Eight members of the Class of 1967 at the 150th anniversary celebration (bottom, l-r): Buzz Huber, Wes Searle, Pat Patterson, Jim Flahive and (top, l-r) Roy Conant, Dud Eckert, George Wisell, and Charley Holden.

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), where 32 Norwich alumni gathered for the event. – d.l.w.

Tan Son Nhut would be bombed by the North Vietnamese in 1975, two days before the fall of Saigon.*

(Courtesy of Bob Poirier ’66.)

(Courtesy of Bob Poirier ’66.)

*Que Luong, future wife of Willis Stoddard ’64, was working at Tan Son Nhut when the North Vietnamese began the 1975 assault on the base. “She was not allowed to leave the base by the South Vietnamese MPs, so she had no choice but to await her fate,” Stoddard writes. Read Que Luong Stoddard’s story, as told by her husband, in Your Letters, spring 2015.

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