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This page last up-dated on 8/10/2022.

Doug Clower

The below is from Frank Parker:

When I retired in 2002 from NASA we moved to the country in central Texas, near the little town of Industry, and among the nice people that we met during the following year was a retired naval officer, Doug Clower and his wife Maureen. Doug became my best friend for the next 8 years until his passing in 2010. I thought that you guys might like to hear about him, if you haven’t already. He spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner in Vietnam, and one of the photos that was widely shown in newspapers was of Doug, with his back to the camera, telling his men (he was the senior officer at this camp) to stay inside while his captors staged a phony photo-op at the prison. I put a memorial for him on, which tells more about Doug, at this link:

I attached several photos to his memorial, including the one I just mentioned, and attached my first (and last !) effort at poetry, which I wrote for his 75th birthday party, and added an epilogue later upon his passing. I asked Doug once if he knew any guys from our class of ‘57, but he wasn’t sure. Possibly some of our classmates may have served with him. Anyway, have a look. I’m blessed to have known him, even for such a short time.

From Charlie Hall:

Interesting!! Doug and I were in the same Engineering Science Program in the Spring/Summer of 1962 at USNPGS before we transferred into Grad Programs. Since he was Fighters and I was Helos we did not cross paths thereafter. He was a great guy and lots of fun. We laughed a lot when we were classmates. Somehow, I was not aware that he had been a POW but Frank’s description of his behavior was no surprise to me. He was a tough middle guard in college and tough was just an element of his personality.

1957 Participation in Vietnam

This is an update to the results of our Class Legacy Gift, The Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage. Our twelfth Professor, Dr. David Winkler, taught an upper division course in Methodology of Oral History in the spring of 2020 during which time each of his 15 students interviewed one of our Classmates. These interviews were shared and, from them, his class created a book, “Voices of Vietnam”. Each chapter is written by one of the Midshipman students and describes a period of the conflict. Each Midshipman author dedicates his or her chapter to those of our classmates who died during the period of their chapter. These dedications are included in the book as well as a brief biography of each of the midshipman authors.


Here we see our own Veep, Dr. Winkler, Dr. McCarthy, and, of course, the book!!

Below is shown the collection of books published by the various Chair-Holders under the auspices of our Class with a brief description of each book.

Heritage Chair Books

Class Zoom Meeting Capabilities

Class Vice President Bill Peerenboom has set up a Zoom account that can be used by any member of the USNA Class of 1957. The idea came from using Zoom meetings in place of the monthly Class luncheons in the Washington D.C. area. These meetings were then extended to include up to 100 members of the class.

Three of the annual Washington Chapter meetings include speakers of interest to the entire Class of 1957. The April and September luncheons relate to The Class of 1957 Chair in Naval Heritage and at least one month in the year includes members of the USNA 22nd Company which our class supports. Members of our Link Class of 2007 are also invited to join these meetings.

Jerry Smith presently assists the conduct of the Zoom meetings and has a list of Zoom participants who regularly receive the Zoom meeting info. If you would like to be added to the Zoom list please notify
[email protected].

If you desire to host a Zoom meeting using the Class of 1957 Zoom account, contact Bill Peerenboom
[email protected]

Acceptable meetings include your USNA Company, your family, your local friends, talk groups, etc.

Politics, commercial ventures, etc.
are to be avoided.