USNA Class of 1970 Distinguished Graduates:

On 13 May 2021 the USNA Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award Selection Panel, chaired by Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert ’75, USN, selected Kevin Woods Sharer (6th Co) as the sixth Distinguished Graduate from the Class of 1970. Kevin is a retired chairman and CEO of Amgen, former faculty member at Harvard Business School, commissioning engineer officer of MEMPHIS (SSN 691) and founding member, USNA Foundation Board of Directors. The formal medal ceremony will take place on Friday, 25 March 2022 at Alumni Hall.

Biography (Click for PDF File)    
Mr. Daniel F. Akerson (2012) Biographical Video  
Admiral Thomas B. Fargo USN (Ret.) (2013) Biographical Video  
Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani USN (Ret.) (2014) Biographical Video  
Vice Admiral J. Cutler Dawson USN (Ret.) (2017) Biographical Video Acceptance Remarks
Mr. Steven S. Reinemund (2018) Biographical Video  
Mr. Kevin W. Sharer (2021) Biographical Video Acceptance Remarks

New: Spouses & Significant Others that Have Gone Before Us (Click to View Known Decedents)

In Memoriam (Click for names of the 226 classmates that have gone before us)

USNA Class of 1970 Active Duty Losses Honored in Memorial Hall: (Click Name for Details)

USNA Class of 1970 Statistics: (From Class History and USNAAA Database)

  • Started with USNA '70: 1339
  • Rollbacks from USNA '69: 8
  • Graduated with USNA '70: 838
  • Attrition Rate: 37%

  • First in Class: Steve Wayne Zavadil (16th Company)
  • Anchorman: Preston Godfred Rusch (24th Company)
  • Oldest to Graduate: Timothy Martel (25 years, 8 months)
  • Youngest to Graduate: Raymond DiGiacomo (20 years, 11.7 months)
  • Average age at Graduation: 22 years, 4 months

  • Commissioned Navy Line: 711
  • Commissioned USMC: 103
  • Commissioned Supply Corps: 12
  • Commissioned CEC: 5
  • Commissioned USAF: 3
  • Foreign Nationals: 4

  • USNA '70 Admirals: 22
  • USNA '70 Captains: 145
  • USNA '70 Commanders: 148

  • USNA '70 Generals: 3
  • USNA '70 Colonels: 18
  • USNA '70 Lt. Colonels: 15

USNA '70 Classmate Info:

USNA Class of 1970 Class Officers:

USNA Class of 1970 Board of Trustees:

  • Terry Dailey, 33rd Company
  • Cutler Dawson, 2nd Company
  • Howard "Pat" Dawson, 27th Company
  • Terry Huff, 7th Company
  • Guy Knieriem, 9th Company
  • Dave Martin, 13th Company
  • Bob Sonnenberg, 11th Company
  • Barry Steelman, 32nd Company
  • Grant Thorpe, 5th Company
  • Carl Wick, 13th Company

USNA '70 Reference Materials:

USNA '70 Meeting Minutes:

Updated: January 20, 2022
Curator: Ed Moore