Army vs Navy, 1965

A throng of over 100,000 packed John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia to watch Army and Navy battle to a 7-7 tie on a late November afternoon in 1965.

By Bob Stewart
November, 1965

You can't rob Peter to Paul indefinitely. Peter ultimately calls the cops, or he runs out of money. Paul Dietzel has found that out this season, although the lesson is not a new one for the Army coach. Circumstances constantly force his hand to a degree he never experienced at Louisiana State, where football players grow on trees. At the Point, Dietzel has discovered over his four years that when a player is lost to injury, to the books, or to the stringent discipline rules, there is too often no one of comparable skill on hand to take over.

Dietzel's flamboyant entrance to Michie Stadium succeeded in getting the entire corps out of uniform at one and the same time. The wild Peter Gunn oriental music ran up and down spines as Dietzel's greatest publicity stunt, the Chinese Bandits, tried to take up residence at Army. Only the Bandits didn't, and by season's end, in the crushing 34-14 defeat administered by Roger Staubach and the Navy, the concept of the Bandits had been abandoned, just as the Cadets had shed their red coolie hats. Only the music remained.

Depth at LSU, and the rules, had made possible the Bandits. The Go-Ho kids were, Dietzel always admitted, his third best unit. He had stressed that his Regulars were the best football players he had, either way. His Go unit comprised the second best offensive men he had. The Bandits, glamorized as they were, were in reality learning their gridiron trade, with stress on defense. Not even the most modern, revamped system of arithmetic could make the number of players come out to less than 33 ... and Dietzel soon learned West Point could not offer him 33 full-fledged players.

Thus began adjustment to situations dictated by expediency. In the spring, and in the sultry early September days, Paul would speak of offensive and defensive units. And then, relentlessly, he would find that to even hold the fort, he had to have those men with the greatest natural ability go both on attack, on defense. Meticulous plans had to be junked, and the games began to become one long struggle to keep the strongest and best out there as long as physically possible.

It was that way in 1962, Paul's first year, and it Is that way today, on the eve of another Army-Navy game. Dietzel tasted that sweetest win of all a year ago, because of Carl Stichweh, his manufactured quarterback, and Sonny Stowers. Stowers was rated by the Middies as a guard as good as Jim Carroll of Notre Dame, the same Carroll who is today one of Allie Sherman's bright prospects. There is some, but little similarity to the team Dietzel had prepared to meet Tennessee in the opener on Sept. 18. The blue- penciled charts have been cris-crossed with arrows, daggers, red ink.

Three men will try to play both ways in Kennedy Stadium against Navy-Pete Braun, John Carber and the redoubtable Sam Champi, who also was on Navy's All-Opponent unit team a year ago. Army has become a patch- work quilt, but the overwhelming emotion of this Holy War has made and will continue to make young men play beyond their skills. It is that which Dietzel will have to count upon in great measure.

By Sandy Grady
The Philadelphia Story

It is the only circus that charges the clients $8.50 for a whiff of the sawdust. It is The Place To Be, the dressiest discotheque in the East for Main Line dowagers and Locust St. bartenders, pickpockets and plainclothesmen, debutantes wearing Persian lamb stoles and politicians wearing fifty-cent Coronas.

It has to be a pageant to dress up the old S. Broad St. slab of cement. It is a loud lagniappe of hip flasks, hot, dogs, tubas, blimps, mules, and goats, tangled bumpers, drunks, heroes, tears, roars, all ringing a striped pasture painted pretty for the TV sets. Somehow Army-Navy has endured all this pagan ritual for 65 times.

And some years it has a strange edge. This is one of them. It is a low, nagging bass beneath the manic horns in the grandstand, It is what is happening. In Viet Nam, because for the 4,500 Cadets and Midshipmen here it can be the next piece of business more serious than spectacles.

They all think about it, even the actors in the pageant. Sonny Stowers, Army's best runner, has the telegrams tacked on his wall at West Point. They are the usual "Beat Navy" exhortation, but two are from Joe Ed Schillo and Dick Novak, who played with him last year.

"Like a lot of others, the wires are from Viet Nam," said Stowers. "Sure, it's on your mind. It's what we're trained for."

Former Classic Stars in Action

Others have made the trip John Hopkins Navy's 1955 captain, has flown 117 helicopter missions in three months. Pat Donnelly, the good fullback, is a Seabee officer. The list of ex-Army Players grows: Pete-Dawkins To Blanda, Bill Carpenter, Dick Eckert, Glenn Blumhard, Monk Hilliard, all in Viet Nam And there was Bob Fuellhart. Maybe not all the buffs among the 102,000 will remember the name quickly, although he came three times to Broad St. pageant. He was a lean-jawed, solid kid who grew up at Tionesta, a village in the bear and deer country of Western Pennsylvania. He had been a hurdler and broad jumper at Kiski Prep before going to West Point.

Because of his fine speed, Fuellhart played the "Lonesome End" behind Bill Carpenter his first season at Army, It was ironic. Carpenter an advisor in Viet Nam for 13 months when few people could even find the Mekong Delta on a map, was wounded twice. He is now an instructor at Fort Knox, KY. and wears the Bronze and Silver star.

Fuellhart's trips to Philadelphia were not cheerful ones. His teams lost three times to Navy. The last one was in 1961, a day memorable because Of John Kennedy's halftime promenade across a blustery, cold field without a topcoat. Navy took that one, 13-7, although cramped by injuries, was a rangy, bitter figure on defense.

That's how they later remembered him in Viet Nam. His Vietnamese troops called Fuellhart "The Long One," and not only because his six-foot height towered over the 100-Pound natives. With a long cigar and the red beret of the 44th Ranger Battalion, Fuellhart was not hard to spot and he astonished the Vietnamese by standing up in battle to direct air strikes.

Large Target, Big Courage

He did it at least twice. Once he climbed out of a water-filled ditch to Point out Viet Cong targets for striking fighters. He was a large target, and Viet Cong fire shattered a banana tree over him showering leaves and debris. "It took a lot of courage " ,said an American captain who recommended the Bronze Star, "especially for an officer in his first combat."

On Aug. 12 Fuellhart's jungle fighting unit ran into strong Viet Cong fire near a hamlet of thatched shacks called Phung Heip. The Viet Cong had armored carriers and an American machine gun, and it was taking a toll.

"Not as much fire at my end," Fuellhart radioed to Capt. Jerry Devlin. "Maybe we can move in." "Wait for another air strike", said Devlin. Fuellhart, standing up in the mud with the radio strapped to his back, was talking to the helicopters as they hit the tree line. He went to his knees, struck by a bullet. He died a n hour before his wife, Jan, home in Tionesta, gave birth to a girl.

It is 8,000 miles and several worlds back to John F. Kennedy Stadium where the pageant happens again tomorrow. The actors in the Army and the Navy suit are kids now, but they may be professionals in a bad year. It adds an edge.

Nothing Won, Nothing Lost in Dull Game

By Tom Sargeant, Staff Writer

PA Times Advertiser (noe defunct)

PHILADELPHIA - It's been a long year for Army and Navy and yesterday it was a long football game. The two service academies were no more successful with themselves for four quarters than they had been against everyone else. The 66th meeting of the schools was a grim standstill. Navy, which was favored to win, moved the ball for only a total yardage of 140, and Army managed only 2~5 yards with its "shotgun" offense and tight-T. The final score was 7-7, two surprise touchdowns early in the contest, and ended the college football season in the East before the usual 100,000 at John Kennedy Stadium. It was a grand day for the game, matching every fine fall football afternoon this season.

Made Up In Spirit

The game was not a good one for the Cadets or Midshipmen but they made up in spirit what they lacked in inspiration. It was fierce, crashing, gang-tackling on defense by both teams and neither offense went anywhere. There were only seven first downs in the second half, two by penalties, and 12 punts during the last two quarters. There were 19 punts in the game, 10 by Navy.

Whatever kind of standoff the two teams caused, the academies will be glad to accept the outcome. A win in the Army-Navy game is fine but a loss is unthinkable. It can ruin a season. They'll take the tie. For Sad Bill Elias, whose Navy team finished with a 4-4-2 mark, it could have been worse. Losing would have spoiled his first year at Annapolis.

Paul Dietzel didn't show much disappointment, either. Amy ended 4-5-1 after a terrible mid-season losing streak. Dietzel has one win over Navy in four tries while Elias, as coach at Virginia a year ago, beat Army.

Charles Stowers, Army halfback, scored the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter on a 25- yard run following a fumble recovery. It was the longest rush from scrimmage in the game and Stowers, the Gray's leading gainer, had only 45 yards total in 12 tries. His teammate, Fred Barofski, got off a 24- yarder in the same quarter, running out of the shotgun.

That was about it for Army, which rushed for 178 yards total. Navy had 84 yards gained and 68 yards lost in 34 rushing plays. Passing they had 13 completions in 26 attempts with John Cartwright throwing.

So it wasn't much of a game except for the bugle charge led by Townsend Clarke of Army, who Dietzel calls the best defender he has ever coached. Don Downing was Navy's best lineman.

Navy scored in the second quarter on a series of successes and failures through the air, finally reaching the end zone on an eight-yard pass from Cartwright to Halfback Terrence Murray, a sophomore promoted from the jayvees. An interception set up the drive.

Last Game For Carber

John Carber of Langhorne, the big Army tackle, played most of the game going both ways in his last game for West Point. He came out only in fourth down kicking situations by Navy.

A former player at Neshaminy High School now weighing 225 pounds, Carber has been in three Army - Navy games but saved his best performance for the last one. He was in on many of the tackles as the Cadets piled up the Midshipmen with only three first downs rushing and 16 total yards on the ground.

Watching his first inter-service game on the Army side was cadet Gary Steele of Levittown, who will be certain to be playing next year.

Steele was the outstanding member of the Plebe team at West Point this season, performing mainly at offensive end. He is expected to move into the starting lineup of the Cadets next year with his exceptional pass catching ability.

Best On Plebe Team

Army fielded its finest frosh team in many years this fall, a 6-1 record losing only to Syracuse, and Steele was the best. The 6-5 former Woodrow Wilson High School football and basketball star spent a year at Manlius Prep in Syracuse before attending Army.

Steele is also playing basketball at the Point this winter. In his first practice he went in for a lay up and dunked the ball in his familiar way.

Coach Bob Knight stood at the sidelines in surprise. "Was that a dunk?" he asked Steele.

"Yes sir." "Well that's the last time you make one at West Point," said Knight. "We don't play that style here.

Steele, when he joins the Cadets football team this Spring, will become the first Negro athlete to play varsity sports at West Point.


By Red Smith

The New York Herald tribune (now defunct)

PHILADELPHIA. Midshipman John Cartwright, an old gentleman of 19 from suburban Sharon Hill, returned to the scenes of his youth yesterday and he was in a tearing hurry. Along with 98,991 others, his folks were in John F. Kennedy Stadium to watch him play quarterback against Army. They had no time to waste.

John's kid brother, a cadet at Pennsylvania Military College of Chester, Pa., was playing last night in the "Little Army-Navy Game" against King's Point in Atlantic City's Convention Hall and the family had to get there, too.

In the first quarter here, it looked, as though the Cartwrights could leave at halftime and not miss a thing. Chances, are son John, a first rate athlete but only a sophomore, had as big a case of buck fever as you'd expect a rookie starting the biggest game he'll ever play.

Though it was largely because of his skill at running the quarterback option that he took the job away from Bruce (my mother is a sportswriter) Bickel early in the season, Cartwright stowed the Navy deep into the barrel the first time he tried it yesterday.

Starting to his left from his own 31-yard line, he found 6-foot-3 Jim, Schwartz of Army staring intently down his throat and he hastily tipped the ball, backwards with none but Army's Sam Champi there to receive it.

The Dealer

The phantom flip gave West Point a first down on Navy's 31, and three plays later the Cadets were haring happily, along on the scent of their 32d victory In 66 football battles with their salty service foes.

Sonny Stowers, a reformed guard playing tailback, got 'em 6 points on a velvety bit of execution, curling around Navy's left side and running a sweet, unobstructed slant of 25 yards to the end zone. When Andy Dull converted from placement it was 7-0 with less than five minutes gone.

-Army continued to run the show through the first quarter, reaching the Navy 12 on its next advance, but Dull missed a field goal from the 17 and there was no score.

Then the teams changed goals and Cartwright started dealing. Navy had the ball for 28 plays in the second period, compared with nine for Army, and on 19 of them the quarterback passed. Hidiously harrassed by Schwartz and Champi, the Army's ends, he completed only seven but one was a perfect strike to Terry Murray, halfback, who hid got clear of West Point's Joel Pigott in the end zone. Felix Bassi's placekick left it 7 all for the half.

Dealers Choice

Cartwright ran a gaudy game of dealer's choice before Navy cashed in. On fourth down and two, he risked a fake punt in his own territory and it worked. In the same situation he passed to Al Roodhouse- a halfback, not a tavern -for first down on the Army 31.

An interception by Pigott balked him on that foray, but he came right back gambling when Duncan Ingraham's 47-yard punt return gave him a start from the Army 27. Champi and Schwartz were still giving him fits, but on fourth and three he passed to Reb Hester, his right end, for a first down on the 7.

Again his plans were cooked by Army's intractable defense. Three plays lost nine yards, and Bickel came in to hold the ball for a field goal attempt by Chris Hoch. A high snap from center skimmed off Bickel's paws. Hoch fielded the ball on the bounce but the slavering Champi dragged him to earth at the Army 36 and Cartwright had to start all over again.

This time he made it. One big play on third down was a pass to Murray for a first on the 21. He passed again to Phil Norton on the 8. Two plays later his touchdown shot closed out scoring for the day.

Charley's Loss

The sixth tie in the Army-Navy series, the first in nine years, struck more than a few flat notes, with the defenses generally dominating play and forcing a dismal total of 19 punts. Even so, It was far better entertainment than a dirty morning of rain and fog had promised.

Shortly before noon the foul weather blew away and where the Corps of Cadets came hup-hupping into the playpen behind the Brigade of Midshipmen, bright sunshine lay like honey on the peopled slopes and dyed green turf. Temperatures in the mid-50s made it a kindly day, even with a brisk west wind.

It wasn't a bad day for Bill Elias, getting his feet wet as the Navy coach. He is the fourth civilian coach at Annapolis, and none of his predecessors got licked in a debut against Army. Neither did Bill, thanks largely to Cartwright.

More will be heard from that young man, though he has no gift for talking about himself. He's a shy blond, a trim six-footer good at all games. A three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball and basketball) he declined a bonus to catch for the Kansas City Athletics. Since then he has switched to the outfield because he feels that a catcher's snap throw creates habit patterns that are bad for forward passers. It's tough on Charley Finley, but Paul H. Nitze got a good boy. Top Stories