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HONORING NAVY V-12 ALUMNI

It's a great day....October 24, 1998, for veterans of World War II-BUILDERS OF AMERICA. The enclosed material deals with the dedication of the United States Navy V-12/NROTC Memorial on the campus of the University of Louisville. A follow-up in U of L Magazine would be appreciated.

Frank R. Fultz V-12 '43/'44, '47A Wayne, Pennsylvania


Editor's Note:

It was a great day, honoring not only the famous V-12 Navy training unit, but also the 5,491 students and faculty who served in WWII. Of the men and women who served, 111 made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. The names Leopold, White, Otter, and Menges, all Navy heros, live on at the memorial. After the war, more than 500 officers would be trained in the U of L NROTC that grew from the V-12 program. An interesting event occurred the evening before the dedication. Our dedication speaker, Rear Admiral John F. Shipway, USN NROTC, '65S, '73G, after flying in from San Diego, decided to visit the memorial. As have many alums who can vouch for how the campus has changed over the years, he needed help in finding the memorial. Although the memorial was relatively new, U of L security guard Allen Fugate was able to take Admiral Shipway right to it. It's nice to know that, although it has been over 50 years, the V-12 program now takes a special place on campus as well as in the hearts, minds, and memories of three generations of U of L's community. A special tribute is owed to former head of the Alumni Association, Rodney Williams '65A, '68L, for his vision and dedication in making the memorial a reality.

MEMORIES OF 1969

In the fall of 1968, I began my senior year at U of L. I had gotten married that summer and, in the winter, my wife became pregnant. It was the happiest of my college years. I also retain warm memories of my dorm years-Stevenson Hall and Threlkeld Hall. In those days, Louisville offered little entertainment, so campus life provided the fun. My third and youngest daughter is a senior at Tufts University. To me, it has tremendous significance, because it is the end of a cycle. My eldest daughter, conceived in 1969, graduated from Northeastern University, is married, and a mother of two beautiful girls. So here I am, thirty years later and a grandfather, remembering U of L. Twenty years ago I visited the campus. It was very different from what it was when I left in 1969. I cannot imagine what is must be today. This summer, I celebrated my thirtieth wedding anniversary.

Joseph Peisach '69A
Bogota, Colombia

A 'FORMULA' FOR SPEED

I am a recent alumnus of the University of Louisville and a member of the first Formula SAE team. The team truly appreciates all the support it has received from the local community and is excited to see that U of L Magazine has published articles twice on the project. Each one of these articles lets at least one new person know about this project at the university and has led to multiple instances of corporate contact and support. I include the phone number that will allow any further inquires on the project to be directed to the current Formula SAE team: (502) 852-6340. Thank you for the repeated coverage of the Louisville Formula SAE project. It is certainly nice to see community interest growing after so many hours of hard work.

Derreck Keith '98S
Louisville, Kentucky