USNA 35th 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.




1967 Martin LB.jpg
John Martin
Class of 1967

LTJG, USN

Youngstown, Ohio

November 25, 1969 (24 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 172, Fixed Wing, USNA 35th Company






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Francis McKeone
Class of 1975

LTJG, USN

Newark, Delaware

December 11, 1977 (25 years old)

Operational loss, Patrol Squadron (VP) 11, Fixed Wing, USNA 35th Company


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David Sperling
Class of 1981

LTJG, USN

Pensacola, Florida

July 16, 1984 (26 years old)

Operational loss, Attack Squadron (VA) 115, Fixed Wing, USNA 35th Company


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Scott Zellem
Class of 1991

LCDR, USN

Indiana, Pennsylvania

August 10, 2004 (35 years old)

Operational loss, Sea Control Squadron (VS) 35, Fixed Wing, USNA 35th Company