Class of 1968

Class of 1968

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Class of 1968 - Key Data

  • Appointed:1016 on Monday, June 29, 1964
  • Graduated:613 on Wednesday, June 5, 1968
  • Commissions:
  • USAF- 606
  • US Marine Corps-1
  • Foreign-1
  • Not commissioned-5
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • Was supposed to be Vice President Hubert Humphrey, but following Senator Robert Kennedy's death early on the morning of 5 June 1968, the Vice President cancelled and was replaced by Secretary of the Air Force Harold K. Brown.
  • Presented Commissions:
  • Gen John P. McConnell, Chief of Staff US Air Force
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • General John P. McConnell, Brig Gen Robert F. McDermott
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart (Fall 1967) and Carl L. McPherson (Spring 1968)
  • Scholarships:
  • Fulbright Scholar: Robert S. Staley II
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • Richard P. Ellis, (Pistol); Richard N. Starkey (Football); Terence J. Gruters (Cross Country); David P. Helgevold (Pistol); William H. Hoge (Pistol); Kenneth M. Stewart (Pistol); Donald A. Henderson (Wrestling); Donald F. Motz (Fencing); John F. Swanson (Fencing); Russell E. Voris, (Lacrosse); Academic All-Americans:Carl A. Janssen, Jr. (Football); Kenneth P. Zagzebski (Football)
  • Class Officers:
  • President: Philip J. Pignataro; Vice President: Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart; Secretary: Duncan B. "Blair" Stewart; Treasurer: Terence J. Gruters; Historian Duane F. Mrosla; Scribe: Tim Davidson

Class Motto: "Audacio Alisque", meaning "With Wings And Courage"

Contributions of Graduates:

Cadet Don Henderson wins the NCAA Wrestling Championship in the 145-pound division, making him the only national champion in the history of the USAFA wrestling program (1967).

Rowland Worrell receives the Valor Award from American Legion Aviators Post 743 (1971).

Richard Covey, Astronaut (1979).

Ralph Eberhart named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2010).

Thomas Taverney receives the General Bernard A. Schriever National Space Leadership Award (2014).

Charles Holland named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2016).

Tom Taverney inducted into the Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers Hall of Fame (2017).

Carl Janssen receives USAFA Distinguished Service Award (2018)