In Remembrance of
killed in action since World War II are included in
Marine 2nd. Lt Douglas Cowin was born Feb. 24, 1924, and was a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He attended TCU only one year (1942-43) and participated in the Mixed Chorus and the Meliorist Club. Lt Cowin was killed in an ambush near Anping, China, in July 1946 while leading a 42-man Marine detachment on a routine supply mission.
William Carey Hooser 51
died when his plane crashed May 10, 1958, during takeoff from a Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific. He was a football player and student body president (1950-51) at TCU as well as a member of Alpha Chi and Phi Gamma Mu. He earned the B.A. in political science from the University and a law degree from the University of Texas. Survivors included his wife and parents.
Ronald E. Tinsley 57
was born Nov. 28, 1935, and earned the BA in
psychology from TCU after attending Paschal High
School in Fort Worth. He was in the Air Force ROTC,
Sigma Chi fraternity and the Order of DeMolay young
mens leadership organization. He died in Vietnam on
July 24, 1966, when his A1E aircraft crashed while
on an escort mission. Survivors included his mother,
wife and son.
Capt. Buddy Blake 60 was killed April 6, 1966, during the test flight of a fighter plane at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His plane crashed while making bombing passes at an air gunnery practice field. The official cause of the crash was metal fatigue. Capt. Blake was a member of the Air Force ROTC 845th Group Staff at TCU and earned the B.A. in history from the University. Survivors include his brother, Donald R. Blake 63.
Charles M. Dansby 60
was born March 30, 1937, and earned the BSC in
marketing at TCU. He attended Arlington Heights High
School and Arlington State College and was also a
member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He died
April 24, 1965, in Thailand during the Vietnam War
when his cargo plane crashed near Korat Air Base. He
was survived by his parents, W.W. and Ona, as well
as his brother and wife.
Jerry Dean Kopp 61 was a member of the First Air Transport Squadron based at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. He was serving as navigator aboard a Military Air Transport Service plane bound for the Azores when the plane disappeared over the Atlantic on September 22, 1963. Despite a massive search, the crew was never found. Lt. Kopp earned the B.A. in economics from TCU. Survivors included his wife.
George Markos 61
was born on Oct. 13, 1939, and earned the BA in Math at TCU. He was in the Army ROTC and was named an
ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. CPT Markos
was killed Feb. 7, 1965, in a Viet Cong attack on a
U.S. helicopter base at Pleiku, Vietnam, and was
survived by his brothers, Homer 59 and Christopher
71, wife, Billie 70, daughter, Mary Ann, and
parents, William and Evelyn. He was the first
Tarrant County casualty in the Vietnam War.
Moyers S. "Squee" Shore II '63
died when his plane crashed into the Pacific during routine maneuvers on June 11, 1974. At that time, he was assigned to the Death Angels Squadron at Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station in Hawaii. As a TCU student, he was a member of Delta Tau Delta and a graduate of the Marine Platoon Leaders Program. He earned the BSED in secondary education in 1963 and the MA in history in 1964. Maj. Shore was a military historian and author of The Battle for Khe Sanh, published by the U.S. Marine Corps in 1969. Survivors included his wife, Marsha.
William Elmo Powell 65
was born Dec. 10, 1942, and earned the BBA in
management at TCU. The Gatesville, Texas, native was
in the Air Force ROTC and was a member of Sigma Chi
fraternity. He died when his plane was shot down in
Vietnam on Aug. 17, 1968. His remains were returned
to his family in the 1980s. Survivors included his
brother, Charley 61, and his parents, Charles and
Mitchell O. Sadler, Jr. 65
was born Oct. 20, 1943, and earned the BA in government. The Oceanside, California, resident was
also in the Air Force ROTC and a member of Lambda
Chi Alpha fraternity. He was lost over Laos in 1970
and was declared killed in action in 1976. Survivors
included his wife, Darlene 68, son, Mitchell, and
parents, Helen and Mitchell Sadler, Sr.
Capt. Jon Michael Olsson
66, was born Feb. 12, 1944, and earned
his BBA in business management from TCU. He also
lettered in baseball and was a member of Sigma Alpha
Epsilon. CPT Olsson served in the Air Force and
was killed Dec. 19, 1969, when his plane went down
in Quang Tri province in South Vietnam. Survivors
included his wife, his brother, Peter Stutsman
Olsson 69, and his parents, Col. John S. and
Tristan N. Aitken 95 was born May 18, 1971, and earned the BA in biology
at TCU. He was also in Beta Upsilon Chi Christian
fraternity and was named a Distinguished Military
Graduate of the Army ROTC. CPT Aitken was killed
on April 4, 2003, during an ambush near the Baghdad
Airport. He was survived by his parents, Ron and
Ruth, sister, Terryl, and wife, Margo.
First Lieutenant Landon Casillas ’04 was born May 17, 1980, and earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice along with a Regular Army commission at TCU, where he met his wife, Jessica. He served as an aeromedical evacuation officer with the 50th Medical Company, (Air Ambulance), 159th Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. 1LT Casillas died June 9, 2006, in an Army training accident when his Blackhawk helicopter made an emergency landing at Clarksville, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, his daughter, Arle, and his parents, Sgt. Richard and MayLing Casillas.
Capt. Robert Vallejo II ’05 was born March 12, 1980, in Beeville, Texas. He graduated from Brewer High School in 1998 and joined the Army ROTC at TCU. He graduated with a B.S. in communication studies from the University and was accepted into flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he learned to fly helicopters. He died Sept. 18, 2008, when the Chinook helicopter he was co-piloting crashed near Tallil, Iraq. He and the other Texas National Guard members killed in the crash were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 149th Aviation, 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, based in Grand Prairie. Services were held for Capt. Vallejo at Robert Carr Chapel. He is survived by his wife, Hillary Ann Vallejo; parents, Robert and Juanita Vallejo; sisters, Valerie and Erica Vallejo, and Teresa Cagigal; and grandmothers, Tina Romero and Maria Vallejo.
Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt ’10 was a native of San Antonio, Texas, and a graduate of Alamo Heights High School. He attended TCU from 2006 to 2008, majoring in history, and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. Lance Cpl. Schmidt was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was killed on Oct. 6, 2011, while on patrol in the Helmand Province. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and was based at Camp Pendleton. In his life insurance policy, he provided funds to create an endowment that will ultimately give a TCU graduate student in history a scholarship every fall. His survivors included his father, Dr. David Schmidt, and his wife, Teresa; his mother, Dr. Becky Whetstone; and his sister, Casey Schmidt.