From Deadman's Trail

Class History


Entry Date: 29June1964

General Officers 13

Number Entered 1016


Graduation Date: 5Jun68

On War Memorial 11

Number Graduated 613

Vietnam War Ace 1

Pilots 375

Thunderbirds 2

Navigators 43

Retired Active Duty 287

Astronauts 1

Retired ANG/AFRES 67

All Americans 10

Academic All American 2

Page Contents - click link number below to go to that section.

49. Our Legacy Class of 2018 Activities
47. Mrosla Brothers in VietNam Story
46. Take a look at this Ski Club photo
45. Check out Butch's just found ZI Field Trip pictures
44. Songs by the Ascots
43. Maj. Gen. Edmund Rafalko, USAF (Ret) -- 1924 - 2016
42. Read Alan's account of our POW's Return at Clark AB
41. What Alan attemped to do for a date during the ZI Field Trip
40. Do you remember the Shapes? - Check out these pictures
39. Here's what Karl was doing and where
38. "We Were There"
37. Check out what Gary Leikam saved
36. Doc Holaday's Summer of 1965 Photos
35. 1968 ALO Academy Brochure Selections from Greg Shuey
34. Southeast Asia Photos from Joe Michel
Cadet Squadron 7 after a run during BCT
32. Pictures from Roger Dean's 1964 - 1968 collection
31. The Chief of Staff can Fly as Long as He Wants
30. Weldon shares some pictures of his Dad
Don Sutton picks up Mike Francisco on 28 April 1972

Take a look at Ranger and Rhip a few years ago.
Photos from Michael Baribeau's old slides.
Inauguration 1965 by Bruce Buono
25. Our ZI Field Trip - photos from Bill Bazar
24. Our ZI Field Trip - report and photos from Jim Terry
The Planes We Flew
22. The DoDo's from June 1967 through June 1968 are online
21. The Tunnels
Aviation reflections from a '68 USAFA Grad
19. F-105 Flyby - June Week 1968 - Broken Windows
18. The Ascots, Oldies and More from Mo
Classmates at UPT Class 70-02 - Randolph AFB, TX
16. New! - Class of 1968 Ring Banquet Program
15. Here's two songs ( #1 and #2) that Security Flight played during BCT
14. Answers to Greg's questions about USAFA sports
Classmates at UPT Class 70A - Webb AFB, TX
12. Navy Goat visits Mitchell Hall in 1966
11. Brig. General Robin Olds, USAF (Ret) -- 1922 - 2007

10. Bill Eckert's thoughts about us and football at Falcon Stadium.
9. To view/download the 12Feb1965 Life article on cheating click here
Classmates at UPT Class 70-02 - Moody AFB, GA
7. You have got to see Buck McCants' Memories!
6. Who is the famous American Aviator talking to Steve?
5. Brig. Gen. Robert F. McDermott, USAF (Ret) -- 1920 - 2007
4. Check out The Flameouts record, songs and video!
3. Song list - To view/download a .pdf copy click here
2. Class of 2008 Contrails Dedication - To view the photos click here
Names to go along with some of the Class History numbers above

Come on guys, how about sending in a submission!

General Officers

General William J. Begert, USAF (Ret)

Major General Robert J. Boots, USAF (Ret)

Lieutenant General Charles H. Coolidge, Jr., USAF (Ret)

General Ralph. E. Eberhart, USAF (Ret)

Major General Bobby O. Floyd, USAF (Ret)

Brigadier General William M. Guth, USAF (Ret)

General Charles R. Holland, USAF (Ret)

Brigadier General Michael A. Moffitt, USAF (Ret)

Brigadier General Jeffrey S. Pilkington, USAF (Ret)

Lieutenant General Steven R Polk, USAF (Ret)

General Charles T. Robertson, Jr., USAF (Ret)

Major General Robert B. Siegfried, USAFR (Ret)

Major General Thomas Taverney, USAFR (Ret)

Prisoners Of War

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy R. Ayres, USAF (Ret)

Lieutenant Colonel William D. Beekman, USAF (Ret)

Lieutenant Colonel William A. Gauntt, USAF (Ret)

Lieutenant Colonel Marion A. Marshall, USAF (Ret)


William E. Gregory, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Stephen C. Mish, USAF (Ret)


Colonel Richard O. Covey, USAF (Ret)

All Americans

Lieutenant Colonel Richard P. Ellis, USAF (Ret) - Pistol

Terence J. Gruters - Cross Country

David P. Helgevold - Pistol

Donald A. Henderson -Wrestling

Colonel William H. Hoge, USAF (Ret) - Pistol

Major William E. Markham, Jr., USAF (Ret) - Lacrosse

Lieutenant Colonel Donald F. Motz, USAF (Ret) - Fencing

Richard N. Starkey - Football

Kenneth M. Stewart - Pistol

Lieutenant Colonel John F. Swanson, USAF (Ret) - Fencing

First Lieutenant Russell E. Voris, USAF (Deceased) - Lacrosse


Academic All Americans

Carl A. Janssen, Jr. - Football

Kenneth P. Zagzebski - Football

Vietnam War Ace

Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey S. Feinstein, USAF (Ret)


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Contrails Dedication for The Class of 2008 From The Class of 1968

The Class of 1968 presents this edition to you, our 40-year legacy class. We commend you for choosing the path of service to your country.

The word "classmate" now means a lot to you. Its importance will grow over the next four years, and for the rest of your life, as it has for us. Like you, we are from all the states and territories, as well as allied countries. Like you, we are hard working, action-oriented people who are still learning. Like you, we have found ourselves surrounded by tremendously talented people, who have individual strengths and weaknesses. As classmates, you will succeed collectively by working together-the key to the success of our entire Air Force. And you will form lifelong bonds of friendship.

Many of us served in combat. Many of you will, too. The Air Force will train and equip each of you well, as it did for us, individually and as a team. You have the privilege of being part of the finest Air Force team in the world. We're proud of it, and proud of you.

As the last few of our classmates approach the completion of their Air Force careers-including more 4-star generals than any other class-we confidently pass the torch of defending our great nation to you. Like you, we faced more challenges-and found more opportunities-than we imagined. Like you, we were happy to serve a cause larger than ourselves, and to make a real difference in protecting freedom around the world.

The Honor Code you follow at USAFA will serve you well for the rest of your life. It's not just a USAFA thing, as the core values of the Air Force make clear. What you are learning here-including the self-discipline you will acquire by dealing with many challenges-will help you succeed in the Air Force, and in life. Life doesn't get easier, but you are being prepared to handle it better. This includes constant change, which is hardly unique to your time at USAFA, and should never divert you from seeking excellence in yourself. The more you put into these four years, the more you will gain from them.

We congratulate and warmly welcome you. We're happy to serve as an example for you, and are confident that your accomplishments will exceed ours. Please let us know if we can help.

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USAFA Class of 1968 Song List
alphabetical by artist
compiled by
Blair Stewart
1. Stranger on the Shore - Ackerbilt
2. Boy From New York City
- Ad Libs
3. Magnificent Seven Theme
- Al Caiola
4. Alley Cat -
Al Hirt
5. Mary in the Morning -
Al Martino

6. Theme from Love Story -
Andy Williams
7. Moon River -
Andy Williams
8. Charade
- Andy Williams
9. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
10. House of the Rising Sun
- Animals
11. It's My Life
- Animals
12. Don't Let Me be Misunderstood
13. Teach Me Tiger
- April Stevens
14. Deep Purple
- April Stevens/N. Tempo
15. Respect
- Aretha Franklin
16. Think
- Aretha Franklin
17. Chain of Fools
- Aretha Franklin
18. Tighten Up
- Archie Bell & the Drells
19. You Better Move On
- Arthur Alexander
20. Sweet Soul Music
- Arthur Conley
21. Along Comes Mary
- Association
22. Never My Love
- Association
23. Cherish
- Association
24. Baja
- The Astronauts
25. Soul Finger
26. I Know
- Barbara George
27. Baby I'm Yours
- Barbara Lewis
28. Eve of Destruction
- Barry McGuire
29. The Ballad of the Green Berets
- Barry Sadler
30. Little Deuce Coupe
- Beach Boys
31. God Only Knows
- Beach Boys
32. Wouldn't It Be Nice
- Beach Boys
33. That's Not Me
Beach Boys
34. Be True to Your School
Beach Boys
35. California Girls Beach
36. Dance,Dance,Dance Beach Boys
37. Don't Worry Baby
Beach Boys
38. Fun Fun Fun
Beach Boys
39. Good Vibrations
Beach Boys
40. Help Me Rhonda
Beach Boys
41. I Can Hear Music
Beach Boys
42. I Get Around
Beach Boys
43. In My Room
Beach Boys
44. Little Old Lady From Pasadena
Beach Boys
45. Rock And Roll Music
Beach Boys
46. Sloop John B
Beach Boys
47. Surfer Girl
Beach Boys
48. Surfin' Safari
Beach Boys
49. Surfin' USA
Beach Boys
50. Any Time at All
51. Things We Said Today
52. When I Get Home
53. You Can't Do That

54. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You Beatles
55. I Should Have Known Better
56. Yes It Is
57. Tell Me Why
- Beatles
58. It's Only Love
- Beatles
59. She Loves You
- Beatles
60. Eight Days A
Week - Beatles
61. We Can Work It Out
- Beatles
62. I Saw Her Standing There
- Beatles
63. P.S. I Love You
- Beatles
64. Do You Want To Know A Secret
65. Girl
66. Norwegian Wood
67. You Won't See Me
68. Run For Your Life
69. A Hard Days Night
70. All I've Got To Do
71. All My Loving
72. Please Mister Postman
73. You Really Got A Hold On Me
74. And I Love Her
75. Anna
76. Back in the USSR
77. Baby's in Black
78. Boys
79. Chains
80. From Me To You
81. Got to Get You Into My Life
82. Help!
83. Hey Jude
84. I Feel Fine
85. I Wanna Hold Your Hand
86. I'll Cry Instead
87. I'll Follow The Sun
88. I'm a Loser
89. I'm Looking Thru You
90. If I Fell In Love With You
91. It Won't Be Long
92. Love Me Do
93. Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
94. Magical Mystery Tour
95. Michelle
96. Money
97. Paperback Writer
98. Penny Lane
99. Please Mr. Postman
100. Please Please Me
101. Roll Over Beethoven
102. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
103. Strawberry Fields Forever
104. Thank You Girl
105. The Night Before

106. There are Places I Remember Beatles
107. This Boy Beatles
108. Ticket to Ride Beatles
109. Twist And Shout Beatles
110. When I'm 64 Beatles
111. Yesterday Beatles
112. You're gonna lose that Girl Beatles
113. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Beatles
114. Can't Buy Me Love Beatles
115. Laugh, Laugh Beau Brummels
116. Massachusetts Bee Gees
117. To Love Somebody Bee Gees
118. Stand by me Ben E King & The Drifters
119. Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
120. Red Roses For A Blue Lady Bert Kaempfert
121. A Swinging Safari Bert Kaempfert
122. Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert
123. AfriKaan Beat Bert Kaempfert
124. Shoop Shoop Song Betty Everett
125. 9th St. Bridge Bill Cosby
126. Buck Buck Bill Cosby
127. Our Winter Love Bill Pursell
128. Down in the Boondocks Billy Joe Royal
129. Eyes of a New York Woman B.J. Thomas
130. Hooked on a Feeling B.J. Thomas
131. If I Were a Carpenter Bobby Darin
132. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Bob Dylan
133. It Ain't Me Babe Bob Dylan
134. Like a Rollin Stone Bob Dylan
135. Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan
136. Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan
137. Ode To Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry
138. Honey Bobby Goldsboro
139. I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
140. Sunny Bobby Hebb
141. Tossing & Turning Bobby Lewis
142. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday Bobby Mitchell
143. Wild One Bobby Rydell
144. Devil or Angel Bobby Vee
145. The Night Has a 1000 Eyes Bobby Vee
146. Rubber Ball Bobby Vee
147. Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
148. Venus in Blue Jeans Bobby Vee
149. Blue On Blue Bobby Vinton
150. Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton
151. Mr. Lonely Bobby Vinton
152. Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
153. Green Onions Booker T & the MGs
154. The Letter Box Tops
155. Cry Like a Baby Box Tops
156. Soul Deep Box Tops
157. Losing You Brenda Lee
158. All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
159. Stop, Hey, What's that Sound Buffalo Springfield

160. Mercy, Mercy Buckinghams
161. Kind of a Drag Buckinghams
162. Hey Baby Buckinghams
163. If it Don't Work Out Buckinghams
164. Turn Turn Turn The Byrds
165. Eight Miles High The Byrds
166. Mr Tamborine Man The Byrds
167. I Feel a Whole Lot Better Byrds
168. Land of 1000 Dances Cannibal & the Headhunters
169. Cool Jerk Capitols
170. There's a Moon Out Tonight The Capris
171. B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas
172. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Casinos
173. Liar Liar Castaways
174. Willow Weep for Me Chad & Jeremy
175. A Summer Song Chad & Jeremy
176. Yesterday's Gone Chad And Jeremy
177. Tequila Champs
178. Pipeline The Chantays
179. No Particular Place to Go Chuck Berry
180. Any Day Now Chuck Jackson
181. I Don't Wanna cry Chuck Jackson
182. Slip Away Clarence Carter
183. Ain't Got No Home Clarence Frogman Henry
184. Spooky Classics Four
185. Party Lights Claudine Clark
186. Love Potion #9 Clovers
187. Who's Sorry Now Connie Francis
188. Everybody's Somebody's Fool Connie Francis
189. Lipstick On Your Collar Connie Francis
190. Where the Boys Are Connie Francis
191. Do You Love Me Contours
192. Indian Lake Cowsills
193. Sunshine of Your Love Cream
194. Susie Q Creedence Clearwater Revival
195. Pied Piper Crispian St Peters
196. He's a Rebel The Crystals
197. Then he kissed me The Crystals
198. Red Rubber Ball Cyrkle
199. Turn Down Day Cyrkle
200. Take Five Dave Brubeck
201. Glad All Over Dave Clark Five
202. Do You Love Me Dave Clark Five
203. Over and Over Dave Clark Five
204. Raindrops Dee Clark
205. Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon
206. You Keep Me Hangin' On Diana Ross & The Supremes
207. Navy Blue Diane Renay
208. Abraham, Martin & John Dion
209. Message To Michael Dionne Warwick
210. Always Something There to Remind Me Dionne Warwick
211. Don't Make Me Over Dionne Warwick
212. Walk On By Dionne Warwick

213. Do You Know The Way To San Jose Dionne Warwick
214. Alfie Dionne Warwick
215. Sea of Heartbreak Don Gibson
216. Sunshine Superman Donovan
217. Catch the Wind Donovan
218. Light My Fire Doors
219. Just One Look Doris Troy
220. You Can't Sit Down Dovells
221. The Bristol Stomp Dovells
222. This Magic Moment Drifters
223. When My Little Girl is Smiling Drifters
224. Dance With Me drifters
225. Saturday Night At the Movies Drifters
226. Up on the Roof Drifters
227. On Broadway Drifters
228. Some Kind of Wonderful Drifters
229. Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy
230. You Don't Own Me Dusty Springfield
231. I Only Wanna Be With You Dusty Springfield
232. Wishing An Hoping Dusty Springfield
233. My Cup Runneth Over Ed Ames
234. Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd
235. Fooled Around and Fell In Love Again Elvin Bishop
236. Please Release Me Engelbert Humperdink
237. Devil In Disguise Elvis Presley
238. Fools Rush In Elvis Presley
239. His Latest Flame Elvis Presley
240. In The Ghetto Elvis Presley
241. Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley
242. Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
243. Bowling Green Everly Brothers
244. At Last Etta James
245. Tell Him Exciters
246. Blame It On The Bossa Nova Eydie Gorme
247. Up, Up and Away Fifth Dimension
248. Stoned Soul Picnic Fifth Dimension
249. Bottle of Wine Fireballs
250. Rescue Me Fontella Bass
251. Baby, Now that I've Found You Foundations
252. Love is a Many Splendored Thing Four Aces
253. 26 miles across the sea Four Preps
254. Big Man Four Preps
255. Come Back Silly Girl Four Preps
256. Let's Hang On Four Seasons
257. Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
258. Rag Doll Four Seasons
259. Sherry Four Seasons
260. Walk Like a Man Four Seasons
261. Working My Way Back To You Four Seasons
262. Reach Out, I'll Be There Four Tops
263. Baby I Need Your Loving Four Tops
264. I Can't Help Myself Four Tops
265. It's The Same Old Song Four Tops
266. Walk Away Renee Four Tops

267. Bernadette Four Tops
268. Venus Frankie Avalon
269. Jezebel Frankie Laine
270. Can't Take My Eyes off of You Frankie Valli
271. Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra
272. I'm Telling You Now Freddie & the Dreamers
273. Palisades Park Freddie Cannon
274. Grazing in the Grass Friends of Distinction
275. Young Girl Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
276. Only Love Can Break A Heart Gene Pitney
277. It Hurts To Be In Love Gene Pitney
278. I Wanna Love My Life Away Gene Pitney
279. Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
280. Ferry Cross the Mercy Gerry & the pacemakers
281. Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers
282. Keep on Dancing Gentrys
283. Wichita Lineman Glen Campbell
284. Gentle on my Mind Glen Campbell
285. Baby the Rain Must Fall Glen Yarbrough
286. The Bull Frog Song Glen Yarbrough
287. Where Were You When I Needed You Grassroots
288. midnight Confessions Grassroots
289. Finger Poppin Time Hank Ballard
290. I Got Rhythm Happenings
291. 59th Street Bridge Song Harper's Bazarre
292. The Pink Panther Theme Henry Mancini
293. Theme from James Bond 007 Henry Mancini
294. Lara's Theme Henry Mancini
295. The Lonely Bull Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
296. Spanish Flea Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
297. Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
298. Tijuana Taxi Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
299. A Walk In The Black Forest Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
300. This Guy's In Love With You Herb Alpert
301. Watermelon Man Herbie Hancock
302. Can't You Feel My Heartbeat Herman's Hermits
303. There's A Kind Of Hush Herman's Hermits
304. A Wonderful World Herman's Hermits
305. Henry The Eighth Herman's Hermits
306. I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits
307. Bus Stop Hollies
308. Carrie Anne Hollies
309. Let it All Hang Out Hombres
310. A Walk in the Black Forest Horst Jankowski
311. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
312. The Unicorn Irish Rovers
313. Twist and Shout Isley Brothers
314. This Old Heart of Mine Isley Brothers

315. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Jay & the Techniques
316. What the World Needs Now is Love Jackie DeShannon
317. Put A Little Love In Your Heart Jackie DeShannon
318. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Jackie Wilson
319. I'm Your Puppet James & Bobby Purify
320. I Feel Good James Brown
321. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag James Brown
322. Try Me James Brown
323. It's a Man's World James Brown
324. Summertime, Summertime The Jamies
325. Dead Man's Curve Jan & Dean
326. Surf City Jan & Dean
327. Piece of My Heart Janis Joplin
328. Come A Little Bit Closer Jay & The Americans
329. Cara Mia Jay & The Americans
330. This Magic Moment Jay & the Americans
331. Walking in the Rain Jay & the Americans
332. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Jay & The Techniques
333. Harper Valley PTA Jeannie C. Riley
334. White Rabbit Jefferson Airplane
335. For Your Precious Love Jerry Butler
336. Hey Jude Jimi Hendrix
337. Purple Haze Jimi Hendrix
338. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted Jimmy Ruffin
339. If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul
340. But It's Alright J.J. Jackson
341. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down Joan Baez
342. Games People Play Joe South
343. Don't it Make You Wanna Go Home Joe South
344. Hold What You've Got Joe Tex
345. Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & The Starlighters
346. Judy in Disguise John Fred & His Playboy Band
347. Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
348. Rockin' Pneumonia Johnny Rivers
349. Memphis Johnny Rivers
350. Poor Side of Town Johnny Rivers
351. Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
352. Baby I Need Your Lovin' Johnny Rivers
353. Shotgun Jr. Walker & the All Stars
354. Roadrunner Jr. Walker & the All Stars
355. Someday Soon Judy Collins
356. Four Strong Winds Judy Collins
357. Angel Baby kathy Young
358. Love Letters Ketty Lester
359. Louie Louie Kingsmen
360. Jolly Green Giant Kingsmen
361. All Day & All Of The Night Kinks

362. Tired Of Waiting For You Kinks
363. You Really Got Me Kinks
364. Lies Knickerbockers
365. Workin' In a Coal Mine Lee Dorsey
366. Walk Away Renee Left Bank
367. Green Tambourine Lemon Pipers
368. 1-2-3 Len Barry
369. It's My Party Leslie Gore
370. You Don't Own Me Leslie Gore
371. Going Out Of My Head Lettermen
372. Different Drum Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Ponies
373. The Locomotion Little Eva
374. I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March
375. Black is Black Los Bravos
376. Lightning Strikes Lou Christie
377. Take A Walk On The Wild Side Lou Reed
378. What a Wonderful World Louie Armstrong
379. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice Lovin Spoonful
380. Do You Believe In Magic Lovin Spoonful
381. Did you ever have to make up your mind Lovin Spoonful
382. Summer In The City Loving Spoonful
383. What A Day For A Daydream Loving Spoonful
384. To Sir With Love Lulu
385. Doo Wah Ditty Manfred Mann
386. Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
387. As Tears Go By Marianne Faithful
388. Heat Wave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
389. Nowhere to Run Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
390. Heard it Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye
391. Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
392. Those Were the Days Mary Hopkin
393. My Guy Mary Wells
394. Stay Maurice Williams
395. Hang On Sloopy McCoys
396. Angel Of The Morning Merrilee Rush
397. Groovy Kind of Love Mindbenders
398. Little Latin Lupe Lu Mitch Ryder
399. CC Rider Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
400. Devil With the Blue Dress On Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
401. Monday, Monday Mamas and the Papas
402. California Dreamin' Mamas and the Papas
403. I Saw Her Again Mamas & the Papas
404. Angel of the Morning Merilee Rush
405. I'm a Believer Monkees
406. Last Train to Clarksville Monkees
407. Daydream Believer Monkees
408. Little Bit of Soul Music Explosion
409. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Nancy Sinatra

410. Jackson Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
411. They're Coming to Take Me Away Napoleon XIV
412. Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond
413. Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon Neil Diamond
414. Red, Red Wine Neil Diamond
415. Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band
416. Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express
417. Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) Otis Redding
418. I've Been Loving You Too Long Otis Redding
419. Respect Otis Redding
420. Try A Little Tenderness Otis Redding
421. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
422. Time Won't Let Me Outsiders
423. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte Patti Page
424. Love is Blue Paul Mauriat
425. Good Thing Paul Revere & the Raiders
426. Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders
427. Hungry Paul Revere & The Raiders
428. Just Like Me Paul Revere & The Raiders
429. When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge
430. A World Without Love Peter & Gordon
431. Go to Pieces Peter & Gordon
432. Puff the Magic Dragon Peter, Paul & Mary
433. Early Morning Rain Peter, Paul & Mary
434. Stewball Peter, Paul & Mary
435. I Dig Rock and Roll Music Peter, Paul & Mary
436. Don't Sleep In The Subway Petula Clark
437. Downtown Petula Clark
438. I Know a Place Petula Clark
439. Sign of the Times Petula Clark
440. The Great Pretender Platters
441. A Whiter Shade of Pale Procul Harum
442. 96 Tears Question Mark & The Mysterions
443. Take A Letter, Maria R. B. Greaves
444. Groovin' Rascals
445. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Rascals
446. Good Lovin' Rascals
447. In the Midnight Hour Rascals
448. What is the Reason? Rascals
449. A Beautiful Morning Rascals
450. People Got to Be Free Rascals
451. Cryin' Time Ray Charles
452. Wild Weekend Rebels
453. MacArthur Park Richard Harris
454. Ebb Tide Righteous Brothers
455. You've Lost That Loving Feelin Righteous Brothers
456. Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
457. You're My Soul and Inspiration Righteous Brothers
458. California Sun Rivieras
459. Barefootin' Robert Parker
460. King Of The Road Roger Miller
461. Born Free Roger Williams
462. Durham Town Roger Whittaker
463. New world in the morning Roger Whittaker
464. Satisfaction Rolling Stones
465. As Tears Go By Rolling Stones
466. Get Off Of My Cloud Rolling Stones
467. Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones
468. Paint it Black Rolling Stones
469. The Last Time Rolling Stones
470. Time Is On My Side Rolling Stones
471. Under My Thumb Rolling Stones
472. Ruby Tuesday Rolling Stones
473. Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones
474. Baby I Love You Ronettes
475. Be My Baby Ronettes
476. Then He Kissed Me Ronettes
477. Walking In The Rain Ronettes
478. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron Royal Guardsmen
479. Treat Her Right Roy Head
480. Running Scared Roy Orbison
481. Crying Roy Orbison
482. Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
483. It's Over Roy Orbison
484. Soul Man Sam & Dave
485. When Something's wrong with My Baby Sam & Dave
486. Hold on I'm Comin' Sam & Dave
487. Another Saturday Night Sam Cooke
488. Twistin the Night Away Sam Cooke
489. Little Red Riding Hood Sam The Sham & The Pharohs
490. Wooly Bully Sam The Sham & The Pharohs
491. Guantanamara Sandpipers
492. San Francisco Scott McKenzie
493. Georgie Girl Seekers
494. I'll Never Find Another You Seekers
495. Fool On The Hill Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
496. Oh, How Happy You Have Made Me Shades Of Blue
497. Goldfinger Shirley Bassey
498. The Name Game Shirley Ellis
499. Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
500. I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel
501. Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
502. A Hazy Shade of Winter Simon & Garfunkel
503. Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
504. She's About a Mover Sir Douglas Quintet
505. The End Of the World Skeeter Davis
506. Oh How Happy Shades of Blue
507. Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone
508. Dance To The Music Sly & The Family Stone
509. Itchycoo Park Small Faces
510. Shop Around Smokey Robinson
511. Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson
512. The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson
513. I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson
514. I Got You Babe Sonny and Cher
515. The Beat Goes On Sonny and Cher
516. Expressway to Your Heart Soul Survivors
517. Like to Get to Know You Spanky and Our Gang
518. Gimme Some Lovin' Spencer Davis Group
519. I'm a Man Spencer Davis Group
520. Silver Threads and Golden Needles Springfields
521. Dirty Water Standells
522. Flowers on the Wall Statler Brothers
523. Incense and Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock
524. Born to be Wild Steppenwolf
525. Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
526. My World Is Empty Without You Supremes
527. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Supremes
528. Come See About Me Supremes
529. I Hear a Symphony Supremes
530. Stop In the Name of Love Supremes
531. Where Did Our Love Go Supremes
532. You Can't Hurry Love Supremes
533. Baby Love Supremes
534. Back in My Arms Again Supremes
535. Double Shot Of My Baby's Love Swinging Medallions
536. D-I-V-O-R-C-E Tammy Wynette
537. Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette
538. No Matter What Shape T-Bones
539. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) Tams
540. My Girl Temptations
541. Ain't Too Proud to Beg Temptations
542. I Wish it Would Rain Temptations
543. Suspicion Terry Stafford
544. When Will I See You Again Three Degrees
545. Eli's Coming Three Dog Night
546. I'm Hurt Timi Yuro
547. It's Not Unusual Tom Jones
548. The Green, Green Grass of Home Tom Jones
549. What's New Pussycat Tom Jones
550. Crimson And Clover Tommy James
551. Hanky Panky Tommy James
552. Mony Mony Tommy James
553. I Think We're Alone Now Tommy James
554. Dizzy Tommy Roe
555. Sweet Pea Tommy Roe
556. Sweet Little Sheila Tommy Roe
557. A Lovers Concerto Toys
558. Silence is Golden Tremeloes
559. Here Comes My Baby Tremeloes
560. Wild Thing Troggs
561. She'd Rather Be with Me Turtles
562. So Happy Together Turtles
563. You Baby Turtles
564. Elenore Turtles

565. So Much In Love The Tymes
566. Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
567. Gloria Van Morrison and Them
568. Here Comes The Night Van Morrison & Them
569. Baby Please Don't Go Van Morrison & Them
570. You Keep Me Hanging On Vanilla Fudge
571. The 'In' Crowd Ventures
572. In The Navy Village People
573. YMCA Village People
574. Cast Your Fate To The Wind Vince Guaraldi Trio
575. Five O'Clock World Vogues
576. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore Walker Brothers
577. Game of Love Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
578. Groovy Kind of Love Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
579. You Were On My Mind We Five
580. Happy Jack Who
581. I Can See for Miles Who
582. Land Of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett
583. In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
584. Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett
585. Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
586. For Your Love Yardbirds
587. Heart full of Soul Yardbirds
588. She's Not There Zombies
589. Tell Her No Zombies
590. Time of the Season Zombies

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Robert F. McDermottBrigadier General Robert Francis McDermott ('McD') died August 28, 2006 of complications from a stroke. He was born on July 31, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts to Alphonsus and Anna McDermott. After attending elementary school in his hometown of Readville, he graduated from Boston Latin School in 1937, where he won the music prize playing trombone. He attended Norwich University from 1937 to 1939. McD received an appointment to the United States Military Academy in 1939, and graduated and was commissioned on January 19, 1943. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1950. On January 20, 1943, McD married Alice Patricia McDermott at Trinity Chapel at West Point. Following their wedding, McD and Alice traveled to California where McD learned to fly the P-38 Lockheed Lightning. He was assigned to the 474th Fighter Bomber Group as its Deputy Group Operations Officer and flew 61 combat missions during World War II in the European Theatre. After the war, he remained in Europe on General Eisenhower's staff. Following this assignment, McD served in the Pentagon and thereafter, attended Harvard Business School, earning an MBA in 1950. He then taught economics at West Point for four years. In 1954 McD was assigned to the newly established Air Force Academy as Vice Dean and Professor of Economics. In 1956, he was appointed Dean of Faculty and, in 1959, President Eisenhower appointed McD the first Permanent Dean of Faculty and promoted him to Brigadier General. At that time, he was the youngest flag-rank officer in all of the armed services. After guiding the first ten graduating classes at the Air Force Academy, McD retired from the Air Force in 1968. In recognition of McD's contributions to the Air Force, the Academy named the cadet library for him and named him the 'Father of Modern Military Education.' In 1968 McD joined USAA (United Services Automobile Association) as Executive Vice President, and became its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in January 1969. His management of USAA's employees and treatment of its members was based on his belief in the Golden Rule - to treat everyone with dignity and respect, and to allow everyone the opportunity to achieve his or her potential. He ensured that all employees were well-trained, well-paid, and had very good job benefits, and introduced a four-day work week to give employees more time with their families. He encouraged self-development by matching employee tuition expenses. By implementing this philosophy, USAA's employees provided the best possible service to USAA's members and enabled USAA to be named one of the best companies to work for in the United States in 1993 with no company rated higher than USAA. Under McD's leadership, USAA's membership grew four hundred percent, and assets owned and managed grew from $207 million to more $30 billion. USAA also partnered with Opryland USA to develop Fiesta Texas during McD's chairmanship. For all of the awards McD achieved at USAA, he always attributed USAA's success to its wonderful employees. In 1993 McD retired as Chairman and CEO of USAA, and remained as Chairman Emeritus. Following his retirement, McD continued to be active in the community with business and charitable organizations. On August 6, 1994, McD married Marion Slemon of Colorado Springs. They enjoyed his retirement in San Antonio and Colorado Springs, as well as traveling to visit family and friends. McD worked tirelessly to advance economic development in San Antonio. His efforts included the following: in 1974 he was elected Chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; in 1975 he co-founded the Economic Development Foundation and served as its Chairman until 1980; he was a co-founder of United San Antonio to promote social cohesiveness during the 1970s and 1980s; in 1984 he co-founded the Texas Research and Technology Foundation which began development of the Texas Research Park; in the 1980s, McD established a volunteer corps and mentor program at USAA to encourage USAA employees to become actively involved in social and charitable projects throughout San Antonio and to serve as role models for underprivileged youth in San Antonio; when the San Antonio Spurs were to be sold in the early 1990s, McD led a group of local investors to buy the team, and served as chairman, to assure it would stay in San Antonio. For his wide-ranging efforts on behalf of San Antonio, the City of San Antonio named a section of Interstate Highway 10 West as the 'McDermott Freeway.' McD also received recognition for his business and educational activities, including the following: he was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1987 and the American National Business Hall of Fame in 1989; in 1993 West Point selected him to receive its Distinguished Graduate Award; in 1994 Fortune selected him as Laureate in Junior Achievement's National Business Hall of Fame; in 1998 Harvard Business School extended its highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, as a tribute to his extraordinary accomplishments at the Air Force Academy and USAA; and in 2006 the University of the Incarnate Word established the Robert F. McDermott Professorship in Organizational Leadership. For all of these accomplishments and honors, McD always said that his greatest blessings were his faith, his family, his country and his dear friends. McD was preceded in death by his parents, his brother David, and his beloved wife of 47 years, Alice Patricia McDermott. He is survived by his wife, Marion Slemon McDermott, his five children, daughter Patricia and her husband, Pierre Beynet; son Robert and his wife, Judy; son David and his wife, Molly; daughter Betsy and her husband, Jay Gwin; and son Mark and his wife, Debbie. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren.

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Click here for BG McDermott's biography.

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Who is this Famous American Aviator talking to Steve?

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"It occurred to me that you can tell the pretty lady you’ll be bringing to Falcon Stadium that she may look forward to seeing:" (Bill Eckert)
- Students parachuting onto the 50-yard line who routinely place at or near the top in the national parachuting championships

- Students who don’t worry about which Ambercrombies to wear to class

- Students whose first parachute jump is a free-fall

- A soaring demonstration by a student who routinely places at or near the top in national soaring competition

- A B-2

- Cheerleaders who can all do all the push-ups

- Students who say “good morning” to total strangers

- Linesmen who can actually do a pull-up

- A classmate who piloted a Space Shuttle three times

- Other classmates among those who won 377 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 2,319 Air Medals

- Classmates who honor those who cannot be with us

- A classmate who, when we were firsties, once restricted another classmate for “failure to control his squadron”

- Classmates who all had slide rules (my laptop-toting USAFA ’03 daughter once asked, “Dad, we’ve been told that in your day you used something called a slide rule. Could I see yours?”)

- Classmates who stood for the entire game in a stadium that was only two years old when we first marched into it

- Classmates who cheered for our graduation year’s Heisman Trophy winner, a talented young man named “O.J.”

- Classmates who gaped wide-eyed during our graduation year at an exciting new movie that gave us a glimpse of the distant future…2001: A Space Odyssey

- Classmates who laughed during our graduation year at a funny-looking new guy actor in a movie named The Graduate, and thought that Mrs. Robinson was just about the perfect neighbor

- Classmates who heard during doolie knowledge sessions that “Mekong Delta is a sorority.” “F-4C is a lecture hall.” “Sir Walter Scott was one of the original seven astronauts.” “Cranwell was named for Oliver Cranwell.” “Jimmy Doolittle was the man who invented Baseball.” “The Galloping Ghost who wore number 77 was Colonel Francis Marion.” And the classic zoomie insight that, “Sir, the Fokker Triplane had no wings.”

- Classmates who share values with today’s cadets, like appreciating freedom…as when the falcon flies over the wall

- Faculty members who work hard at teaching undergraduates for four years, then go defend America

- Classmates who know that ants taste like lemon drops, and flamed grasshoppers like grilled lobster

- Female students who know that, if teased by a guy, it’s OK for her to invite him on a nice long run until one of them drops

- Dorm mothers who have combat experience

- If a terrorist plane comes over, they can shoot the Chapel at it

- While the closest that Yalies get to Top Gun is the movie theater, students here get to take the stick

- Dorms where they play nice Christmas music in August.

- A campus where the College President routinely goes on runs with the students, and the Dean and Commandant (both ladies) can out-run most of the students

- A campus where every student who wants one has a local sponsor family

- When the mascot poops on the sideline, nobody needs a shovel

- A campus where “purple mountain majesty” has a literal meaning—just up the road from where the term was first penned

- Students who can fly space-available to Hawaii for $10…and often do

- Students whose idea of a good time includes Mom’s home cooking

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Brig. Gen. Robin Olds, USAF (Ret) - 1922 - 2007

JB Stone played a significant role at Robin's Memorial Service. He delivered one of the eulogies at the USAFA Chapel.

He told of the first time he meet Col. Olds, who as the new Wing Commander of the 8th TFW, called a meeting of all the pilots. At the time JB had about 60 or 70 missions North, had an engine shot out from under him and several bullet holes here and there on some pretty hairy missions.

Robin told the pilots, "I'm your new boss. I'll be flying your wing for a couple of weeks and at the end of that time, I'll be better than any of you." JB muttered under his breath, "We'll see." It came out a little louder than JB intended.

Robin heard it and immediately fixed JB with those steely eyes, and repeated his statement forcefully again. And JB said : " Robin did exactly as he had said he would. " He was a warrior who would fearlessly go where others feared to tread.

And JB was later picked to help Robin plan and execute Operation Bolo, wherein F-4s masqueraded as bomb laden, F-105s to lure Migs to come up and attack them. Seven Migs went down in flames. The Military Channel has run the episode several times titled as "Ambush" in the Dogfight series.

Robin's oldest daughter, Susan lead off the remembrances with stories of being a teenager living at the Academy while Robin was Commandant of Cadets for 3 years. Robin taught her to drive on the Academy grounds and ride horses at the equestrian center. It was okay to date more than one cadet at a time because no one would dare do anything untoward with the Commandant's daughter.

General Ralph Eberhart was a senior Cadet Wing Commander when Robin took over. He told the famous incident of Robin's first meeting with the Cadet Corps. Robin had been directed to lose the handlebar mustache - his trademark as leader of the "Wolfpack."

On a given signal at the end of Robin's speech, 4000 cadets whipped out and donned black-paper handlebar mustaches and began stomping and shouting, Olds, Olds, OLDS !!! Robin rose to his full height, jaws clenched eyes blazing - then extended his long middle finger and flipped them all a big sweeping bird - with a huge grin on his face.

BGen Bob "Earthquake" Titus spoke of how Robin transformed the 8th Wing into the ' Wolfpack.' Where the : "Go get them, men" from the previous leadership was replaced by . . "FOLLOW ME !"

Deadwood were sent home, and tactics changed. Base services were available 24/7 to the men he was sending into combat 24/7. No more shutting off the hot water at midnight, or closing the bar.

He told of a pilot, I believe named Conway, who while gleefully celebrating a successful mission proceed to rearrange or destroy some of the O'Club furnishings. He was ordered to report to Col. Olds office at 0800 hours. He was there promptly. Robin however was dreading the chewing out he was going to have to administer for something he himself had been guilty of many times. He braced himself, put on his sternest visage and entered his office at 0815 to find Conway standing at attention.

Conway saluted smartly and said, "Sir, you're late." That cracked Robin up. The damage to the Club got paid somehow and another tale was added to the lore of Robin Olds.

Capt Jack McEncroe, USMC told of his close friendship with Robin living near in Steamboat Springs. 30 years of watching Robin's God-Awful backswing on the golf course, 30 years of skiing through the trees in fresh powder up to their knees, 30 years of listening to Robin telling the Cross-Eyed Bull story.

Verne Lundquist, Hall of Fame Sportscaster tried to demonstrate Robin's backswing, which featured a couple of contorted pauses on the way up, then a mighty downswing. On one occasion the ball carried to the green, bounced a couple of times and went into the cup.

"You just got a hole in one! It went into the cup!", shouted Verne. "Well, that's the point isn't it.", Said Robin.

When Robin was selected for induction into the College football Hall of Fame as an All American on offense and defense at West Point , he asked Verne, "Is this a big deal? Do I have to go?" Verne told him Yes, and he went and made a gracious acceptance speech.

On another occasion he and Robin were being harassed by some obnoxious guy who wanted to pick a fight with Robin. Robin stood up, squared his shoulders and said, "I've killed more people than you will ever know, for less reason than you are giving me right now! Now sit down and SHUT UP !

Verne told of another experience with Robin. They were touring Germany and stopped at a tavern where there were some pictures of Luftwaffe aircraft on the wall. When they asked the proprietor about them he said he had been a pilot, but had been shot down. He and Robin started comparing notes on location, time of day cloud formation, tactics, etc., and after several drinks they were convinced that indeed, it was Robin who had shot him down.

A few months later, Verne and Robin were watching some of Robin's gun camera film being shown on TV and Robin suddenly exclaimed, "That's the GUY !" As Verne said, "If it's not true, it should be."

When Robin's health started failing last February, his daughter Chris quit her job and moved to Steamboat to take care of her Dad. She took Robin on long drives through the mountains with a picnic lunch to share at some scenic spot.

Robin's granddaughter Jennifer told of her grandfather helping her as a young child, to set out a bowl of salad to feed Santa's reindeer. Sure enough, the next morning the salad was gone and reindeer tracks were in the snow all over the porch.

A long time later, she came across some wooden reindeer feet that Robin had carved to make those tracks.

Christina said that it was only in his last week or so that Robin started to get really tired. He still would tell those who called that he was just fine, just getting old. She was with him when he drifted off to sleep peacefully and after a few minutes, drew his last breath.

Chris orchestrated every detail of the funeral service, the flyby, the graveside service, of course with help from Robin's friends and splendid cooperation and coordination from the Academy Staff and the hotel where the reception and following Fighter Pilot Wake was held.

The flyby consisted of aircraft in trail at 30 second intervals. First a T-33, second another T-33, third a P-51 Mustang, fourth a Mig 17, fifth a flight of four F-16 from the CO ANG, and sixth a flight of four F-4's.

The F-4's, one from Tyndall and three from Holloman, are actually drones to be used in weapons testing. But for this occasion, they were flown by pilots and led by LtCol "ET" Murphy of Tyndall. "ET" is also a member of our "Aspenosium" group of active duty and retired fighter pilots who get together for skiing, partying and presentations by those involved in fighter development, weapons, and tactics.

The Missing Man formation was slightly modified for this special event. As the F-4's approached the cemetery in wingtip formation, "ET" was flying Lead as WOLF ONE [ Robin's Call Sign ] and initiated a sharp pull-up out of formation so WOLF ONE was heading straight up . . it flew vertically into a pin point.

It was spectacular and precisely executed, directly over Robin's grave site. One final note reinforces the fact that Christina is without a doubt her father's daughter. It involved the presentation of the flag to Robin's survivors : Susan, Chris and Jennifer.

The 1st flag was presented to the eldest, Susan. The 2nd to Jennifer, the youngest. The 3rd was destined for Chris. But she chose to direct her flag to be presented to Robin's comrade-in-arms. Col. J.B. Stone. This unselfish and completely unexpected act, deeply touched JB and all of us who understood the bond between these two men.

The kind of thing Robin would've done.

An additional fact about Gen Olds' first meeting with the cadets: Ed and all the cadet squadron commanders were on the stage behind Gen Olds. We were all sitting with our legs crossed the same way. At a signal from Ed we all crossed our legs the other way in unison. The cadet wing broke up. Gen Olds didn't know what had happened, but he knew we had done something. Without stopping his comments, he put both hands behind him and shot all of us the double bird. (Steve Borah)

In February, a few months before he passed, I was skiing at Steamboat and heard he was in the hospital there. I went to the hospital to visit him one evening. Susan and Chris were standing guard outside his room. They allowed me to go in (Robin and I shared many a libation in his later years) but told me he was sleeping and might not recognize me if he should awaken. I just stood by his bed for a few minutes. His eyes cracked open and he turned his head and gave me that eagle-eye stare for a second, then, in his normal gravely voice, "Eddie! Where did you bastards get all those mustaches!?" I knew right then he wasn't finished, yet. (Ed Leonard)

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Navy Goat visits Mitchell Hall in 1966

Photo taken in Mitchell Hall prior to the '66 Navy game. Left to right: Buzz Glade '68, Morgan Donahue '67, Dean Burbank '67. The three of us took the shuttle to Andrews and stole the goat from the Navy dairy farm. We planned to return it during half time but the lady keeping the goat thought it was sick and called the Academy and we had to return it early. Robin Olds said it was a damn good thing you got the goat or you would have been out of here. He tore up a big stack of form 10's, laughed and said good show! (Buzz Glade)

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Can you answer these questions?

1. What was first AFA team to win an NCAA championship.
2. What year was it won?
3. Where was it won?
4. Name as many team members as you can.
5. Who founded the team?
6. Was that person a Freshman, Soph, Jr, or Senior?


1. What was first AFA team to win an NCAA championship.
It was the bowling team. Note the question says first "team".
We probably had several individual NCAA champions, but we were the first TEAM. The trophy was about 4ft high and was the largest in the Arnold Hall trophy case at the time.

2. What year was it won? - 1968

3. Where was it won? - Chicago

4. Name as many team members as you can.
I have no idea - was hoping some others would remember

5. Who founded the team? - Greg Paquin

6. Was that person a Freshman, Soph, Jr, or Senior? - Freshman

What was the back story on this?

Greg was on a high school team which won the state championship. They rolled a 3 game total of 3,045 pins or and average of 203 per man for each of the fifteen total games. The pin total was higher than that of the Men's state championship that year!

When Greg was at Arnold Hall one weekend, bowling by himself, he asked the Sgt running the place how busy it was most days. The Sgt said the place was hardly used at all. So Greg put out the word and put together some squadron teams to form a league.

We learned that most of the colleges along the Rockies had bowling teams or clubs. So we joined in and competed on weekends. We won the Rocky Mountain Conference in 67 and again in 1968. And in 68 we were invited to compete in the NCAA finals.

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Aviation reflections from a '68 USAFA Grad

I have:

- something approaching 2 years of flying time (still not an awful lot by some standards)

-flown 55 types of aircraft and a couple of balloons

-flown bombers, fighters, transports, airliners, light airplanes, sailplanes, helicopters, trainers, some of the world's largest and the world's smallest

-flown with some of the best---test pilots, Mig killers and astronauts

-met Eddie Rickenbacker

-spent part of an afternoon chatting with Jimmy Doolittle

-had a beer with Chuck Yeager

-been flattered-to my utter amazement by A. Scott Crossfield

-650 hours of combat time

-been shot at I don't know how many times

-Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross

-made a few test pilot "firsts" and am a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots

-had my share of electric, hydraulic, and other system problems

-had 2 dozen engine failures/ flameouts albeit most were out of the engine envelop flameouts and subsequent restarts

-been in unplanned, powerless flight 4 times

-made 2 dead stick landings

-had 2 cockpit fires

-scared myself beyond any measure

-made classic aviation errors when I was so green I didn't even recognize them as classics, and later, with experience, made much more creative, near fatal errors

I am pretty good, was very good, but I don't know if anyone is that good, and certainly not me. I have been lucky.

I quit.

Maj. Gen. Edmund A. Rafalko, USAF (Ret) - 1924 - 2016

USAF Retired Maj. Gen. Edmund A. Rafalko, beloved husband and father of father of five, military leader and command pilot, accomplished athlete and sports enthusiast, devoted and loyal friend, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Church of the Incarnation at the University of Dallas, Dallas. Memorials: For those wishing to do so, donations may be made in memory of Edmund A Rafalko to the athletic departments of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (Army A Club) or the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (Falcon Pride Club). Edmund Anthony Rafalko was born in Stoughton, Mass., on Aug. 6, 1924. He was an athletic standout, valedictorian of his class in 1942 and inducted into the Stoughton High School Hall of Fame for Extraordinary Achievement in 1986. Edmund graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1945 where he lettered in baseball, basketball and football and was selected an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press and the Sporting News. He was the last surviving starter of the first national champion football team of 1944. Highlights of his military career include welcoming President Eisenhower to Spain in 1959. While serving as the fourth director of Athletics at the Air Force Academy beginning in 1963, he established annual schedules with Army and Navy beginning in 1965 and helped design the field house. In 1967 he assumed command of his original SAC unit, the 2nd Bombardment Wing at Barksdale AFB, and while there, absorbed the 379th Wing from Dow AFB, creating the first B-52 Super Wing. Beginning in 1969 he served as strategic wing vice commander flying B-52s and KC-135s from U-Tapao, Thailand, completing 127 bombing and refueling missions and earning his third Legion of Merit and six Air Medals. In 1971, as base commander of Wright-Patterson AFB, he welcomed President Nixon to dedicate the Air Force Museum and overcame anti-war efforts to close the base and to disrupt operations. As Ogden Air Logistics Commander at Hill AFB, primary missions were expanded to include the newly acquired F-16, in addition to 2,800 F-4 aircraft, 1,000 Minuteman and 54 Titan intercontinental ballistic missiles. During his time in Utah, he collaborated with Frederick I. Herzberg to develop quality and cost efficiency programs. Following a highly distinguished military career, Maj. Gen. Rafalko retired from the U.S. Air Force on Sept. 1, 1977, earning the Distinguished Service Medal. His decorations include Legion of Merit with two oakleaf clusters, and six Air Medals among many other honors. At retirement he had flown more than 7,000 hours of military flying as command pilot. He earned a master's of arts in international affairs from George Washington University in 1962. Maj. Gen. Rafalko joined E-Systems in Salt Lake City, Utah, and then moved to their corporate headquarters in Dallas, as strategic planning director until his retirement in 1987. Maj. Gen. Rafalko continued his avid support of the military and athletics and remained active through his involvement with many organizations. Among them are the Falcon Foundation at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, the Fort Worth Air Power Council, the Military Ball in Dallas, the selection committee for nominations to the three military academies on behalf of Congressman Dick Army of Texas, the Service Academy Golf Classic, the North Texas Association of West Point Graduates, the Air Force Association, the Order of Deadalians, the Aviation Heritage Association and the Executive Council of the Military History Center at the University of North Texas. Edmund remained an avid golfer until very recently, having shot below his age on three occasions, at ages 71, 84 and 86. Survivors: He is survived by his beloved wife of more than 63 years, Kathryn (Renee); children, Christine Marie, Celia Ann and her husband, J. Rick Sample, Madelene Louise and her husband, Sam Steele, Edmund Anthony Jr. and Marie Consuelo; grandchildren, Michelle Marie and her husband, Eric L. Olson, Christopher Lee Mayhall and his wife, Shonlee; and four great-grandchildren.

Published in Star-Telegram on Feb. 14, 2016

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