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The 1977 Galleon is sincerely dedicated to our commanding officer, Captain Kenneth G. Smith, USN. The Unit staff, the battalion,
and I want this issue to be a lasting tribute to the man that helped shape the careers of so many young naval officers.
As a graduating senior midshipmen, I had the personal pleasure of knowing Captain Smith for his entire three year tour. During that
time I have watched the Unit gain a nationawide, if not worldwide, reputation. Merely mention the fact that you are from
Vanderbilt while at Corpus or Little Creek and one hears "You guys are everywhere." When our teams compete at Auburn, Great
Lakes, Ole Miss, Tulane, or Georgia Tech, we are immediately recognized as the defending champions or leading contenders. This is
a direct result of the guidance and inspiration the Unit receives from Captain Smith. For example, who is the first to congratulate
winning teams and individuals, or offer words of encouragement to the defeated? The Captain. Who is always among the last to
leave Unit parties, field meets, sporting events, or beer busts? The Captain. This dedication has truly touched us all in some way.
Crowning Navy Queens, cooking hot dogs at picnics, or planning parades and drill schedules may not be as exciting as foul weather
flight ops, but Captain Smith has never lacked enthusiasm as Unit CO. He has stated on several occasions that this tour has been one
of the highlights of his 25 year career. His wife once told me the Captain said experiencing our energy and unlimited potential is as
memorable to him as commanding a squadron.
I can only wonder what thoughts will be occupying his mind on April 21st while reviewing the Battalion for the last time as its
Commanding Officer. We are about to embark on our Naval careers, and he is ending his. Captain Smith, we in turn say to you as
you have said to so many: "May you always have fair winds and following seas."
MlDN1!c Ray H. Gray Ill
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LIEUTENANT COLONEL HENRY L. SEARLE, USMC
Lieutenant Colonel Searle was commissioned in 1956 as a
Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation
from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Civil
Engineering. At the university he was a Scholarship NROTC
student. After attending the Basic School and earning his
wings, LT Searle served with VMA 121 in California, the Far
East, and aboard the USS TICONDEROGA, and USS CORAL
SEA. Following a tour with the First Marine Brigade at
Kaneohe, he earned the degree of Aeronautical Engineer at the
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. His
graduation in 1966 at Monterey was followed by a tour with
MAG 12 at Chu Lai, RVN from which he reported to Naval
Air Systems Command, Washington, D.C. as Engineering
Project Officer for Transport and Observation Aircraft. In
1970 and 1971 he served with the Military Assistance
Command, Vietnam in Saigon as an Operations Staff Officer.
From that tour he reported to Yuma, Arizona where he was
promoted to his present rank and where he served as Executive
Ofhcer and Commanding Officer of both VMT103 and
VMT102 and as Executive Officer of MCCRTG 10. He is
married to the former Barbara Louise Brown of Yakima,
Washington. They have two daughters and three sons, the
oldest, Sheldon, is an NROTC student at MIT, and Kathryn is
a member of the Unit at Vanderbilt.
CAPTAIN EMIL R BEDARD USMC
MARINE OFFICER INSTRUCTOR
Captain Bedard is of the "Work Hard - Play Hard" school of
Marines. His presence has enlivened, at various times and for
various reasons, such diverse events as the Fall Picnic, Mess
Night, and Thursday drill sessions. And if you don't like PT,
the Captain would be more than happy to help you learn to
love 3 mile runs.
CAPT Bedard was born in Crookston, Minnesota, and holds
a B.S. from Mayville iNorth Dakotai State College, and an
M.S. from the University of North Dakota. His record of
service is varied: upon completion of OCS and the Basic
School at Ouantico he spent a year in Vietnam as a Platoon
Commander, a Company XO, an Aide-de-Camp, and an Aerial
Observer. ln 1969 he returned to Quantico as a Platoon
Commander. He then spent 2 years l71-731 at Fort Huachuca,
Arizona serving as a Formal Schools Instructor. A student
again, the Captain completed the Advanced Infantry Course at
Fort Benning, Georgia, as well as the Airborne School and
Nuclear Weapons School. ln 1975 CAPT Bedard reported to
Okinawa for duty as Parachute Officer and Company
Commander in the 3rd Marine Division. He arrived at
Vanderbilt in 1976 and is Battalion Advisor, Drill Team and
Color Guard Advisor, Athletic Officer, and Unit football coach
in addition to his primary duties as MOI.
CAPT Bedard is married to the former Linda K. Deck of
Harvey, North Dakota. Their two sons are lason, aged 5, and
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