Please inform your readers that Harry L. Wachter ’56 passed away approximately 20 years ago.
We are moving to St. Petersburg, FL in July 2012. Our daughter, LtCol Nancy K. Fagan, re- tired after 20+ years in the Air Force and now works for the VA in St. Petersburg.
I was a Holloway Plan Ap- prentice Seaman, V-5, USNR at USC in 1946. We lived in Newkirk Hall on campus, wore Navy uniforms full time, marched to some events, did PE in the parking lot daily, and were not allowed to drive cars. That was nearly 60 years ago! The program died after one semester and I ended up back at USC in civilian attire with the Navy still paying the bills but no more room and board. Got my orders to Pensacola in October 1947, my Navy wings of gold in 1949 and then went off to fly with VP-28 and VP-22 in the Pacific. Returning to USC was put on hold by a little problem in Korea and a tour as a multi-engine flight instructor in Hutchinson, KS plus 3 years flying Su- per Constellations for MATS. I finally returned to Troy in 1958 for my junior and senior years. By then, I was a Navy Lieutenant with a wife, two kids and a house in Van Nuys. It was entertaining to be in class with a lot of straight out of high school freshmen. During that time, I visited the NROTC office in the PE Building every pay- day and did my flying out of NAS Los Alamitos. Left the campus with a BA in Business in 1959 and completed a memorable career flying airplanes for the Navy, retiring in 1975 as a Captain.
*Though CAPT Campbell is not a USC NROTC Alumnus, his involve- ment with the NROTC program qualifies him for an associate member- ship in our League.
Bob Benner and I are the remaining half of foursome roommates “Benner-Berhard- Borch & Burris” – exiled with the Drum and Bugle Corps to the “other” dorm whilst at USC NROTC 1942-45.
Served active duty in Norfolk, VA 1944 – 45. USNR 1945 – 47. Resigned Naval Reserve Commission at the request of the Navy, since I was then a Foreign Service Officer and the State Department would not release me. Served as Foreign Service Staff Officer until 1952. Chief, China Division of AID until 1955. Management consultant and bank executive 1955 – 2010. Now retired.
I was commissioned in Feb 1944. I returned to USC after the war and attended the College of Engineering. Graduated from USC in June 1948 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Please complete a [Donation / Dues Form], write your tax-deductible check and send it to the Treasurer, Ed Tannenbaum, via the NROTC Unit – Attention: Alumni League, at the address listed on the Form.
All NROTC Alumni League Members are invited to attend the Spring and Fall Board meetings as non-voting attendees. Reservations can be made with Paul Alwine: Home (949) 559-8659 / cell (949) 636-0603 or e-mail email@example.com.
How to Contact Us:
USC Naval ROTC Alumni League
Department of Naval Science
University of Southern California
3560 Watt Way,
PED Room 101
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0654
NROTC Office Phone Number: (213) 740-2663
Our NROTC Alumni League members are scattered all over the world and it is always fun trying to keep up with all your moves and changes. One way that we can keep up, is for you to complete the “Update my Information” section of the Return Slip of The LOG when you send in your tax deductible dues and contributions. Another way is to access the USC Alumni Association web site http://alumni.usc.edu/benefits/online.html to update your profile, e-mail or mailing address. Whenever you move, get promoted, change your email address, go online to the USC Alumni site and pop in the current info. We don’t want you to become LOST…
The USC NROTC Spring Ball was another Town Gown success this March, with representation from a wide spread of Trojan Naval generations: all the way back to 1945. Retired Captain Paul Alwine shakes hands as he awards SSgt Jade Hill a $1000 Alumni League Scholarship, watched on by 1945 Trojan NROTC Alumnus Robert Benner. Mr. Benner has become the namesake of the new Bob and Carol Benner Memorial Trophy competition, which is a comprehensive battalion competition between USC and UCLA.