“For five years we have been harping on the fact that Carolina Military Academy is a young school. Youth means the absence of a history or background; it is a catalogue of untapped resources; it relies on its own strength, culture and organization; it does not look back hut to the future. In every area of school life, curriculum, and activities we have attained heights that would make any school proud. Our contribution to student life and to the student body of a hundred colleges throughout the country is gratifying. Our first graduating class finished college last June with fine records. Our second will complete their baccalaureate degrees this June. At the same time we will be completing our sixth session. Our entire philosophy of admitting students has changed because now we can be more selective, demand more, and Colonel Blankinship continue the academic plan started six years ago. Our enrollment, at this date, is well on the way to replacing our graduating class. Our goal for June first is one hundred new students. With those returning for next year, this should fill our school.

                                                                                                       Colonel Leslie C. Blankinship


‘With the passing of another four weeks grading period and only two more to be completed before the final exams, I felt that now would be an opportune time to review the academic program as it has progressed during the year. At the beginning of the school year it was our intention and purpose to provide for each of our cadets an opportunity to develop good study habits and to use these habits to reach their potentials in their course of study. I feel that our intention and purpose have been fulfilled in most cases. In some cases, however, cadets have not taken advantage of the opportunities provided them, and therefore, have not obtained the goals which we had set for them. Unfortunately, some cadets have not taken full advantage of the study hours, which have been provided. Even though faculty officers supervise these study hours, a few of the cadets still manage to waste time and use this time for things other than study. These few have not yet assumed the responsibility of independent study and neither have they taken time to realize that without taking this responsibility they cannot succeed. The overall academic program has proven to be very successful and beneficial to the cadets. I have seen a steady improvement in the efforts and self-confidence of most of the cadets. These improvements have been reflected in their grades as they have continually improved over the past seven months. I have also noticed a sense of accomplishment and pride in these same cadets, which was not there at the beginning of the year. Believe that the majority of the credit for these improvements should go to the teachers of these young men. We have been, and are, fortunate to have dedicated, intelligent, and well-trained men on the faculty. Many of these young men have spent untold hours of their own time in giving extra help and counseling with these cadets in an effort to help them in their various endeavors. Time alone will tell what the impressions and influences that have been exerted by the teachers will have on the cadets in the future hut I feel that they will be worthwhile and significant. The cooperation the parents have given us in carrying forth our program has been most gratifying. I know that the parent’s hopes and aspirations for their suns are the same as ours and by working together toward one common goal, these hopes and aspirations can be obtained. These next two grading periods are of the utmost importance. They will determine whether some of the cadets will pass or fail. Rank in class is most important for all and will determine how successful this year has been. Let all of us be aware of this anti urge the cadets to make the heat possible use of the time that remains.”

                                                                                                        W. Don Mallard, Headmaster



“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the cadet leadership for the splendid work they are doing. these student leaders function in a responsible manner and have earned the respect of both the students and the staff. We have more cadets moving up in this system than ever before, which is a clear indication of the quality of young men making up our Corps of Cadets. Good student leadership has been in evidence throughout all of our activities, and its tremendous value to school organization was emphasized on the recent trip to New Orleans where our band made an excellent showing in the Mardi Gras parade. All students participating in this attraction were a credit to themselves, to their families, and to Carolina Military Academy. It was a pleasure for me to be with the group during this exciting experience. We are bolting forward to Federal Inspection on 9 April when our personal appearances and the condition of our dormitories, among other things, will be judged. We are also looking forward with great anticipation to the Military Ball, the social highlight of the year, on Saturday 30 March. Our schedule has been re—arranged with the following changes: Military Classes are held at 2 P. M. rather than 8 A. M. and the Academic Classes begin at 8 A. M. rather than at 9 A. 31. We have adjusted very well to this change in our daily schedule, and should have no difficulty in this area for the remainder of the school ear.

                                                                                                   Captain Calvert H. Humbert, Jr. , Commandant


Preparations have begun for the Annual Federal Inspection which will take place on 9 April 1968. The inspection party will consist of Lieutenant Colonel Stone, Major Medford, and Captain Brown. Lieutenant Colonel Stone is from the Plans and Operations Section of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for ROTC Headquarters, Third United States Army.  Major Medford and Captain Brown are from military institutes similar to Carolina Military Academy. The purpose of the Annual Federal Inspection is threefold:  to evaluate the efficiency of the unit and quality of ROTC training conducted, to determine whether the unit is accomplishing the objectives of the ,Junior ROTC program, and finally to determine whether the unit is qualified for designation of ‘Honor ROTC Unit’. The Military Training Program for the spring quarter will include Small llnit Tactics instruction, physical training, and a well—rounded intramural athletic program.

                                                                                                     Major Caries Mercado, Senior Army Instructor

NOTICE TO PATRONS: The telephones of the Companies are listed as follows:

A COMPANY- 844-9590
B COMPANY- 844-9904 or 844-9895
BAND COMPANY- 844-9503

When you wish to telephone your son, please place your call directly to him at his company. It is unnecessary and inconvenient to call a staff member in order to communicate with your son. Thank you for your cooperation.

NEW MILITARY DEPARTMENT STAFF MEMBER. Sergeant First Class 11-7 John M. Ellison, the most recent addition to the 3lilitary Department Staff has been with us since January. luring his seventeen years of military service, Sergeant Ellison has served in Korea, Alaska, Germany and Vietnam, having just retuned from Vietnam in December 1967. His assignments in the United States Include two tours at U. S. Army Training Centers where he served as Drill Sergeant for Basic Combat Trainees. Sergeant Ellison is a graduate of the 4th Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and the Army Drill Sergeant School. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal Fifth Award, Japan Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Korean Service Medal with Battle Star, Vietnam Service Medal with Battle Star, United Nations Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.

MARDI GRAS. The members of the Carolina Cadet Band brought another honor to Carolina Military Academy on 18 February by notably distinguishing themselves at the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. An invitation to participate in this festivity is a distinct honor, and for the cadet band to have performed in such an admirable fashion made those accompanying the group very proud of the band and of their director, Mr. William Malambri. Excitement and expectancy prevailed from the very beginning of the bus trip and continued throughout the two days spent in the interesting city of New Orleans. The Carolina Military Academy Band and Color Guard received recognition in three areas for their splendid performance: they were extended an invitation to march in the magnificent Rex Parade next year; they were given first position in the iiarade lineup serving as the official escort for General Mendellson, the parade marshal; and they received the only standing ovation from the reviewing stand. Throughout the entire trip people observing them seemed impressed with the cadets from Carolina Military Academy. Their general appearance and manner very readily distinguished them from many of the other groups attending the Mardi Gras. They were fortunate to receive recognition from Radio Station WWL and were shown on the television newscast of the parade. Members of the faculty and staff who accompanied the group to New Orleans were very proud of the cadets in respect to behavior, appearance and gooti manners in the restaurants and during their free time; but they were especially proud of their marvelous showing in the parade. The full dress uniform, gleaming instruments, precision of movement, in addition to their fine musical performance, is indeed a tribute to Bandmaster Malambri and to the school.


BASKETBALL:The Carolina Military Academy basketball team completed the year with a 14-13 record and runner-up spot in the newly formed Carolina Independent Schools Conference. The Cadets’ record within the conference was 6 wins and 2 defeats.  But losses were at the hands of Evans College of Concord.

BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The Cadets defeated Croft College of Greensboro 96-57 in the first round of the Carolina Independent Schools Conference. They were defeated by Evans College in the tournament finals 41 -28. The Cadets played a very slow and deliberate game with the half time score being Evans- 6, CMA-2.

HOWARD:Most Valuable Player, All Conference and All Tournament- Joe Howard, the Cadet’s pivot man from Greensboro North Carolina was voted the most valuable players award in the C. I. S. C. Tournament. Howard scorched the nets with 40 points in the first round game and added 9 markers in the finals for a total of 49 points in the first round game and was unanimously named as All-Conference and All-Tournament. Bobby Dail, 6’11”guard from Goldsboro, North Carolina was selected to the second team C.1.S.C. Tournament Team and honorable mention All-Conference. C.G. Arrington was also honorable mention .All-Conference.

BASEBALL: CMA will open the 1968 baseball season by traveling to Goldsboro On 16 March. The Cadets are coached by Charlie Stovall and H. L. Robinson.

TRACK:  Coach Joe Sernak’s thin clads will open the 1968 campaign against 71st High School at Fayetteville, NC

TENNIS:  The Cadet tennis team under the leadership of Coach Dave McGirt will compete in a 10 match schedule.

                                                     Tom Whiteley, Athletic Director

The handsome Patch Display in the main hall, representing twenty—five military schools throughout the United States has created much interest among the students and faculty. The colorful display matted in blue and arranged in a simple, black frame is an addition of special significance to that area of the administration building.


The Carolina Military Academy patrons of the Raleigh area were entertained at a coffee hour in the North hills Room of the Sheraton Sir Walter Hotel in Raleigh on Thursday evening. Colonel Blankinship was host to the occasion and Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Sigmon, Jr., parents of Cadet Billy Sigmon were in charge of the arrangements. A massive table arrangement of mums, Dutch Iris, and snapdragons in glorious spring colors added to the attractiveness of the reception room. Throughout the evening guests were served coffee and lemon tarts, and were invited to register in the “Patrons Guest Book’. This informal get-together gave to the parents of sons already enrolled at Carolina Military Academy an opportunity to get acquainted and to compare notes on the various phases of their sons’ development. Many points such as social activities, church attendance, and the Junior School curriculum were better understood after a question and answer period. This discussion, led by Colonel Blankinship, seemed of special interest to the parents whose sons are enrolled for next year. This very enjoyable and successful meeting of patrons is the first of many planned for other areas in order to continue the fine relationship which traditionally exists between the school and its patrons.

Mrs. Harry 0. Cook entertained members of the Carolina Military Academy Ladies Club at her home in Academy Acres on Tuesday evening. Mrs. Calvert H. Humbert, Jr. , vice-president, presided in the absence of the president, Mrs. W. Don Mallard. Topics relating to the various projects of the club were discussed and Mrs. Neil Collins, secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting. A beautifully appointed refreshment table held an assortment of sandwiches and cakes which the guests served themselves. Mrs. Cook and the co-hostess, Mrs. Humbert, pored Russian tea and coffee from the tea table.


A large group of cadets attended a fine performance by the United States Army Field Band recently in the Lumberton High School Auditorium. Because of the many miles that this group travels each year, they have been called ‘Kings of the Highway”. high lights of their tours have included performances at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Edinburgh Music Festival, the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, along with Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hollywood Bowl, the Hatch Shell Boston and Expo ‘67 in Montreal. It was a real treat for the cadets to attend this fine concert which was free and through the courtesy of the Lumberton Chamber of Commerce.


Spring Leave will begin at 8:00 A. M. on Wednesday 10 April and will end at 8:00 P. M.. on Sunday, 21 April.

The following are the names of the students listed on the current Honor Roll:

FIRST HONOR ROLL: Kerry Gilliland, Mike Brooks, Alfred Ellison

SECOND HONOR ROLL: Danny Martin, Terrence Littrell, William Turner, John Midgette, James I-lion, Joseph Roil, Will Shepherd, Lance Joynes, Robert Mitschke, Dexter Joyner, Robert White, Mike Kmafft, Gary Mullins, Thomas Christy, ‘l’ony Coats, Double Gainey, Charles Hager, Eddie Bawl, John Marvin, Peter Roussin, David Sanders, Harley Young, Gary Browder, Bruce Dearden, Robert Hail, Joseph Golden, Jeffrey Paige, Glen Warren, James Banks, David Rohrer, Langley Rudisell, Neil Stone, Edgar Beddingfield, David Smith, Keith Williams.

THIRD HONOR ROLL: Douglas Britt, Donald Cashwefl, David Putnam, Arthur Whitehill, Spencer Allshrook, Larry Hicks, James Gamble, William Simmons, Douglas Woltz, John Peterson, Richard Taylor, Bryan Hovey, Danial Bradshaw, Eric Abee, Ray Earo,
Walter Robinson, C. G. Arrington, Robert Farish, Gary Wetherington, Richartl Schafer, Ted Moore, David Fesperman, Kenneth Fakes, Jimmy Gackstetter, ,Julius Lee, Glenn Rose.


“PFC Frank Norris is with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. His CMA training has been a wonderful help to him.” A proud mother,

                                                                                                       (Mrs.) Frances B. Norris
                                                                                                       Florence, South Carolina

“I am now stationed in Vietnam. I will be here until my enlistment expires in August 1968, at which time I plan to finish my education. I hope CMA is keeping the high standards set by the 1966 class. Give everyone my regards.”

                                                                                                       L/Cpl. Dan Hegeman
                                                                                                       ‘M” Co. , 3rd ]3n. , 9th Marines,
                                                                                                       3rd Marine Division 
                                                                                                       FPO, San Francisco

“I have a particular affection for CMA and I believe that any young man that submits to the discipline and opportunity of a school like CMA will not regret it. The most significant development in my life is my decision to dedicate my life to the service of Christ. I hope your present Cadet Corps takes advantage of all opportunities to learn and Improve in mind and body.”

                                                                                                      Dan Henk
                                                                                                      The Citadel
                                                                                                      Charleston, South Carolina

“Every thanks goes to those ~± CMA who helped Michael, Jr. make the progress he achieved. He is still with the brokerage firm of Purcell Graham Company in New York City in the research department. Our best regards to all at CMA.”

                                                                                                      Michael Michnya, Sr.
                                                                                                      112 E. 237th Street
                                                                                                      Bronx, New York

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all you did for me at CMA. My work at CMA has proved to be the factor that has helped me to do well in college. I would certainly be in bad shape without going to your fine school. I feel like I developed into a man of character during my year at CMA. I thank you for this.”

                                                                                                       Turner Stimpson, Class of ‘66

A welcome visitor to our campus recently, was Robert Taylor, Class of ‘64 who has just been discharged from the United States Army. He served in the Medical Corps in Vietnam for one year. He plans to attend the School of Inhalation Therapy at the Duke University Medical Center.

Reprinted From The Original, Provided By William Sigmon, Cadet 1968/69

Carolina Military Academy
An Alumni Association
Special Documemt
The Cadet, March 1968
    CAROLINA MILITARY ACADEMY                                                                                                 MAXTON NORTH CAROLINA
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