Howard Lewis in-country sometime in 1969, likely at Fire Support Base Crockett. (Photo courtesy of the Lewis Family Collection.)

Give ‘em Hell / Love, Me

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Letters from Vietnam, by the late LTC Howard C. Lewis ’66. In early January 1969, Howard C. Lewis ’66 arrived to his duty assignment just north of Saigon, Vietnam, and immediately began writing home. During his yearlong tour, he would send 180 letters back to the States, more... 

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More than 400 students, faculty, and administrators gather at the base of the flagpole during an impromptu public discourse concerning the situation in Vietnam and Cambodia, May 11, 1970.

A Hill Divided: The Flagpole Incident

Thursday, December 18, 2014

By Roger Kolakowski ’72 with NU Staff. “Norwich University yesterday became, it is believed, the first military college in the nation to become officially involved with the Cambodia-Vietnam issue. … It may be the first such action in military college history.” –... 

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Walter N. Levy ’63

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“The best that was in us,” By Jacque E. Day. On September 18, 1965, a young Marine officer named Philip Caputo picks up a buzzing EE-8 field telephone and begins taking a casualty report. He has been in-country for seven months, and the KIAs have escalated to the point that he... 

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Photo courtesy of William Bonk ’66.

Courage from the Heavens

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Dear Mom and Dad / The war has become very real.”  – CPT William Bonk ’66, 7/1 Air Cav, USA, in a letter home, April 2, 1968. As we developed this special issue of the Norwich Record, dedicated to our alumni who served in the Vietnam War, we interviewed many of you. Without... 

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GEN Colin L. Powell received two standing ovations—the first before he began speaking, and the second afterward—during his Veterans Day address to the Norwich community in Shapiro Field House as part of the Todd Lecture Series.

Getting to know GEN Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

“Right now you’re an infantry officer. Take care of those 40 people. If you learn how to do that, then you’re on your way somewhere. If you blow that, you’re not going anywhere.” – GEN Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) An Interview with the Former Secretary of State By Sean... 

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Leaders of the Pack

Norwich Class of 1964 at Homecoming, 2014.

The Class of 1964 Leads the Way at Homecoming. (Photo by Mark Collier.) One hundred and fifty-five members of the Class of 1964 returned to the Hill to celebrate their 50th class reunion and induction into the Old Guard. The Class of ’64 led this year’s reunion classes in attendance,... Read More


George L. Shelley III

George Shelley in Korea (Photo courtesy of George Shelley).

The Ultimate Utility Player. When Col George Shelley, USMCR (Ret.) wakes up every morning, the first thing he does is put on his dog tags. One is from Korea, the other from Vietnam. The shiny pieces of metal serve as a reminder—not so much of combat, which he saw plenty of—but rather of the times […]


Hoops and Hot Springs

The American basketball players with Costa Rican schoolchildren.

Cadets basketball players travel to Costa Rica. During the off-season, Norwich student-athletes typically hit the gyms, courts, fields, and rinks to keep up their stamina and sharpen their skills. But for two Cadets basketball players, this past summer’s conditioning routine featured an international aspect: In July, Aliah Curry ’15 and Kelsey Lotti ’15 traveled to […]




In the summer of 1969, Norwich University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding with alumni gatherings around the globe. One such celebration took place more than 8,000 miles from Northfield at the Tan Son Nhut* Air Base Officers Club in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City). As shown at right, eight members of the […]


Duane “Dewey” Martin ’67


A Crash In-Country. When I first joined the 1st Cav, we were required to be forward observers first before we did anything else. Because they had an overflow of forward observers at the time, they asked if I wanted to be an aerial observer. And that was a neat job because you weren’t in the […]

Peter Aliferis and his Signal Corps company, Saigon, 1970

Peter Aliferis ’68 (far left) takes command of his Signal Corps company, Saigon, 1970.