Harvey Le Cato - Oct 1966-May 1967 - Baritone Horn - Emerson, NJ
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I was in the corps from October 1966 to May 1967 (baritone bugle).

Harvey at sign

Actually, I started off on “contra bass” but got moved to baritone since I didn’t have the
“air”.  I was a member of the corps for 8 months as my training was kind of long
(Radio Relay Repairman - 304x1).

Tech School

Back in 1966-67 we wore 1505s and Fatigues. We actually shined our boots, and ironed


We had inspections prior to playing Retreat. Here’s a picture of Lt. McIntosh.


My most favorite memory, aside from (finally) passing my room inspection, was
trying out for drum major, and getting to march the Corps for Retreat.  What a thrill !!


Since my school was so long, I got to go home (NJ) over Christmas.  I took some time
to visit my high school, and an event there changed my life.  While chatting with
one of my former teachers, I heard about one of my high school classmates who was
attending the Air Force Academy Prep School.  “Cool” I thought.  So, upon my return
to Keesler, off to the base education office I went.  The rest is history.  I graduated
from tech school, and got my orders to the 2045th Comm Gp at Andrews AFB. 


I was there a week, and my orders for the Prep School came in.  Three weeks later it

was off to Colorado Springs.  Five years later, I was a “butter bar” and retired in

1992.  I still have the “Blue Knight” which I cut off the jacket, and sewed it onto my
Academy class bathrobe.

Certainly, a lot of great memories with the Blue Knights. I often wonder what happened to “Randy” with the Ford Falcon, and “Robbie Roberts”.  Some good friends.  Hope they are still among us.  Currently (and forever) living in Colorado Springs.


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