The following e-mail message was broadcast on June 22, 2018 by Dirk Mosis on behalf of Kevin Callahan:

Classmates, at Kevin’s request, I want to report the results of recent elections:

President: Dirk Mosis

Vice President: Tom Storch

Secretary: Jim Chapman

Treasurer: Chuck McKeone

At Large:

 Scott Krajnik

 Doug Rice

 Paul Ryan

Kevin thanks current officers for their service in the spirit of ‘non sibi’, and congratulates the new slate!

Non sibi, on behalf of Kevin,


ITEM 2 – Passing of a Classmate – June 17, 2018

The following e-mail was sent by Jim Murphy (1th Company): I am sorry to be the one to inform you that our classmate, my roommate, Fred Seebode, passed away this past Sunday, 6/17. We were in the 16th Co for graduation, 21st Co for plebe year. The services are scheduled for 1100 on Saturday, 25 August. They will take place at Our Lady of Grace Church, 15663 Norbeck Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20906.  Please share this with our classmates when you can.

ITEM 3 – The 73 Power Prayer Team Update – 21 June 2018

See the following link for details on the 73 Power Prayer Team.  The group will meet during the 45th Reunion  for another outstanding, faith based, non-denominational fellowship that is currently planned for 1300 – 1400 on Saturday Sep 1 at Mission BBQ on Dock St. E-mail for additional information.

The 73 Power Prayer Team – 21 June 2018

ITEM 4 – Major George Kerlek, USMC Inurnment and Memorial Service on June 18, 2018.

A memorial and inurnment and memorial service was performed at the USNA Columbarium on June 18, 2018.  See the following link.  USMC MAJ George Kerlek Jr – USNA Inurnment Service 18 June 2018

ITEM 4 – Fulbright Scholarship Awarded to John Bedker, USNA Class of 1973 Graduate

Date: 04/18/18 – The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Dr. John Bedker of Bluffton, South Carolina has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Belarus in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Dr. Bedker will lecture at the Belarusian State Economics University as part of a project to live, learn and share his training, and many experiences in leadership with students.

Dr. Bedker is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

ITEM 5 – Memorial Day Tribute to Craig Reynolds and Matt Minahan

The USS Midway Museum in San Diego will be hosting an opportunity to post tributes to our fallen heroes for Memorial Day. The Sea Dawgs posted our 7th Company Classmate Heroes, Craig Reynolds and Matt Minahan. Don’t know if other companies would be interested in something similar.

If you want to submit, you need to know your hero’s year of birth, year of death, Service, and rank; you need a photo; and you get 140 characters to say something about them. The wall is online until May 26, when it will also be on a physical wall at USS Midway Museum from 26 – 28.

Here’s the link.


We are in the middle of the 2018 Distinguished Graduate Award nomination cycle.Alumni Association Nomination Package Guidelines and the Class of 1973 Supplemental Guidelines are provided in the following links.

USNA DGA Nomination Packet Guidelines

1973 DGA Supplemental Guidance



The following information on VA Life Insurance Benefits was forwarded by Leif Hendrickson.  Some of us may benefit from these VA programs.


Regional Office and Insurance Center

Wissahickon Avenue and Manheim Street

P. O. Box 7208

Philadelphia, PA 19101

You are receiving this email as part of an outreach effort to familiarize Veterans with VA Life Insurance benefits. As a service-connected, disabled Veteran, you may find it difficult to obtain coverage through a private commercial life insurance company due to your health, or you may have to pay a high premium if you are able to get coverage. You have a limited time to apply for these benefits, so you should apply now before your eligibility expires.

Service-Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI)

S-DVI is a $10,000 life insurance policy for Veterans who have received a rating for a new VA service-connected disability within the last two years. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can be approved for this coverage regardless of your service-connected conditions. If you are unable to work due to your service-connected conditions, you may be eligible to obtain this insurance coverage without having to pay premiums, and you may also be eligible to apply for up to an additional $30,000 of coverage. To obtain more information about S-DVI go to:  To apply for S-DVI go to: Our records show that you received your new rating over 18 months ago, so your eligibility to apply for this coverage will expire soon.

Other VA Benefits

In addition to VA Insurance, you may also be eligible for other VA benefits due to your service-connected disabilities. You can view a summary of your VA benefits at

For more information on these benefits go to

For More Information On VA Life Insurance Benefits

For more information on VA Life Insurance benefits, go to