HPA alums are invited to attend a free live webinar this Friday hosted by the Pearl Harbor Museum about a new documentary on the Lafayette Escadrille, the founding squadron of American combat aviation. Congressman Ed Case ’70 and Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Rutgers ’96 are each linked to the famous aerial fighter pilots of World War I via their family heritage.
Congressman Case is connected to the Lafayette Escadrille via James Rogers McConnell, one of its founding members. “I would be remiss not to note that this HPA family story doesn’t end with me,” he says, “for my first cousin Bill Case is also James McConnell’s relative and an HPA grad himself (and longtime commercial pilot). Bill also has two military-aviator children who are grads of HPA: Billy Case ’06, Lt. Cdr.-designate US Navy, and Katie Case ’12, Captain US Air Force.”
Lt. Col Rutgers’ great-grandfather was James Norman Hall, a renowned member of the Escadrille and co-author of the Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy. Lt. Col Rutgers now commands an F-15 squadron for the Oregon Air National Guard and continues a four-generation tradition of combat pilots within the family.