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

Andrew F. Bennett, Jr., L-2

25 Nov 1937 - 27 Nov 2014

Peter L. Benzinger, L-2

18 Jul 1935 - 27 Nov 1965

Donald R. Bonko, H-1

16 Dec 1936 - 26 Nov 1965

Michael J. Brady, H-1

15 Apr 1939 - 7 Nov 2013

Robert M. Gants, K-2
19 Aug 1937 - 28 Nov 2015

William E. Hathaway, I-1

3 Aug 1937 - 1 Nov 2012

Harry E. Lardin Jr., F-1

15 Jun 1937 - 4 Nov 1957

Conwell B. Leinbach, B-2

17 Jan 1940 - 12 Nov 2011

Walter B. Ligon Jr, D-1

20 May 1939 - 2 Nov 2014

David H. Mace, Sr., L-1

18 Jan 1937 - 15 Nov 2017

Douglas F. Matthews, I-2

14 Oct 1938 - 13 Nov 1964

John B. Oliver, E-1

5 Nov 1938 - 18 Nov 1975

Basil M. Parks II, G-1

28 Dec 1939 - 14 Nov 1964

Michael J. Xenos, H-1

22 Mar 1936 - 28 Nov 2000

"Well done; Be thou at peace."

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

  Class Business

  Class Leaders


  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

Welcome to the
USMA Class of 1961
Web Site

Click here for Latest Class Notes (10/09/2018)
 without having to log into WPAOG Website

Send Class Notes to Class Scribe - Martin L. Ganderson at

   Upcoming Class Activities

  • 12 December 2018 - Christmas Luncheon, Campaign Room, Fort Myer Officers Club

For more information or to add an event, contact Ed Brown or Sam Weiss.
For more information on West Point related events view WPAOG’s online calendar.


Thomas J. Moore

Company C-1

4 Jul 1938 - 28 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Flower Mound, TX

Inurment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

Tom died Friday about 5 pm after a 19 month struggle with first colon cancer and then liver cancer.

He will be cremated and have a Mass here.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, 6 October at 12:00 PM at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1897 W. Main Street, Lewisville, TX  75067-3250.  Tom Moore's funeral is at 1000, 17 Oct, at the West Point Cemetery. 

Well done, Tom.  Be thou at peace.

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

Harold M. Hannon

Company I-2

29 Nov 1938 - 21 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Cocoa Beach, FL

Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ron Hannon, on September 21, 2018, in Cocoa Beach, FL

Ron was predeceased by his wife, Neuzy. He is survived by sons Mark and Michael; Mark's wife, Michelle; three grandchildren, Peyton, Brooke, Christian; and one great grandson, Ezekiel (Zeke)

The funeral service will at 10:30 am, Tuesday, 25 September, at Church of Our Saviour, 5301 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Burial will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018, at the West Point Cemetery with a reception to follow at Herbert Hall.  Full military honors will be rendered outside the Old Cadet Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to Mark at 1537 Via Buena, La Verne, CA 91750 or at

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to any Alzheimer's Association.

Well done, Ron. Be thou at peace.

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

Charles T. Westpheling "Chuck"

Company I-2

24 Sep 1938 - 15 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Grand-Leez, Belgium

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Chuck Westpheling, on Sep 15, 2018, in Grand-Leez, Belgium. 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Charles, Eric, Deborah, and Edward; and 7 grandchildren. 

Funeral information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Condolences may be sent to Patricia at Rue Taille-Antoine 6, 5031 Grand-Leez, Belgium.

Well done, Chuck. Be thou at peace.

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

John R. Nevins "Jack"

Company C-2

16 Oct 1938 - 4 Aug 2018

Place of Death: Riverside. CA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Nevins, on August 4, 2018, in Riverside, CA.

Jack is survived by daughters, Suzanne and Elizabeth; nine grandchildren; and his brother, Bruce (USMA '60).  He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Well done, Joe. Be thou at peace.

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


The annual Orlando Mini-Reunion is on!!!

THUR 24 - TUE 28 January 2019

We have a great venue for informal get-togethers with max time to visit with old friends

·      Best hotel for casual social activities we have had anywhere

·      Hospitality room available 24 hours with all you care to eat or drink

·      Three lakeside, sunset cocktail hours and dinner

·      Loads of things to do in the local area

·      If you want to golf - excellent courses,

Join us for a fun time in Orlando in January 2019


Peter D. Burgess

Company F-2

23 Oct 1939 - 12 Jul 2018

Place of Death: Leavenworth, KS

Interment: Leavenworth National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Pete Burgess, on July 12, 2018, in Leavenworth, KS, after a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Pete is survived by his wife, Debby; their daughter, Elizabeth; son-in-law Justin; and granddaughter, Camille.

A funeral service will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11 AM, July 25, 2018.  A memorial service officiated by Chaplain Johnathon Secrest will follow at the Burgess’s residence.  A dinner for guests will follow the memorial service.

Condolences may be sent to Debby at 922 S 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048-3322.

Well done, Pete. Be thou at peace.

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

Jack E. Dopler

Company G-1

2 Aug 1939 - 13 Jun 2018

Place of Death: Brandon, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Dopler, on June 13, 2018, in Brandon, FL, after a courageous battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Jack is survived by his wife, Kathy, 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.

Jack will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery 9 AM, October 30, 2018.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 1312 Ivywood Drive, Brandon, FL  33510-2254.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to New Testament Church-Brandon, 913 Dew Bloom Road, Brandon, FL 33511

Well done, Jack. Be thou at peace.

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

Army Breaks Ground for Anderson Athletic Center

Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced that construction is set to begin on the Anderson Athletic Center, which will be the new state-of-the-art home for the Black Knights' sprint football, softball and volleyball teams.

"We have an incredible opportunity to offer top-level support for many of our cadet-athletes thanks to the Anderson Athletic Center," said Corrigan. "Lee and Penny Anderson have been transformational for the Academy and the Athletic Department. Not only have the Anderson's been instrumental in developing our men's and women's rugby programs, but have endowed head coaching positions and contributed their time and mentorship. The building timeline would not have been met without the significant support of Bill Sandbrook, John and Ellen Drew, and Bill and Diane Spurgeon and the Class of 1981."

Read full story of opening.

Jim Nicholson ’61 Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors

R. James “Jim” Nicholson ’61 has been appointed by President Trump to the West Point Board of Visitors (BOV). The mission of the BOV is to inquire and advise the President as to the morale, discipline, academic standing, and general state of excellence of USMA and the Corps of Cadets. Nicholson, himself a Distinguished Graduate of West Point and a retired Army colonel, said, “Going to West Point and serving in the Army changed my life. I am very grateful to play a role in the development of our future generations of military leaders by serving on the Board of Visitors of my beloved Alma Mater.”

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 
Phone: 425-961-0583 and cell: 206-295-2311.

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

Flyer attached!

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--

AOG Announces The Rockbound Highland Home Program Welcoming Grads Home

Who says you can’t go home again? For 47 months, West Point was your home—through 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 “insider” 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


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

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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