USAF Academy Class of 1964 HistoryThis site was constructed in 2010 to collect and publish the histories and stories of the USAF Academy Class of 1964. Our first archive edition was completed on May 12, 2011.
The Greatest Class EverOn the 27th of June 1960, 750 of us got off the busses and were thrust onto a terrazzo filled with screaming upperclassmen. Our heads were shaved, our bodies stuffed into itchy baggy khakis, and our minds agonizing, "Oh my God, what did we ever get into?"
That first night the commandant, General Sullivan, addressed us, saying, "Look around you. You are the cream of the crop of America's youth, called to serve your nation, and don't you ever forget it."
And serve our nation we did, as a band of brothers. Of the 499 of us who graduated on the 3rd of June 1964, 82 have passed beyond, 44 of them in the line-of-duty, including 17 who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation in combat.
We certainly have much to be grateful for as a class. Tested in combat with two Air Force Crosses, dozens of Silver Stars and ten heroic POWs, we've become aces and test pilots, astronauts and Rhodes scholars, four-star generals and university professors, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, leaders in industry, commerce and politics, and even pastors and missionaries. Well done, '64!
Now that we're pretty far down the "back nine," let us be encouraged to continue to run the race that God has set before us in the good years we have left.
Kris Mineau, at the Memorial Service of our 45th Reunion, November, 2009
In 2010, Max James was elected as a 2010 USAFA Distinguished Graduate, bringing to five the number of Class of 1964 recipients of this award. That is an astounding 25% of these awards given out to date. Here is the list:
2001 - Mr. Harry J. Pearce, '64
This is one more piece of evidence that our class was the Best Class EVER.
[ The History Of Our Times ] We have lived in very interesting times.
[ Welcome to USAFA! ] Who can forget our first day at the Blue Zoo?
[ Graduation Day 1964 ] Our last day at USAFA
[ Cooperate and Graduate ] Spirit of the Class of 1964
Histories and stories are being collected and linked under a Contents page. Each person's stories are linked on their history page.
[ Index of Class of 1964 Histories ( and stories) ]
The index below is to just the stories. This list is generated each night at midnight Mountain time.
[ Index of Class of 1964 Stories ]
Class OfficersPresident: Rod Wells
Vice President: Jay Kelley
Secretary/Treasurer: Bob Thomas
Scribe: Bob Hovde
Historians : Matt Feiertag, Usto Schultz
History TeamHistorians : Matt Feiertag, Usto Schultz
Matt and Usto volunteered for a very undefined task with no manual to go by. They did a good job of keeping the history issue alive, reminding us at each reunion that we needed to do this. They organizing squadron reps, built an email list, and provided guidance on what to write. They found a good example done on paper, done by the Class of 1961. At a critical time in the online history campaign, Matt led by example by doing his history and story on line. Many read his example and followed his lead.
Webmaster: Al Larson
Al volunteered to be the electronic publisher of the class history. Kris Mineau encouraged Al to "Just do it," and provided the first story. Al created the history website and nagged the class to write their histories. Rod Wells sent out a letter encouraging the class to get the history done. Al McArtor led by example by doing a great history, and encouraging the class to get it done. Paul Kaminski and Lin Bothwell added their voices to encourage participation. Somehow the nagging worked. The 2011 Archive Edition has 306 histories and 279 stories. Over 60% of the class participated. Of those for whom we had good email addresses, 72% participated.
Editing assistants: Doug Jenkins, Jim Graham
Doug did the 80+ Gone But Not Forgotten pages, and helped many in his squadron and the class get their histories done, Jim helped his squadron reach 100% participation and helped input many other histories.
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