In Search of PMC Textbooks, Circa 1960s

February 18, 2011




1969 PMC Yearbook

Dr. Walter L. Tamosaitis, a ’69 engineering graduate of PMC Colleges, contacted Widener University’s Wolfgram Library with an intriguing request we could not answer, but that alumni from the 60s may be able to assist:

I would like to obtain a copy of the book(s) I used in Military Science 101 and 102 in my freshman year. I think there was only one book, but maybe there were two.  I think the book  had a blue cover and was over one-inch thick, but after nearly 45 years my memory is fading (so is the book cover).  I’m sure the book was used for years at PMC.

This may sound funny but the only courses I failed at Widener were these two military science courses.  I would like to re-read the books.  It is kind of a personal goal.  Would you have  a copy for sale or know where I can purchase one?

Another book I am interested in is the book  used in Psychology 101 in my sophomore year.  I remember  the course being taught in Kirkbride Hall.

Thank you very much,

Dr. Walter L. Tamosaitis, Class of ’69

If you know the titles of these books or where to find them, please post a note in the comments field below or respond on Facebook.

It should be noted the performance in Military Science classes did not hinder Dr. Tamosaitis’ academic career.  He later obtained an MS and PhD in systems engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and now lives on the West Coast.



  1. Posted on Facebook – by David Fiedler Shame on you all!! We were required to have 2 books for MS101/102. The one with the blue cover was Military Heritage of America by R. Ernest Dupuy & Trevor N. Dupuy (blue cover) and American Military History 1607-1958 AKA ROTCM 145-20 (grey color). Tamosaitis had the same problem I had, we were science/engineering majors and had little time to spend on the MS stuff. Our time was taken up by class, labs, and scientific organizations. “C” was considered a good grade among us. None of this impressed Col. O’hara so cadet rank was not bestowed upon most of us but we didn’t care what the unispired/uninspiring Commandant thought. When I taught leadership in the army I always used him as the “bad example”. In my case the army got a damn good Signal Officer out of it. I have both books and they may be available for a price. LTC DAVE FIEDLER ’68

  2. I did a quick search and both of these books are available on AbeBooks.com.

    American Military History 1607-1958 at http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=American+Military+History+1607-1958&x=60&y=16

    and Military Heritage of America by R. Ernest Dupuy & Trevor N. Dupuy at http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=R.+Ernest+Dupuy+%26+Trevor+N.+Dupuy&sts=t&tn=Military+Heritage+of+America&x=60&y=14

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