While locating and documenting CNC’s students of the first decade (the First Decaders), I have asked each about military service. I now have a list of 117who served in the 1960s or later--105 documented and 12 not yet located. To honor them for their service, this article names all 117 of our veterans and lists (where known) their military branches, overseas deployments, and ranks they held when they left service. Included also are photos of some of them during their military service and interesting facts and some of their memories.Part 1 of this article is a tribute to the 52 U.S. Army veterans, 23 of whom served in Vietnam and 2 in Germany.
Two were killed in action (KIA)-- Army Lieutenant Richard Duncan (Ric) Bahr and Marine Major John Patrick (Pat) Giguere,a Cobra pilot who escaped death in Vietnam only to be shot down in1983 in the Grenada Invasion. Ric Bahr (Warwick H. S. photo top R) is the subject of two essays by Wade Williams, located in our Website ARCHIVES under the sub tab YOUR MEMORIES. A 2-part tribute to Pat Giguere (USMC photo bottom R) is also in our website ARCHIVES under the sub tab FIRST DECADE HISTORY.
Identical twins Carlton and Claude Stanley both served in Vietnam. The photo left shows Carlton (L), who commanded an intelligence unit and Claude (R), who piloted Huey helicopters (photo right), used to transport troops to and from combat and armed for defense in case attacked. Carlton retired from the army as Colonel; Claude as Lt. Colonel. Photos sent by Claude.
To keep it from being a long and possibly monotonous reading experience, this alphabetized list is broken by photographs and texts.
CLAUDE AREHART Vietnam CAPT
BOB ARTMAN (Deceased) unknown
RICHARD D. BAHR (KIA) Vietnam 1st LT
JOHN BANE Vietnam CAPT
MIKE BEARD SPEC. 4
DAVE BESSOM SPEC. 5
JOHN BROCK SPEC. 5
CHARLES CARRITHERS SPEC. 5
DELIO (Jerry) COLONNA Vietnam CAPT
Jim Eyre (above left & middle), who sent these photos, was a First Lieutenant with the Mobile Riverine Force (right above) in the Mekong Delta. Of his time there he wrote: One experience in Vietnam especially remains vivid in my memory. We were on patrol, traveling a dirt road. Down the road, we spotted a small child with some bags piled on the road. Knowing that theViet Cong often used small children as booby traps, we sent a teamof men around our right flank. They came on a group of VC lying in ambush and soon scattered them. We found the child was indeedsitting on a booby trap. After carefully defusing the bomb and him, I interestingly interrogated him with the help of our interpreter. Aftersome amusing conversation, we returned him to his village. This event is something I have never forgotten because it was a memorable example of how cheaply life was valued in Vietnam.
BILL CRUTE 1st LT
PAUL Q. DARDEN SPEC. 4
BOB DAVIS Vietnam SGT
GERALD DesLAURIERS Vietnam LT COL
ROSS DORNEMAN Vietnam 1st LT
DELBERT O. EDINGTON unknown
JIM EYRE Vietnam 1st LT
BERT GIMM Germany 1st LT.
LESTER GOOD Vietnam unknown
RONALD GUYE unknown
Kenneth G. (Ken) Smithserved in the Army from July 1965 - July 1968. Trained as a stenographer, he was first at Fort Lee and then in Vietnam, where he served first with the First Cavalry Division, An Khe; Headquarters, U.S. Army Vietnam, Long Binh. He was in Long Binh during the 1968 Tet offensive. Next he was with Provisional Corps Vietnam, Phu Bai, where he first served as secretary to General Creighton Abrams and later prepared briefing files for General William Rosson. Ken sent his 1965 photo in dress uniform at Fort Jackson, S.C.
Ed Knight (deceased) joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School, Infantry, while completing his law degree at William and Mary in 1968. He was transferred to Judge Advocate General (JAG) in 1969 and served in Vietnam May 1970 - May 1971. The photo of him at his desk in Vietnam was sent by his widow, Carolyn Knight. Ed also served June 1971 - Jan. 1973 at Fort Monroe and afterwards served in the Army Reserve, retiring as Colonel in Feb. 1996. He received the Army Commendation Medal and other awards. He had a 20-year law career and 12 years as District Court Judge, plus 8 years on Hampton's City Council.
ALEXANDER M. HANGER III unknown
JAMES R. (JIM) HARRIS, Jr. Vietnam unknown
LARRY HERMAN (Deceased) Vietnam CAPT
THOMAS J. HIPPLE III SGT
BRIAN HUTCHENS unknown
STEVE KIGER Vietnam unknown
C. EDWARD KNIGHT III Vietnam COL
DON LAKE (Deceased) 2nd LT
RONALD LOWDER, SR. SPEC. 5
BILL MANN CAPT
Ronald Lowder, Sr. (left above) and Paul Darden (right) were both musicians before their Army service, so quite naturally they both served as musicians while in the Army. Ron was stationed at Fort Eustis 1966 - 1969 as a clarinetist, performing in both the Stage Band, which played popular music, and the Concert Band. Paul was stationed at Fort Monroe 1968 - 1971 as a percussionist, playing in the U.S. Continental Army Command Band. As civilians Ron and Paul played together in bands such as "The Sheepherders" and "Just Us." Paul later became a publisher (publications include Coastal Virginia magazine). Ron had a long career with the federal government, followed upon retirement with renewal of his music career. He and son Ron, Jr. co-own Lowder Sound & Academy of Rock Music, with locations in Newport News and Virginia Beach. Ron writes, records and performs music both alone and with several bands. He is an outstanding pianist and saxophonist--and also our website's webmaster. Photos courtesy of Ron and Paul.
WAYNE MARDIS unknown
MARILYN McCABE-PRIMEAU CAPT
LLOYD MERRITT Vietnam unknown
ROY PARRISH SPEC. 4
DON PETRINE Vietnam unknown
CURTISS PITTMAN SGT
RALPH RACIOPPI unknown
THOMAS W. REDMAN CW4
DEAN (CHIP) RHODY CAPT
ROMAN SCHENKKAN Vietnam SPEC. 5
DAVID SCOGGINS Germany SPEC. 5
Thomas W. (Tom) Redman (above L) served 35 years (1965 - Jan. 2005) active duty in Army Intelligence, mainly at TRADOC, Fort Monroe. He retired as Chief Warrant Office (CW4), then worked full time two years in Civil Service, followed by several more years part time. The photo he sent is of Tom at McDill Air Force Base in Tampa in 2003, at the CENTCOM Joint Intelligence Center.
David Scoggins (right) served in the Army from Sept. 1968 to Feb. 1972. His rank in the photo he sent was Corporal E4; he left the service as Specialist 5. The photo was taken by his wife, Julia, on Jan. 1972 in their off base apartment in the town of Herzogenaurach in Bavaria, Germany. David was stationed at Herzo Base, an Army Security agency field station.
KENNETH SINGLEY Vietnam LT. COL
PAUL SMELTZER LT. COL.
KENNETH G. SMITH Vietnam SPEC. 5
CARLTON STANLEY Vietnam COL.
CLAUDE STANLEY Vietnam LT. COL.
LOUIS TAPIA Vietnam CAPT
ALLEN C. (KIT) THOMAS: unknown
HAROLD WALKER Germany SPEC. 4
BOB WEATHERMAN Vietnam
SPEC. 4FAIRMOUNT (MONTE) WHITE, Jr. SPEC. 5
JOHN ZSOLDOS Vietnam unknown
The above photo of the FIRST VETERANS CLUB at CNC was printed in the 1968 Trident, p. 80, with no last names of the men. Jim Fronkier, who was the club's president, has identified all of the men as (clockwise from left) Tabe "Bud" Woolard (Secretary), Charles “Chuck” Bell, Jim Fronkier (President), Lynn Lindberg, Dan Clark, Charlie Sills, and foreground, Jim Walsh (Vice President).
Not yet locatedare the following:
Dan Clark (5th from L)
Charlie Sills (6th from L)
Jim Walsh (foreground)
Tabe "Bud" Woolard (1st on L)
Please contact me (email below; phone: 757-238-9629)if you can help locate any of these veterans. Thank you.
We welcome your FEEDBACK. Send to
Published November 9, 2018
This site is NOT affiliated with Christopher Newport University