Carolina Military Academy
An Alumni Association
Special Documemt
The Cadet, May 1967
    CAROLINA MILITARY ACADEMY                                                                                                 MAXTON NORTH CAROLINA
NUMBER 5                                                                                                                                                                           May 1967
It is with a heavy heart, but utmost confidence that I see you, the 1967 graduates of Carolina Military Academy go out into a most demanding world. I look with pleasure on the days you spent here with me at CMA. I shall view with deep pride and satisfaction your accomplishments in the future. I hope the training you received here will be valuable as you go out to face the world. This is an age of uncertainty for young people and I, along with my faculty and staff, have tried to the best of my ability to prepare you for the lives you will be expected to lead in this complex society. As I personally rolled your diplomas, I asked God's blessings on each of you individually, so that you might continue to develop into men who can and will shape our world into an emblem of peace. -

We proudly dedicate this issue of THE CADET to you the members of the 1967 graduating class of Carolina Military Academy with the hope that it will in future years, help to keep memories of this happy experience alive in your hearts and minds.

The Editors


Thomas Michael Altobellis, Wilmington, North Carolina Joseph Ronald Anderson, Guilford College, North Carolina Joseph Stanley Armstrong, Charlotte, North Carolina Samuel Matthew Atkinson, Elkin, North Carolina 
Michael Hubert Baker, Kinston, North Carolina 
Paul David Beam, Charlotte, North Carolina 
William Franklin Boling, Asheboro, North Carolina 
Rupert Graham Creech, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
John Wesley Daniels, Wingate, North Carolina 
William Raymond Davis, Jr. , Wise, Virginia 
Lewis Howard Dorsett, Mt. Gilead, North Carolina 
Thomas Latham Eller, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina Thomas Michael Fulmer, Charleston, South Carolina 
Steven Douglas Gale, Columbus, Ohio
Wayne Keith George, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
Glenn Branson Haines, Beaumont, Texas
Richard Eugene Hansberry, Exton, Pennsylvania 
James Edward Hargrave, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
Gilbert Brown Heath, III, Lancaster, South Carolina 
Donald Corriston Hershberger, Butler, Pennsylvania 
John Murdoch Highsmith, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Robert Newton Hinson, Bennettsville, South Carolina James Allen Hiser, Columbus, Ohio
Gene Terrence Houston, Gloucester, Virginia 
Richard Homer Jackson, Charleston, South Carolina 
John Pierce Jeffreys, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
David Edwin Jenner, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
James Battle Johnson, Oak City, North Carolina 
John Gordon Kellogg, Jr. , Manteo, North Carolina 
Andrew Arthur Kubisa, II, Fishkill, New York 
Dewey Albert Land, Hickory, North Carolina 
Robert Adam Lowery, Alexandria, Virginia
David L. Martin, Arlington, Virginia
James P. Murphy, McColl, South Carolina
Harry Peachey Murray, III, Charlotte, North Carolina 
Samuel Papich, Silver Spring, Maryland
James Howard Peden, Wagram, North Carolina
George William Pfaff, Lakeland, Florida
Clarence Ernest Phillips, III, Lynchburg, South Carolina George Alexander Phillips, Greensboro, North Carolina Jack Lawrence Rachlin, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
William Frank Rawley, Jr. , Fayetteville, North Carolina 
John Cross Reid, Charlotte, North Carolina
Benjamin McCandlish Richey, Hartsville, South Carolina John F. Sanders, III, Greenville, South Carolina 
Francias Paul Scurry, Batesburg, South Carolina 
Richard Dean Snipes, Fayetteville, North Carolina 
Michael Lee Stevenson, Charlotte, North Carolina 
Roger Lee Webber, Fairfield, Ohio
Samuel Francis Woodley, Jr. , Decatur, Georgia


Fletcher Ruff Adams, Concord, North Carolina 
Robert Kenner Amos, Jr. , High Point, North Carolina 
Earl Marion Andrews, Jr. , Tallahassee, Florida 
William Benjamin Camlin, Riegelwood, North Carolina William Frances Casey, Altoona, Pennsylvania 
Robert Marvin Corbett, Hampton, Virginia
Edward Elmer Crabtree, Dunn, North Carolina 
Wayne Martin Fletcher, Drexel, North Carolina
Robert Carlisle Garrison, Jr. , Statesville, North Carolina John William Gore, Riegelwood, North Carolina 
Robert William Hamilton, Hookstown, Pennsylvania Charles Michael Hoover, Hickory, North Carolina 
Calvin Craig Jones, Four Oaks, North Carolina 
Thomas David Lumsden, Statesville, North Carolina Michael Martin Mackie, Granite Falls, North Carolina Michael Mott Mills, Statesville, North Carolina 
William James Mitchener, Edenton, North Carolina
John Everett Nobles, Jr. , Greenville, North Carolina Charles Cooper Padgett, Kings Mountain, North Carolina William Wallace Pittman, III, Havelock, North Carolina Michael Edward Reinhardt, Hickory, North Carolina Charles Dawson Ripple, Jr. , Whiteville, North Carolina Michael Vincent Stanbridge, Fayetteville, North Carolina Francis Gregory Stewart, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Edward Milton Summerlin, Tarboro, North Carolina 
James Lee Teeter, Hickory, North Carolina 
William Birdsall Thompson, Lexington, North Carolina John Benjamin Threatt, Durham, North Carolina 
Larry Hamilton Walker, Washington, North Carolina William Paul Wallace, Jr. , Wallace, South Carolina Charles Wallace Warrington, III, Kinston, North Carolina Donald Stephen White, Wilson, North Carolina 
Richard Wilfong Wilson, Newton, North Carolina 
Alan Keith Wise, Murfreesboro, North Carolina


CMA our inspiration
Wisdom shrine so dear Loyal sons in deep devotion Give thee praise sincere

On the field of contest playing 'neath the white and blue
or in pleasant halls of learning May our lives be true


Dear Old CMA we love thee Loud we praise thy name May thy sterling preparation Lead us on to fame.

The 1967 graduating exercises were held in the Maxton High School auditorium on Sunday, 4 June at 10 o'clock with Colonel Leslie C. Blankinship, presiding. He was assisted by Major Floyd E. James, Headmaster, and Colonel Harry D. Cook, Commandant of Cadets in presenting the diplomas to the eighty-one graduates.

The Honorable Robert B. Morgan of the North Carolina General Assembly and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of East Carolina College, addressed the graduates and their guests on the subject, "A Challenge For Young People to Succeed by Doing A Little More Than Others. " Others taking part in the impressive program were: The Carolina Military Academy Band under the leadership of Lieutenant Fred Ferguson, Jr. ; Reverend Peter B. Setzer of The Church of the Living Word who gave the Invocation and Devotional; and Cadet Sergeant James Hargrave, Valedictorian of the graduating class.

The band played "Pomp and Circumstance" by Edward Elgan for both the processional and the recessional. For the singing of "A Mighty Fortress", "Lead On 0 King Eternal" and the Alma Mater, Cadet Dickie Wilson accompanied at the piano. Marshalls were Cadets Jimmy Longano, Richard Schafer, David Shuttleworth, and George Karst. After the timely address by Senator Morgan (excerpts will be found elsewhere in this issue) the cadets were called upon the stage individually by Colonel Cook and awarded their diplomas by Dean James, giving their first salutes as graduates to Colonel Blankinship
At the close of the exercises, the graduates and the entire assemblage moved to the nearby Drill Field where the final dress parade and dismissal took place.

On Saturday evening, 3 June at 8 o'clock, the annual Awards Night took place in the auditorium of Maxton High School. At this time the salutatorians, Cadet Captain Robert Hinson and Cadet First Sergeant Clarence Phillips gave their addresses. Colonel Leslie
C. Blankinship, assisted by Major Floyd E. James, Captain Carlos Mercado, Captain Joseph Creech and Lieutenant Fred Ferguson presented the following awards: Valedictory Award- James Hargrave; Salutatory Award- Robert Hinson and Clarence Phillips; Sons of the American Revolution- Michael Brooks; Citizenship- Raymond Earp; Commandant's Award- John Reid; Highest Academic Averages (Senior)- James Hiser; (Junior)- Dickie Joyner; (Sophomore)- David Howerin; (Freshman) - Robert Mitschke; Reading (tie)- Edward Crabtree and David Browder; English I- Harrell Graham; English II- Thomas Fesperman; English III-_Mike Brooks and Eddie Beddingfield; English IV- James Hargrave; English V- Mike Mills; French I- Jimmy Longano; French II- Lance Joynes; Latin II- David Lopina; Spanish I- Mike Brooks, Dickie Joyner and Bob Mitschke; Spanish II- Will Shepherd; Algebra I- Harrell Graham; Algebra II- Sam Funderburke and James Johnson; Plane Geometry- Dickie Wilson; Solid Geometry- Mike Mills; Trigonometry- John Sanders and Mike Brooks; Biology- David Putnam; Advanced Biology- Bill Mitchener; Chemistry- Dickie Joyner; Physics- John Nobles; Senior Science- Wayne Fletcher; Health- Harrell Graham; World History- David Howerin; United States History- Dickie Joyner; Modern European History- Will Shepherd; English History- Bill Mitchener; Economics- Bill Mitchener; Consumer Economics- Terry Houston; Sociology- John Sanders; Geography- James Hiser; Typing- Clarence Phillips; Dramatics-Samuel Atkinson; Most Outstanding Band Student- Clarence Phillips; High Improvement in Band- Eddie McLeod; Outstanding Athlete (Senior High School)- Mike Mills; Outstanding Athlete (Junior High School)- Arthur Whitehill; Best Dramatic Performance of the Year (tie)- Dickie Wilson and Samuel Atkinson; Best All Around Cadet- Lance Joynes.


The following military awards were presented by Captain Carlos Mercado during the Field Day Program on Saturday morning: Captain of the Best Drilling Company- Robert Hinson; Best Military Bearing- Joseph Anderson; Manual of Arms Medal-Jimmy Longano; Platoon Leader of the Best Drilling Platoon- Joseph Anderson; Most Improved Cadet- Richard Schafer. The new (bmmander of Company A is Arthur Whitehill and Dickie Joyner is the new Commander of Band Company.

The traditional field day exercises, a colorful phase of graduation week, began at 8:30 A. M. with a parade by the Corps of Cadets in full dress uniform. The parade formed on the drill field and marched through downtown Maxton before returning to the drill field where the official presentation of the sponsors took place. This was followed by the review for the sponsors, the platoon drill demonstration and the company drill demonstration. The sponsors who were announced by Sergeant Wayne Benson were as follows: Misses Millie McIntyre, Jean McDougald, Mickey Chappelow, Elizabeth Franks, Debbie Jones, Mary Helen Moser, Carol Epting, Cheryl Williamson, Susan Tyndall, Mary H. Harris, and Mrs. E. W. Hershberger.


Following the presentation of awards on Saturday evening the Carolina Military Academy Band under the direction of Lieutenant Fred Ferguson, Jr. presented the annual spring concert. The program was as follows: Thundercrest by Eric Osterling; Appalachian Suite (Barbara Allen, Lollytoodum, Greensleeves) by John Kinyon; Rhumba Numbah by Richard W. Bowles; Mexican Overture (Pajarillo, Las Gauiotas, Cielito Lindo, Chiapanecas, La Cucaracha, Carmela, Jarabe Tapatio, Zacatecas) by Merle J. Isaac. The Instant Conductor (with Lt. David McGirt as the instant conductor) by Al Polhamus; Berkshire Hills by Howard E. Akers; Git On Board arranged by Paul Yoder; Tijuana Taxi by Eruan Coleman; Show Boy by Will Hugg. Thr student conductor was Clarence Phillips and the officers of the band are as follows: Vince Moseley- Drum Major; Mike Brooks- President; Dickie Joyner- Vice-President; Will Shepherd- Secretary; Ray Earp- Treasurer; Managers- Bobby Miller and Vince Moseley.


Colonel and Mrs. Blankinship entertained the cadets, their parents and friends at the traditional president's reception on Saturday afternoon with approximately two-hundred guests from twenty states calling between the appointed hours of four and five o'clock. Miss Jean Gainey invited guests into the Blankinship home which had been thrown ensuite for the occasion. They greeted their host and hostess in the living room before entering the dining room where Mrs. Alex McGill and Mrs. Neil Collins, Jr. alternated in pouring lime punch from a silver bowl arranged on one end of the refreshment table. Centering the table which was covered with an exquisite eloth of white hand drawn Brussels lace was an arrangement of white and yellow mums which reflected the pastel tones of the party sandwiches, cheese bits and decorated cakes. Assisting with entertainment throughout the home and on the patio were Mrs. Marion L. Moser, Mrs. W. J. Smith and Mrs. Joseph Creech.


At 5:30 on Saturday afternoon the cadets assembled on the parade field for the final retreat of the 1966-67 school year. Throughout the moving ceremony and until the final tones of Auld Lang Sync had died away, families and friends witnessed the precision and beauty of this, the final drill by the CMA Corps of Cadets.


At the beginning of commencement weekend at Carolina Military Academy, "The Cadet Players", the school drama group presented "Mr. Roberts", a play in two acts by Thomas Heggen and Joshua Logan. Directed by Lieutenant Jimmy Howell of the English Department, the play was presented through special arrangement with the Dramatist Play Service, New York City. This was an interesting and ambitious undertaking for the group which made every effort to give a first rate performance, even having a live goat listed among the cast of characters.
"Mr. Roberts" is a rowdy, realistic saga of a group of American sailors aboard a Na'v cargo vessel in the Pacific showing the crew suffering from that deadly boredom which is part of the routine of war. To the ship's company, the Skipper is "a cantankerous, small minded and smaller-souled mortal." Everybody aboard hated the Captain, including Mr. Roberts. Roberts had gone to war to fight. He hated being inactive almost as much as he hated the Captain. Roberts finally won a transfer to combat duty which cost him his life when he was hit by a suicide plane. The cast of characters was as follows: John Daniels, Bill Mitchener, Dickie Wilson, Graham Creech, Jimmy Longano, Sammy Atkinson, Bill Simmons, John Highsmith, David Fesperman, Tom Christy, Andy Kubisa, Ed Rawl, Ed Beddingfield, Sandy Sanders, Bobby Miller, Paul Scurry, Richard Hansberry, Tony Gaita, Jim Lawrence, Phil Lane, Libby Ann Cook, and the goat. The stage crew was: Phil Lane, Bill Simmons, Sandy Sanders, David Fesperman, John
Marvin, George Pfaff, Ed Rawl, and Paul Beam. Lights and curtains: Jim Lawrence and Mike Baker. Sound effects: Ian Truman and Dale Firebaugh. Prompters: Dickie Jackson and Phil Phillips. Ushers: Jim Hargrave and Gil Heath. Programs: Don Hershberger. Props: Andy Kubisa.

Excerpts from the 1967 Commencement Address by The Honorable Robert B. Morgan: Subject: A Challenge For Young People to Succeed By Doing Little More Than Others

"You graduates, along with the other young people of today have the power to change the world, to rid it forever of war and injustice and suffering, provided you know what to do and how to go about it. If you had the knowledge and wisdom that is gained from experience, or if adults had the enthusiasm and capacity of youth, many of the world's problems would be easily solved. When one is young, he has the power to do just about everything, but doesn't always know what to do. Then when one is old and observation and experience have taught him the answers, he is tired and frightened; he doesn't care; he wants to be left alone as long as he is safe; he doesn't have the capacity or will to grieve over someone else's wrongs or troubles." "You young people, with your abundance of knowledge and enthusiasm, temper your actions with the experience of your elders. We stand ready to assist you in the momentous task before you. "


Reverend Setzer based his devotional remarks to the graduates on Divine Love as shown in I Corinthians, Chapter 13.
Cadet Sergeant James Hargrave in his Valedictory address spoke to his fellow graduates on "Making the Right Decision For Your Life". .
"The sense of purpose which we call ambition is no mysterious gift. Many young people leave school as potential trail blazers, eagerly in quest of a trail to blaze. How are they to decide what way to go? Those who have profited to the fullest extent of their educational opportunity will find important and rewarding things. There are thousands of paths open to you which have never been trodden, and you can go ahead in the sure knowledge that you will become what you have it in you to become. "

The Salutatorians, Cadet Captain Robert Hinson and Cadet First Sergeant Clarence Phillips, gave timely talks on the theme "Tomorrow's Challenges. "

NOTE TO GRADUATES: Please keep THE CADET informed of your address so that you can receive news of CMA and of your fellow graduates.

Reprinted from the original supplied by Richard Dean Snipes CMA Cadet 1965/66/67