The 1959 J.M. Cadet Band plays "Let Me Call You Sweetheart".
MUSIC ON - OFF
Sponsors, this page is for you! Send us your pictures and memories when you were a Sponsor in the John Marshall Cadet Corps and they will be posted here. Also, if there is a sponsor anyone would like to have remembered, this is the place. Please furnish details. (If you don't have a picture, we probably do).
Lucy Bryant, B Co.
Escorted by Captain Claude Thomas
Audery Wilkerson, C Co.
Sandra Carver Penland, B Co.
I am very grateful to Tim Garrison, Captain of B Co, for choosing me to be the sponsor of such a wonderful group of boys. They welcomed me with open arms. Fall of '59 was a great time for B Co. They won both the Efficiency Cup and the Competitive Drill Cup. I was so fortunate to have the pleasure of displaying both engraved cups on the mantel in my home where all visiting cadets could see them. What sponsor could ever forget "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"--that is a tune that still lives in my heart.
Among my many memories are sponsor's day, the cadet hop, the Sunday football games between companies, the Competitive Drill, the parties, cadet visits to my house, parades, and the everyday interaction with "my boys". Sadly for all, this was the last time that any cadet company would enjoy a Fall at old Jayem.
All too quickly my wonderful time as sponsor of B Co came to an end. To all Fall "59 B Co. former cadets who may read this, please know that you made my time as sponsor a wonderful experience. Thanks for the memories.
Sandra Carver Penland ’60
Patty Dingley Bell, F Co.
Nancy Yates Knight, A Co.
Fall 1951 and '52
Pictured with Nancy are Captain Linwood H. Clarke. Pinning the ribbons, soon to be Captain, is Ellis B. Grady. Nancy was sponsor for both.
Teens to Seventies
The 1950's were happy and fun years to be a High School student. My social life
revolved around the JMHS Cadet Corp, namely A Co. I had the
privilege of being an A Co. sponsor, twice. The captains, Linwood H. Clark
and Ellis B. Grady were nice guys that did the Cadet Corp proud. Linwood died
last year and I attended his funeral along with some other former cadets. We
met his wife and two sons. Ellis and I cross paths and email occasionally.
A few years after graduation, I met and married another former A Co. Captain, William E. Knight. We had 48 years together until his death in 2002. I have one daughter and one wonderful grandson and one beautiful granddaughter, both in college now.
From my teens to my seventies, the JMHS Cadet Corp has touched my life. I am grateful for the friendships and the memories.
Mary Lou Davis, F Co.
Mary Lou Davis Clarke
It all began Spring of ’51,
A semester full of pride and fun!
I was a sophomore at JMHS.
An experience awaited that was the best!
The John Marshall Corps was the greatest anywhere.
I was really glad to be there.
Whitey Clarke became captain of “F” Company.
And for his sponsor, he chose ME!
Decked out in colors of Black and Red,
I soon found out cadets like to be fed!
Whether an official party or just Friday night,
Food and coca-colas were a welcomed sight.
Formal dances and beautiful gowns,
The Band with all their wonderful sounds.
School spirit, loyalty and friendships galore,
Who could have asked for anything more?
Patriotic parades, armory drills, intramural games,
I smile with affection remembering names.
“F” Company, that time couldn’t be beat,
Winning Efficiency and Competitive, how “NEAT”!
A wonderful influence, it must have been,
Following me with the company, brothers Jerry and Ken.
So The Davises are all proud to say,
The Corps was the best in every way!
The very best, of course, was yet to be,
So far, married fifty-three years Cadet Clarke and me!!!
"Pitta Pat" Fussell Dunn,
B Co. Spring 1954
In the spring of 1954 Albert Stegner, Jr. was promoted to Captain of B Company and was looking for a sponsor. I was a “Company Sponsor.” William (Bill) Rice with whom I had gone all the way through school together suggested to Stegner that I would be a good sponsor to B Company. I cannot recall the details after 55 years how, when, or where Stegner asked me to be his sponsor but I do remember I was thrilled and honored. Since my house was small, Bill Rice kindly offered his home for me to have the sponsor’s party.
Having no brothers, it was great having 28 “brothers” to hang out with and with whom to do fun things as a group such as going swimming in the off limits granite quarry in “South Richmond.” Many times we would ride around Virginia Barbecue just checking to see who was there. The students could watch the cadets on the drill field, parades and in the armory. It would such a special proud feeling as B Company passed in review, especially when they won the Efficiency Cup and the Competitive Drill in the spring of 1954. Stegner and the other young men worked very hard to achieve these awards.
Through the years Stegner’s and my paths have crossed in the vital times of our lives. I went to his mother’s funeral, he was there for me when my son was hospitalized and we accidentally met in the Cavalier Hotel at Virginia Beach for a wonderful event a few years ago.
I phoned Bill Rice before he passed away to thank him for suggesting to Stegner that I be Sponsor of Company B. Bill replied, “I have loved you since I tied your shoes in kindergarten.” Needless to say, I was very touched.
Sometime during my sponsor days it became embedded in me that Duty, Honor, and Country were everyone’s responsibilities.
Life has been very kind to me since my graduation in 1956. I have been married for 42 years and have one son, two stepsons, three grand children and lots of travel behind me. My husband I have had the pleasure to serve our country in the Foreign Service. We served in SEA for six and half years and in West Africa for two years. I have traveled in over 45 countries always keeping in mind that I represented the United States of America in foreign countries and put my best foot forward. Just for fun I even made a parachute jump at age 61 in Queenstown, NZ.
It has been a pleasure to come back to Richmond and attend the Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day services at Hollywood Cemetery, giving me the opportunity to see old friends and. most of all, to reflect on the service and ultimate sacrifice others have made for the amazing United States of America. I am grateful for the opportunity and privilege to have served our country as well as being B Company Sponsor.
Thelma Fussell Dunn “Pitta Pat”
Mrs. James A. Dunn, III, Williamsburg, VA
Katherine Milloway Koslow,
Staff Sponsor 1937
The most vivid memory I have of the Corps of Cadets is
when the students would line the sidewalk and watch the Staff, Band and
Companies march on Eighth Street. Of course, everyone had their favorite
Company Colors on their shoulder. The music of the band perked everybody up.
Billy Hay led the Staff very seriously.
At the Cadet Hop, the Sponsors dressed up in their pretty long dresses. It was something special for the 16 and 17 year olds.
Don't want to leave out the cadets observing Memorial Day at Hollywood Cemetery. We, the Sponsors, supplied them with cold drinks. Betty Wingfield, D Co Sponsor was one of my Sponsor friends.
By the way, I received a cup as the "Most Athletic" in 1937. It was the first one given to a girl at John Marshall.
I recently celebrated my 89th birthday, March of 2009.
Katherine Milloway Koslow.
June Carter, 1st Battalion Sponsor,
1st Battalion Sponsor with Robert Spiers as Captain and Battalion Commander. As a senior, June was voted the most talented girl. During her high school years she performed professionally with her mother and sisters as "Maybelle Carter & The Carter Sisters". She would eventually marry country music legend Johnny Cash.
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart"