Class 5-62: Hotel and India Companies

TBS Class 5-62, Hotel and India Companies
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General: Class 5-62 had 418 USMC officers. Class also included 7 officers from Haiti in H Company and 6 2Lts from the Vietnamese Marine Corps in I Company. Most of the 418 USMC officers were from OCS (33rd OCC). There were also numerous NROTC and PLC sourced officers, and a large group of lawyers. The Marine Corps back filled the TBS Class 5-62 with June 6 and June 7, 1962 college graduates/commissioned officers. The Class also included several officer-graduates of the then current enlisted commissioning programs and several who served tours as enlisted prior to college. Accordingly, there was a large percentage of career officers in the Class. Of the 418 USMC officers, I have information on 299 living Marines. 100 are deceased, and my searches have not produced any information on 19 others. We still have contact with the Haitian officers; I assume that the Vietnamese Marines are all deceased. Of the 100 known/verified deceased, 7 were KIA in RVN and are on the Wall, and at least 4 others died on active duty. The Class has been materially impacted by Agent Orange related diseases and combat related injuries. Classes of Instruction began May 28, 1962 and the Class graduated November 22, 1962. Prominent officers in Class 5-62 were General Richard D. Hearney, USMC Ret. ACMC Francis J. (“Bing”) West, author and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration and Col Robin Beard, USMCR (Ret), H Company, US Congressional Representative TN 6th Congressional District 1973-1983.

Reunions: 1st reunion 2004 with 7 more following.
The last two reunions, 7th and 8th, was held Sept 29-Oct 02 2016 in Nashville, TN and Oct 2018 in Quantico, VA
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Class POCs:
Harvey W. Ross: (269) 782-3601,
2016 Reunion coordinator: Denis W. Retoske: (714) 287-0706,,