Notes about the Female Cadets at L.W.M.A.
that were posted to the Message Board

from:
Bryan S. Hintz('81)
Brian V. Brunner('64)
LaWanna (Morgan) Nowell('82)
Gerald Blackwell('83)
Phillp M. Potts('63)
And
Paul Tate (LWMA Faculty, 1965 - 1983)


Part I

This Started Things Off..


From: Bryan S. Hintz('81) To: ALL
Posted: 3/23/98 10:58 PM

I don't know where they are today however female cadets attended during my time. Just to jar my own memory (my year books ended up M.I.A. 17 years ago) here's a few names of them though. There was Major Schissel's daughter, Fay Brown, Melanie Jarrell, Wanda Williams, and Bonita Keel. There are three others but their names escape me.

They wore blue or blue plaid skirts with white blouses, (long or short depending)Plaid vest and wore a black army female issue beret W/JROTC emblem. Their Fatigue Uniform was the same as the male cadets with the exception of my first year(1977-78) when they had I believe to be Army medical corps fatigues.(A baggier type of fatigue trouser with a longer fatigue shirt with 4 pockets and button down epaulets) The rank on the female fatigue uniform my first year was worn on the epaulets using JROTC shoulder boards. What their Class "A" uniform looks like escapes me but I task my cohorts from my time to let me or all of us know.


From: Brian Brunner('64) To: Phil Potts('63)
Posted: 5/11/98 11:40 AM

This is a summary of the female cadets who were married in Dixon Chapel(that we know of):

I asked LaWanna Morgen Nowell('82): Did you get married in the Dixon Chapel? Her reply was:

"Yes, I did get married at the Chapel in 1989. Tracy Cawley also got married there about two years earlier."(June 15, 1985)


Here's a list of the girls of LWMA.

To see more information about the girls visit the "Female Cadets" History Page.


Part II

We'll call this part..

"Big Girls Don't Cry"

and

Many Lessons Learned Between Then and Now


From: Gerald Blackwell('83) To: Brian Brunner(64)
Posted: 9/19/98 11:27 PM

Wendy ??????? was Wendy Warner('78). If I remember correctly, she attended LWMA in '78 (possibly the year before...), but I do not remember seeing her after that. One incident that *does* stick in my mind is a terrible fight she and then-Battalion Commander Colin Adendorff('78) had in the main hallway of Tallapoosa Hall; I seem to remember that poor Adendorff was getting the worst of it, as Wendy was a bit bigger than he. Of course, to a fearful 12-year-old they *both* looked like giants...
Gerald Blackwell, '83


From: Bryan S. Hintz('81) To: Gerald Blackwell('83)
Posted: 9/21/98 4:53 PM

I remember that incident in the 7th grade. We were in formation marching to class just about to enter the academic building when it happened. Boy that was a drama that could go into today's talk shows.


From: Paul Tate To: Bryan S. Hintz('81)
Posted: 9/22/98 5:46 PM

I, too, remember the incident although I did not see it when it happened. I was awaiting the arrival of my first period class. It was a highlight, an unfortunate one from my perspective. I remember well how excited all of the cadets were that the Battalion Commander, whom cadets are naturally prone to dislike anyway, had taken a thrashing from another cadet, a female cadet at that. And the outcome of that encounter did not rest on Colin's being outclassed and undersized. He behaved as a gentlemen in the pure sense of the word -- he behaved as he was expected to behave -- gallantly, irregardless of who is at fault, and thus he refused to strike a lady and thus he received the "worst end." He was en route to my first period class -- English IV. And I remember well the conversation I had with him outside the classroom door after all of the other cadets had entered and were seated. He was hurt -- not physically from the blows of the angry female but from the sneers and jeers of his classmates who failed to applaud him for not fighting back.


From: Gerald Blackwell('83) To: Paul Tate
Posted: 9/22/98 10:49 PM

(Gerald turns ashen, suddenly feeling like a heel, even though all he did was relate events as they were witnessed by the aforementioned "fearful 12-year-old"...)

Understand, I bore Adendorff no ill will (Heavens, I didn't even *know* him), and I certainly did not jeer at him (this *is* me we're talking about, after all...). I looked at Colin Adendorff more as a source of unrelenting terror, someone whom you hoped against hope would never take notice of your existence...I looked at *most* of the upperclassmen that way. Of course those who know me from that time know that I was a devout coward...how ironic then that my lovely wife has said more than once that I'm too dumb to be afraid of anything...;)


From: Phillip Potts('63) To: Gerald Blackwell('83)
Posted: 9/23/98 6:18 AM

Terror...I looked at *most* of the upperclassmen that way. I think a lot of us did. I can certainly relate..:) But.. Then as time went on, "we" became the upperclassmen to fear..:) (Yeah right..:)


From: Paul Tate To: Gerald Blackwell('83)
Posted: 9/23/98 11:37 AM

I did not intend in any way for my response to your message and the message from Bryan to be scolding or censure. And I apologize to you both because you felt it to be. I was responding to an unfortunate male / female incident (irregardless of the named individuals involved) that, by and large, the cadets of the battalion in a majority found to be amusing and continued to speak of and laugh about for the remainder of the year. I was upset then at the Cadet Corps, and obviously still am, because the message and the learning and the good that should have come from the incident fell on deaf ears and blind eyes, so to speak. The message, unfortunately, continued to be that year that the battalion commander was wimpish, ineffectual, and non-deserving, as evidenced by his being beaten by a girl. It should have been simply that men do not strike women. (And, today, I would extend that to be that humans do not strake humans. I must confess that I no longer believe in corporeal punishment. No human should strike another human. It is too bad that this enlightenment only came to me after I left Lyman Ward. It is equally too bad that the establishment (or system) in place then encouraged teachers to paddle as punishment. Remember that teachers were not allowed to give demerits or to take away leave or to assign cadets to the flag pole as punishment. We could only recommend merits for extra duty. Sometimes the merits were given, sometimes they weren't. The same with demerits that we recommended. We were encouraged to use some other form of punishment, i.e., paddling for virtually any academic infraction. And today whenever I see or hear from my former students, all too many of them say to me first thing after an exchange of greetings, "Do you remember when you paddled me for ....?" And then they are somewhat dismayed or disappointed when I respond, "No, I don't really remember that." I, for one, have a tendency not to remember unpleasant things. I believe that I was subconsciously opposed to paddling then but timid against bucking the system.


Wendy Warner and Colin Adendorff
Wendy Warner ('78) and Colin Adendorff ('78)
from the 1978 Ranger yearbook.


Compiled by Brian V. Brunner('64) - bbrunner@gsu.edu - Click here to E-mail me.

NOTE: This "Story" is not meant to embarrass anyone, especially Wendy Warner('78) or Colin Adendorff('78). If Wendy Warner('78) or Colin Adendorff('78) should read this and ask me to pull it off the website, I will.


POSTSCRIPT:

From: Brian Brunner(64) (BVBRUNNER)
Posted Jul 6, 1999 11:24 am
To: ALL

During the Alumni weekend (May 1 & 2, 1999), I was in the Alumni Office (The old Tallapoosa Hall Library room.) with a lot of other alumni, and I overheard Bonita (Keel) Holley('82) say something like this,

"I do not get along at all well with women! I do fine with men. Just because I went to an all boys military school, could that have anything to do with it?"

Just thought I'd pass that along. :-)


BIG UPDATE:

From: Brian Brunner(64) (BVBRUNNER)
Date Apr 24, 2001
To: ALL

Today, I recived from Wendy Warner Lovett her side of this story!

To read it go to "The Big Fight of 1978."


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