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

Howard A. Bais, A-1

27 Apr 1938 - 27 Jan 1979

Anthony B. Brown, M-2

14 Aug 1938 - 18 Jan 2016

Thelmo Y. Cunanan, A-2

14 Apr 1938 - 16 Jan 2011

Samuel D. Freeman III, D-1

19 Sep 1937 - 7 Jan 1967

Francis L. Gibson, B-1,

1 Apr 1939 - 24 Jan 2017

Frank L. Heikkila, C-2

18 Oct 1938 - 17 Jan 2016

Bruce P. Holmberg, C-1

20 Feb 1939 - 26 Jan 2009

Robert L. Janoska, H-1

1 Jan 1938 - 25 Jan 2011

Harlan L Kennedy, E-2  

19 May 1939 - 6 Jan 2000

Henry E. Lilienthal, B-1

10 May 1939 - 11 Jan 1998

James J. Roberts, K-1

31 Jul 1938 - 11 Jan 1973

Dennis M. Sams, L-1

18 Sep 1937 - 2 Jan 1977

Allen F. Schneider, L-1

27 Sep 1935 - 14 Jan 2009

Larry D. Smith, C-1

12 Sep 1939 - 28 Jan 2008

William B. Townsend, K-2

25 Feb 1939 - 29 Jan 2004

Steven C. Walker, I-2

14 Mar 1938 - 29 Jan 2005

Richard F. Wyse, F-2

8 Oct 1939 - 29 Jan 2002

"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


James D. Strachan "Jim"

Company D-2

12 Feb 1940 - 24 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Webster, TX

Interment: Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Strachan, on 24 December 2017 in Webster, TX, as a result of complications from pneumonia. 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Kim; and his youngest brother, Michael.  Jim is survived by his younger brother, John; sons, James, Sean, and Hugh; daughters, Kim M. and Kim T.; and their grandchildren, Michael, James, Alexa, Alexandra, Alea, Lauren, Morgan, Taylor, Joey, Evan, and Ellie. 

Jim will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery, Houston, TX following his military honors service on February 12, 2018 at 10:00 am. 

Condolences may be sent to James G. Strachan at 281 W Fork Drive, League City, TX  77573-3485. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Jimís memory be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX  75231.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

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

Donn G. Miller

Company H-1

9 Aug 1939 - 24 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Wayne, PA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Donn Miller, on December 24, 2017, after a courageous battle with leukemia. 

Donn is survived by his wife, Carol; his daughter, Kimberly Miller; his son, Donn Scott Miller; his grandson, Major Matthew Miller and his wife, Bana; his granddaughter, Heather Miller; and three great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be at 10 AM on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Chapel of St. Cornelius the Centurion, Valley Forge Military Academy, 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, PA,  19087.  A memorial service will follow at 11 AM.  Funeral services will be held at the West Point Cemetery at a later date. 

Condolences may be sent to Carol at 39 Constitution Court, Chesterbrook, PA  19087-5826. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Donnís memory be made to Blue Star Families, P.O. Box 230637, Encinitas, CA  92023-0637.

Well done, Donn.  Be thou at peace.

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

Sept 2019 River Cruise Viking Elegant Elbe River Cruise Berlin to Prague Plus Optional Extention to Warsaw & Krakow

Great Air fare pricing. $500 pp booking. Final payment March 2019!!

See attached for pricing and more details.

Budge, Hansel, Harmon and Bradfield signed on!!

For more info: Connie Budge-- or Lois Bradfield--

61 Orlando Mini !!!!!!!! 

25-29 Jan 2018 

We are gearing up for a fun time in Orlando in Jan 2018 

Read details as of 2 Jan 2018 here

George Fox

Company M-1

6 May 1939 - 12 Dec 2017

Place of Death: Princeton, NJ

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, George Fox, on 12 December in Princeton, NJ, as a result of metastatic melanoma.  

George is survived by his wife, Barbara; their son, George; their daughters, Elizabeth and Susannah; and eight grandchildren.  

A memorial service will be at 3 PM on 30 December at Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ  08542-5309. 

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 86 Cedar Lane, Princeton, NJ  08540. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Georgeís memory be made to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton, NJ  08542-5309.  

Well done, George. Be thou at peace.

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

30th Annual Golfing Grads of USMA April 30 - May 2, 2018

Join us for The Golfing Grads of USMA
 30th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament
World Golf Village St Augustine, FL
April 30-May 2, 2018

Over the years, the tournament has been held at a number of great venues.  First year at Hilton Head; followed by nine years at Greenlefe, FL; two years at Callaway Gardens, GA; two at Palm Coast, FL; four at World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL; one at Amelia Island, FL; three at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill course at, Prattville, AL; two at the RTJ Grand National course in Opelika, AL; two at Innisbrook, FL; and 2015-16 at Grand National, Opelika, AL.  For 2018, we return for another year to World Golf Village and the Renaissance World Village Resort in St Augustine.

These are all great golf courses, but this tournament is all about fun and camaraderie.  It is a chance to see and visit with classmates and comrades from other classes.  Many extended family members also come adding to the diversity of the group.  There is ample opportunity to relax and visit.  Players at every level participate in the event.  Golf expertise is not a requirement for having fun and in fact may be the exception for those that attend.  Having a good time is a requirement.

So letís talk about the 2018 Golfing Grads Reunion and Golf Tournament.

David H. Mace, Sr.

Company L-1

18 Jan 1937 - 15 Nov 2017

Place of Death: Panama City, FL.

Inurned: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dave Mace, on 15 November, in Panama City, FL. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons, David H. Mace, Jr. and Charles J. Mace; his daughter, Katherine R. Mace-Roberge; and many grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM, November 18, 2017 at St. Patrickís Episcopal Church, 4025 E 15th Street, Panama City, FL  32404.  Inurnment will be at the West Point Cemetery at a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Ann at 390 S. Tyndall Parkway, #224, Panama City, FL  32404. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Daveís memory be made to the Superintendentís Fund, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point NY,  10996.

Well done, Dave.  Be thou at peace.

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

Joe K. Clema

Company A-2

23 Sep 1938 - 27 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Villages, FL

Interment: Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Joe Clema, on 27 October 2017, at a hospital in The Villages, FL, following a heart attack and battling Parkinsonís disease.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Esthella, and his brother and sister-in-law.

The funeral service for Joe is scheduled for Friday January 26th, 2018 at 10 am at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL, followed by his Celebration of Life at The Eisenhower Center, 3560 Buenavista Blvd. The Villages, FL 32163 (352 672-8390).

Condolences may be sent to Esthella at 1121 Edgewater Lane, The Villages, FL 32162.

Donations in Joeís memory may be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or online at

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

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

William R. Griffiths "Bill"

Company B-1

7 May 1939 - 10 Oct 2017

Place of Death: Tierra Verde, FL

Interment: National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bill Griffiths, on 10 October in Tierra Verde, FL, as a result of an apparent heart attack. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Pat; their son, Rich; their daughters, Leigh Major (Ted) and Suzi Huntsman (Eric); and grandson, Patrick William Huntsman. 

Funeral services and burial will be held at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL.  Additionally, the family will host a Celebration of Life at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL. 

Please view Bill's LRC Tribute for details about the Memorial Service and Celebration of Life.

  • A Memorial Service and Burial will be at Bay Pines National Cemetery in Pinellas County, FL on Friday, December 8th at 1:30 p.m.
  • A Celebration of Life will be at Tampa Bay Watch on Tierra Verde, FL on Saturday, December 9th from 4 to 7 pm

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 1595 Pinellas Bayway S, Tierra Verde, FL  33715-2519. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Billís memory be made to Tampa Bay Watch where Bill was an active member serving on the Board of Directors.  Donations may be mailed to 3000 Pinellas Bayway South, Tierra Verde, FL  33715 or made online at

Well done, Bill,  Be thou at peace.

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

James B. Royce "Jim"

Company F-2

2 Oct 1938 - 2 Octr 2017

Place of Death: Walla Walla, WA

Interment: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Walla Walla, WA.

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Royce, on 2 October in Walla Walla, WA, after an extended battle with dementia. 

Jim is survived by his wife, Diane; their son, Charles; their daughter, Rebecca; and their grandchildren, Lauren and Benjamin. 

Jimís cremated remains will be interned during a memorial service at 2:30 PM on Sunday, 29 October at St. Paulís Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine Street, Walla Walla, WA  99362. 

Condolences may be sent to Diane at 1064 Abbott Road, Walla Walla, WA  99362-9364. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Jimís memory be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, PO Box 1950, Clarksburg, MD  20871-1950.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

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

Classmates Gather for Army-Tulane Game
23 Sep 2017 in New Orleans, LA

This is party in New Orleans before 23 Sep 2017 Army-Tulane game. Pete Boylan made a special effort to attend. Classmates are Jim Mathison, Gene Witherspoon, Jerry White, Pete Boylan, and Ron Barrick.

Class Committee 12 August 2017 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 12 August 2017 Minutes

Richard E. McNear "Dick"

Company E-1

23 Nov 1937 - 8 Sep 2017

Place of Death: Washington, VA

Interment: Greenwood Farm Cemetery, Washington, VA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dick McNear, on 8 September at his home, Hilltop, in Washington, VA, after a valiant battle with lung cancer. 

Dick is survived by his wife, Jeanie; daughters, Jennifer, Susannah, and Laura; and grandchildren, Michael, Samuel, Nicholas, Kimberly, Josephine, Reed, Carter, Lucas, and Ella Jean. 

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm at Greenwood Farm Cemetery, 43 Greenwood Lane, Washington, VA  22747.  

Condolences may be sent to Jeanie at 32 Keyser Run Road, Washington, VA  22747-1701. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Dickís memory be made to Washington Baptist Church, 180 Gay Street, Washington, VA  22747; or Piedmont Environmental Council, PO Box 460, Warrenton VA  20188; or Virginia Outdoors Foundation, 39 Garrett Street, Suite 200, Warrenton, VA  20186. 

Well done, Dick.  Be thou at peace.

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

Colors of Canada Cruise 30 Sep - 10 Oct 2017  on MS Zuiderdam Update #5 Available Now

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.

Ahoy 1961 Classmates.  This is Update # 5 from 20 September 2017

Click here for roster and full detail about Cruise and Insurance.

Group Enjoying June 2017 Cruise to Norway

A few of us are on a Viking Ocean cruise up along the coast of Norway, across the Arctic Ocean to the Shetlands, Orkneys, Edinburgh, and London.

Here we are in Molde, Norway. Lots of scenery.

We have Mike & Chan Eiland, Terry & Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Gene Witherspoon, John & Teri Grisoni in our '61 group.

This was a Viking Ocean cruise from Bergen, Norway to London. We departed Bergen on 25 June to sail up along the coast of Norway visiting some of the great fjords and towns. Right now we crossed the Arctic Circle as we head up to the northernmost part of Norway. Then we will head for the U.K. and visit the Shetlands, the Orkneys, Edinburgh , and then finish in London. Today, Mike Eiland, Gene Witherspoon, and I paid homage to King Neptune for permission to cross over the Arctic Circle. It entailed diving into icy water, kissing the Royal Salmon, downing an aquavit, an having our noses painted blue. You have to do what you have to do. 

Gene Witherspoon, Mike Eiland, John Grisoni, Terry Kirkpatrick toast The Corps on the 60th anniversary of the arrival of the Class of 1961 to West Point.

Photo taken on the "Viking Sea" as it cruised the Norwegian Sea.

Dean S. Fraizer

Company G-1

12 Apr 1939 - 24 May 2017

Place of Death: Mililani, HI

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I forward the messages below about the death of our Classmate, Dean Frazier, on 24 May 2017.

More information will be sent as it become available.

Well done, Dean. Be thou at peace.

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

Mike Eggleston í61 Releases Newest Book "One Manís Traitor is Anotherís Patriot"

Mike Eggleston releases One Man's Traitor is Another's Patriot.

This history tells the story of George Washington and Robert Rogers and the conflict between the two. Robert Rogers is considered by many to be the father of the U. S. Army Special Forces and Rangers. Rogersí Saint Francis Raid in 1759 against the Abenaki tribe of Native Americans in what is now Canada was one of the major events of that war. The raid is described in detail. This book provides a large level of detail and reveals a vast number of contemporary documents that are frequently quoted. During the War of Independence, he and Washington clashed and Washington thought he was a British spy. In the battles that followed the Declaration of Independence Rogers Ďactivities were of continuing concern to Washington. Robert Rogers was a puzzle to his contemporaries and to those who study his life today. This book describes Rogersí life and motivations.

Larry F. Smalley

Company L-2

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Houston, TX

Body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Larry Smalley, on 28 April in Houston, TX, of complications from Alzheimerís disease. 

Larry is survived by his wife, Kathleen; son Stephen and daughter Jennifer Whittenbery, stepsons William and Chris Wesolic and Stepdaughter Jennifer Smith.  Grandchildren include Somya and Saaya Smalley, Kate Whittenberg, Chris, Courtney and Mackenzie Smith, and Ali, Emily and Colby Wesolic. 

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017 at Second Baptist Church of Houston in the Hankamer Chapel, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX  77057.  

Larry donated his body to the University of Texas Medical School. 

Condolences may be sent to Kathleen at 12800 Briar Forest Drive, Unit 183, Houston, TX  77077-2212. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Larryís memory be made to CAPS (Citizens for Animal Protection), 17555 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX  77094. 

Well done, Larry.  Be thou at peace.

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

Darryl E. Hersant

Company F-1

26 Jun 1938 - 26 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Springfield, MA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Darryl Hersant, on 26 April 2017 in Springfield, MA, of ALS. 

Darryl is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Heidi and Sarah; and grandchildren, Gunnar, Mackenzie, Inge, Katrina, Lillian, and Finn. 

The family will gather this summer at the family cemetery in Connecticut for burial followed by a celebration of life at the beach.  The date is to be determined 

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 535 Shearer Hill Road, Brattleboro, VT  05301. 

Well done, Darryl.  Be thou at peace.

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

AOG Announces The Rockbound Highland Home Program Welcoming Grads Home

Who says you canít go home again? For 47 months, West Point was your homeóthrough Beast Barracks, Mess Hall meals, clubs and team experiences, competitions on the fields of friendly strife, the Indoor Obstacle Course, graduation, and even the gloom period.

Most alumni love to visit their alma maters, and West Point graduates are certainly no exception. However, because the Academy is on an active-duty Army post, gaining access and touring West Point present unique challenges.

To enhance services for the Long Gray Line, the West Point Association of Graduates has launched The Rockbound Highland Home Program, a new program ensuring that every graduate coming back home to the Academy is welcomed in the special way that family should be.

The Rockbound Highland Home Program was created exclusively for USMA graduates and is designed to assist you in navigating post security procedures, offer special access to select MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) facilities and services, and provide ďinsiderĒ tours for you and your guests. For information on how to support the Rockbound Highland Home Program and other WPAOG initiatives, click here. 

For more information on each aspect of this program, please click below or contact:
Program Coordinator: Lindsey Eisenlohr,
Phone: 845.446.1622
Email at


Benjamin L. Willis

Company A-2

12 Jun 1938 - 9 Apr 2017

Place of Death: Atlanta, GA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ben Willis, on April 9, 2017, in Atlanta, GA after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

Ben has no immediate survivors.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm at North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA. A reception will follow after the service in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, Ben requested before his death that donations in his memory be made to the Ben Willis Fund, North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30350.

Well done, Ben.  Be thou at peace.

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

Army Names Al Vanderbush '61 Honorary Coach Football Spring Game

Head coach Jeff Monken and the Army West Point football team has announced their honorary captains and coach for the upcoming Spring Game on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

The honorary coach for the team is former player and Director of Athletics Al Vanderbush '61.

The captains include Adrian Calame '96, Steve Chaloult '92, Rob Dickerson '87, Mike Gann '10, Hise Gibson '97, Rob Healy '86, Frank Scappaticci '09, and Don Smith '86.

"Army West Point Football has a history all its own," Monken said. "Each spring, we are incredibly proud to welcome a group of former players back to the Black and Gold Spring Game to serve as honorary captains. The legacy of the Army Football Brotherhood extends across decades and through generations of championship teams. When our team takes the field of friendly strife, we represent a long line of Black Knights who have battled on the Banks of the Hudson and we are excited to have this group of men with us this year."

The team will honor the captains and Vanderbush prior to the game on Saturday and the Black Knights will also have a quick ceremony for the graduating seniors prior to kickoff.

Admission is free to the game and the Black Knights are offering a host of activities prior to the game.

At 11 a.m., a free youth clinic for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will be led by members of the Army football team. To sign up, CLICK HERE.

Pregame activities will get underway at 11 a.m. at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium, the lone entrance into the field. Concession stands will be open before and during the contest.

Following the contest, fans can interact with the football team and capture post game autographs at Gate 1 of the stadium.

A new addition to this year's spring game activities is a special game on the gridiron between the New York City Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department. That game will kickoff at approximately 5:30 p.m. 

Benjamin R. Wilkerson, Jr.

Company E-2  USMA Class of 1962 (Formerly USMA Class of 1961)

9 Sep 1937 - 30 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Kingsport, TN

Interment: West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rusty Wilkerson, on March 30, 2017, in Kingsport, TN, after a valiant battle to defeat brain cancer.

Rusty is survived by his devoted wife of 51 years, Gini Wilkerson; his three daughters, Cathy (Lance) Carpenter, Marci (Brad) Schneier, and Ginny (Eric) Schneier; his five grandchildren, Payton E Carpenter, Benjamin A Schneier, Joseph W Schneier, Ryan J Schneier, and V. Hope Schneier; and his sister Alexine Wilkerson.

Funeral arrangements are with Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport. At Rustyís request, Celebration of Life events are scheduled for 5-6 May in Kingsport to be followed by Internment at West Point at a future date. Details will follow.

There will be a memorial service for LTC Benjamin Wilkerson í62 (He started with Class of 1961) on Tuesday June 27th at 1330 hours at the West Point Cemetery. Following the service the family is hosting a reception at the WPAOG Great Hall.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Tom Middaugh at  

For any classmates that do not have a DOD ID card or have not received their Local Access Pass yet, the options are as follows:

  1. Meet at Hoganís Funeral Home between 1245 and 1300 - 135 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928 and process with the family through security to the cemetery. Security vehicle passes will be passed out at the funeral home

  2. Go to the AOG webpage and apply online for a Local Access Pass - Follow instructions on the webpage for picking up your pass.

  3. Go to the visitor center and go to the Graduate Line to apply for your grad pass.

For any questions please call Kristan Burpo at the WPAOG Memorial Support at 835-446-8298.

Condolences to family members may be addressed as follows: Gini Wilkerson at 1209 White Street, Kingsport, TN 37664.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Rusty's memory be sent to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Research Institute ( or the Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Ste 420 Rockville, MD

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

Edward B. Mucho

Company L-2

21 Mar 1939 - 27 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Los Angeles, CA

Interment: Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Burke Mucho, on March 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA, after a valiant two-week battle to defeat a dangerous MRSA staph bacterial infection.

Burke is survived by his devoted partner, Sandy Shapiro; his sons, Rob and his wife Wendy, Burke and his wife Emily; his grandchildren, Caroline, Rachel, Al, and Carson; his brother Gary and his wife Chris; his sister Kim; his niece Kristen and his nephew Ryan.

Funeral services will be on Thursday, April 6 at 11:00 AM, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 5550 Thornburn Street (at La Tijera Blvd), Los Angeles, CA 90045. A reception will follow at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport Hotel, 6225 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Interment will be at 11:00 AM on April 13, 2017 at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd, Riverside, CA

For those coming from out of town and wanting to stay at the Hyatt Regency International Airport Hotel, a block of specially priced rooms has been set aside. To book a room use Passkey Link: . Please contact Sandy at if you have any problems or questions.

Condolences for any of the family members may be sent to Sandy at 4542 Willis Avenue, #208, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Burkeís memory be sent to St. Jerome Parish Community, 5550 Thornburn Street, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

Well done, Burke.  Be thou at peace.

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

Burke Mucho's Funeral and Reception Attended by Many Classmates and Friends

Classmates who attended the service: Barry; Campbell (with Judy); Dunning (with Carol); Eiland (with son, Jono); Grannemann (with Jan);  Hokins; Hyde (pallbearer and Words of Remembrance); Lenhart; McCann (pallbearer); Nevins; Urette;  Marty Sommercamp, John's widow, also attended.

James H. Irish III

Company B-1

3 Oct 1936 - 23 Mar 2017

Place of Death: Seattle, WA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Irish, on March 23, 2017, in Seattle, WA, of heart failure.

Jim was predeceased by his wife, Donna. He is survived by his daughters, Virginia Irish and Melissa Irish.

The memorial service to honor the life of James "Jim" Irish is scheduled for July 3, 2017 at Christ The King Church 405 North 117th Street Seattle, WA 98133

Jim's sisters, Virginia and Melissa Irish, have invited all members of our class at West Point and the Prep School Class of '57 from Stewart Field to attend this event.

Condolences may be sent to Virginia and Melissa Irish, PO Box 30852, Seattle, WA 98113.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Jim be sent to the American Heart Association, PO Box 742030, Los Angeles, CA 90074-2030.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

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

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

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

As of 1/8/2018 the cruise is SOLD OUT

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

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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