University of Washington Naval Reserve Training Corps

Wall of Fame


The mission of the University of Washington Naval ROTC’s Wall of Fame is to recognize graduates of the program who have had military and/or civilian careers characterized by a selfless commitment to the Navy and Marine Corps core values of honor, courage, and commitment.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Must be a UW NROTC Graduate
  2. Has served honorably
  3. Has made a significant impact while serving in the military, as a civilian, and/or in the Husky Battalion

Other Factors that Enhance Eligibility

  1. Military and/or civilian awards
  2. Service time
  3. Continued support of the Husky Battalion
  4. Volunteer actions
  5. Actions that have improved the military and/or community
  6. Contribution in shaping significant military and/or civilian policies, doctrine, and/or standards for the better
  7. Notable selfless action
  8. High Office Government Officials who have served in their respected office honorably. (Ex. Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Governor, etc.)

Automatic Selection

  • Medal of Honor Recipients
  • Retired Four Star Flag Officers
  • Navy or Marine Corps recipients of University of Washington’s Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be solicited from the public from the day after the induction ceremony until September 1st of the following year.
  • Nominations can be accepted by any member of the UW NROTC Staff and only on the standard form created for nominations. Nomination forms are available below.
  • The UW NROTC staff will review all candidates and vote for inductees, the Commanding Officer will have final decision authority.
  • All nominees not inducted into the Wall of Fame will be saved for future consideration. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may be nominated and reviewed for induction.
  • There will be no more than four inductees each year.

Annual Induction Ceremony

An induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the University of Washington’s Annual Veterans Appreciation Week, generally associated with Veteran’s Day. The inductees will be honored with an introduction by the Master of Ceremony or Commanding Officer and given an opportunity to speak on their experiences. Family members of an inductee are invited to speak on behalf of those deceased. A perpetual wall plaque will be placed in Clark Hall on UW Campus. Attendance is open to the public.

Nomination Form

Please review Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process prior to completing this form. All submissions will be sent to the UW NROTC staff for consideration.





Please review Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process prior to completing this form. All submissions will be sent to the UW NROTC staff for consideration.

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Wall of Fame Inductees

Induction DateNameUW Gradution Year
4 NOV 2016CDR Laurance V. Friese1965Story
4 NOV 2014Rear Admiral Horton J. Smith1945Story
4 NOV 2014Mr. John M. Fluke, Sr.1935Story
27 SEP 2013Colonel Bruce F. Meyers1945Story
27 SEP 2013Brigadier General Robert E. Galer1936Story
27 SEP 2013Rear Admiral Robert W. Copeland1935Story
27 SEP 2013Lt. Col. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington1934Story

Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award Recipients

Established in 2012, the Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award (DAVA) is given to a living UW alumnus veteran who made a positive impact on the local, national or international community, the University of Washington or the veteran community. Nominations are open to the public.

Induction YearNameUW Gradution Year
2014Richard H. Layton, M.D.1954Story
2013Charles W. H. Matthaei1942Story
2012Herb Bridge1947Story

Learn more about DAVA

USS Samuel B. Roberts Battle Ensign

USS Samuel Roberts Ensign Flag

USS Samuel Roberts Ensign Flag

On permanent loan from Naval History and Heritage Command, UW NROTC has the battle ensign from the USS Samuel B. Roberts, a WWII destroyer escort which was commanded by LCDR Robert W. Copeland during the Battle of Leyte Gulf.

The caption is as follows:

The flag you see was the battle ensign flying on USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413), lost in October 1944 during the Battle of Samar, climaxing the Battle of Leyte Gulf. During this battle, a collection of relatively light U.S. Warships prevented a much larger Japanese force from attacking the amphibious invasion fleet off the Philippine island of Leyte. Roberts was inadvertently left alone to fend off heavily armed Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. Steaming aggressively through a gauntlet of incoming shells, Samuel B. Roberts scored one torpedo hit and numerous gunfire hits as she slugged it out with larger enemy warships before finally being sunk. After the battle, Samuel B. Roberts received the nickname “the destroyer escort that fought like a battleship.” Roberts was commanded by LCDR Robert Copeland, a 1935 graduate of the UW NROTC unit. The flag was retrieved by Chief Torpedoman Rudy Skau from the sinking ship as she went down in the melee.


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