USNA 19th Company

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall


The company is the most important unit in the Brigade of Midshipmen. Companies eat, sleep, study, drill, and compete together. Comprised of roughly 30-35 midshipmen from each of all four classes, they are led by 1/c Midshipmen. There are currently 30 companies in the Brigade, though there were 36 from the late 1940s through 1997 or 1998.

Some classes are in the same company for all four years; there is also "shotgunning" (all midshipmen in a class, usually following plebe year, are moved randomly to a different company) and "rifling" (again usually following plebe year, an entire group would move from one company to another). Even though many alumni were a part of more than one company during their four years at the Naval Academy, the list below is reflective of the company from which they graduated.


1943 Doane LB.jpg
Paul Doane
Class of 1943

LT, USN

Brockton, Massachusetts

October 3, 1944 (23 years old)

KIA, WWII, Pacific, USS Seawolf (SS 197), Fratricide, Submarine, USNA 19th Company


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Walter Nock, Jr.
Class of 1943

ENS, USN

Salisbury, Maryland

August 9, 1942 (22 years old)

KIA, WWII, Battle of Savo Island, Pacific, USS Astoria (CA 34), Ship, USNA 19th Company


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Harold Smith
Class of 1944

LT, USN

Baltimore, Maryland

May 13, 1946 (24 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Jo Humes
Class of 1945

LCDR, USN

Springfield, Massachusetts

April 12, 1956 (33 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 21, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company



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Howard Weigle
Class of 1946

LCDR, USN

New Castle, Pennsylvania

April 22, 1959 (37 years old)

Operational loss, Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 7, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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John Switzer
Class of 1947

LCDR, USN

Pensacola, Florida

November 22, 1959 (34 years old)

Operational loss, Family, Naval Air Test Center, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Frederick Sachse, Jr.
Class of 1947

LTJG, USN

San Diego, California

April 25, 1952 (29 years old)

Operational loss, Patrol Squadron (VP) 11, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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John Guild
Class of 1947

2LT, USMC

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

September 21, 1950 (25 years old)

Navy Cross, KIA, Korea, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, Ground, USNA 19th Company


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Donald Fantozzi
Class of 1947

LTJG, USN

Oak Park, Illinois

July 12, 1950 (26 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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William Rogers, Jr.
Class of 1948

ENS, USN

Boston, Massachusetts

January 10, 1949 (22 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company



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William Gooding, Jr.
Class of 1952

LTJG, USN

Columbia, South Carolina

August 28, 1956 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Jet Transition Training Unit, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Glenn Crawford
Class of 1953

LTJG, USN

Fallbrook, California

November 10, 1955 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 91, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Peter Krusi
Class of 1953

CDR, USN

Smithfield, Utah

November 3, 1967 (37 years old)

KIA, Vietnam, Heavy Attack Squadron (VAH) 8, MIA, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company




1954 Lambert LB.jpg
Walker Lambert
Class of 1954

LCDR, USN

Holly Grove, Arkansas

April 10, 1967 (36 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Louis Niederlander, Jr.
Class of 1954

LTJG, USN

Warren, Pennsylvania

February 21, 1956 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 83, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Robert Wilson
Class of 1954

LTJG, USN

New York City, New York

December 28, 1956 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Robert Biederman
Class of 1954

LT, USN

Hartford, Connecticut

April 10, 1963 (32 years old)

Operational loss, USS Thresher (SSN 593), Submarine, USNA 19th Company


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James Steele
Class of 1954

LT, USN

Springfield, Massachusetts

May 28, 1959 (28 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 62, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Charles Litzenberg
Class of 1955

LTJG, USN

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

July 31, 1957 (24 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 115, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Herbert Doby
Class of 1957

LTCOL, USAF

Oregon City, Oregon

February 4, 1967 (35 years old)

KIA, Vietnam, 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company



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John Peace, III
Class of 1957

CDR, USN

Northumberland, Pennsylvania

December 31, 1967 (32 years old)

KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 75, MIA, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Ernest Ehlers
Class of 1959

LCDR, USN

Pottsville, Pennsylvania

April 3, 1969 (33 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 35, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Badger Smith, III
Class of 1959

LTJG, USN

Washington, D.C.

January 12, 1962 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company



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Robert Bengston
Class of 1960

LTJG, USN

Newport, Rhode Island

May 14, 1963 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 91, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company




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Richard Tanger
Class of 1962

LTJG, USN

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

June 26, 1964 (23 years old)

Operational loss, Utility Squadron (VU) 10, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Alexander Palenscar, III
Class of 1963

LCDR, USN

New York City, New York

March 27, 1967 (25 years old)

KIA, Vietnam, Attack Squadron (VA) 112, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Frederick Trani
Class of 1963

LT, USN

Hyde Park, New York

September 26, 1968 (28 years old)

Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, KIA, Vietnam, HOFH19, SEAL, Ground, USNA 19th Company



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George Farrin
Class of 1963

LT, USN

Battle Creek, Michigan

May 22, 1968 (27 years old)

Operational loss, USS Scorpion (SSN 589), Submarine, USNA 19th Company




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Patrick Conroy
Class of 1977

LTJG, USN

Missouri City, Texas

April 17, 1980 (26 years old)

Operational loss, Patrol Squadron (VP) 50, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company


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Donald Woollett
Class of 1980

1LT, USMC

Walbridge, Ohio

October 23, 1983 (25 years old)

KIA, Lebanon, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Beruit Bombing, USNA 19th Company



1983 Gahn LB.jpg
Brian Gahn
Class of 1983

ENS, USN

Mamou, Louisiana

January 11, 1985 (26 years old)

Operational loss, Training Squadron (VT) 26, Fixed Wing, USNA 19th Company