USNA 23rd 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 this number has ranged from 8 in the late 1920s to 36 from the late 1940s to the late 1990s.

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.


1948 Jeffries LB.jpg
George Jeffries, Jr.
Class of 1948

LT, USN

Frostburg, Maryland

February 19, 1954 (28 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


1948 Rodgers LB.jpg
Ralph Rodgers
Class of 1948

LTJG, USN

Paoli, Pennsylvania

December 7, 1950 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company



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Richard Clinite
Class of 1949

LTJG, USN

Kirkwood, Missouri

May 13, 1953 (26 years old)

KIA, Korea, Fighter Squadron (VF) 153, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company




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Ronald Swanson
Class of 1952

ENS, USN

Lake Bronson, Minnesota

March 30, 1953 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


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Charles Troppman
Class of 1952

1LT, USAF

Wenatchee, Washington

March 9, 1955 (25 years old)

Operational loss, 84th Air Rescue Squadron, Helicopter, USNA 23rd Company


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Robert Gonano, Jr.
Class of 1953

1LT, USAF

Bluefield, West Virginia

August 17, 1955 (24 years old)

Operational loss, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


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Frankie Naylor
Class of 1953

LT, USN

Finger, Tennessee

October 2, 1957 (26 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 93, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


1954 Hess LB.jpg
David Hess
Class of 1954

CAPT, USMC

Spokane, Washington

April 28, 1961 (31 years old)

Operational loss, NAF China Lake, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


1954 Willis LB.jpg
James Willis, Jr.
Class of 1954

LT, USN

Milton, Massachusetts

September 25, 1961 (29 years old)

Operational loss, Family, Naval Air Test Center, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company




1959 Lawler LB.jpg
John Lawler
Class of 1959

LT, USN

Longview, Washington

August 13, 1964 (27 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 162, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company



1960 Williams LB.jpg
John Williams
Class of 1960

LTJG, USN

Ridgewood, New Jersey

December 27, 1962 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 14, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


1963 Burke LB.jpg
John Burke
Class of 1963

LT, USN

San Bernardino, California

May 22, 1968 (26 years old)

Operational loss, USS Scorpion (SSN 589), Submarine, USNA 23rd Company


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Daryl Summers
Class of 1964

LTJG, USN

Aberdeen, South Dakota

April 28, 1967 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Patrol Squadron (VP) 4, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company


1964 Gilbert LB.jpg
Galen Gilbert
Class of 1964

LTJG, USN

Tahlequah, Oklahoma

July 20, 1966 (23 years old)

Operational loss, Fighter Squadron (VF) 194, Fixed Wing, USNA 23rd Company





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Kevin Connors
Class of 1969

Civilian

Wollaston, Massachusetts

September 11, 2001 (55 years old)

9/11, Civilian, Terrorism, USNA 23rd Company
★ Though we honor his service and sacrifice on this website, he is not eligible for inclusion in Memorial Hall.

1969 Connors LB.jpg Kevin Connors
Class of 1969
Civilian
9/11, Civilian, Terrorism, USNA 23rd Company
★ Though we honor his service and sacrifice on this website, he is not eligible for inclusion in Memorial Hall.



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Ernest Greppin, III
Class of 1989

LTJG, USN

Westwood, Massachusetts

July 15, 1991 (24 years old)

Operational loss, SEAL, Parachute, USNA 23rd Company


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Edward O'Neill
Class of 1989

LT, USN

Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

January 10, 1994 (27 years old)

Operational loss, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 6, Helicopter, USNA 23rd Company



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Megan McClung
Class of 1995

MAJ, USMC

Mission Viejo, California

December 6, 2006 (34 years old)

Bronze Star, KIA, Global War on Terrorism, Iraq, Ground, USNA 23rd Company