Your Letters – Spring 2017

NORWICH PRIDE

My 50th class reunion exceeded all expectations. Not having visited Norwich for 20+ years, I was overwhelmed by the impressive improvements of the entire campus. Norwich is truly the “Queen of the Hills.” I was deeply moved by many experiences, but three events stand out as noteworthy.

First, I managed to visit with three senior cadets in Gerard Hall. I was invited into one of their rooms, and was impressed by their mature, intelligent, and respectful bearing.

Second, at Friday night’s 1819 Circle and Old Guard dinner, I was honored to sit with the family of 1LT Frank D’Amico ’64, who was KIA in Vietnam. Frank was my 1st sergeant when I was a rook. His name was inscribed on the Harmon Wall for this year’s ceremony.

Third, Friday afternoon’s Valor Ceremony in White Memorial Chapel was very touching and emotional: the color guard, the cadet playing the bagpipes (especially the rendition of “Amazing Grace”), and the reading of the honorees’ historical facts. The only words I have are, I am honored to be an alumnus of Norwich University.

Ray Bouchard ’66
Spring, Texas

As we know, over the years Norwich has produced many successful graduates in all walks of life, and if we did not have the Norwich Record mailed to us, we would most likely never know about them or their great accomplishments. All these graduates then and now give the rest of us the pride we have in ourselves being Norwich graduates, where we can see the scholastic improvements and the outstanding quality of its cadets and civilian students who now make up the student body.

It is nice for me and others to hear the words from many people whom we pass in our daily lives that see the Norwich logo on our hats, T-shirts or sweatshirts that make a point to stop and say, “You from Norwich? My [so-and-so] went there,” or “Norwich is a great school.” Naturally, we swell with pride, brag a little now and then, and, when we can, donate whatever we can to help.

By the way, thank you for my article you put in the winter Record. I am not sure how it got to you but I am flattered it did.

Victor Kim ’60
Pocasset, Massachusetts

CAUGHT RED-HANDED

You’re doing a great job with the Record! Nice to see the old school in the light you present. Here is a memory I’d like to share with your readers. In my freshman dorm, the guy who lived on the deck above mine needed some spray starch. (Our uniform shirts were cotton and had to be pressed.) As rooks we were confined to our rooms, so my roommate and I climbed out the window and down the brick façade. We bought a can of starch at the PX, tied it on a length of line, and sent it up to Harry Gardner. Our luck ran out climbing back in—our first sergeant saw us, and that was it. We both got a good tail-end chewing, and I ended up doing three tours. I wonder what happened to Harry? Does anyone know?

Andy Hamelin ’73
Derry, New Hampshire

Dick Schultz ’60 with NU students last spring. (Photo courtesy of Myrna Schultz.)

THE NORWICH FAMILY

After three admissions to various medical facilities covering almost 25 days, I have finally been released and am presently home recuperating. Home is the best medicine, especially since there was a chance I might not survive the surgery. But survive I did, and am now making slow but steady progress. Although several weeks out, one of my goals was to attend the Cape Cod sendoff on July 21, 2016. The “up” side of this experience is a wonderful Norwich Family story. As we know, there is no end to the network of the Norwich Family.

I believe I was at my second medical facility. I was wearing my heavy Norwich winter hoodie, when one of the nurses approached me and asked if I went to NU. When I replied in the affirmative, she told me her son was a rising junior on track to be commissioned into the USMC. She asked if I would be willing to meet with him the following afternoon. We met in the dayroom and I could not be more proud of this young man. He looked every inch the poster-boy for a cadet and future marine lieutenant.

This cadet asked if he could return the following afternoon with two more local cadets—rising seniors on track for a commission in the Army or Air Force. All three have attended a number of NU Club of Cape Cod student sendoffs. What a delightful visit. We told stories about our NU experiences and our rook buddies and lasting NU friends we have made and the reach of the Norwich Family. Of course the stories of the Great Class of 1960 get better each time they are told. To my great surprise, the three students presented me with a framed pictorial history of Norwich leaders.

Enclosed is a photo of the cadets: Patrick Kane, Samuel Burt, and Thomas Maciel.

Richard (“Dick”) Schultz ’60
Falmouth, Massachusetts

Editor’s note: Dick Schultz met his goal of attending the Cape Cod sendoff, and then passed away five weeks later. His presence will be missed at future Cape Cod events, as well as the annual Colby Military Writers’ Symposium.

TO PROFESSOR WALLACE

I spent 20 really good years in really good jobs, many of them in Europe in the USAF, retiring in 1998. I then did the dotcom thing for a while at a few start-ups (large incubator called CMGI), then Lucent until it crashed, followed by a stint at defense contractor General Dynamics. I then spent seven years working at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory running their flight-test program. I am now back with the government as an engineering manager, responsible for acquiring a new fleet of radar surveillance aircraft called JSTARS.

Even though you never knew it, you have been with me the whole time—not that I was ever anything special from an academic perspective—rather, from the perspective of hard work, commitment, and setting a standard, a never wavering standard. Many a quote of yours have I driven into the folks that worked for me over the years—hundreds and hundreds of engineers, actually probably thousands. Sayings like “Trust your judgment—if you think you don’t know what you are doing, you are probably right,” and “Gentlemen, now that you are working on your final exam, things always look darkest before they go completely black.” Things that to the untrained mind would seem really dark on their own, but in the context of life and of the difficulties of engineering they are amazing thoughts; they set a bar that takes true excellence and perseverance. Thank you, Professor Wallace. You set me on a path, my path in the professional world and my path in life, and I thank you for that.

David T. Genovese ’78
Marblehead, Massachusetts

COMMANDERS’ COINS

Does Norwich have such a coin as shown in the pic attached? This coin was left on the headstone of my cousin’s grandfather at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in Texas. His connection to Norwich? He served as PMS at Norwich in the early 1930s. If there is one, I want to get one. In the military world they are known as “Commanders’ Coins.”

Carl Holden ’70
New Port Richey, Florida

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