The Shield and Sword Newsletter - Online • August 2019

President’s Day Parade

Cadet Harry Nordyke, Deputy Corps Commander; MIDN Jacob Holl, LSU Corps Commander; Cadet Dallas Sampey, Incoming LSU Corps Commander; Lt Col Evan Scaggs, Commandant and Professor of Aerospace Studies; and President F. King Alexander Troop the Lines.

The Ole War Skule Senior Symposium Class of 2019-20, from left, front Cadet Landon Weeks, Cadet Jean-Pierre Thompson, Cadet Elena Bihlmeyer, Cadet Ashley Crespo, and Cadet Brandon Elsonshon; back, Cadet Jack Spriggs, Cadet Jacob Pikul, Cadet Nicholas Smith, Cadet Dallas Sampey, MIDN Phillip Mooney, Cadet Logan Lewis, and Cadet Steven Grant.

Closing Dinner – Attending the Cadets of the Ole War Skule Senior Symposium Class of 2018-19 closing dinner were, from left, John Milazzo, president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule; Mary Werner, vice chair, LSU Board of Supervisors; COL Jerry Juneau, past chair, Hall of Honor Committee; and CPT Dillon Mathies, team member of the Senior Symposium Selection Committee.

LSU paid tribute to its military heritage at the President’s Day Parade and Change of Command Ceremony on April 11 at the LSU War Memorial on the Parade Ground. Following the parade, America’s future military officers in the Corps of Cadets were honored for their accomplishments at the eighth annual Joint ROTC Awards Ceremony at the LSU Student Union. The LSU Corps of Cadets includes the Army and Air Force ROTC units at LSU and the Naval ROTC unit at Southern University. Photos by Ray Dry

Memorial Day Observance

During the Ceremony in Silence observance the wreath was placed by MIDN Samantha Jackson, left, and Cadet Jack Spriggs.

Members of the official party, from left, John W. Milazzo, Jr., president, Cadets of the Ole War Skule; MG Skip Philips, past president, Cadets of the Ole War Skule; Mary Werner, vice chair, LSU Board of Supervisors; Richard Lipsey, co-chair, LSU Military Excellence Campaign; and COL Joey Strickland, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, luncheon keynote speaker.

From left, Deputy Commandant and Professor of Military Science LTC Rian Carter, LSU; LSU Corps Commander C/COL Dallas Sampey; and Professor of Naval Science CAPT Dean Rawls, Southern University.

LSU honored its former students, faculty, and staff, as well as all veterans who have given their lives in service to their country on May 30, traditional Memorial Day. The noon ceremony at the LSU War Memorial included a wreath-laying ceremony, Taps, and a moment of silence. Col. Joey Strickland, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, gave the keynote speech at the luncheon following the event. Photos by Eddy Perez/LSU Strategic Communications

Brigadier General Vincent B. Barker, the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commanding General, gave the commissioning oath to 22 graduating cadets.

22 Cadets Commissioned at Spring Ceremony

Twenty-two graduates were recognized during the LSU Spring ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. Brigadier General Vincent B. Barker, the 377th Theater Sustainment Command Deputy Commanding General, was the guest speaker for the ceremony and gave the commissioning oath. Eight LSU graduates from the Army ROTC program, five graduates from the Navy ROTC program, including three Southern University graduates, and nine graduates from the Air Force ROTC program were commissioned. For more information, visit the website. Photo by Ray Dry

From left, 2 LT Maria Chavez, ENS Renée Hill, and 2 Lt Collean Hebert with Cadets of the Ole War Skule President John Milazzo and LSU President F. King Alexander.

Corps Achievement Awards

The Corps Achievement Award is presented each year by Cadets of the Ole War Skule to honor top graduates and newly commissioned officers in each branch of the service. Recognized this year were 2 LT Maria Chavez, Army; ENS Renée Hill, Navy; and 2 Lt Collean Hebert. Photos by Ray Dry

Whitney Earns Trailblazer Award

Cadets of the Ole War Skule member Tanya Whitney, of Sorrento, La., received a Trailblazer award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., in March. She was one of 15 women nationwide honored for their service in the military and in their communities after leaving the military.

A veteran of the U.S. Army and Louisiana National Guard, Whitney volunteers with several organizations supporting veterans, active military personnel, and their families. She has served as honor guard member at funerals for women veterans and gives educational presentations to schools, civic organizations, and other public groups on the service of women in the military and their impact on society.

Whitney is a member of Ole War Skule Senior Symposium interview team.

From left, Will Costello, Kimberly Williams Costello, Joe Williams, Janine Laborde Williams, Lucien “Luke” Laborde, Jr., Sonja Riner Laborde, Tori Laborde Wells, Cody Wells, Cindy Dybdahl, and Dave Dybdahl.

D-Day Remembered

The family of the late Lucien P. Laborde, Sr., attended the D-Day 75th Anniversary ceremonies at the American Cemetery in Normandy in his honor. “My dad landed as a captain in the 115th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, on Omaha Beach on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944,” writes Lucien “Luke” Laborde, Jr. The logo on the blue caps was his cattle brand – L29, and the photo was taken overlooking the sector where dad landed and came up the bluff.” Lucien Laborde was president of the LSU Alumni Federation (now Association) in 1964-65 and with his brother John P. Laborde co-chaired the LSU War Memorial Commission.

Memorabilia Donation

From left, standing, Dan Walsh, Beth Dawson, Harvey Schwartzberg, Ellen Brown, John Milazzo, and Whitney A. “Chuck” Langlois, Jr.; kneeling, Maria Dantoni and Antoinette Bethea.

Whitney Antoine Langlois, Sr., wrote this check on the back of a Campbell Soup label to purchase food while in a Japanese prison camp.

Dawson’s father, Whitney Antoine Langlois, Sr., wrote a check for $200 on the back of a Campbell Soup label while a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II to purchase four very small bowls of rice to share with his fellow prisoners. After several months moving through mail channels, the check finally reached the Bank of New Roads, whereupon the bank president, Lamartine Bouanchaud, called the family to notify them he had the check. He also told them that Langlois did not have any money in his account. The family told him they would cover the amount of the check, and, having received the news about the check, they knew that he was still alive.

Also present at the donation were Ellen Brown, curator, and John Milazzo, president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule. Photos by Ray Dry

Last Doolittle Raider Dies

Retired Lt. Col. Dick Cole, the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who rallied the nation’s spirit during the darkest days of World War II, passed away in April. Visit the website.

For Your Viewing Pleasure

Marc Goldstein, president of Creative Video Productions in Baton Rouge, shares two short documentaries with Shield & Sword readers.
Visit “BATTERY” at and "Heroes of Harding Field" at Thanks, Marc!

Cadets Celestial

Neil Paul Brechtel, Feb. 9, 2019, New Castle, Del.

Colonel George Guidry, Jr, a 2001 Hall of Honor Inductee, June 6, 2019, Plaquemine, La.

Colonel Walter Raymond “Walt” Hays, Feb. 26, 2019, St. Amant, La.

Denver Loupe, Charter Member of Cadets of the Ole War Skule and 2007 Military Hall of Honor Inductee, July 8, 2019, Baton Rouge, La.

Merritt Eleing McDonald, Sr., April 2019, Baton Rouge, La.

Colonel Michael B. Stupka, May 26, 2019, Bogalusa, La.

Calendar of Events - Fall 2019

Orientation for The Corps

Friday, Aug. 23

Coastal Studies Bldg.

Welcome Back

Thursday, Sept. 5

Military Science Bldg.

LSU Salutes Registration

Thursday Nov. 21-Friday Nov. 22

Faculty Club

Commandant’s Luncheon

Friday Nov. 22

LSU Union

Annual Meeting

Friday Nov. 22

LSU Union

President’s Reception/Dinner

Friday Nov. 22

LSU Faculty Club

LSU Salutes Annual Assembly

Saturday, Nov. 23

LSU War Memorial

LSU Salutes LSU vs. Arkansas

Saturday, Nov. 23

Tiger Stadium


Thursday, Dec. 19


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