Leave a Lasting Legacy
2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend
The 2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend will be Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5! Hope to see you all there!
Help Build Tomorrow’s Leaders
Now more than ever, our country needs young men of women of character. At this moment, young cadets are being forged into the next generation of leaders—just like you were, many years ago. In fact, it is your legacy that drives them, the example of those who have graduated and gone onto become great men and women of character.
The support of alumni like you is what makes it possible for tomorrow’s leaders to graduate from Valley Forge today.
We at Valley Forge are more committed than ever to forging futures of success. But we can’t do it without you.
The Valley Forge Alumni Association
For years, our alumni have maintained their legacy through the Valley Forge Alumni Association. They connect with other alumni, who know and share the same values they learned as cadets, and they work together to give back to the next generations.
Join the Alumni Association today and stay connected with former cadets like yourself, and ensure the Valley Forge legacy endures.
Share Your Story
We would love to hear your story, about how Valley Forge has shaped your life and career. Contact us to share your story.
Become an alumni ambassador and help families and future cadets catch a vision for the prestigious education and inspiring future available at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.
Are you coming to the 2019 Alumni weekend? Register here for more information and updates as they come. We hope to see you May 3 through May 5!
The Director of Alumni Relations publishes a monthly newsletter with updates that include upcoming alumni events on and off post, alumni updates and other pertinent information. Be sure to check back periodically for new information and newsletters.
Chairman’s and President’s Message
Dear Alumni of the Long Line of Gray,
The Alumni Association is an organization representing ALL of Valley Forge Military Academy and College’s alumni. Our mission is to sustain life-long esprit de corps within the alumni body and to provide assistance to the school and its cadets. In addition we are very interested in supporting the customs and traditions that we learned as cadets, recognizing that for each generation they may have evolved. Nonetheless, there is a common bond between the brothers (and now sisters) of The Forge that is unique and has contributed greatly to our successes in life.
Our Founder, LTG Milton G. Baker established VFMAC to nurture, train and produce the highest quality of leaders this country and world have known. Time and again the training and discipline that he instilled with the Five Cornerstones has paid off handsomely. Our fellow graduates have demonstrated their leadership prowess with success in business, the military, and in the professional world. We can boast an extraordinarily high percentage of entrepreneurs and business owners.
Today’s alumni are the ‘tip of the spear’ in helping the next generation of cadets to grow, prosper, and exceed as LTG Baker would have expected. Our course in not to hold firm, but to continue building upon the school’s success to ensure the next generation of leaders are trained in the same Five Cornerstones.
For your continuing efforts and support we want to thank you! There is more to do so get involved, come to a function(s), meet the cadets and remember that your involvement makes a world of difference.
- “The Forge Fund.” The Forge Fund provides crucial support to the school to meet the education, scholarship, and operational needs for today’s cadets. It supports facilities and building maintenance, science and technology upgrades and innovations, extracurricular programs, and athletics. When you designate your generous contribution to The Forge Fund you are affecting all aspects of The Forge.Members of the Society of the Golden Sword ($1,000 or more annually) are invited to an annual reception and other exclusive events throughout the year.
- Alumni businesses support scholarships: A unique program in the Pennsylvania Tax Code encourages companies to support scholarships for financially deserving K-12 students through generous tax credits. Through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs, companies are providing life-changing scholarships to today’s Cadets. These scholarships are 100% need-based, and have enabled dozens of young men to benefit from the structure, discipline, and values that are instilled through Valley Forge’s exceptional educational programs.
- Targeted Contributions: We have many gifts that are designated for specific purposes. You may direct your gift to such places as The Band, E Battery, D Troop, the May H. Baker Memorial Library, the Athletic Department or any other part of the school that you desire. You may even designate your giving directly to the Alumni Association to help support those activities.
Additionally, your Alumni Association supports a series of events including, but not limited to: Annual Stars Dinner, Officers Dining-In, TAC Dinner, and other cadet appreciation events. Your financial contribution and participation is always welcome and much appreciated.
In closing, your passion, commitment, and leadership are very much appreciated. We encourage you to come and participate in our quest for success. Your input is greatly sought after and we need you to help by being a member of our Forge Way, Homecoming, and Museum Committees. Your participation and interactions with our cadets is wonderful for them as well as for you.
To get involved and make a difference please contact Tom Goldblum ’69, ’71C, Director of Alumni Relations, at 610-989-1329 or email at TGoldblum@vfmac.edu.
Joseph Bartasius, COL USA (Ret.) ’81, ’83C
Chairman of the VFMAC Alumni Board of Directors
Roque Schipilliti, Jr. ’06
President, VFMAC Alumni Association
“…for those who gave their lives for the right to be called Americans…”
Book of Remembrance
|Frederick L. Beerman, Jr., USAAC, WWII||Ernest Halton, USA, WWII||Thomas J. Foley, Jr., USA, WWII|
|P. Mortimer Lewis, III, USAAC, WWII||Joseph P. Prendergast, Jr., USA, WWII||Joseph L. Henry, Jr., USN, WWII|
|John Rahter, Jr., USA, WWII||Charles C. Huff, II, USA, WWII|
|Howard M. Rothman, USAAC, WWII||James E. Mather, USAAC, WWII|
|John O. Boland, USA, WWII||Clayton R. Blessing, USAAC, WWII||Martin H. Cortwright, USA, WWII|
|Richard S. Patzowsky, USMM, WWII||George W. Elliott, Jr., USA, WWII||Morton T. French, USAAC, WWII|
|Egil H. Relling, USA, WWII||Walter R. Romney, USAAC, WWII||John D. McCloskey, USAAC, WWII|
|Frank W. Van Loon, USAAC, WWII||Carl U. Sautter, USAAC, WWII||Howard F. Porter, USAAC, WWII|
|Lewis P. Wells, Jr., USAAC, WWII|
|Lester M. Block, USA, WWII||Wilmurt A. Bennett, Jr., USN, WWII||Donald W. Campbell, USA, Korea|
|Ernest M. Elkin, Jr., USAAC, WWII||David Edmonds, USAAC, WWII||Robert C. Haas, USAAC, WWII|
|Thomas Q. Slattery, USMC, WWII||John F. Kiely, USA, WWII||Owen M. Maxwell, USA, WWII|
|Eric Fisher Wood, USA, WWII||Clarence J. Kuncl, USA, WWII||Paul C. McNiel, USN, Guantanamo Bay|
|John E. Young, USAAC, WWII||Robert Morris, VII, USAAC, WWII||Joseph F. Meyers, USAAC, WWII|
|Joseph D. Stone, Jr., USA, WWII||Ross E. Powell, USA, WWII|
|Clifton W. Strunk, USAAC, WWII||Ralph V. Shaffer, USA, WWII|
|Wayne T. Swanbery, USAAC, WWII||Malcolm A. Schweiker, USA, WWII|
|William C. Lentz, USN, WWII||Frank E. Bloomenshine, USA, Korea||Martin S. Drobner, USA, WWII|
|Theodore M. Maloney, USAAC, WWII||George F. Carey, USAAC, WWII||John W. Campbell, USA, WWII|
|Jack E. Steele, USA, WWII||Gordon B. Chapman, USA, WWII||Robert E. Chittenden, USA, WWII|
|Robert R. Ziegele, USAAC, WWII||Albert M. Ehart, Jr., USA, WWII||William I. Harvey, USA, WWII|
|Vernon D. Pearson, USAAC, WWII||Robert I. Rothstein, USA, WWII|
|Justin A. Pie, USA, WWII||Howard R. Sanders, USA, WWII|
|Emanuel P. Russo, USA, WWII||George D. Shields, Jr., USAAC, WWII|
|Graham C. Woodlaw, USA, WWII|
|Joel C. Dressel, USN, WWII||Lewis F. Lane, USA, Korea||Richard R. McCullough, USA, Korea|
|Conrad E. Fischer, USA, WWII||F. Turner Munsell, Jr., USA, Korea||Harry W. Spraker, Jr., USA, Korea|
|Edmond M. Flaherty, Jr., USA, WWII||John E. Pagett, USA, WWII||Fred Z. Troescher, Jr., USN, Philippine Sea|
|Edmond M. Flaherty, Jr., USA, WWII||William G. Turner, USA, WWII||Joseph A. Yates, Jr., USAAC, WWII|
|Nicholas M. Manos, USA, WWII|
|Robert Paryzek, USAAC, WWII|
|Allen W. Rucker, Jr., USA, WWII|
|Michael C. Esposito, USA, WWII||Junius B. Agnelli, USA, Korea||George H. Lorimer, USA, Korea|
|William T. Harvey, USN, Mediterranean Sea||Salvatore Meli, USAF, Germany|
|Je Mickey Helt, USA, Korea||Alberto G. Recio, Bay of Pigs|
|Arthur B. Moore, USN, Mediterranean Sea||William R. Wolfe, USAF, United States|
|Myron G. Reed, II, USAF, Yellow Sea|
|Clifford David Strout, Jr., USA, Korea|
|Robert A. Bergman, USN, Korea||Donald J. Seaman, USAF, Vietnam||Ernest E. Layou, Jr., USA, Vietnam|
|William E. Bernzinec, USA, Vietnam||Richard P. Polidori, USA, United States|
|Ronald R. Ferris, USA, Korea||Richard Lynch, USA, Vietnam||George E. Hussey, USA, Vietnam|
|Stanley K. Smiley, USN, Vietnam||Raul Menocal, Bay of Pigs||Bruce B. Greene, USAF, Vietnam|
|A. Robert Toal, USA, Vietnam||John S. Sabine, IV, USA, Vietnam||R. Jefferson Hornaday, USAF, Thailand|
|Alexander K. Ward, USMC, Vietnam|
|Harold J. Kaufman, USA, Vietnam||Robert H. Donaway, USA, Vietnam||Thomas E. Firth, USMC, Vietnam|
|Maxwell Frantz, USMC, Vietnam||Jaime Pujals, USA, Korea|
|Peter W. Saravo, USN, United States|
|R. Michael Arnovitz, USA, Vietnam||Raymond G. Krobetzky, USA, Vietnam||Robert W. Dieffenbach, Jr., USA, Vietnam|
|Otto Paul Meyer, III, USA, Vietnam||F. Ronald Tomon, USMC, Vietnam||Victor C. A. Jauer, USA, Vietnam|
|Joseph C. Park, Jr., USA, Vietnam||Jon R. Morvay, USN, Vietnam|
|Tony Clough, USA, Vietnam||Paul M. DuCharm, USMC, Vietnam||Craig E. Lerner, USCG, Puerto Rico|
|George L. Dramis, USMC, Lebanon||Durrell V. Pearsall, FDNY, World Trade Center||Phillip Esposito, USA, Iraq|
|Captain Jeffrey P. Toczylowski, USA, Iraq||Robert Michael Langley, USA, Oxford, MS||Capt. Ronald George Luce, USA, Afghanistan|
|Spc. Kevin Mowl, USA, Iraq||Joseph James Theinert, USA, Afghanistan|
|Key to Service Designations|
|USA – U.S. Army|
|USN – U.S. Navy|
|USMC – U.S. Marine Corps|
|USAAC – U.S. Army Air Corps (WWII)|
|USAF – U.S. Air Force (post-WWII)|
|USCG – U.S. Coast Guard|
|USMM – U.S. Merchant Marine|