Eastern Washington University ROTC Graduates: 1955 – 1959

Below are the graduates from the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) battalion from 1955 – 1959. This list is compiled from the records we were able to find here at the university.  To help make this list as accurate as possible we request that alumni send in any corrections or additions for this list via our contact page or by leaving a comment below.  Go Fighting Eags!

1959Campbell, Ron
1959Evans, JayeInfantryActive Duty
1959Johnson, StanEngineerActive Duty
1959Lilliangreen, PaulSignal CorpsArmy Reserve
1959Linton, James
1959Matheson, Kent
1959Palmer, DickMilitary PoliceActive Duty
1959Short, BobMilitary PoliceActive Duty
1959Sullivan, RonSignal CorpsArmy Reserve
1958Owens, DeanInfantryActive Duty
1958Sperber, RonMilitary PoliceActive Duty
1958Talkington, TomSignal CorpsActive Duty
1957Burkhart, RobertEngineerArmy Reserve
1957Dickerson, JonField ArtilleryActive Duty
1957Bowen, CarlMedical Service CorpsActive Duty
1957Burkhart, RobertEngineerArmy Reserve
1957Butts, RoyField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1957Clark, DennisSignal CorpsArmy Reserve
1957Dickerson, JonField ArtilleryActive Duty
1957Henry, DavidSignal CorpsArmy Reserve
1957Jefferis, RobertField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1957Johnson, AlvenField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1957Johnson, WayneInfantryArmy Reserve
1957O'Brien, ClaudeMilitary PoliceArmy Reserve
1957Sherwood, DanSignal CorpsActive Duty
1957Siegel, EugeneMilitary PoliceArmy Reserve
1957White, JamesInfantryArmy Reserve
1957Williams, RichardField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1957Wolford, RobertField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1956Bernd, RoySignal CorpsActive Duty
1956Braddock, DavidInfantryActive Duty
1956Garner, JohnInfantryArmy Reserve
1956Gower, JohnnyField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1956Hoagland, WilliamInfantryArmy Reserve
1956Kramer, KevinField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1956Laughbon, RichardQuartermasterActive Duty
1956Moos, HowardField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1956Wakefield, JerryField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1955Arlt, KennethField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1955Corkins, RobertField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1955Edwards, RichardInfantryActive Duty
1955Eylar, FrankArmorArmy Reserve
1955Hallett, DuncanOrdnanceArmy Reserve
1955Hoag, EarlSignal CorpsArmy Reserve
1955Uyeno, HowardField ArtilleryArmy Reserve
1955White, LouisInfantryArmy Reserves

Throwback Thursday: 1955 EWU Army ROTC Cadet Officers

Tomorrow, June 14th the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will be commissioning 12 new Second Lieutenants into the U.S. Army.  For this week’s Throwback Thursday, here is a look back at the Cadet officers from the 1955 EWU ROTC class which was the first to commission Second Lieutenants from EWU:

 From left to right: Claude O’Brien, Kevin Kramer, Roy Bernd, Frank Eylor, Eugene Siegel, Tom Hoag, John Gower, Robert Corkins, Ned Baxter, Howard Uyeno, Tony Williams, Dick Laughon, Roy Butts, David Braddock, Bill Hoagland, Dennis Clark, Wayne Johnson, Jerry Wakefield. 


Throwback Thursday: EWU ROTC’s Cadet Hall Back in 1958

Here is an old picture of Cadet Hall back in 1958:

Cadet Hall was constructed by the U.S. Army and first opened in 1956 which makes the building only 2 years old when this picture was taken.  Incredibly the building still looks very much the same today.

Due to the Computing and Engineering Building built next to Cadet Hall in 2006, the same perspective is not available to be taken today.  Besides the large building next door, Cadet Hall is now also surrounded by large pine trees and landscaping that was not there in 1958.

The stairs in the 1958 picture are also no longer there.  However, after all these years Cadet Hall is still where all Military Science classes are taught, the faculty offices, gym, supply room, and our indoor rifle range is located at.  Cadet Hall is aging gracefully and still proud to be the home to the EWU ROTC “Fighting Eagles” battalion.

Go ROTC!  Go Fighting Eags!

Eastern Washington University Celebrates Its 137th Anniversary

Today is the 137th anniversary of the opening of Eastern Washington University all the way back in 1882.  Back then a donation of $10,000 by Benjamin P. Cheney allowed the school to open its doors to 200 students.  At its opening the university was called the Benjamin P. Cheney Academy.  A few years later in 1889, the academy changed its name to the State Normal School at Cheney.  1889 was the same year that Washington received its statehood.  The college would go through a few more name changes over the years until 1977 when the state legislature officially named the campus Eastern Washington University.

Historical photo of the original Cheney campus.

Modern day Eastern Washington University Campus.

At its founding the university focused on education degrees for its initial 200 students.  Since then EWU has expanded to approximately 12,000 students with multiple colleges with over 100 fields of study.  One of the fields of study that students can pursue is Military Science.  The EWU Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program has been teaching students military science and commissioning officers into the Army for 67 of the university’s 132 years.  The future of the Fighting Eagles Battalion shines as bright as ever and will continue to be an important part of EWU history and developing leaders of character for service to our great Nation.