From the USNA Class of 1969 Foundation:
Fellow USNA grads/Alumni Chapter Officers, D-Day, 6 June 1944, was a pivotal point in the Allies effort to defeat Hitler’s forces and end WWII in Europe. While the landing and push inland was an Army operation, it took the combined effort of thousands of Navy men to put the troops and supplies on the beach. Over 250 ships, plus almost 5,000 landing craft took part in the operation. Many of the ships were commanded by USNA graduates, including three destroyer skippers who received the Silver Star for their heroic efforts that literally saved the day on Omaha Beach. The Shipmate article has an accompanying picture of eight USNA ’69 classmates pointing to a blank spot on the wall of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA where there should be a plaque recognizing the significant participation of Naval Academy graduates in D-Day operations. Next to the blank spot are plaques honoring West Point, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech alumni. The National D-Day Memorial is located in Bedford, VA because our small community lost more men per capita on the beaches of Normandy than any other community in the US. I live just three miles from the D-Day Memorial, and have been a supported for over 20 years. Please visit www.dday.org to learn more about the Memorial, and if you would like to tour the Memorial as a guest, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need your help in raising $25,000 to fund the casting and mounting of a USNA plaque, and to provide for it’s perpetual care. Our goal is to raise the money by 31 Dec 2018, and to have the plaque unveiled and dedicated on 6 June 2019, the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
The USNA Alumni Association has declined to take part in this fundraising effort for now, so the class of 1969 Board of Directors has taken the lead in creating the USNA Alumni Memorial Fund (AMF) under our class Foundation, which you can support by sending your tax-deductible contributions to:
USNA Class of 1969 Foundation
c/o DR Steve Hudock
6006 Woodlake Lane
Alexandria, VA 22315
Please make your check out to the USNA Class of 1969 Foundation and on the memo line write “AMF-USNA D-Day Memorial Plaque”. If you provide an email address with your check, you will receive an email receipt for your tax records. To date members of the class of 1969 have donated over $7,000 to this effort.
Thanks for your financial support of this worthy endeavor.
Roger H. Henderson ‘69
Chairman, ’69 AMF DDay
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