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Bulldog Battalion: Gonzaga's Military Science Department Marches on: 1946-1989

Case 6: Cold War 1946 – 1989

Case 6: Cold War 1946 – 1989

 

Following the end of World War II and the rise of the Soviet Union and the start of the Cold War, Gonzaga continued to have a Cadet program on campus.  Col. Earnest E. Tabscott was responsible for the first Reserved Officer’s Training Corp (ROTC) Program at Gonzaga.  In the fall of 1947, the ROTC program began to train and produce hundreds of the nation’s best officers that served in Korea, Vietnam, and other locations across the globe.  The Army changed significantly during this time period, but one constant remained the same: Gonzaga produced the nation’s best military leaders.    

Spires, 1948

Spires, 1948

“Gonzaga University Student Assembly, Army Day”, Program, April 5, 1949

“Gonzaga University Student Assembly, Army Day”, Program, April 5, 1949

President Harry S. Truman’s Visit to Gonzaga, May 11, 1950

President Harry S. Truman’s Visit to Gonzaga, May 11, 1950

On May 11, 1950, President Harry S. Truman visited Gonzaga to receive a Citation of Merit.  President Truman came to Spokane after attending the dedication of the Grand Coulee Dam.  A huge platform was placed on the quadrangle near the Administration Building facing the engineering building.  Over 4,000 spectators watched President Truman receive his Citation from President Francis Corkery, S.J. for his “moral stand in world affairs.”  Truman gave a ten minute speech and then presented the ROTC with its unit standard.  (See photo of Standard in Cubicle Display cases.  Original standard is located in the ROTC Department) 

Cadet Major J. Vaughn Keller, 1951

Cadet Major J. Vaughn Keller, 1951

Richard Lewis, photographer

Candidates for Military Ball, 1965

Candidates for Military Ball, 1965

Bottom Row (L to R): Marie Gadbois, Pat Colee, Judy Rose, Mary Beth McRae. Middle Row: Judy Winchel, Ann Stenerson, Kathi Cosgrove, Janie Pryor.  Top Row: Sue Ellinger, Janice Henderson

Obstacle Course, 1966 – 1967

Obstacle Course, 1966 – 1967           

Cadet Rexford R. Hyborney, Jr. Talks on the PRC/6 during Training at ROTC Summer Camp, Fr. Lewis, WA, June 17, 1968

 Cadet Rexford R. Hyborney, Jr. Talks on the PRC/6 during Training at ROTC Summer Camp, Fr. Lewis, WA, June 17, 1968

The PRC/6 was commonly referred to as a “Handy Talky”

Cadet Commissioning Day, 1970s

Cadet Commissioning Day, 1970s

Field Training, Ft. Lewis, 1970s

Field Training, Ft. Lewis, 1970s

Leader Reaction Course, Ft. Lewis, 1980s

Leader Reaction Course, Ft. Lewis, 1980s

Playing with a ROTC Exercise Ball, 1984

Playing with a ROTC Exercise Ball, 1984

M18A1 Claymore Training Antipersonnel Mine, late 1960s to present

M18A1 Claymore Training Antipersonnel Mine, late 1960s to present

 

Bressard and Beret Flash, 1970s to 1980s

 Bressard and Beret Flash, 1970s to 1980s

Worn by Ranger Platoon