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Class of 1959


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Class of 1959 - Key Data

  • Appointed:306 on Monday, July 11, 1955
  • Graduated:207 on Wednesday, June 03, 1959
  • Commissions:
  • USAF-204
  • US Navy-1
  • US Marine Corps-1
  • Not commissioned-1
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • The Honorable James H. Douglas, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Presented Commissions:
  • General Thomas D. White, Chief of Staff, USAF
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • The Honorable James H. Douglas, Secretary of the Air Force
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • Robert D. Beckel (twice), Dean C. Wood (Spring); Herbert A. Adamson
  • Scholarships:
  • Rhodes Scholar: Bradley C. Hosmer; Olmsted Scholars: Richard B. Goetze, Jr., Wayne O. Jefferson, Jr., Edwin J. Montgomery,Jr., Walter E. Schmidt
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • Brock Strom (Football); Robert H. Siteman (Rifle)
  • Class Officers:
  • President: Joseph G. DeSantis; Vice-President: James W. Brown III; Secretary/Correspondent/Scribe: Edward H. "Ed" Josephson: Charles H. Meier, Jr.
Heraldry:

The First Graduating Class.

The Academy side of Class ring shows a traditional American Eagle and a Shield and, perhaps most importantly, the Prop and Wings symbol which was so much a part of USAAF and General Harmon's days as he visualized our school and what it could and should be. We're not sure what role the Prop and Wings plays at USAFA today, but for us it was the link between our class and those who created it.

The Class side a Falcon and the four-pointed star (the Polaris symbol) which carried forward to our yearbook. The number "1" placed in the center of the star for obvious reason. Polaris - the North Star - guidance and destination.

The idea was that the Academy side which 59 created would serve all succeeding classes. The Class side is individual to each class, but the use of the Polaris symbol originated with '59.