This month is the anniversary
of these Classmates joining
the Ghostly Assemblage
in the Long Gray Line

John J. Berinato, H-1

21 Jan 1940 - 26 Mar 2013

Roger L. Cornelius, C-1

16 Jun 1939 - 29 Mar 1966

Russell M.. Cornelius, H-1

16 Jun 1939 - 12 Mar 2014

Thomas R. Davis, F-2

20 Mar 1939 - 24 Mar 1973

John C. Finlay, H-1

19 Sep 1937 - 27 Mar 2007

Jerome M. Ginsberg, B-2

8 May 1939 - 26 Mar 2000

Monroe B. Harden, A-2

24 Jun 1937 - 18 Mar 2006

Walter W. Hodge, G-2

15 Apr 1938 - 10 Mar 2004

Earl C. Horan, Jr., M-2

23 Feb 1936 - 7 Mar 2015

Howard E. McCreary, Jr, I-1

1 Nov 1936 – 26 Mar 2005

Anthony P. Moses, F-2

12 Jun 1939 - ? Mar 1987

William Ogden, I-2

25 Apr 1938 - 31 Mar 2013

Robert R. Protzman, A-2

29 Aug 1939 - 16 Mar 2016

Robert H. Strauss Jr., M-2

30 Aug 1937 - 22 Mar 1981

Paul F. Vader, Jr., M-2

15 Jul 1937 - 7 Mar 2013

Peter J. Waters, Jr., A-2

5 Oct 1939 - 10 Mar 2010

"Well done; Be thou at peace."

Click on underlined names
to go their Last Roll Call Tribute.

  Class Business

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  Halls of Fame Inductees

  Prior Features

  55th Reunion
  13-18 May 2016

  50th Reunion
  14-18 May 2011

  50 Year Affiliation Program

  45th Reunion
  28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006

  40th Reunion
4 - 7 Oct 2001

  10th Reunion

  Cadet Days

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55th Reunion Remembered
Updated as of 5 June 2016


Edgar D. Smith

Company G-1

17 Jun 1938 - 8 Feb 2017

Place of Death: Evergreen, CO

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ed Smith, on February 8, 2017, in Evergreen, CO, after a valiant battle with cancer.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Lisa Arnold and her daughter, Grace, of Evergreen; his son, Christian Smith and wife Sandi, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and their children, Alexander and Sydney; his daughter, Karen Hutcherson and her husband, James of Evergreen and their children, Jake and Hayden; and his son Stephen and wife Laurie of Orlando FL and their children, Haley, Alexandria, Grayson and West.

Funeral services will be held at West Point at a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Lisa Arnold, 31270 John Wallace Road, #309, Evergreen, CO  80439.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ed's memory be sent to Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen, CO  80439 or online at

Well done, Ed.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ed's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Francis L. Gibson

Company B-1

1 Apr 1939 - 24 Jan 2017

Place of Death: Tustin, CA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Frank, aka Hoot/Gibby, on January 24, 2016, in Tustin, CA suddenly after a massive heart attack.

Frank is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Francis and his wife Kim, Donald and his wife Gaylen, and Craig and his wife Ellen; and 10 grandchildren, Hayden, Gabrielle, Kate, Sara, Gunner, Anne, Charleigh, Thomas, Rylee and Reagan.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, February 4, 2017, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 13922 Prospect Avenue, Santa Ana, CA.  Reception to follow.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 13362 Flint Drive, Santa Ana, CA  92705-1909.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to West Point Association of Graduates - friends of Army Football, memory of Frank Gibson, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996 or Orange County Veteran's Court - Collaborative Courts FDT, P.O. Box 633, Laguna Beach, CA  92652 - in Memory of Frank Gibson.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Frank's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Dan Conner

Company M-2

5 May 1938 - 26 Dec 2016

Place of Death: Portland, OR

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dan Conner, on December 26, 2016, in Portland, OR, after a short, valiant battle against inoperable lung cancer.

Dan is survived by his wife, Renate, and their son, Paul. 

Funeral services will be held sometime in the early spring.

Condolences may be sent to Renate at 93 Portland Avenue, P.O. Box 41, Manzanita, OR  97130-9069.

Well done, Dan.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Dan's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Class Committee 16 November 2016 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 16 November 2016 Minutes

Should You Be Enrolled Into The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor - Consider

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor NY, commemorates Purple Heart recipients through its Roll of Honor, a database of Purple Heart recipients representing all wars for which the award has been available. All enrollments are done voluntarily and are made by recipients, their families or friends.  There is no comprehensive list of recipients maintained by the US Government.

The Roll of Honor is viewable both in the Hall of Honor and on-line. The version that is viewable in the Hall allows for a total of six screens per recipient. Profiles can contain pictures as well as written narratives of the experience of the recipient. The on-line version is an abbreviated, single page commemoration for each recipient and can be viewed from any computer via the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website,

According to information gathered from the 2010 Register of Graduates and the 50th Anniversary Yearbook questionnaires, at least 50 classmates have received 64 awards of the Purple Heart.  I have compared this information with that on the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website and believe that only 5 classmates are included in the current Roll of Honor.

If you are a Purple Heart recipient, I encourage you to complete and submit the necessary enrollment information that can be found at

Updated Second Charleston Mini-Reunion at Homewood Suites by Hilton, 19-24 Mar 2017

In response to popular demand.

The Fishburnes have organized a second Charleston Mini Reunion, March 19-24, 2017.

Accommodations will be at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston - Mount Pleasant.

This is at the height of the Low Country's Garden season. 

More details as of 3 Jan 2017...

'61 Company G-1's The Flying Finn (TFF) Completes 2016 Army Ten-Miler

In response to orders from Commander, Co. G-1, TFF joined some 26,000 other human beings to represent the very best company in USMA ‘61 in this year’s Army Ten-Miler.  Results shown here...









Unfortunately, the oldest geezer to complete the race was 80, thus relegating TFF to probably second oldest. (A younger 7.9 decader also completed the race.)

China Welcomes Four Members of the Class of 1961 During Two Week Uniworld Tour

The four members of the Class of 1961 (and their wives) (Charlie and Karen Hansell, Mick and Coralinn Maus, Bill and Kaye Williamson and Kathy White with her sister, Virginia) shown in the photo participated in a two-week Uniworld Tour through China from 14 to 25 September.

We were all surprised at the modernization of infrastructure as well as the antiquities that were visited. We began in Shanghai and were amazed at the modern buildings and the friendliness of the Chinese people. Shanghai is where the modern interface with the western world began and some of the British and French buildings are preserved and utilized to this day.

Next stop was an upriver three-day cruise on the Yangtze River that included observation of and passage through the huge and very impressive Three Gorges Dam. The river boat was very comfortable and the food and drink were excellent.

We disembarked in Chungking and then flew on to Xi’an where the Terra Cotta Warriors have been recently discovered and partially unearthed and reassembled. This massive army, almost beyond description, is overwhelming and the archeological care being taken is astonishing. Next and final stop was Beijing.

Three days were spent visiting the national monuments in and around Beijing: the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. Evening dinners followed by very impressive stage shows occurred on two of the nights.

A great time was had by all and as always. spending time together was unforgettable.

Ralph W. Garens, Jr

Company B-2

23 May 1938 - 26 Oct 2011

Place of Death: La Crosse, WI

Interment: Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee, WI

It is with great regret and sorrow that we have confirmed the death of our classmate, Ralph Garens, on October 26, 2011, in La Crosse, WI. 

Ralph is survived by his wife, Helga. 

Ralph was buried in Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee, WI, on November 2, 2011. 

Condolences can be sent to Helga at 2062 River Road, Sparta, WI  54656-2386. 

Well done, Ralph.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Ralph's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Classmates Get Together for Visit at Army Residence Community in San Antonia, TX

Gary and Button came to San Antonio for a visit, Sept 28-30, 2016.  They stayed with Bob and Terry Cairns who, along with David and Mimi Brooks, Howard and Nancy DeWitt, and Phil and Sharon Mallory, live at the Army Residence Community (ARC).  The guys and gals from the class had a great time and the picture records the last evening’s dinner at one of the dining rooms in the ARC.  For all our traveling classmates, come see us in San Antonio.

Roy A. Haarman

Company H-2

6 Apr 1938 - 9 Sep 2016

Place of Death: Missoula, MT

Interment: Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roy Haarman, on September 9, 2016, in Missoula, MT, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Roy is survived by his wife, Kathy; his daughter, April Haarman (Fred) of Pleasanton, CA; his son, Timothy (Laura) Haarmann of Pagosa Springs, CO; his step-daughter, Janine (Jason) Kowalski of Florence, MT; his step-son, Paul (Courtney) Kalstad of Rohnert Park, CA; his grandchildren, Scott (Tara) Bingham; Sean Bingham; Sage, Noah, and Isabelle Haarmann; Klaja (Nick) Baines; Kurtis Dion; Connor and Megan Kowalski; and McKenna and Haylie Kalstad; and his great-grandchildren, Kenna, Athan, Braden, and Cameron Bingham.  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy Haarmann Bingham, and his baby granddaughter, Sienna Haarmann.

Funeral services for Roy were held at Grace Lutheran Church in Hamilton, MT, on September 16, 2016.  Interment followed at Riverview Cemetery, Hamilton, MT, with military honors.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 100 Cottonwood Ct., Hamilton, MT  59840.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Roy’s memory be sent to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC  20090-6011.

Well done, Roy.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Roy's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Francis G. Sisk

Company B-1

28 Oct 1935 - 14 Aug 2016

Place of Death: Mount Pleasant, SC

Interment: Blackshear Cemetery, Blackshear, GA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Frank Sisk, on August 14, 2016, in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Frank is survived by his son, Francis Gordon “Gordy” Sisk II of Atlanta, Georgia; his daughter, Kathleen Sisk Askins, her husband Colonel Harold William Askins III, and their two children, Mary Isabelle Askins and Harold William Askins IV of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; his brother, David Sisk of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his sister-in-law, Joan Baxter Graham of Blackshear, Georgia; his six nieces and nephew, Debbie McCullars, Terri Hobbs, Pam Popham, Karen Thrift, Erin Drury, Robin Sisk and David Sisk; many grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins, and close friends.  Frank was predeceased by his wife, Joyce, in 1989.

Funeral services for Frank will be held Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 3:00 PM from the Pearson-Dial Chapel, 659 Main Street, Blackshear, GA 31516. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Blackshear Cemetery with full military honors.

Condolences may be sent to Kathleen Askins at 14 Prescient Street, Mount Pleasant, SC  29464-2663

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to the charity of your choice

Click here to go to Frank's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Andersons Continue Giving Back By Update to Arvin Annex and Endowing Men’s Basketball & Women’s Rugby Coaching

Army West Point Athletics has received another extraordinary commitment from Lee and Penny Anderson that will enhance the cadet-athlete experience in multiple sports and further advance the mission of the Academy. The Anderson’s contribution will catapult a transformation of the Arvin Annex that will house a new state-of-the-art weight room and locker room facilities for multiple athletic and club programs. In addition to this facility upgrade, the Andersons will endow the head men’s basketball and women’s rugby coaching positions.

First Day of August 1959 at Fort Campbell

Some nostalgia from Jim Oaks that might interest you.  Your challenge is to identify everyone!  (Click on picture to see larger size.)

Ronald B. Neutzling

Company C-1

5 Dec 1938 - 4 Jun 2016

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Interment: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery,  San Antonio, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ron Neutzling, on June 4, 2016, in San Antonio, TX, of an acute pulmonary condition.

Ron is survived by his wife, Kathryn; his daughter, Laura Neutzling and son-in-law, Daniel Eby; his son Daniel Neutzling and daughter-in-law Alecia Neutzling; grandson Gregory DiMario; grandsons Matthew Neutzling, Austin Neutzling, and Zachary Neutzling.  He was predeceased by his daughter, Karen Neutzling DiMario.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4411 Moana Drive, San Antonio, TX  78218.  Interment will follow at 1:15 PM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, San Antonio, TX  78209.

Condolences may be sent to Kathryn at 15826 Eagle Cliff Street, San Antonio, TX  78232-3425.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Ron’s memory be sent to The Journey Home Project, PO Box 1893, Mt. Juliet, TN  37121 or on-line at  When making your donation, please indicate it is in honor of Ronald Neutzling.

Well done, Ron.  Be thou at peace.

>Click here to go to Ron's Last Roll Call Tribute.

2017 Colors of Canada Cruise 30 Sep - 10 Oct on MS Zuiderdam Now Offered

NOTES AND DETAILS The 2017 Colors of Canada Cruise for the West Point Class of 1961  

Purpose. This summary augments our Flyer, “Come Cruise With Us on the MS Zuiderdam,” briefed and distributed during the Business Meeting at our 55th Reunion. The Flyer and these Notes and Details were thereafter emailed to our class roster.

Ahoy 1961 Classmates.  This is Update # 1

Although still 13 months until we sail, there is a roster of attendees (30) who have booked the cruise and paid the deposit, fully refundable until final payment date, 1 July 2017.  Click here for roster and full detail about Cruise and Insurance.

27 Sep - 9 Oct 2018 Mini Reunion Cruise Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River

Queen isabel

116 passengers/staff 33

56 staterooms

2 suites


Uniworld Queen isabel boutique river cruise includes: three nights in Madrid with breakfast-Westin Palace; two nights in Lisbon with breakfast-Intercontinental Hotel.

7 day cruise on Douro river includes:

  • All meals onboard
  • All gratuities
  • Airport transfers
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Signature lectures
  • Unlimited beverages onboard (wine, beer, champagne, beer, premium spirits, coffee, tea, soft drinks, water)
  • Ship-wide wi-fi access
  • Onboard fitness center
  • Sun deck with small swimming pool

The 2018 schedule has not been announced but this is a small ship, so we are collecting names of those interested in booking when scheduled is announced.  This small ship for this popular cruise will book quickly.

Details about this cruise 27 Sep - 9 Oct 2018 Cruise Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River

Please email Lois Bradfield or  Phone: 425-961-0583 and cell: 206-295-2311.

Questions:  Connie Budge--843-815-3563 or

Flyer attached!

George Kopcsak Travels 6,000 Miles for Veterans in 2016 Run for the Wall

FRONT ROYAL – A Warren County man honored his fellow military veterans with a motorcycle ride that ended in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.

Retired U.S. Army Col. George Kopcsak, of Bentonville, and hundreds of other motorcyclists participated in the Run for the Wall – an annual trek from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

The group, traveling from the South, stopped in Front Royal on Friday.  Read full story.

Mike Eggleston's New Book Is Now Available

Mike Eggleston's newest book about Dak To is now available from the publisher, McFarland, for preorder, but it won't be delivered for several months. Mike is indebted to members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who included their recollections. Two of these received the Distinguished Service Cross for their valor.







Donations Requested to Name Defenders Lodge Room in Honor of Class of 1961

Frank Gibson is asking for donations to raise $50,000 to name a guest room at the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, Palo Alto, CA, in honor of the West Point Class of 1961.

Placing our Class of 1961 on a Defenders Lodge guest room will contribute to eliminating the mortgage on the building that offers a free safe haven for Veterans and their Caregivers while they undergo medical treatment at the Palo Alto VA.

The details for donating are in the attachment here.


50th Reunion Class Gift Presentation Given to the Center for Oral History

The West Point Center for Oral History is dedicated to archiving the story of the American soldier, in both war and peace. It will record the professional experiences of West Point graduates and other accomplished soldiers, along with others who have had a prominent role in shaping history, such as former Secretaries of Defense and State, Congressmen, and Senators.

>Established in Spring 2005 and supported by leadership funding from the Francis Sehn Family and the Class of 1961 and Class of 1967.  During the Class of 1961 50th Reunion in 2011 the Center for Oral History was presented a gift of $1,000,000.

Visit the COH website to watch some remarkable videos.

40th Reunion Class Gift of Reconciliation Plaza at West Point Described on Web Site

The Historical Marker Database is a web site providing information about many national monuments. Reconciliation Plaza, our Class Gift to West Point, is described in great detail. The web site is well worth viewing marker=35359

Click here for pictures of Reconciliation Plaza.

June Week 1961 and Related Activities from July 1961 Assembly Now Available Online

The USMA Library Archives office is putting ASSEMBLY Magazine and various other historical reports on a web site that allows you to access and download articles and information. Copies of ASSEMBLY from 1942-1993 are currently available. Click here for the archived issues of Assembly  . Click here for the Summer 1961 issue. You will find it very interesting. There may be a problem for some as the huge file is 72MB.

Memorial & Family Planning Documents

The Class of 1961 Memorial Article Project has now made the appropriate AOG Forms available for your use. Click here to go to the Class Web Site article that explains what is available and has links to the documents.

In Remembrance:
Classmates can send their remembrances, comments, pictures to Sam Weiss and they will be edited for inclusion with the Last Roll Call Tribute for that person.

Current Profiles
In order to create a “Current Profile” for every member of the class, graduates and former members of 1961, we need your input. If you are interested in participating, email your “vita” information to Sam Weiss with photos in "jpg" format, if you can. If that is not possible, then send actual photo to: John Neiger at 4011 Lakeview Parkway, Lake of the Woods, VA 22408. All photos will be returned after we scan them into cyberspace.

If your profile is already online, check to make sure it is up-to-date and send us any changes or additions.

Prior Features
In order to keep this page more current with items of interest to the Class, after a reasonable length of time items will be moved to the PRIOR FEATURES Page (click here to go to them).

Panoramic Photo of USMA
The panoramic photo of the Plain and surrounding buildings of West Point at the top of this page was created by G. W. 'Casey' Kenaston, USNA '56. To view the panoramic photo in full size with more detail, please click here. To further increase the size of that picture, please do a mouse button click on the picture to get the picture enlarge icon. Arrangements are being made for individuals to purchase copies. Detail will be published as soon as available.

If you have any announcements of interest to other Classmates, comments, questions, or suggestions, please e-mail them to Sam Weiss.

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Long ago when this Country was new
Our forefathers said here’s what we must do.

We must find a place where young men can be
Trained to serve this great country.

West Point was chosen as the place
Where they learned to serve with honor and grace.

They were taught to serve, and only then
Were they sent to become leaders of men.

Duty, Honor, Country for all time
The world is encircled by The Long Gray Line.

By Joan Seibert
in honor of the Class of 1961 50th Reunion


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