SEC’Y: CAPT Dave Carruth, USN (Ret.)
| CLASS OF 1948 SHIPMATE COLUMN
NOVEMBER- DCEMBER - 2015
|The Class has 48 birthdays during Nov.-Dec. Four reach ‘92; twelve to ’91; sixteen to ’90 and sixteen more to ’89.
On July 30th I received an e-mail from Ann Jochum which included an article from an Indiana magazine with a picture. Ann wrote:
Scribe’s note: The picture was of insufficient quality to print herein; however, the short squib under the picture said:
Scribe’s note: on page 138 of the “B” Bag is a similar picture with the notation-A pretty WAVE shows Bill Evans (deceased) 5th Co. how to fly a link trainer.
I found this to be quite interesting so I asked my source of all SHIPMATE knowledge, Maria O’Shea, if she recalled this subject ever being in SHIPMATE, she said no but suggested that Jim Cheevers (Senior Curator at the Museum) might have some information on the first female teacher at the Academy. I sent Jim an email with all the info. I had and he responded:
Of course we could still quibble about the first woman teaching at USNA. On November 6, 1936, Professor Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) of Purdue University spoke to the first class, the Class of 1937, in Mahan Hall auditorium about her solo flight from Honolulu to Oakland. Superintendent, Rear Admiral David Foote Sellers, had justified inviting her to USNA because she was on the faculty of Purdue where she was teaching aviation. She arrived on November 6, dined in the Superintendent’s Quarters, spoke that evening in Mahan, and spent the night. The next day she and her husband attended the Navy versus Notre Dame football game in Baltimore and on Sunday they attended Chapel services before departing.
Scribe’s Note: Thank you Ann for sending me the item to begin with, Maria for your help, and Jim, once again you have demonstrated why we so much desire and look forward to having you speak to us at each of our reunions. Our 70th comes up in three more years and we hope you will be able to again give those of us who can still make it to Annapolis some more historical highlights. Thank you also for finding the picture in the “B” Bag.
A new and different subject, some of you will recall my comments about difficulty in getting emails through to Classmates. Gordon Ehrman 17th Co. and the Shipmate staff currently fall in this group. I cannot send mail via AOL to either of those addresses and must use gmail. Fortunately it works. Email to Chick Rauch 6th Co. recently started bouncing so I called him on the phone to determine if he had changed his address. I had a good conversation with Esther who told me Chick was in the wood shop doing his annual thing of making something to be auctioned off with the money going to one of their favorite causes. Scribe’s note: at the bottom of Chick’s autobiography in the 50 Year book you can get an idea of the kind of work I’m talking about. I also asked Esther to ask him to tell me what he found out that might help me with Ehrman’s problem. Chick came back with an email saying:
Scribe’s note: although it won’t help I appreciate the information and I’m glad to have you back in the distribution.
Since the last column I have learned of our loss of five Classmates and three wives. They are:
** A business note, after the last luncheon Charlie Mertz gave me the Treasurer’s report. As of 8/31/15 we have $7,387.34.
After the last column I asked for some inputs and Paul Riley 13th Co. responded with an item I liked so much I put it out on email so many of you will have read it; however, for those of you who didn’t get it I am repeating it here. Paul writes very well and I believe you will enjoy his story. Dave: I believe you asked us to report travel. Here goes:
Thanks Paul. I enjoyed reading it again and stand in awe of the fact that you and Evelyn are still that mobile.
On Fri. Sept. 11th we gathered at Army-Navy for a luncheon. The food and service were good; the company was better. We had seventeen Classmates, wives and widows augmented by two of the Rasmussen daughters and one of their husbands. Present were:
|Cab & Libby Davis|
Judy & Bob Flood 18th Co.
We are back in the major “holiday” season, Nov.-Dec. Betty and I pray that each of you had a Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving and that your Christmas, or equivalent, is family oriented and the best one ever.