Joseph Clair Austin

The ties that bind Army Athletes

In 1952, Cadet Joe Austin of the U.S. Military Academy Lacrosse Team used a six foot stick while playing crease attack. Joe made an all-time West Point record of ten goals in one game and had a career total of eighty goals for three years of play which (when the story was told) was still a school record. He was selected 1st team All-American at attack.

In 1962, the then Captain Joe Austin of the United States Air Force, was an assistant coach of the Army Lacrosse Team. Bob Fuellhart ’62, the second Lonely End, (following Bill Carpenter) on the Football Team, was playing on the Army Lacrosse Team as a defense man. Bob became very distressed when his favorite stick was broken in scrimmage. Assistant Coach Joe Austin, who had treasured his six foot high scoring attack stick for ten years generously loaned it to Fuellhart.

The head of the stick was much narrower than we liked for defensive use in those days but Bob felt that it helped his throwing and catching. (Today almost every defense stick has a head of this size which put Bobby much ahead of his time.) Appropriately, Fuellhart became first team All-American at close defense and won the Schmeisser Award as the outstanding defense man of 1962. Bill Carpenter was recipient of the Schmeisser Award in 1960.

This would seem to be quite a rarity for two players Joe and Bob, in two opposite positions, ten years apart, utilizing the same stick to become outstanding players of their times. Both Joe Austin and Bob Fuellhart were killed in the Vietnam War in the mid 1960’s.

Joe Austin, awarded 2 Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart was first declared missing 19 March 1969, and confirmed Killed In Action 25 May 79.

Bill Carpenter was nominated for the Medal of Honor received the Distinguished Service Cross.

Bob Fuellhart, awarded a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars (V), and Purple Heart, was Killed in Action 12 Aug 65, the day his daughter was born.

A Half Century of Lacrosse by William H. (Dinty) Moore III, the long-time Lacrosse Coach at Navy. It was told to Moore by Army Coach Jim (Ace) Adams. Edited by Butch Darrell Captain 1962 Lacrosse Team

Cadet Days

Joseph Clair Austin

Nickname ?

Class of 1952

Company B-1

Home: 2003 Center St. Moundsville, W. Va.

Born 30 June 1929

Moundsville High School – Graduated 1947

USAF – 19 June 1947 to 19 June 1948

Prep School @ Stewart Field – 3 months Jan 1948

Appointment: State at Large – Senator Kilgore

Date of Entry to Academy?

Date of Graduation ?

Age at Graduation 23

Cullum Number 18680

Cadet Rank & Military Position

  • Captain – Cadet Adjutant of the 1st Regiment

    Height ?

  • Entry
  • Graduation

    Weight ?

  • Entry
  • Playing weight
  • Graduation

    Teams – Lacrosse

    Coaches / Assistant Coaches ?

    Officer Representative

    Lacrosse Team Captain 1952

    Position Played – Crease Attack

    Award of Army A

  • Plebe Year Class Numerals
  • Army A Yearling, Cow, and Firstie Years

    Team Recognition

  • Co- champions with Princeton 1952

    Academy Recognition ?

    Individual Recognition

  • 10 goals against Cornell in 1952, 80 goals 3 years

    Individual Records

  • National
  • Regional
  • League

    Individual Recognition

  • Plebe
  • Yearling
  • Cow Year – Honorable Mention All American
  • Firstie Year – First Team All American

    Post Season Play – 1952 All Star Game North Team


    Significant events, Information, or Write Up about Athlete ?

  • Pointer, Pointer View, New York Times, (Note Home Town Paper was Wheeling News-Register, Wheeling W. Va.)

    Relationship with

  • Tactical Department ?

    Committees and Staff

  • In Support of Corps


  • General Committee, French Club, Camera Club, Ski Club
  • Intramurals

    Class Standing 186 out of ?

    Turn Out Stars ?

    Officer Assignment to the Academy ?

  • Department
  • Coach or Officer Representative

    Military Career

  • Officer Rank – Colonel
  • Advanced Education
  • 1. MS Industrial Administration- Carnegie Tech 1956-1958
  • 2. MS Operations Research – NYU 1962-1962
  • 3. MS Public Administration – George Washington University 1962-1964
  • Listed as Missing in Action 19 March 1967 changed to Killed in Action 25 May 1979
  • Awards – 2 Silver Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart


  • Wife – Beverly Joan Marino Austin
  • Sons Joseph John and Thomas David Austin

    Command of the 34thTactical Fighter Squadron

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