“The Navy has enriched my life in many ways that I cherish. This scholarship is just a way of saying thanks.” Francis “Frank” entered the Navy in 1946 under the Holloway Midshipman Program, spent 2 years in college under the V-5 program and entered flight training in 1948 as an Aviation Midshipman. He received his wings after completing advanced training in the F4U. He spent over five years on active duty flying from several carriers. He then completed 28 years of service as an active Reserve, retiring with rank of commander. He also retired from Clark Equipment Company after 28 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1953.
This scholarship honors all those who have supported carrier aviation through dedicated service in the dangerous and demanding environment of the flight deck.
This scholarship is presented by the membership of the Intruder Association to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country while flying the A-6 Intruder. An integral part of Naval Aviation for 32 years, the Intruder flew combat missions in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Grenada, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Kuwait and the Persian Gulf. There were 28 squadrons among the Navy, Marine Corps and Reserve forces that operated the five Intruder models (A-6A, A-6B, A-6C, KA-6D and A-6E). Intruder crews and their technical representatives specialized in low-level / all-weather attack missions while taking part in all phases of the attack mission as they evolved during Vietnam and the Cold War. The United States lost 251 aviators in the A-6; this scholarship is to honor their memory and sacrifice.
Gary Laughlin left his studies at the University of Texas to serve his country with great distinction in World War II. As a Marine Aviator, he flew F-4U Corsairs in the South Pacific with the VMF-111 Devil Dogs. After the war, he completed his studies and worked in the oil business in Texas. Quail was recalled to active duty in 1951 where he served with the VMF-214 Black Sheep in the Korean War.
Stu was born in Miami, Oklahoma, and raised in Akron, Ohio. A competitive swimmer throughout high school and Academy days, he set two USNA records in the breaststroke. Stu was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1972. Upon completion of training in the F-4 Phantom, he reported to VF-161 Rock Rivers, aboard the USS MIDWAY (CV 41). He served as the Squadron Landing Signal Officer and Quality Assurance Officer during his tour with the VF-161. Stu later deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS CORAL SEA (CV 43) before his assignment to the Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the “Blue Angels” in October 1980. He accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours and 320 carrier landings. He personally comforted and gave hope to many people who were ill and handicapped as he visited countless hospitals as a Blue Angel. On 22 February 1982 Blue Angel Number 5, piloted by Lieutenant Commander Stuart R. Powrie, met with mishap near El Centro, California. Stu Powrie, devoted husband and father, beloved son, cherished friend and Naval Aviator, gave his life while serving his country.