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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface 

Introduction:  The Academies, Their Students and Class Rank

1.  And The Last Shall Be First - John D. Crowley, Jr., USMA ‘42

2.  Poetic Patriarch - James H. Hayes, USMA ‘42 

3.  The Plebe Was A Combat Lieutenant - William B. DeGraf, USMA ‘50

4.  Perseverance - Frank J. Scolpino, USNA ‘53 

5.  Firsts, Plural - Carlisle A. H. Trost, USNA ‘53 

6.  Football To Fighter Pilot - Richard L. Olson, USNA ‘54 

7.  First First To Switch - George B. Parks, USNA ‘54

8.  Honest Leadership Knows No Rank - Frank C. Cosentino, USMA ‘66

9.  Seeking Opportunity - James E. Love, USAFA ’69

10. The Historic Sailor - Charles Todd Creekman, Jr., USNA ‘69

11. Public Service Continues - Charles R. Reed, USAFA ’70

12.  Negotiating Nukes and Nerds - Paul H. Nelson, USMA ‘71 

13.  Preacher’s Kid Walks in Heavens - David C. Leestma, USNA ‘71

14.  Growing Up To Be An Astronaut - Richard A. Searfoss, USAFA ‘78

15.  From GI to Guru - David A. Anstey, USMA ‘82

16.  A Grad Who Defied Labels - Karolen Kay Fahrni, USAFA ‘85 

17.  Life’s Zigs and Zag - Terrie McLaughlin-Galanti, USAFA ‘86 

18.  One of the Few and the Proud - Eric L. Kapitulik, USNA ‘95

19.  Whose Footsteps? - Kim Reed Campbell, USAFA ‘97

20.  The Marine Captain - Jeremy J. Graczyk, USNA ‘99

21.  Admissions, Athletes and Alumni 

Bibliography  

Acknowledegments 

Index