on deck.

    The first to the dance is RED ordnance
    They gave this “hornet” its sting.
    In sweet PURPLE hue, the jet fuel crew
    Who juiced up this honey to zing.

    The plane handling crew in pretty pale BLUE
    Who spotted planes all through the night,
    Plane captains in BROWN who climbed all around
    As they tucked their pilots in tight.

    Be sure to follow the guys in bright YELLOW
    Watch LSO and safety in WHITE.
    And the last to be seen is the big guy in GREEN
    Who shoots planes off into flight.

    In trousers and skirts, and all color of shirts
    Are these sailors of radiant scheen
    And all other shades - in-between

    Now as planes fly in the colorful sky
    They are part of a Navy rainbow
    A profusion of colors - all part of a team
    Sailors that make Navy go !

    No, no - Not all alone - not alone in the lovely sky
    Just part of a team of Navy men - Navy men who must fly.

    Bob Brennan                                  3/1/01
    Class 15-48

    Thanks to Porter Clemens for suggesting the theme.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                Summer 2008    Page 8


Anthony, John & Susie           12-48   St. Augustine, FL
Bailes, Charley                 12-48   Orange Park, FL
Bell, Jerry & Ruth              5-49    Hollywood, FL
Born, Peggy,                    13-47   Charleston, IL
         (Mrs. Waldo L. Born) &
         daughters Meg and Beth
Brandenburg, Del                20-47   Mt. Vernon, VA
         & Fran Garman
Brennan, Bob                    15-48   Pittsford, NY
                                                                       At The Navy Aviation Memorial
Campbell, Bill                  9-47    Anderson, SC
Carter, Curt                    9-47    Clearwater, FL
Christiansen, Bob               20-47   Windham, NH
         & Beryl Carlson
Colling, Ed                     18-48   Steeple Ashton, Wilts, U. K.
Culbertson, Dick                18-48   Blacksburg, VA
         & Betty Ruth
Day, Larry & Polly              16-48   Hixson, TN
DeMois, Vernon                  3-48    Houston, TX                        REUNION REPORT
Dryfoose, Ed & Sam              13-48   Nashville, IN
                                                                       The food and hospitality were outstand-
Eide, Roald                     8-48    Beaufort, NC                   ing, as usual. We enjoyed a visit to the
Funk, Frank & Dottie            5-48    West Redding, CT               Naval Aviation Memorial and some of
Gamble, Trig                    15-48   Granville, OH                  our nautical types took a Harbor Cruise.
Golding, Bill                   19-47   Manchester, NH                 Following the cruise we visited the Na-
Goossen, Ed                     1-47    Jacksonville, FL               val Museum.
Hamilton, Bob & Pauline         3-47    Andover, MA
Huber, Jim & Joyce              12-48   Baltimore, MD                  Unfortunately, the flying demonstra-
Jones, JP & Mildred             9-48    Gulf Breeze, FL                tion by N2S and SNJ aircraft was can-
King, Bill & LaVerne            7-48    Chester, VA                    celled due to threatening weather.
Kriser. Lou & Jane              5-45    Potomac Falls, VA
Littell, Wally                  15-48   Titusville, FL                 Our farewell dinner and dance was a
                                                                       huge success. All in all, a good time
Luallin, Don & Ione             9-46    Highlands Ranch, CO            was had by everyone.
Mantz, Roy & Kathleen           7-48    Coronado, CA
Morin, Jim & Rita Johnson       9-47    Tallahassee, FL                We’re all looking forward to getting
Norris, Wayne & Carrie          15-48   Verona, VA                     together in Pensacola next May.
Ohlrich, Walt & Jeanne          14-48   Virginia Beach, VA
Reyes, Joe & Frances            4-48    Potomac, MD                    Walt Ohlrich
Sargent, Herb                   9-47    Naples, FL
Sherin, Joe & Billie            15-48   Atlantic Beach, FL
Sinkez, George                  21-47   Virginia Beach, VA
Sizemore, Gene & Hellen         2-47    Arlington, VA
Smith, Tom & Betty              3-48    Virginia Beach, VA
Sullivan, Jim & Merrill         3-47    Rockville, MD
Thomson, Jack & Jeanne          18-48   Kill Devil Hills, NC
Toy, Frank & Marcella           5-48    Virginia Beach, VA
Tufo, Pete & Georgene           17-47   Vienna, VA
Wicker, Fenton & Louise         6-48    Virginia Beach, VA
Wilkinson, Bill & Mary          15-48   Punta Gorda, FL
Wochinger, Bob & Mary Jane 2-47         Huntington Station, NY
Zimmerly, Art                   13-48   Virginia Beach, VA                       Reunion Chairman
Zink, Stew & Louise             5-48    Williamsburg, VA                           Walt Ohlrich
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                             Summer 2008     Page 9


    Sam and Buz Dryfoose        Frank and Dottie Funk      Mary and Bill Wilkinson      Joe and Billie Sherin

         Curt Carter                    Roald Eide               Wally Littell             Del Brandenburg

     Jim and Merrill Sullivan      Jane and Lou Kriser       Mildred and JP Jones       Walt and Jeanne Ohlrich

  Bob and Pauline Hamilton       Jack and Jeanne Thomson   Rita Johnson and Jim Morin        Ed Goossen

         Herb Sargent                    Ed Colling            Larry and Polly Day      Ione and Don Luallin
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                     Summer 2008     Page 10


    LaVerne and Bill King     Jim and Joyce Huber            Louise and Stew Zink           Dick and Betty Ruth Culbertson

   Georgene and Pete Tufo     Roy and Kathleen Mantz   Bob Christiansen and Beryl Carlson      John and Susie Anthony

         Bill Golding              Bill Campbell             Wayne and Carrie Norris                  Trig Gamble

   Fenton and Louise Wicker     Ruth and Jerry Bell         Hellen and Gene Sizemore           Marcella and Frank Toy

        Charley Bailes             Bob Brennan                 Tom and Betty Smith             Peggy Born (center) and
                                                                                               Daughters Meg and Beth
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                             Summer 2008    Page 11

                              FLYING MIDSHIPMEN REUNION

                          Thirty Sixth Annual West Coast Reunion
                                         Monterey Bay Lodge
                                       55 Camino Aguajito Road
                                         Monterey, California
                                   September 9...10...11 2008
           [Note: The Tailhook Convention will be in Reno Nevada September 4 thru 7]

                                 SCHEDULE of EVENTS
   Tuesday, Sept 9               Afternoon: 1500 Check-in Monterey Bay Lodge.
                                 Gather under the magnolia tree for social hour.

                                 Evening: Dinner at Monterey Elks Lodge
                                        1800—No host drinks
                                        1900––Western Barbecue Buffet
                                 Dress western style, levis, hats, boots, bandanas.

   Wednesday, Sept 10            Daytime: Golf, tennis, shopping, swimming, and sightseeing.
                                 Aquarium tickets available*.
                                 A hospitality room with snacks and drinks will be open.
                                 Evening: Dinner at Rancho Canada Country Club
   *                             1800––No host bar.
                                        Hors D’Oeuvres, fruit and cheese with crackers and baguettes

                                        1900---Buffet Dinner. See menu on Registration Form
                                               1900 to 2200 40’s 50’s & 60’s music...
                                               by Steve Ezzo Entertainment...Dancing.

   Thursday, Sept 11             No host breakfast at Marlyn’s American Grill. Farewells.

   Motel Accommodations
    The Monterey Bay Lodge offers the following room rates for the Flying Midshipman Reunion.
         One Queen...$115 + Tax per night Two Queens...$135 + Tax per night
         One King.....$135 + Tax per night King Fireplace (deluxe)...$143 + Tax per night

   All rooms have a mini refrigerator, coffee maker, iron & board, hair dryer, and color TV
   Call 1-800-558-1900 for reservations. Be sure to state you are a Flying Midshipman. A block of 25
   rooms has been reserved at those rates. Make reservations early, but no later than August 15.

   If you wish to stay elsewhere contact Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce on-line at for a complete listing of lodgings.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                Summer 2008   Page 12

                              REUNION REGISTRATION FORM
                                  Flying Midshipman Association
                              Thirty Sixth Annual West Coast Reunion

     Name_______________________________Wife/Friend ________________________________

     Names on Name Tags_____________________________________________________________

     Address_____________________________ Phone _____________________________________

     Pre-flight Class________________________e-mail Address______________________________

     Are you staying at the Monterey Bay Lodge?           Yes________ No________

                       Registration Fee No. of Persons________ @$12.00 per person          $________

                       Buffet Western Barbecue at Monterey Elks Lodge Tuesday, Sept. 9

                       Number of Dinners____@$42 per person                                $_______

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The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                  Summer 2008      Page 13

                                          THE BEST OF

 “. . . . . always a JOCK!!!”                                              [Ed: These are but a few of the best of
  “...always a JOCK!!!” Send in your favorites and they will be published in future editions of the LOG]

S     INCE WE ARE GOING BACKIN TIME, it only seems right that we start with a few
      fond memories of our early days at Pensacola. Here are some excerpts from remarks
      made by Walt Thomas (18-48) at various FMA Reunions.

...after arrival we were shoved into an Officer Candidate Training Unit...supervised by chief
petty offices who flunked ‘couth’ and poked by doctors who taught us to cough on demand.

We spent a lot of time in the swimming pool learning how to swallow water...and escaping from
the DILBERT DUNKER. This was supposed to build up our confidence for crashing into 6 feet
of water at five miles per hour.

After pre-flight, we went to Whiting Field to display our stupidity to instructors who expected us to make an equal number
of landings as take-offs. We were also sent off to solo...a test of faith over talent...not unlike a honeymoon. After soloing,
we had to buy our instructors a fifth of booze...which was probably the reason they turned us loose...since we were not logi-
cally ready...but then if life was logical, men would ride sidesaddle.

After Whiting, we went to Corry Field for instrument work where we learned to peek out of curtains and we started night
flying to enjoy vertigo. From Coory, we pressed on to Saufley Field where we tried to collide with each other and under-
stand instructors trained in shrieking. We usually met over the Lillian Bridge in a aerial ballet for the genetically clumsy.
We also flew gunnery runs over the gulf...shooting mostly fish and holes in our propellers.

Finally at Barin Field, we practiced carrier landings to prepare for the final fiasco...our first carrier catches at sea where we watched
frantic LSOs wave flags around as if somebody cared.

After this, we were ranked as 1st class Midshipmen...and walked around with a sickening amount of self-admiration...also as if
somebody cared! In truth, we were still as thick as 2 planks. We didn’t know it then, but we were entering into the golden years of
Naval Aviation where every good prop, turbo-prop and jet airplane of any ilk came on-line between the 40’s and the 70’s...and it all
started with Pensacola. Which may not have been thee best days of our lives, but they were DAMN close!

From Charlie Luff (S/M #99 Midn):

In the spring of 1948, I was still an Aviation Midshipman assigned to Fighter Squadron
1L at NAS Atlantic City, NJ; “L” was for light carrier air group. Besides flying, I was the
Education Officer for our enlisted personnel. In the process, I came up with some ideas for
training and testing with some of our enlisted ratings. My boss, the Personnel Officer, liked
my ideas and the Squadron Skipper flipped over them.

The CO. made an appointment for me to visit the staff of Commander, Atlantic Fleet in
Norfolk and explain my ideas. I was a little surprised at all this, but when it came time I packed my gear and flew my little
F8F Bearcat to NAS Norfolk. After I landed, parked and checked in with the duty officer I changed into my midshipman
uniform and was met by two WAVE officers from the staff. We left flight operations and stopped for some lunch. They
then drove to the staff headquarters where I gave my presentation. It went over well (I had rehearsed it) and they loved my

The WAVES drove me back to flight operations and dropped me off. It was after 1600 when I arrived and there was a dif-
ferent officer on duty. I filled out my flight plan and turned it in before I changed into my flight gear. The duty officer looked
at the flight plan...looked out the window toward my airplane...looked at me and looked back at my flight plan. Then he said,
"No way am I letting you, a lowly midshipman, get in that fighter and fly anywhere. I will have the Line Crew prevent you
from touching that aircraft. Now get out of here." I tried to explain things but to no avail. I called up the WAVES again
and told them what was going on. They told me to change into my flight gear and they would send a senior officer over to
flight operations. They all showed up….giggling a little….and shocked the duty officer when they ordered him to let me go.
I flew back to NAS Atlantic City and told the Personnel Officer and the Skipper what had happened. They were pleased that
my ideas went over well. Then they just roared!
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                      Summer 2008       Page 14
                                                   NAVAL AVIATOR RULES
                                                       Sent in by Mac Smith (15-48):

 1. The only three things a                                           15. It is absolutely imperative that the pilot be unpredictable.
wingman should ever say are:                                          Rebelliousness is very predictable. In the end, conforming
a. Two's up.                                                          almost all the time is the best way to be unpredictable.
b. Lead, you're on fire
c. I'll take the fat chick.                                           16. He who demands everything that his aircraft can give him is a
                                                                      pilot; he that demands one iota more is a fool.
2. And in a multi-place aircraft,
there are only three things the                                       17. If you're gonna fly low, do not fly slow.
copilot should ever say:
 a. Nice landing, Sir.                                                18. It is solely the pilot's responsibility to never let any other
 b. I'll buy the first round.                                         thing touch his aircraft.
 c. I'll take the fat chick.
                                                                      19. If you can learn how to fly as an Ensign and not forget
3. As an aviator in flight you can do anything you want... As         how to fly by the time you're a Commander, you will have
long as it's right... And they'll let you know if it's right after    lived a happy life.
you get down.
                                                                      20. About night flying:
4. You can't fly forever without getting killed.                       a. Remember that the airplane doesn't know that it's dark.
                                                                       b. On a clear, moonless night, never fly between the tanker's
5. As a pilot only two bad things can happen to you and one of        lights.
them will.                                                             c. There are certain aircraft sounds that can only be heard at
 a. One day you will walk out to the aircraft knowing that it is      night.
your last flight.                                                      d. If you're going to fly at night, it might as well be in the weath-
 b. One day you will walk out to the airplane not knowing             er so you can double count your exposure to both hazards.
that it is your last flight.                                           e. Night formation is really an endless series of near misses in
                                                                      equilibrium with each other.
6. Any flight over water in a single engine airplane will absolute-    f. You would have to pay a lot of money, at a lot of amusement
ly guarantee abnormal engine noises and vibrations.                   parks, and perhaps add a few non-prescription drugs, to get the
                                                                      same blend of psychedelic sensations as a single engine night
7. There are Rules and there are Laws. The Rules are made             weather formation flight.
by men who think that they know how to fly your airplane
better than you. The Laws (of Physics) were made by the               21. One of the most important skills that a pilot must develop
Great One. You can, and sometimes should, suspend the                 is the skill to ignore those things that were designed by non-
Rules but you can never suspend the Laws.                             pilots to get the pilot's attention.

 8. More about Rules:                                                 22. At the end of the day, the controllers, ops supervisors, mainte-
 a. The rules are a good place to hide if you don't have a better     nance guys, weather guessers, and birds are all trying to kill you
idea and the talent to execute it.                                    and your job is to not let them.
 b. If you deviate from a rule, it must be a flawless performance
(e.g., if you fly under a bridge, don't hit the bridge).              23. The concept of "controlling" airspace with radar is just a
                                                                      form of FAA sarcasm directed at pilots to see if they're gull-
9. The pilot is the highest form of life on earth.                    ible enough to swallow it. Or to put it another way, when's
                                                                      the last time the FAA ever shot anyone down?
10. The ideal pilot is the perfect blend of discipline and aggres-
siveness.                                                             24. Remember that the radio is only an electronic suggestion box
                                                                      for the pilot. Sometimes the only way to clear up a problem is to
11. About check rides:                                                turn it off.
 a. The only real objective of a check ride is to complete it and
get the bastard out of your airplane.                                 25. It is a tacit, yet profound, admission of the preeminence
 b. It has never occurred to any flight examiner that the ex-         of flying in the hierarchy of the human spirit that those who
aminee couldn't care less what the examiner's opinion of his          seek to control aviators via threats always threaten to take
flying ability really is.                                             one's wings and not one's life.

12. The medical profession is the natural enemy of the aviation       26. Remember when flying low and inverted that the rudder still
profession.                                                           works the same old way but hopefully your Instructor never
                                                                      taught you "pull stick back, plane go up".
13. The job of the Wing Commander is to worry incessantly
that his career depends solely on the abilities of his aviators to    27. Mastering the prohibited maneuvers in the Aircraft's
fly their airplanes without mishap and that their only minus-         Operations Manual is one of the best forms of aviation life
cule contribution to the effort is to bet their lives on it.          insurance you can get.

14. Ever notice that the only experts who decree that the age of      28. A tactic done twice is a procedure. (Refer to unpredictability
the pilot is over are people who have never flown anything? Also,     discussion above)
in spite of the intensity of their feelings that the pilot's day is
over, I know of no such expert who has volunteered to be a pas-       29. The aircraft G-limits are only there in case there is an-
senger in a non-piloted aircraft.                                     other flight by that particular airplane. If subsequent flights
                                                                      by that aircraft do not appear likely, there are no G-limits.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                   Summer 2008        Page 15


30. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
                                                                                                     George Bernard Shaw

31. If helicopters are so safe, how come there are no vintage/classic helicopter fly-ins?

32. Death is just nature’s way of telling you to watch your airspeed.

33. “When it comes to testing new aircraft or determining maximum performance, pilots like to talk about “pushing the
envelope.” They’re talking about a two dimensional model: the bottom is zero altitude, the ground; the left is zero speed; the
top is max altitude; and the right, maximum velocity, of course. So, the pilots are pushing that upper-right-hand corner of the
envelope. What everybody tries not to dwell on is that that’s where the postage gets canceled, too.”
                                                                                                     Admiral Rick Hunte

34. “Real planes use only a single stick to fly. This is why bulldozers & helicopters need two.”              Paul Slattery

35. “I’ve flown every seat on this airplane, can someone tell me why the other two are always occupied by idiots?”               Don

36. If God meant man to fly, he’d have given him more money.

37. Its better to be down here wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were down here.

John Jenista (4-48)

In 1952 I was assigned to a support group on the island of Kwajalein for Operation Ivy, the first thermonuclear explosion. Our
group had two PBM-5As which were used to transport people and equipment to prepare for the test explosion. The NAS on Kwaja-
lein had a TBM-5 that was used mainly to spray the island with DDT. (to keep the pesky ‘skeeters’ in check.) Shortly after arriving
on the island I learned that none of the Kwajalein staff pilots wanted to fly the TBM...because it did not have enough engines. When I
asked to fly it they said, “ By all means, fly it as much as you want.”)

... As the time for the test drew near, a large number of Air force planes were sent to Kwajalein. We had two B-36’s, some B-47’s,
F-84’s, B-29’s, B-50’s and others. I was waiting for a certain thing to happen while I was flying the Turkey and after a long wait it
finally happened, just as I wanted it to. I had just landed and was taxiing back along the taxi way. A line of Air Force planes were
parked to my right, and to my left a B-29 had been parked so that the tail nearly blocked the taxiway. There was only about 30 feet
between the B-29 and the rest of the airplanes. I came chugging along at about 25 knots. An Air force Sergeant came running out,
signaling for me to stop. He was waving his arms and frantically giving me the STOP signal. I just kept on chugging. At the last
moment, I pulled the wing fold lever and the wings promptly folded neatly along side the Turkey’s fuselage. Without slowing a bit, I
slipped through the narrow gap, and spread the wings again on the far side. With great satisfaction, I looked back to see the sergeant
standing there…scratching his head. He had never seen an airplane do THAT before!

                                                                        Where you'd see all the shipmates you'd served with before,
I hope there's a place, way up in the sky,                              And they'd call out your name, as you came thru the door.
Where Naval Aviators can go, when they have to die.
                                                                        Who would buy you a drink, if your thirst should be bad
A place where a guy could buy a cold beer                               And relate to the others, "He was quite a good lad!"
For a friend and comrade whose memory is dear.
                                                                        And then thru the mist you'd spot an old guy
A place where no blackshoe or porkchop could tread,                     You had not seen in years, though he'd taught you to fly.
Nor a Pentagon type would e're be caught dead!
                                                                        He'd nod his old head and grin ear to ear,
Just a quaint little O'club; kind of dark, full of smoke,               And say, "Welcome shipmate, I'm pleased that you're here!
Where they like to sing loud, and love a good joke.
                                                                        For this is the place where Naval Aviators come
The kind of place, where a lady could go                                When the battles are over, and the wars have been won.
And feel safe and protected by the men she would know.
                                                                        They've come here at last to be safe and afar
There must be a place where old Navy pilots go                          From the government clerk and the management czar,
When their wings get too weary, and their airspeed gets
low.                                                                    Politicians and lawyers, the feds and the noise,
                                                                        Where all hours are happy, and these good old boys
Where the whiskey is old and the women are young,
And songs about flying and dying are sung.                              Can relax with a cool one, and a well-deserved rest!
                                                                        This is Heaven, my son, you've passed your last test!"
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                           Summer 2008    Page 16

                         IN MEMORY OF A PREFLIGHT FRIEND
                                          Midshipmen Harley Wilbur and Allen Sweet
                                           at graduation from Navy Preflight School

    (A memory sent to Ellen Love Sweet                                                 class thought that was a good choice. Al
    by Harley Wilbur in May 2008)                                                      was known to be a “straight arrow”, and
                                                                                       everyone liked him. (By contrast, I was

    Iarrived later.April 1948.oneventually
    two days
               in Pensacola
      birthday, 13
                    We were
                                  my 20th
                                Al arrived
                                                                                       chosen to be a “Midshipman Lieutenant
                                                                                       Junior Grade”, a much less prestigious
    both assigned to Preflight Class 11-48,
    but were in different platoons. I don’t                                              With this appointment, however, Al
    recall that we had many classes to-                                                  Sweet had a problem. He was as vocifer-
    gether. PreFlight School was a drag                                                  ous as the rest of us in denouncing the
    with lots of marching, lots of physical                                              “telling on your buddies” system. But
    activity, little free time, and many restrictions on what we     now he was in charge of that system and received much
    were allowed to do when we did have free time.                   pressure from our Marine Officer superiors to ensure that
                                                                     all offenders were placed “on report” whenever they com-
    During that period, as I look back on it, Al and I had fun-      mitted the smallest infraction of the many petty rules we
    damentally different ideas about what to do with the little      all lived by. Al’s own performance was going to be judged
    free time we had. This was a difference that did not, I’m        by how many “reports” were issued during his time as Bat-
    sorry to say, redound to my credit. I hung out mostly with       talion Commander! He was regularly “chewed out” by the
    George Beckman and other friends with whom I did a lot           Marines for not producing more “reports”.
    of drinking and chasing women (mostly unsuccessfully). I
    believe that Al had more wholesome ideas of how to relax.        I remember talking with him while he was dealing with
    Drinking alcoholic beverages was forbidden for midship-          the problem. He poured over the list of rules and regula-
    men while in the lower echelons of PreFlight School, but         tions and came up with a clever way to handle it. Among
    we found ways to get around that. I tried to get Al involved     reportable offenses for midshipmen was a catch-all rule
    in my form of fun, but he obviously didn’t want to go that       titled “Word, Failure to Get.” It was associated with the
    route. I can say now, “Good for him!”                            old humorous Navy saying, “There are always two percent
                                                                     who don’t get the Word.” It was also one of the midship-
    After about 16 weeks class 11-48 became the senior class         men offenses with the lightest punishment, just 5 demerits
    in Preflight School. That meant some of us were chosen to        and 2 hours extra duty. So Al subtly let it be known among
    be “Midshipmen Officers”. One of the main responsibilities       us midshipmen officers of Class 11-48 that if we saw an of-
    of these student officers was to enforce discipline by putting   fense that had to be reported we should call it “Word, Fail-
    other midshipmen “on report” when they violated a rule.          ure to Get”, rather than something more serious.
    The resulting punishments usually involved demerits and
    extra duty, although more serious offenses could even cause      ***********************************************
    the offender to be “washed out” of the entire program and        For a look at Al Sweet in his own words, including com-
    sent home in disgrace.                                           bat in Korea, I refer you to an interesting17-page memoir
                                                                     Al wrote which appears in the book “The Brown Shoes”,
    Most of us, including Al and I, hated this system of “tell-      published in 2003 by the Turner Publishing Company, 412
    ing on your buddies”. The Marine officers (real officers) in     Broadway, PO Box 3101, Paducah, KY 42002-3101. Tele-
    charge of the military training of the midshipmen chose the      phone 270-443-0121. The book was assembled and edited
    members of the senior class who would become Midship-            by Patricia B. Francis, Naval Historian, and Burdett L. Ives
    man Officers. Great care was exercised in this. In our class     of PreFlight Class 9-46, a fighter pilot who fought in Korea
    the person who had the honor to be chosen as the Midship-        1951-1953. (I have something published in that book too.)
    man Battalion Commander, that is the senior midshipman
    in the whole Preflight School, was none other than Mid-          “The Brown Shoes” bears the subtitle “Personal Histories
    shipman Allen L. Sweet! He now became “Midshipman                of Flying Midshipmen and Other Naval Aviators of the Ko-
    Lieutenant Commander Sweet.” I believe all of us in the          rean War Era”.

           Your LOG Editorial Team has proposed that articles written by our members about their buddies be printed in
           the LOG, as space permits. In any event, such articles will be included in our web site as a permanent record.
           In addition, you are requested to submit your own bio, also to be included in the web site. Ideally every Flying
           Midshipman’s story would be on the web for all to see, especially our children, grandchildren, great grandchil-
           dren and on into infinity, so to speak.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                   Summer 2008   Page 17

                              “They didn’t think of
                              the color of his skin”
                                                                               Pres. Reagan...May 1978
                              The following is from an article that appeared in the 2004 West Coast Reunion
                              Booklet under the title “There But By the Grace of God” by Bill Busse 2-47

                                          essie Le Roy Brown          November 27th, 1950
                                          8-47 was a striking         “The Marines were com-
                                          figure when he ar-          pletely surrounded, fight-
                                     rived at Ottumwa Pre-            ing fiercely as they re-
                                     Flight in the early spring       treated; wounded riding
                                     of 1947. It occurred             trucks, walking wounded
                                     to all of us that we had         slogging and stumbling
                                     seen no other negroes            along. More killed, more
                                     in the V-5 Program.              wounded. The Chosin re-
                                     (The terms, black and            treat would go down as one of the most agonizing yet most
                                     African-American,                successful in military history. Bravery and heroism went
                                     were not in use at the           with each painful step. Those who survived became known
                                     time.) I recall being a          as “The Chosin Few.”
                                     bit surprised that the
                                     Navy was broadening              “Never in the long history of the Corps had there been
                                     the ranks. I think most          such a brutal winter ordeal as was happening now to the
all of us were pleased to have him at Ottumwa, but at the             foot soldiers on the twisting mountain road, the long col-
time didn’t realize that he was the very first black to aspire        umns of trucks and walking wounded slowly making their
to wear Navy wings.                                                   way south, dying under enemy fire, freezing to death down
                                                                      there. Fingers and toes turned purple and black from
We also didn’t realize Jesse’s family were share croppers             frostbite, soon to be amputated. . . . Their only help and
in Mississippi. Being six classes after ours, I had no more           salvation was from the air.
than a speaking acquaintance with him, but sensed he was a
gentleman and natural for the Program.                                December 4th, 1950
                                                                      “The planes dropped to about to about 500 feet to search
As we all moved through the flight training phases, I                 for targets after they’d crossed the desolate coastline well
remember hearing that Jesse had some difficulty in Basic              north of Hungnam, the point of salvation for all the Ameri-
Training. There had been talk of unfair treatment on the part         cans grinding south through the Communist escape route gaunt-
of his check pilots. In any event, he had gone before a Flight        let. They were fleeing along the west side of the Chosin . . .
Review Board and was given additional flight time rather
than being dismissed from the Program. Jesse subsequently             “Lacking heavy antiaircraft guns the Chinese infantrymen
completed Advanced Training in single engine aircraft at              had their own technique of trying to deal with low-flying
N.A.S. Jacksonville.                                                  enemy aircraft. They’d lie in the snow in their white uni-
                                                                      forms and point their rifles straight up, then fire simultane-
It wasn’t until reading Theodore Taylor’s book, “The                  ously.
Flight of Jesse Le Roy Brown”, that I realized how mentally
and emotionally difficult the Program had been for Jesse.             “Jesse replied calmly, ‘This is Iroquois 1-3, I’m losing fuel
Being black in a sea of white, all the while being subjected          pressure. I have to put it down.’ One of those unlucky rifle
to the discrimination prevalent in those times, was an un-            bullets had hit a gas or oil line. He was 10 to 15 miles be-
common burden. According to Taylors’ account, Jesse more              hind enemy lines . . .
than once agonized over the situation and considered giving
it all up. But, to his credit, he stuck it our and became an          “Jesse spotted a snowy clearing about a quarter mile in
outstanding Naval Aviator.                                            diameter almost on the side of the mountain in an upgrade
                                                                      of about 20 degrees . . .
The details of Jesse’s death while flying in Korea were
sketchy to me. Then Theodore Taylor’s book provided a                 “It took a few minutes for the shock of the crash landing,
clear account of his life. The situation, as the Chinese en-          the fright, the slamming physical and mental punishment,
tered the war, was a particularly vivid reminder. I highly            the screech of metal shearing to wear off. He tried to move
recommend his book, but in the meantime would like to                 his legs but realized the knee was jammed by the buckled
share a few excerpts:                                                 fuselage against the control panel, straddled by his feet.
                                                                      He was trapped, deep in enemy territory . . .
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                         Summer 2008    Page 18

          “They didn’t think of
          the color of his skin” cont.
                                                                Pres. Reagan...May 1978

(Continued from previous page)

“Without hesitation (LTJG. Tom) Hudner made the de-
cision to crash land beside Jesse.

Hudner felt he was indestructible and with the Corsair
and its big engine and nose up there acting as a plow, he
could put it down and walk away to save Jesse’s life.

“Jesse, bareheaded, was sitting in the cockpit, obviously
in great pain, but spoke clearly and calmly. ‘I’m pinned          OTHER THOUGHTS ABOUT JESSE
in here, Tom!’ . . .
                                                                  Hank Frazer…”When we lost Jesse, he wasn’t just
“Another few minutes passed and Jesse opened his eyes             another comrade-in-arms, but a man who went thru
again to say, ‘Tell Daisy how much I love her.’ Soon he           hell and high water to achieve what he did. There is
took a shallow breath and then his head slumped down              no question in my mind that he would have made flag
on his chest. Battle hardened Tom Hudner and (heli-               rank, in spite of all the hurdles thrown in his path,
copter pilot) Charlie Ward wept.                                  and he would have stood tall in doing so.”
“They wondered whether Hudner* would get a medal                  President Reagan on May 10th, 1987 in a speech at
or a court-martial for demolishing an aircraft, endan-            Tuskegee Institute said:
gering a combat operation. A bugler played taps and
Marines fired volleys over the stern in tribute to their          “I’d like to speak with you about a man whose name
shipmate.”                                                        is not so well known. Ensign Jesse Brown, the first
                                                                  black Naval Aviator.

                                                                  “ On December 4th, 1950, Ensign Brown’s aircraft
                                                                  was hit while making a strafing run against the ene-
                                                                  my. With tremendous skill, he managed to crash land
                                                                  on a rough boulder strewn slope. He survived the
                                                                  crash, waving to his friends as they circled overhead.
                                                                  They knew he was in trouble when he remained in
                                                                  the cockpit, even as smoke began to billow from the

                                                                  “Final a fellow member of his squadron could stand
                                                                  it no more. As others attack and held off the enemy
                                                                  troops, LTJG Thomas Hudner ignored the dangers of

                                                                  the mountains and enemy troops and made a wheels
        n a cold day over Quonset in November 1949, with          up landing. He ran to Ensign Brown’s plane, now
        the canopy rolled back and his flight goggles way         erupting in flames, and found his friend, alive, badly
        up, Ensign Jesse Brown holds close formation on           injured, trapped in his cockpit...
 a camera plane with his VF-32 F8F-2 Grumman Bearcat,
 assuring the Harry S. Truman administration that integra-
 tion was truly underway in the Navy.                             “Now, I would like to tell you that they both made
                                                                  it, and that over the years they have been the best of
 From “Images of America...Quonset Point Naval Air Station”       friends, caring about one another. But that was not to
 forwarded to the LOG by Jesse’s good friend, Sam Fall (6-48)     be. Ensign Jesse Brown died on that slope in Korea.
                                                                  When he risked his life for those besieged Marines,
                                                                  Jesse did not think of the race of those he sought to
                                                                  protect. And when his fellow pilots saw him in dan-
  *In lieu of a court-marshall, Tom Hudner was awarded            ger, they didn’t think of the color of his skin. They
  The Congressional Medal of Honor                                only knew that an American was in trouble.”
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                             Summer 2008     Page 19


Don Hubbard #51 MIDN

In earlyJacksonville, hadthe AJ-2P heavy photo squadron
   out of
          1961, VAP-62,
                           been flying almost routine high
altitude mapping flights over the many south coast Cuban
beaches. It wasn’t a surprise then to receive a top secret mes-
sage ordering maximum photo coverage of a specific beach
area on the south Cuban coast on 17 April 1961. Begin at
first light - no further specifics. The mission looked routine
and was to be flown at 20,000 feet to obtain photos with a
scale of 1:10,000. Ideal for identifying most routine items on
the ground below.                                                     Three cans of top secret film had broken through the locked
                                                                      ammo door in the nose, hit the wing and disappeared. The
The flight went off without a hitch and the film- about               door to the ammo compartment was left slamming up and
eight or nine cans of it, each a little larger than a large roll of   down in the slipstream. Damn! Nothing I could do about it.
paper towels, was run through the huge automatic process-             Landing that bucking bird was the priority so I fought my
ing machine in the photo lab, dried and then turned over to           way around the pattern, crossed the end of the runway, set
the photo interpreters for read-out.                                  her down and taxied into the ramp in pouring rain. A Wash-
                                                                      ington spook, an Army colonel from DIA was there to greet
Almost immediately they discovered that this was no or-               me.
dinary photography. These were pictures of a military ac-
tion - a burning ship, small landing craft, some ashore, some         “Where’s the film?”
hung up on hidden reefs. a crashed B-26, a column of tanks
sending up plumes of dust as it headed for the beach. It was          I smiled weakly. “There are five or six cans in those ammo
the CIA’s ill-planned and unsuccessful Bay of Pigs invasion.          bins.” Then I pointed at the black void in the pouring rain.
The pictures were important.                                          “and three somewhere out THERE. They fell out.”

The film read-out went on for the rest of the day and a pre-          “What? They fell out?” He was practically shouting. “Ex-
lim report written. It was now time to get the film to Wash-          actly where?”
ington which was sending almost constant urgent messages
regarding the results. The squadron had a Grumman F-9 air-            “I have no idea, I was trying to survive.”
craft assigned to it and I was selected to fly the film cans
and the written report to Andrews AFB that night. The cans            “We gotta find them. They’re top secret and Washington is
were bundled into the various ammo bays of the plane and              waiting for them.” I guess they were. President Kennedy
I was off.                                                            was sitting on pins and needles waiting for information about
                                                                      the failing invasion.
The plane was winging its way north on this moonless
night when I received a report that Andrews was closed be-            The colonel was on the hot seat.
cause of a thunderstorm there and they suggested that I go            To the duty officer at the desk. “Call out the marine guard.
to Patuxent River instead. No problem, with one exception.            Start searching the field.”
Someone failed to realize that thunderstorms are not static
and migrate eastward as they develop. This one migrated to            Long and short of it. Couple of hours of night search out
Patuxent River. It was there to greet me.                             on the runways and aprons with jeeps and trucks and futil-
                                                                      ity! The film was never found. Probably in the Chesapeake.
I was being bounced around and tossed in every direction              Somehow I wasn’t courts-martialed. The preliminary writ-
while lightning was flashing continuously, but I contacted            ten readout was undoubtedly sufficient to describe the disas-
the tower and received landing instructions. Landing or no            trous conditions on the beach. And I was thanking God for
I was practically doing all the flying on the gauges since I          the intense instrument refresher course I had just completed
didn’t want to be blinded by the lightning. I kept myself ori         in the Jacksonville fighter RAG
ented by occasionally glancing out the side to insure that I
was lining up with the landing runway. Suddenly the aircraft
was slammed by a hard down and side draft which caused
a particularly severe lurch. Then I felt and heard it - bang -
-bang, bang - followed by a wild ratatatatatat.
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                     Summer 2008   Page 20

                              USS Midway Aviation Training 2008

   FMA Board of Directors Meeting
          1100, 8 April 2008
        Army-Navy Country Club
           Arlington, Virginia
Paul Engle & Lou Kriser reported on the Flying Midshipmen Youth Aviation Training
Program aboard the Midway Museum.
  The program is proceeding in an excellent fashion and meets the goals expected of it. The
FMA Legacy developed through this program is in good hands. The Midway, the instructors
and leadership they provide has attracted wide attention. The Sea Cadets, Navy League, Boy
Scouts and others are sending students and providing funding for them or are planning to. The
2008 class is expected to have 20-22 students. FMA originally was not responsible for any
funding but provided funds to purchase supplies needed by the students of the first class. No
funding from FMA will be needed in the future. Students pay only $150 for the two weeks
training. Training can include visits to ATC facilities and some actual flight time. Future
plans are for three classes per year.

 Legacy proposals. Three proposals were discussed at length during the meeting. One in-
volved creating a statue or bust of a Naval Aviator to be placed in an appropiate museum; one
involved creating a scholarship through MOAA; the third involved the transfer of all AMF
funds to a USS Midway Foundation to insure the Flying Midshipmen Youth Aviation Train-
ing program continues when FMA ceases to exist. The third option was chosen. The details
of this program are yet to be developed.
 The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                              Summer 2008     Page 21

             [Ed: Bill Campbell (9-47) is interested in spicing up his research study of Aviation Midshipmen who
             flew combat missions prior to being commissioned. (See recent editions of the LOG for details.)

             The following article and “spice example” should inspire all of us to reach back and come up with sto-
             ries that might not qualify for “ALWAYS A JOCK,” but nevertheless add a human touch to those early
             “junior birdman”days.].

T      he Combat Aviation Midshipmen (AvMidn) Study is
       resulting in a document of historical data that proves
       the identified Candidates did fly in combat opera-
tions while Midshipmen. However, the Study document is
resulting in a pretty sterile collection of official records and
                                                                   For your information,
                                                                   here is an example story
                                                                   already received.
in many ways misses the interesting humanity of who we
AvMidn were.
                                                                   The Toilet Paper
Therefore, the Committee has decided to expand the Study           Saga
goals to include stories and tales that were experienced by

any FMA Member while a Midshipman. What is desired are
stories of the joyous, frightening, interesting, near unbeliev-        n 1947 during aerobatics flight training in the SNJ air-
able, and humorous events we caused or experienced, while              craft, one of the Midshipmen students came up with a
in Flight Training and our initial Squadron duty. We all have          terrific idea. He took a roll of toilet paper along on a solo
many personal stories that would be most interesting to a fu-      flight and when at altitude threw the roll out of the cockpit,
ture reader (maybe your great great grandchild), and we ask-       and as it unrolled it made a wonderful safe target to hone
ing you to write them down for inclusion in the Study. There       one’s aerobatic skills.
is no limit to the number of submissions. Each story should
be personal (first person), typed smooth (if possible), with a     Well, as you might expect the idea caught on like wildfire.
reasonable #12-size Font type, and try to limit the length to      Every solo aerobatic student took-off with a roll of toilet pa-
one page. Add your name and Pre Flight Class at the end of         per in his flight suite. The idea was to throw out the toilet pa-
the article. Please submit by Email (as an Attachment), or by      per, turn around and try to cut the streamer with the propel-
US Mail to Bill Campbell.                                          ler, or at least with the wing, as many times possible before
                                                                   the roll was completely unwound. When that happened the
The AvMidn Program has an important legacy, which                  streamer became limp and lost the stability from the weight
should be preserved. The identification of those AvMidn            of the remaining paper on the role.
who flew in combat is part of it. However, the inclusion of
personal stories from each of us will put a human face on          In the beginning hitting the streamer was more difficult than
the AvMidn, and provide future generations, with not only          one would expect. But after a few flights and several passes
a smile, but also a much better understanding of who these         it was easy, and I tried to cut the streamer in many different
19-21 year-old “Tigers” were. Please participate; it is your       flight attitudes, including inverted. Even tried to fly verti-
story we are trying to preserve                                    cally up the paper streamer. In this case, I was only able to
                                                                   hit the streamer, but was not a good enough pilot to chop the
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact        streamer many times on one vertical pass. Great sport for a
a Committee member at the address below.                           19 year old, and it actually improved one’s skills to control
                                                                   the aircraft in unusual attitudes.

Bill Campbell (9-47)                                               This is only the happy part of the story. Since almost every
        1109 Springdale Road                                       aerobatic solo student took a roll or two of toilet paper, you
        22449 Sylvan Street                                        can imagine that the use of toilet paper exploded at Corry
        Anderson, SC 29621-4039                                    Field. After one week there was no toilet paper anywhere on
                                                                   the Base. There are many items naval personnel can do with-
Ed Phillips (#83)                                                  out, BUT TOILET PAPER ISN’T ONE OF THEM !
        Woodland Hills, CA 91367-1743                              The Corry Field Commanding Officer was alerted to the
        Phone: 864-225-6362                                        “emergency” and the S_ _ _ hit the fan! An order came down
        Phone: 818-999-1398                                        from on high, that any Midshipman caught with a roll of
                                                                   toilet paper outside of the Head area, would be put on report
Email:                                      and subject to dismissal.
                                                                   This was the end of the Toilet Paper Saga!
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                  Summer 2008        Page 22

                       “TELL THE PILOT TO GREASE IT ON!”

TAKING THE CNO                                                                               “I know how to put on a para-
TO VIENNA                                                                                  chute harness.”
August 1949                                                                                  Gulp! “Yes, sir.”
Don Hubbard #51 MIDN                                                                       That said I found him a comfort-

                                                                                           able place to sit, facing aft behind
       his was not your or-                                                                the co-pilot . Right after take-off he
       dinary flight. We had                                                               dozed off.
       been scheduled to run
an ELINT flight in the Adri-                                                            In about an hour and a half we
atic so we flew over from                                                              are approaching the Brenner Pass.
Port Lyautey, Morocco, our                                                             The bird-dog was wavering slightly
home base, to Rome where                                                               but pointing in the general direction
we would overnight before                                                              of Innsbruck, in Austria. There was
going out on the mission. On                                                           an overcast above us but happily we
our arrival in Rome we were                                                            were still VFR. We entered the Pass.
met by the Assistant Naval                                                             It became a little bouncy, but not too
Attache who informed us that we would not go on our                                   bad. Then I noticed that there were
ELINT next day because we had to fly Admiral Forrest            slab-sided mountains on each side of us. Cripes! What if
Sherman, the newly selected Chief of Naval Operations,          we have to go on instruments and the beam is bent? Better
to an important meeting in Vienna. He would be arriving         double check the heading.
in the morning about 0800 and wanted to be underway as
quickly as possible.                                            Luckily the weather cooperated and stayed VFR. We fi-
                                                                nally left the Pass, turned right and had been flying east
I was flying as navigator on this particular flight, so I was   over Austria for a little over an hour when the Admiral
told that I was to “take care of the Admiral.” I had never      woke up. We were about thirty minutes out and he wanted
even seen an Admiral before, much less CNO. My first            to know where the “head” was. I pointed to the relief tube
thought was MAYDAY!                                             on the port side, but no, he wanted the can. That crude
                                                                affair was just a circular tank with a bag in it and a small
Then another MAYDAY. We didn’t have the altitude                seat. It was back aft and required a transit along the foot
ability to fly over the Alps, so we had to make the journey     wide catwalk through the bomb bay.
through the Brenner Pass. This would mean following a
radio beam if we had to go on instruments. The rumor was        “That way, sir. Back aft.” He left. I called the after station
that the Soviets had “bent” the beam to send aircraft off       and told them to get the “can” ready for occupancy and to
course and into the mountains. To make matters worse, we        let us know when he was settled in. In few minutes he was,
were in Italy on an Italian airfield (Ciampino) and there       but by now we were in contact with the tower and receiv-
was no way to get a better chart or a decent weather brief-     ing landing instructions.
ing for the flight.
                                                                CONFLICT: Getting ready to land and an admiral on
The Admiral showed up promptly at eight next morning.           the john. Better move fast and alert the plane commander.
He had just flown in from London and was anxious to get         Have him grease it on if at all possible. Jack Fette*, was
going. The PB4Y-2, Privateer, was no luxury aircraft and        the pilot and to his credit that is exactly what happened.
entry was up through the bomb bay to the navigation deck        Squeak, squeak, the main mounts are on the runway and a
and then forward to the pilot’s seats. The admiral was nice-    smooth rollout followed. The admiral was not disturbed.
ly dressed in his aviation greens and didn’t have a flight
suit. Oh boy! “Take care of the admiral” they said.             Not only was he not disturbed, he was a good guy.
        “Sir, here is the way you get in.”                      Two cars came to pick us up and he gave us one to use
        Steely look, “I know how to get into an airplane,       next day so that we would have transportation to explore
        son.”                                                   Vienna. Thank you sir!
        “Yes, sir.” He followed me in.
                                                                *Jack Fette was the plane commander of the aircraft shot down by
        “Here is the parachute harness sir, you put it on
                                                                the Russians over Latvia on 8 April, 1950 with the loss of all hands.
        like this.” Another steely look.
                                                                They were on a Baltic area ELINT mission. This was the first plane
        “I’ve been flying Navy aircraft for over 25 years.”
                                                                shot down in the Cold War.
I believed him. His Naval Academy ring was worn smooth
on both sides. (I later found that he had been designated a
naval aviator in 1922)
The Aviation Midshipmen Log                                                                                     Summer 2008           Page 23

                                         FMA BULLETIN BOARD
     Note: See below for NEW Executive Director Herb Sargent’s phone numbers and e-mail address.

     Also, The Flying Midshipmen Association official web site, under the direction of Dave Hardin (13-48) is the place to
     go for all manner of FMA information. Dave’s goal is to keep members informed and to provide an avenue for contacting
     FMA with changes to the Directory, bios, etc. The website address is

                                                                      WEB SITES...E-MAIL...MAIL & PHONE
                      May 9, 2008                                      FLYING MIDSHIPMEN WEB SITE:
FMA Election of Officers:
                                                                       E-MAIL ADDRESSES:
Senior Vice President Reyes stated that, for pressing                     FMA Headquarters – Herb Sargent
business matters, he must respectfully decline the nomi-            
nation to become the next President of the association,                  Webmaster – Dave Hardin:
but expressed a willingness to continue in office as Se-          
nior Vice President.                                                      LOG Editor – Bill Busse:
Motion (Bell/Mantz) to approve the nomination of Lou
Kriser to become the new President of the association,                 MAIL ADDRESSES:
passed unanimously.                                                      FMA Headquarters:
                                                                           2513 Inlynnveiw Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
President-Elect Kriser graciously accepted the Board’s                     23454-1846
decision, expressed his honor at being considered                          Tel: 1-800-964-5955 Local: 757-481-6264
for the position, and indicated that this was a                           LOG Editor: Bill Busse, 555 Byron St. #308
unique way to celebrate his 81st birthday!                                 Palo Alto, CA 94301 Tel: 650-321-6228

Motion (Sizemore/Sargent) to approve the con-
tinuance of Joe Reyes as Senior Vice President of
the association, passed unanimously.
Executive Director Brandenburg stated his
reasons for having to submit his resignation as Execu-               Membership (as of 20 June 2008)
tive Director of the association.                                    Active members 697
                                                                     Deceased                       568
 Motion (Reyes/Brandenburg) to approve the nomina-                   Widows                         166
tion of Herb Sargent to become the new Executive Di-                 ......................................
rector of the association, passed unanimously.                       AMF Treasury (as of 9 May 2008)
                                                                     Investment Fund                               $45,920.80
Motion (Kriser/Sargent) to approve the advancement of                NFCU (savings)                                 13,098.81
Gene Sizemore to the position of President Emeritus,                 NFCU (checking)                                    688.29
passed unanimously.                                                     Total                                    $ 59,707.90........................
President Sizemore thanked the Board for their con-                  FMA Treasury (as of 1 May 2008)
sideration in this matter and expressed his gratitude to             Investment fund                                     $ 10,892.00
the Board and all others in the association for their help           NFCU MMSA                                               9,591.28
and support to him over the past three years of his out-             NFCU Savings                                               51.75
standing presidency.                                                 NFCU Checking                                             630.59
                                                                        Total                                            $ 21,165.62

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