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1961: May 2022 Mediterranean cruise

A Quill and Tablet award goes to Mick Maus for his informative and personalized commentary on this latest Class cruise this past May 2022. Our classmates sailed along the coast of the Mediterranean starting in Turkey [Istanbul] and concluding in Barcelona during those balmy May days.

Photo Right: Mick Maus, Mike Eiland, John Grisoni, Gene Witherspoon, Jim Stokes, John Java

Mick’s travelogue begins. "Donna & John Java, Dollie & Jim Stokes, Gene Witherspoon, Pat Shroyer, Teri & John Grisoni, Chan & Mike Eiland and Coralinn & Mick Maus spent two weeks cruising from Istanbul and making port calls in Turkey, Israel, Greece, Malta, Italy and Spain. Our ship was terrific with a highly attentive crew, respecting our every wish. We had evening entertainment that was superb in my opinion. The excursions were the highlights; Ephesus, the Holy Land, Istanbul and many Roman & Greco ruins gave us once in a lifetime treats. Highlights probably differ from couple to couple, but most would agree that both Istanbul and Barcelona were impressive cities. Ephesus on the Aegean Sea is also about 300 miles southwest of Istanbul. A visit can feel as if it’s a trip back more than two thousand years of history, especially early Christianity. An important site in that respect is the Church of St Mary, which attracts visitors from around the world. Also, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the monumental Temple of Artemis once stood in this region, gleamingly visible from the distant sea.

Istanbul, of course has Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia was originally built as a Christian church and converted to a mosque in 1453 after the Muslims conquered what had been Constantinople. Then in 1935 a newly secular Turkish government converted it again, this time it became a national museum. In 2020 a more conservative government restored it as the notable mosque it is. It is today a UNESCO World Heritage site in part due to its world acclaimed architectural design that has protected it from past earthquakes.

Photo Left: Coralinn & Mick Maus, Chan & Mike Eiland, Teri & John Grisoni, Pat Shroyer, Gene Witherspoon, Dollie & Jim Stokes, Donna & John Java

Barcelona has the Sagrada Familia by Antonia Gaudi, as I recall it was started in 1883 and is still under construction. It is indescribable, I would say that it rivals St. Peter’s Basilica. If you would like to visit, one needn’t worry, it will be still under construction for many more years (decades?)

On the island of Rhodes, I was impressed by the number of fortifications we saw, some built by the Knights of Saint John at the time of the Crusades. Formed in the 11th century as a religious order their mission originally was care and welfare of wounded and ailing Crusaders. They ruled in Rhodes from 1309 until 1522 and during that period built many of its monuments and contributed to Rhodes’ transformation into a model of the medieval European settlement.

Our port call in Haifa enabled visits to the Holy sites in and around Jerusalem, a first vista for some but movingly memorable for all. As a footnote, the Eilands were able to add a personal visit with old friends. They welcomed Chan & Mike to their home in Jaffa, an ancient port city of hilly, narrow and winding cobble stone streets barely allowing even the smallest vehicle to navigate.

Our guides were generally very good. While some of the outings were strenuous for octogenarians, yet worth the effort. Covid took a toll on some of our fellow cruisers, but the class had only one Covid casualty for a few days. Confinement to one’s cabin on a cruise with food delivered to your room and you having to police your cabin is not what most think of when cruising. This was another outing arranged by Lois Bradfield, LB Tours LLC. Perversely, both Lois and Bill Bradfield were Covid causalities for a good portion of the time.

As an epilogue that your Scribe believes Mick would agree with, “all’s well that ends well.” Our Classmates returned home safely even after several treacherous encounters with the Covid and some unplanned tumbles that thus far seem to have had minimum lasting affects... So... well reported Mick, Well done, Sixty-One!

Michie Stadium Preservation Support Spotlight: Class of 1961

In honor of the United States Military Academy Class of 1961, a $10 million gift has been anonymously awarded to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project to continue the substantial momentum to the most ambitious gift-funded construction project in the history of the Academy. The Class of 1961 has contributed a total of $15 million since August 2021.

Since its official launch in July 2021, the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and the Army West Point Athletics Association (AWPAA) have raised a significant amount of the proposed $95 million that will support the Academy’s vision to reconstruct the East Stands of Michie Stadium.

Michie Stadium, built in 1924, has become a West Point icon and serves as the gateway to the Academy for many Americans. Whether seen on a nationally televised game or experienced in-person, Michie Stadium is an established avenue for visitors to engage with, learn about and immerse themselves in West Point culture. Michie Stadium Preservation Project

The proposed reconstruction of the East Stands has integrated cadet feedback into the reimagination process to reflect the Corps’ ideals of “Duty, Honor, Country”. The upgrades, which include all-new premium areas for guests with the addition of suite, loge, ledge and club-level seating, will put into action what has already been established as one of the Superintendent’s top priorities at the Academy.

Gifts, such as the one generously provided by the Class of 1961, ensure that the unique and storied Michie Stadium experience carries on for generations to come.

Mike Urette & Karen’s Recent Adventure

Mike Urette tells us about the most recent adventure for Karen and him. Given the following description of their visit to one of the WW II final resting place for America’s honored dead, publication of his report is timely at this time of year, the observance of Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Mike Sends:

“Sixty Years! When we graduated in June of ’61 we could hardly imagine what the next sixty years would bring let alone what we might be doing. So, to celebrate sixty years and our sixtieth wedding anniversary, Karen and I embarked on a two-week trip to northern France.

Photo Left: The Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial—-one of eight WW II military cemeteries on foreign soil.

We landed in Paris, rented a car and headed for Metz in northeastern France. About 4:00 Karen spotted a roadside sign for an American cemetery. We were in the general area of the WW I Muse-Argonne and Aisne-Marne battlefields and we made an 80 km/hr. decision to investigate.

After a seemingly endless drive winding around fields and farms, we stumbled upon the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. Our car was almost alone in the lot in front of the administration building, which is also the Superintendents’ home. Luck would have it that the Super and another American couple were chatting on the front steps and invited us to join them on a guided tour of the cemetery.

The Superintendent, CSM Hubert Caloud USMC Ret. was very engaging and welcoming. A true personality who had an extensive knowledge of all things military, he takes great pride in not only his but all the European American War Cemeteries.

Oise-Aisne cemetery is divided into four sections identified A-D. Our first stop was Section E! Routine visitors don’t see Section E and it is not identified on the brochure guide. For many years it was a “confidential” location only exposed in 2009 by a Freedom of Information request. This is the burial place of 98 U.S. soldiers who were executed following court martial during WWII. It is considered a place of shame with the graves marked only by ground level numbers.

Photo Right: 1961 April 2022: Karen & Mike Urette were at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial: Seen here are Mike and Marine CSM Hubert Caloud. "He is a marvelous representative for the USA.”

Karen & Mike journeyed on to Bastogne for more absorption of history.

With that somber opening, Hubert led us to the main grounds – a field of beauty filled with rows of pristine white crosses and stars of David centered upon a stunning memorial. The first stop was the gravesite of Sergeant Joyce Kilmer---you will remember him from Plebe English as the author of the poem “Trees” (I think that I shall never see….). He was killed in battle at age 31 while serving in the 42nd Rainbow Division. Following an extremely well narrated tour of the semi-circular memorial of marble and granite constructed in a Romanesque style, and a small chapel to the memorial's right, and a one-room museum to the left, the Superintendent invited us to join him and an associate in lowering the American flag in the center of the four sections. We were surprised and honored.

Following the lowering to the haunting music of Taps, we helped fold the flag---to Marine Corps standards--- and CSM Caloud presented the flag to me. I was overwhelmed and appreciative beyond words. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day they will all be remembered as “Oise-Aisne Day” to me.

Those of you who have visited some of the other 26 American cemeteries around the world probably have the same feeling. It is one never to be forgotten.”

A-2’s Grand Re-Opening of Company Activities

Shortly before his passing, which saddened us all, Jack Zimmerman [1939-2021] with his typical concern for his A-2 family, wanted our Class to learn of A-2’s grand re-opening of their Company activities. In some ways the words that follow may now be read as Jack’s farewell posting.

Photo: Mary Frances & Hank Kenny; Sandy & Jack Zimmerman; Thomas Jefferson; Sue & Paul Devries; Bobbie& Jim Blesse

Jack’s report:

Our A-2 Company ’mates rose to the occasion to gather for another of its now traditional style mini-reunions. The venue was the highly regarded Wintergreen resort high in the mountains of central Virginia, and by coincidence very reminiscent of the locale for earlier A-2 minis we held at Ellie & John Skillman’s [1939-2014] mountain retreat near Roanoke. Bobbie & Jim Blesse carried out the top-notch planning, allowing for an easy and wonderful five days. Our A-2 'mates explored and marveled at the beautiful countryside of central Virginia. We all explored a bit of the history that resides in this still rural region. A day long visit to the National D-Day Memorial reminded us that here stands a grand monument dedicated to the men and women who became members of the “greatest generation” on their “longest day.” It is located in Bedford, VA in part to recognize and commemorate that this small town was the home for many of the men of A Company, 1st Battalion 116th Infantry Regiment of the “Blue and Gray” National Guard 29th Infantry Division. Being first on Omaha beach that day, the 116th suffered disproportionately heavy casualties, about 90% by the end of the day. Significantly, nineteen of Bedford county’s thirty-two sons in A Company died as they stormed the beach and pressed forward to the overhanging cliffs fiercely defended by Hitler’s war machine.

On the days that followed we took appropriate rest breaks in order to pay our respects to the renowned wineries and pub breweries along our chosen route of march. Of course we paused allowing adequate time and resources for sampling the unique specialties of the growing number of fine dining establishments. Each was special. Topping our listing is Nellyford’s Italian restaurant. [Perhaps recalling another of A-2’s ‘mates no longer with us, Joe Paone [1938-2007]. With all of these thoughts in mind, no doubt, Jim led the way into the fun filled crowd of diners, dancing to the music of the guitar band. All of this cheery activity added to and guaranteed each of us “mini-reunioners” a wonderful time laughing and enjoying each other’s company. Then on our last day we met with “Thomas Jefferson” and to tour his uniquely designed home, Monticello. Touring his self-designed home gave us a glimpse of Mr. Jefferson’s brilliance and magic. Another highlight for us was a public session with him. In the form of a gifted actor and historian who assumed the president's persona, Mr. Jefferson exhibited the expected eloquence of the founding father who granted the founding of our alma mater, and in his assumed role responding fully to our comments and questions.

Our epilogue:

We opened our gathering on 7 June 2021... exactly sixty years since we graduated. So, with that recollection in mind yet looking forward to our official 60th reunion in Orlando, we closed our evening with a pause for a silent moment to allow time for each of our band of sisters and brothers to recall their own as well as our collectively storied pasts. We raised on high our goblets of the fruit of the vine and in unison reflected on that day seemingly not so long ago, along with the thousands of days since then. Some wed only hours after receiving their diploma. Others raced into the four winds and others just enjoyed the freedom that came with graduation, and all of the years since.

After five days it was agreed a good time was had by all. Stand by for more!!

In remembrance:
Jack’s funeral took place at Arlington National Cemetery, 9 February 2022.

West Point Society of N. Texas, Founders Day

L to R, Jan & Rod Grannemann, Vicki & Hampy Hodges and Coralinn & Mick Maus.

Coralinn & Mick Maus have let us know that the West Point Society of North Texas held its Founders Day Event on 5 June 2021 at a huge BBQ restaurant. Normally it is a black tie event, of course. But a survey of the membership voted to be informal this year, (actually counted for 2020 & 2021). Mick was quick to explain that a particularly SCARY part was that our class was the oldest in attendance. Hampy Hodges, older by a few months than Rod Grannemann or Mick Maus gave the oldest grad address. The photo pictures, L to R, Jan & Rod Grannemann, Vicki & Hampy Hodges and Coralinn & Mick Maus. We represented the Class well. With around 200 in attendance it was a super evening. [Note that the Grannemanns observed their 50th wedding anniversary a few weeks earlier]

Company A-2 Meetings Give ZOOM a New Look and Sound

During a recent conversation with one of the Alpha Deuce [AKA: A-2] stalwarts, we are now aware of their communication innovation. Most likely we have all heard and even experienced the strength and the weakness [AKA: Frustration] of the ZOOM application. Well, A-2 has gone beyond the norm, as often the case, and turned ZOOM into a fun feast of reminiscence and song. Bill Seltz’s Howitzer entry notes his membership in both the Catholic Choir and the Glee Club and now he can add another moniker, “leader of the A-2 ZOOM chorus.”

He has perhaps given ZOOM a good name. A-2 does a monthly [plus or minus] Zoom company meeting. To add some flavor and comradeship, Bill using the technology, provides advance song sheets with the lyrics that the ZOOMers belt out harmoniously under his musical direction. The tunes are among the long-ago favorites of the A-2’ers so there is not only familiarity but also warm recollection of “the good ole days” from the Weapons Room or a weekend in the City… “the Twelfth of Never”, “Give Me That Old Time Rock ’n’ Roll Music,” and maybe “The Purple People Eater.” [Seems the meeting passes by too quickly] Using a more contemporary expression, “the bottom line” is A-2 has given the ZOOM experience new definition. “Try it, you might like it.”

James Scott Enters Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Jim Scott, Tactical Officer USCC 1972-75 and soon after earning his aviator wings.

The Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame, located on the capitol grounds has inducted a 1961 graduate. James Armitt Scott, LTC retired, entered on January 29, 2020 before a crowd of 500 well-wishers that including Governor Brian Kemp, and other distinguished guests, family members, classmates, and several graduates whom he mentored as a USCC tactical officer. The Hall of Fame selected Jim recognizing his distinguished valor and service. He is one of the most decorated combat leaders of the Vietnam era. His award citations and testimonies of witnesses described him as a courageous, yet calm, and humble hero.

Scott was one of 15 veteran finalists among many applicants who served during wartime and distinguished themselves for service or valor. Currently there are 115 veterans in the Hall of Fame.

Eggleston ’61 Publishes “The Irish Brigade and the Corcoran Legion in the Civil War”

Mike Eggleston '61 has published a new book entitled The Irish Brigade and the Corcoran Legion in the Civil War. This history tells the story of two brigades that fought in the American Civil War: the Irish Brigade and the Corcoran Legion. Most of the soldiers in these units were Irish immigrants who left Ireland as a result of the Great Famine (1845-1849). This book covers the Civil War battles fought by these brigades where they served in the eastern theater of the war. Their campaigns are described in the Civil War battles (1861-1865). At times the brigades served in different campaigns, but in the final years of the war they were together in the same corps. Each relevant Civil War battle is summarized including details of the specific participation of the Irish Brigade and the Corcoran Legion. The history also describes the participation of discharged Irish soldiers after the war from both the North and the South who participated in raids and uprising to free Ireland from British rule. The initial chapters also provide the history of earlier risings against the British such as the New Irelander Rebellion of 1848. Finally, biographies of key participants are included.

Eggleston '61 Publishes "The Colorado War 1864-1865"


Mike Eggleston '61 has published a new book entitled The Colorado War 1864-1865. This book tells the history of the war that occurred in Colorado Territory during the Civil War. The major conflict involved the fight between Native Americans and Colorado volunteer regiments in 1865. Others were involved including Confederate regiments and outlaws. This book interrelates activities in the Great Plains with politics in Washington, army headquarters in the field, settlers on the Frontier and the Native Americans. It shows how other Indian wars influenced the war in Colorado and how the war spread to other states and territories. Where ever possible, the conflicts are explained in the words of the participants captured in letters, diaries and newspaper articles. Nearly a hundred maps and photos are included to describe the actions. This history shows the impact of the many treaties signed: how they were violated and the result of the treaties on the way of life of the whites and Native Americans. The focus of this book is on the military campaigns and battles fought in or near Colorado how they destroyed the Native American way of life. Famous battles such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Wounded Knee are covered, but lesser known campaigns such as Red Cloud's War are also included, since these had a major effect on treaties and on the people involved. The Native American wars ended much as they had started with mistakes, confusion and the tragedy of Wounded Knee. Orlando Mini-Reunion 9/11/2020 Tentative Dates THUR 28 JAN - MON 1 FEB Everything is tentative at this point due to the China Virus. I will update you as things go along. If it is safe, then it will be a go. I sure hope so. It would be very nice to see everyone again and a lot of fun as always. So mark your calendars and cross your fingers If you have any questions contact me at

Mike Eggleston Publishes "The Sioux Wars, 1854-1891"

Mike Eggleston has published a new book entitled The Sioux Wars, 1854-1891, From the Grattan Fight to Wounded Knee and the Aftermath. This book tells the history of the wars between the whites and the Dakota Native Americans during the second half of the 19th Century. It interrelates activities in the Great Plains with politics in Washington, army headquarters in the field, settlers on the Frontier and the Native Americans. It shows the impact of the many treaties signed: how they were violated and the result of the treaties on the way of life of the whites and Native Americans. The focus of this book is on the military campaigns and battles fought over a forty-year period and how they destroyed the Native American way of life. Famous battles such as Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn are covered, but lesser known campaigns such as Red Cloud's War are also covered, and these had a major effect on treaties and on the people involved.

Ohio's Emergency Operations Center and Named after Dale Shipley

Dale Shipley at the dedication of Ohio's Emergency Operations Center and named for him.

Thanks to Don Sawtelle we have learned that Dale Shipley continues to serve [even though he allegedlyŁ has retired; we suspect Eloise has a some thoughts on that too chuckle smile]

Don has reported that Ohio's Governor Mike DeWine paid Dale special recognition by naming Ohio's new emergency operations center for Dale, per the photo. Dale worked with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, applying his special skills and knowledge to the planning and design, and construction of this state of the art facility. In the 1990s Dale served as the Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Ohio. In that respect the governor cited Dale's early initiative and perseverance as the catalyst for this significant project, while at the same time recognizing Dale's mentoring and leadership of his successors who later updated the technology and infrastructure demanded by Homeland and Security and school safety needs. As Don noted, our Class can join the governor in his recognition of Dale Shipley.

Linda & Glynn Mallory

San Antonio: Linda & Glynn Mallory. Art Downey, David Brooks, Bob Cairns, Phil Mallory

David Brooks has reported from San Antonio at the Army Residence Community where Mimi and he have been residing for 10 years. It is where also a number of our mates are present for duty. They include Nancy & Howard DeWitt, Phil Mallory and Terry & Bob Cairns. Bob and Howard were David's roommates in E-2; David married Bob's sister. Phil Mallory and Sharon had been residents for a few years but as you will recall, she passed 4 July 2018 and is buried at West Point.

Linda & Glynn Mallory live nearby in town which makes visits such as this one possible and easy. So, as per the photo Art Downey, David, Bob and Phil made the mini commute to check in with Glynn who is fighting the good fight in his battle with cancer. Art has been a lifesaver for Linda, being on call for errands, commissary shopping and moral support for Glynn.

Linda, Glynn's ardent support for these MANY years welcomed our Class Files to be seated to enjoy one her specialty afternoon repasts. Of course, remembering Plebe year, falling out for a meal, especially in the presence of this distinguished Three Star classmate, was the lubricant for lively conversation and humorous reminiscences, especially of those Cadet days of yore. Some time ago in a Class publication Linda identified herself as "Professional Army Wife". Given the care and attention she gives to Glynn [and with some a ssistance from Art who lives nearby] she personifies that honorific.

Coralinn & Mick Maus

Coralinn & Mick want to give us a bit of a picture of their experiences while embarked on the Class Cruise along the Elbe River, this past 14-28 September 2019. Their description of sites and their impressions to include some history of WWII may be familiar to some of our mates and serve as a motivator for others to sign up for the next cruise. Mick does mention one hiccup: [note his bold caps below]. Upon the conclusion of this site filled adventure and by almost any account, the cruise was another in a growing history of memorable Class events. By the way, one more of which is the Kopcsak Pig Roast [coming soon to this site]. Well done to those who embarked and those who helped to make it happen.

The Maus Report

left: Frank Rauch, Mick Maus, Mike Eiland, John Java, John Grisoni, Mike Harpold, Jim Harmon

We just finished [our long excursion] with Viking Cruises starting in Berlin and ending in Warsaw [almost two weeks later.] You could call it the RIVER CRUISE WITHOUT WATER! As an explanation the Elbe River was about 6 feet too low for the river boats to cruise the river, so they became our floating hotels and busses took us from two docking locations to the various sites. It turned out to be a wonderful trip visiting Berlin, Wittenburg, Meissen, Dresden, Prague, Krakow and Warsaw with numerous terrific shore excursions. From Prague, it was all by bus in Poland.

It was simply amazing how cities devastated in WWII in the former East Germany had been rebuilt to their former glory. Dresden*, for example, fire bombed 3 days in a row, first by the Brits then the USA and finally by both. It has been beautifully restored. Of course, Berlin has been prospering for quite some time. Krakow, home of Pope John Paul II, was very interesting and Warsaw was simply amazing. All [of our mates] were taken back by the construction of modern buildings and the beauty of a city devastated in WWII by the Germans and then the Russians. (The trip was arranged by Lois Bradfield, LB-Tours and, as usual, all proceeded without flaw.) *Scribe note: Worth a re-read is Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five]

Joan & Frank Rauch, Coralinn & Mick Maus, Chan & Mike Eiland [and flat Cullum], Donna & John Java, Teri & John Grisoni, Mike Harpold & (not pictured)Elaine, Jim & Carolyn Harmon

Jim Scott to be Inducted into the GMV Hall of Fame

Jim Scott has been selected to be inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans' Hall of Fame. Currently the Hall has 100 awardees, including 30 Medal of Honor recipients. This is a very prestigious award given to those who have distinguished themselves for Valor, Achievement, or Service while serving in the active or reserve components of one of the services. Jim was selected for the Valor category given his exemplary record during 2-tours in Vietnam which included the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Crosses (2), Silver Star, Purple Heart (2), and numerous other awards. The banquet in November is open to the public.

Courtney loves a good story

Here is an anecdote that Courtney Rittgers has authored and sent to Mike Hale who has generously [and with permission] provided to us. Courtney while a bit modest and self effacing is one of our own prolific writers and teller of humorous as well as thought provoking tales. For instance his Class bio tells us that Legend has it that our family doctor gave away his tickets to the Army/Navy game so he could be on hand for my birth. As it turned out, he missed both thrilling events. Army beat Navy 6-0 that year, and I was born before he could get to our house in a blinding snow storm December 7, 1937 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His tale below contains a bit of the same humor and irony.

Mike's heads up is that Courtney loves a good story. Over the years I have come to appreciate the Mark Twain featureŁ of his writing For this reason, while this dress incident was a gaff to Courtney, he wanted to put it out there for the Class to enjoy and have a few laughs.

For me, however, this story speaks volumes about his life, his sense of humor, his devotion to Mateele and his commitment to service. Overcoming two liver transplants, while often traveling to distant locations to help classmates, he is a true champion in in my book. By the way, standing with Courtney in the photo is Mr. Colbery Coldwell, a prominent attorney in El Paso whose law firm represents the Mexican Consul General..Mike Hale 61

Story prepared by Courtney Rittgers, B-1

Unaccustomed as I am to being blindsided by a protocol gaff, my September 12, 2019 - Mexican Independence Day celebration in El Paso, Texas will remain one of my most hilarious protocol blunders.

Some background: My beloved wife, Mateele, a professional artist, fond of Mexico, and it's artifacts in particular, accumulated a sizable number of ceremonial masks, figurines, sconces, toys and miscellaneous artwork from all over Mexico, during the 30 years she lived here, before her untimely death from ovarian cancer in 2012.

Our family decided to donate this remarkable collection to the city of El Paso's Mexican American Cultural Center as a tribute to her many civic contributions.

It was in connection with the administrative process related to this donation that I was extended an exclusive invitation to the annual celebration of Mexico's Independence from Spain. An envelope was delivered to my home by hand a week in advance. The colorful program it contained was printed beautifully in English and included all the instructions needed by attendees except the required attire.

Since the event was to be held in the El Paso History Museum, which was responsible for hosting and coordination, I contacted that office to learn what to wear. They had to check with the Mexican Council General's office and would call me back; when they did find out, they announced that "tails" would be required.

In retrospect, I should have checked further to confirm this directive. But, I did not want to admit that "tails" might present a hardship. I had long since outgrown the formal clothing I had, so I would be obliged to rent an outfit. After appearing to take this piece of information in stride, I contacted The Elegant Penguin, one of El Paso's purveyors of formal wear, to order the full package.

Fast forward to the night of September 12th. I walked into the History Museum a little early to find at least 100 people had already arrived, but I was lucky to locate a cocktail table for 3 at the back of the room. I noticed two things right away: one, I was the only non-Hispanic in the room, and two, I was the only person dressed in formal attire - other than the waiters!

As the crowd grew, it became clear that I had been misinformed.

Eventually, more than two hundred assembled for this festive occasion. The women wore cocktail dresses and most of the men were in business suits. When I saw that the people who invited me were not wearing "tails" either, I knew that the gaff was complete.

After recovering from the shock of this turn of events, I began to enjoy my unique status, pretending that I was the only guest in proper dress. And I could see that I made some guests uncomfortable about what they were wearing.

As the evening wore on, other non-Hispanic people sat at my table. I shared my dilemma with them, and they responded in good humor.

I like to think that after the party, when people were at home again, at least some of those who were there that night wished they had dressed up too.

Love and best wishes,

Donald M. Lionetti 6 March 1940 - 6 March 2019

July 29, 2019, Arlington National Cemetery on a slight rise of hallowed ground, the Washington Monument in the distance, The Old Guard, of the U.S. Third Infantry Regiment honoring our Classmate, Don Lionetti. As many of our Classmates and wives followed the lone Soldier bearing Don's red colored flag of three white stars and who marched behind the historic horse drawn caisson bearing Don's stars and stripes draped casket, the U.S. Army band rendered those same rhythmic beats so familiar from our parades on the Plain. The gravesite service concluded with the artillery salute of 15 rounds, then all listened for the Crack! Crack! Crack! of the Honor Guard's traditional rifle salute, and the immediate sounding of Taps somber notes. Prior to the burial ceremony, the funeral service took place in the Old Post Chapel with eulogies and remembrances from family and friends who were special companions during Don's life and career. Major General Donald Infante, Brigadier General Roger Yankoupe, and Don, Jr. offered prayers and thoughtful anecdotes regarding Don as Soldier, friend , husband and father. Following the burial, Bobbie, Don's bride of almost 58 years hosted a breakfast reception that provided time for our Classmates to recall their times with Don from cadet days and right up until his passing. The Connollys for one, were especially supportive during Don's final days. There was time too to share thoughts with those surviving Don: daughter Laura and husband Mike Barton, sons Don, Jr and wife Julie, Chris and wife Betsy and Don's brother Bill and sister Mary Ann Gleason. Bobbie & Don had three grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. Among our mates present were Lucy Paone, Paula Barrie, Marty Ganderson, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Rina & Ed Brown, Linda & Jim Connolly, Dawn & Bob Glass, Gina & Joe Fishburne, Jan & Pat Hillier, Karen & Ed Leland, Bob Rosenkranz, Mike Urette, Gene Witherspoon.

Well done, Don; be thou at peace

Mike Eggleston Publishes "The Montagnard People"

Mike Eggleston has published a new book entitled The Montagnard People in the Indochina Wars, 1945-1991. This history tells the story of the wars fought by the Montagnards of Indochina against the North Vietnamese, the French, the Vietcong and others as they sought autonomy for the Montagnard tribes. The Montagnards were loyal fighters with U. S. Forces during America's involvement in the Vietnam War. The struggle of the Montagnards continued long after the fall of South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in 1975. The end of Saigon's war did not end the plight of the Montagnards. This history is based upon the recollections of the author and others involved in the wars in Indochina. This book was published in August 2019.

Eiland, Stringham, and White Assemble to Honor Donlon [former 59]

Looking back to 5 December 2018 we learn that Jerry White, and 7th Special Forces vets Joe Stringham, and Mike Eiland stood proudly with the 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin AFB. They were at the top of the list of the invited civilian and military guests who had come to honor Roger Donlon [former '59], the naming the Group headquarters building Donlon Hall. As part of the ceremony Roger presented his original Medal of Honor to the Group. It is the same medal that President Lyndon Johnson presented to him to the day fifty-four years earlier. Donlon was the first MoH recipient in Vietnam.

Joe, Roger, Jerry, escort, MAJ J.D.Kingsley ('06), and Mike, 5 December 2018, Eglin AFB FL

Jay Olejniczak, Donlon's A-Team deputy who was also awarded for his valor during the 6 July 1964 battle, has recorded in his book To Be a Soldier that Donlon, although wounded, moved from position to position under fire, coordinating the defense, redistributing ammunition, encouraging his team, and engaging the enemy by fire. During the battle, M. Sgt Gabriel Alamo, Sgt. John Houston, and the Australian advisor attached to the team, Warrant Officer Kevin Conway, were killed in action, and seven other team members were wounded.Ł [Including Jay]

Jerry and Cathy White and the Eilands in front of Donlon Hall, 5 December 2018

The event's closing surprise especially for Donlon was the unveiling of a bronze bust of him that was created by the same sculptor who created the Horse Soldiers monument that is located at Ground Zero. Afterwards they all experienced just one more delightŁ- Lunch together in the Group Dining Facility [Formerly known by us old soldiersŁ as the Mess Hal]

Three "old soldiers" of 1961- Jerry White, Mike Eiland, Joe Stringham at the honoring of Donlon, 5 December 2018

A-2 & Associated 'Mates Visit Malta


Blesses have been busy keeping A-2 and associated mates on the move and adding flag pins to their collective map of world travels. Arriving via AirMalta, their most recent port of call was the historic and strategically located island, Malta [and only they know the when and the where of their forthcoming explorations]. They landed the spirit of USMA and A-2 and while not with certainty, your Scribe remains with the belief that they are perhaps be the first USMA entourage to enjoy the sights, sounds and hospitality of this formerly British isle in the eastern Med between Spain and Italy. [To any reader please correct this belief, as may be appropriate ]

Malta by bus: Sue & Paul DeVries, Sandy & Jack Zimmerman, Margie & John McNearney ('59), Mary Frances & Hank Kenny, Bobbie &Jim Blesse, Lucy Paone, and Gale & Bob McConnell.

Jim, Between 11 and 22 Oct 2018 the A-2 Adventure featuring a rendezvous in Malta by our extended travel group with lodging in an 18th century villa complex. For 12 days we toured Malta and its adjacent island of Gozo and soaked up the history e.g., pre-historic [more than 5000 years] sites, Crusaders, Maltese Knights, and the WW II siege of Malta - - plus we got to socialize with some notable Maltese.Ł The McConnell's daughter and husband who have been living there on a business assignment enabled our mates to feel as if they too were at least temporary residents, soaking up the sights, sounds and unique culture that can trace its origins to that prehistoric period when mainly Stone Age hunters or farmers who had arrived from the Italian island of Sicily. So, the history along with other delights that the A-2 bunch soaked up, prepares them for another adventure, likely to be sooner than later.

Now, be sure to note the photo which is of a truly vintage 1930 blue bus unique to Malta. Showing smiles awaiting their exciting spin around the isle that was followed by special cocktail party in their honor following a hard day of touring the spectacular land and sea attractions. Waiting to board the bus are Sue & Paul DeVries, Sandy & Jack Zimmerman, Mary Frances & Hank Kenny, Margie & John McNearney ('59), Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Lucy Paone, and Gale & Bob McConnell.

Mike Harpold [former G-2 file] Has Published Another Book: The People We Wanted to Forget.


It is a story of the boat people' and those who did not help them, but most of all, about those who did. The story line built around Mike Harpold's work while on assignment at refugee camps in Southeast Asia with the purpose of putting together a report for a congressional hearing on the boat people. While in the midst of his task he was interrupted by medical doctor alerting him to a boat load of thirty-four Vietnamese men, women and children. They and their disabled boat were about to be towed out to sea by the Thai Navy to be cast adrift - and to certain death. Mike had barely minutes to come up with a way to save them! From there the story continues about this selfless American, a former West Pointer with a large set of cojones, who took chances and got things done.

So far Mike has heard from a number of our mates some of whom have noted that the book's narrative rests upon USMA's ideals. From '59 Tom Leo has written: This is an excellent, well written, very unusual book, in that it gives a view of the life and adventures of a young man from high school in rural Wisconsin, to the Army, to being a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, to the Army. He then goes back to college, then to the Border Patrol - formerly the INS. After that he ended up with a stint training the Vietnamese National Police.Ł

By the way The People We Wanted to Forget is available on Amazon and Mike & Elaine currently reside in Ketchikan, AK and his first book, a historical novel, Jumping the Line, came out in November 2013.

Jim Nicholson Receives the Presidential Award


Hiring for Heroes presented The Presidential Award to Jim Nicholson for a lifetime of commitment and service to veterans and military families. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Nicholson's reputation of caring for those in need spans decades public and private service dedicated to our country as well as our service members and their families.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of Nicholson's sustained support of our nation's veterans and military families. As U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and significantly, as secretary of Veterans Affairs, both in the George W. Bush administration, Nicholson has always been keenly aware of the hardships and sacrifices made by America's service members and their families and is committed to helping them.

The Hiring Our Heroes program, which he co-founded, facilitates the hiring of veterans and military spouses by private industry. The program has helped more than 30,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.

"The best thing the private sector can do for veterans is to hire them," said Nicholson. "There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to take care of yourself and your family. And, it's a great opportunity for employers: young veterans are all volunteers who are self-disciplined, mission-focused, have an excellent esprit de corps, and offer many valuable tangible and intangible skills."

"I'm proud to be a part of this effort," he noted.

Ken Siegenthaler Has Retired As A Full Professor At The Air Force Academy [Most Likely The Last Of Our Mates Employed Full Time]


It was Tuesday 8 May 2018, one of those bright blue sky days at the USAFA when our mate from K-2, Ken Siegenthaler accepted the honors and gracious words of his Air Force Academy leaders and colleagues for his almost thirty years of dedicated service helping to educate and mold leaders for the Air Force and for civil life afterwards. During Ken's flying career he has logged over 6300 flying hours in C-124s and C-133s. Assignments included Tachikawa , Japan, Dover, DE, and Air Force Advisor to Oklahoma National Guard in Oklahoma City, OK. Ken became jump qualified with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, and graduated from Jungle Survival School as well. Then he took the trail to a PhD in Laser Physics enroute to the rest of his career in Air Force Systems Command Laboratories at Wright-Patterson and concluding as the Chief Scientist and Commander/Director of the Frank J. Seiler Research Laboratory USAFA.

His strength was in the classroom as well. In 2001, after a short stint in civilian jobs, he returned to the Air Force Academy as an assistant professor and subsequently rose to professor of Astronautics. In 2010 he was one of the two classroom instructors to be awarded the prestigious Heiser Award. Annually the First Class cadets identify their top classroom instructors based upon their contributions to the cadets' personal and intellectual development as well as their own demonstration of the Air Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. The cadets considered more than 160 instructors. The First Class lauded Ken for placing his students first and imparting life lessons that transcend the daunting and complex course material and added that he consistently taught with a smile. The Heiser Award, named after Professor Emeritus Dr. William H. Heiser, is the only award selected by the graduating class. Dr. Heiser was elected as an honorary fellow for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics alongside former Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Sheila Widnall.

Finally an anecdote about those 6300 flying hours: As Marty Sommercamp (John's widow) described meetings between John and Ken: Periodically they would get together at the BOQ in Saigon the night before or at Tan Son Nhut on the morning John would be flying up country with needed wartime cargo. During one encounter they both noticed and scratched their heads thoughtfully observing that John's C-130 wartime cargo pallets held enough Campbell's Asparagus Soup!! to feed an Army.Ł

Ken, as you enter your next iteration of success and achievement, take along the well wishes of your mates.

And many thanks to Marty Sommercamp and to Larry Noble for their contributions enabling this retirement tribute to Ken.

Pete Gleichenhaus receives award from San Francisco's Jewish Community Relations Council


This past 27 February 2018 the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council honored Pete Gleichenhaus. This native of the Bronx who remains a Yankees stalwart, has taken to his adopted home three thousand miles west and the natives of that seemingly distant land have taken to Pete, honoring him with its Distinguished Leadership Award. The award recognizes his many years in leadership positions, giving back to the community that Barbara and he have called home since 1985 and in those years since retiring from the Presidio of San Francisco upon its BRAC closure in 1990. Proud of being born and bred in New York CityŁ and a consumate Yankee fan, Pete has proven that East can meet WestŁ. In addition to the award's list, during thirty plus years in San Francisco, he has served as the Chairman of Goodwill Industries, on the board of the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, on the Advisory Board at San Francisco State, and on the board of Congregation B'nai Emunah. Here are some of the Council's words recognizing Pete and his accomplishments.

Here is one of many congratulatory notes, commending Pete for his achievements and complimenting Barbara and family for their support of their ManŁ over these so many years.

And the JCRC has provided us this link to the video interview. Recommend viewing and even passing on to others. Pete explains his motivation for continued service reflecting values with which we are all familiar. Our Class adds its CONGRATULATIONS!!

Hyperlink to Pete's video interview

Another Recognition: The Army Historical Foundation's appreciation for special generosity


The August 2018 edition of the Foundation's Call to Duty recognized a number of donors to its Capital Campaign for the National Museum of the United States Army. Among those supporters to whom it has expressed deep appreciation is the Joulwan FamilyŁ of course being Karen, George and wonderful daughters, three great sons in law and eight grandkids.Ł

Mike Eggleston Releases "Operation Hannibal"


Mike Eggleston's book entitled Operation Hannibal is a history of the closing days of World War II when a crisis was emerging for German civilians trapped on the Eastern Front by the Red Army. Many lived between the Soviet advance and the Wehrmacht defense of Nazi Germany. They were fearful of Soviet retribution for the millions of Russians that had been murdered by the Nazis in the earlier years of the war. Since all land routes had been cut off, an evacuation by sea was the only way to provide escape for the civilians back to Germany. Such an escape was fraught with many dangers. Soviet submarines prowled the Baltic Sea where the ships would sail, and the Red air force bombed the ports and ships at sea. Most of the available ports were under siege by the Red Army and civilians who tried to reach the ports were often killed or died in the winter weather. To save the civilians and some of the German wounded soldiers, the German Navy developed a plan for the evacuation called Operation Hannibal in early 1945. This history tells the story of the flight from its start in January 1945 until it concluded the day after the end of the war in Europe. Mike is indebted to Ms. Frances O'Connor Rogers and others who assisted in the writing and editing of this book.

Jim Nicholson Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors


James JimŁ Nicholson 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.

The West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound Founders Day Banquet, 2018


Photo: 1961- Founders Day Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, April 2018: Jeanne & Terry Kirkpatrick; NanSea & Charlie Welsh; Sally & J.B. Taylor

Thanks to Terry Kirkpatrick, we learn that the West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound hosted the Founders Day dinner at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. As pictured, Jeanne & Terry Kirkpatrick; NanSea & Charlie Welsh; Sally & J.B. Taylor represented Sixty-One. Terry described the Commandant's presentation as great and well received. Brigadier General Steve Gilland is Class of 1990. He is the 77th Commandant of Cadets, assuming command during a ceremony in Jefferson Hall's Haig Room, 23 June 2017. Terry also reminded us too, that our Class is getting closer to being among the oldest grads, noting that this year the "oldest" graduate was Class of 1958.Ł The youngest graduate is among the newest, the Class of 2017. Without being specific and adhering to non attribution Terry noted She told us things the Com didn't.Ł Wrapping up the festivities there was a Plebe PoopŁ competition. While the old GradsŁ were excused Terry assured us that we could have done just as well as the younger ones.Ł

Joyce & Brian Schultz along with Marty Ganderson and Paula Barrie, and Bob Chelberg joined about a hundred grads, future cadets and parents for a hearty brunch and robust conversation. was unable to attend and later learned that she had missed this gala afternoon under sunny Atlantic coast skies gently shining upon the greens of the host golf club. The brunch buffet was a seemingly endless selection of meats, seafood, eggs, pastries and on and on. It accompanied lively war stories filled with vivid recollections of past victories over Navy and Tacs and Ps who gave us lasting guidance. Following was the guest speaker the Dean, Brigadier General Cindy Jebb '82. BG Jebb spoke conversationally explaining and describing current achievements and coming projects at our alma mater. The Dean highlighted a number of advances in curriculum, cadet activities, and new construction. Judging from some audience reactions, the description of the recently opened Benjamin O. Davis Barracks produced thoughtful sighs as many Old Grads listened and learned that there is air conditioning and an elevator. BG Jebb was quick to point out that after frequent daily and almost vertical stair climbs of about forty feet to reach the barrack's ground floor, the cadets probably earned their elevator ticket. Perhaps even those among our Class who had resided on the fourth floor of the Lost Fifties might have at least a touch of empathy for these modern day Hudson Highlanders. On one matter, all grads could agree, a sense of humility reflecting that many of us Old Grads might be challenged to meet the standards and expectations of today's USMA.

Heritage Hunt Founders Day


A week later on 11 March 2018 at Heritage Hunt, Gainesville VA, Cy Shearer coordinated the Founders Day arrangements for what has become a western enclave of the D.C. West Point Society.

1961-Founders Day 11 March 2018:Row 1: Millie & Todd Counts; Chan Eiland; Bill Mackie; Lucy Paone; Trish Buckner; Judy Kremer; Nancy Shearer; Suzanne & Jim Nicholson. Row 2: Gale & Bob McConnell; Mary Frances Kenny; Michele Kopcsak; Sandy Dachaux and Jack Zimmerman. Row 3: Kaye & Bill Williamson; Bunny & Chuck Armstrong; Dawn & Bob Glass; George Kopcsak; Barney & Denise Legge. Row 4: Cy Shearer; Mike Eiland; Hank Kenny; [In defilade: Dick Buckner; Bob Rosenkranz]; Rina & Ed Brown.

While a wide range of Classes were in attendance, this photo shows that the number of our mates probably topped the attendance rolls. [A round of applause and a drumroll for '61 Second to None].

Earlier on 7 February


Many pictured here also attended the 7 February Class luncheon at Ft Myer along with Joe Dahle, Larry Noble, the Goodells, the Hardimans, the Hamptons, and the Kees in the Campaign Room of Patton Hall, the former and now renamed Patton Hall, honoring Gen George Patton's tenure as Fort Myer post commander. Our assembled mates and their wives enjoyed the tasty and tasteful buffet and the accompanying learning experience. Retired Colonel Robert L. Steinrauf, Ph.D. '82 explained some of the Army's challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting and retention. He is the Deputy G-1 for planning and resources and engaged our mates with fact filled explanations of the goals and functions of what we long ago referred to as OPOŁ. He went on to describe for this visibly engaged audience details associated with budgeting for the recruiting, training, assigning and educating of today's Soldiers. Steinrauf went on about the manner in which the Army is handling these formidable tasks as it forges ahead to increase Soldier end strength in an increasingly threatening world environment. One set of challenges for example involves the cohort of enlistment eligible women and men. Its numbers are not increasing. In fact surveys show that possibly barely 30% of the cohort currently would meet enlistment criteria that includes measurable interest, physical and mental fitness, and records of criminal behaviors. Recruiting from that number of eligible people has become highly competitive. Other agents, Federal and private industry are seeking people from this same qualified cohort. Therefore, the Army is constantly fine tuning its recruiting and retention programs. A lively Q &A included remarks from several Ladies asking about family support programs that can help attract and retain soldiers. His responses were substantive leaving them and the remainder of our mates encouraged that the Army is meeting the challenges.

[Side bar notes: Remember when portions of OPOŁ resided in the Pentagon's basement and then later in the Tempos adjacent Ft McNair before winding up in the Hoffman Building on Eisenhower Ave] It was due to Paul Devries' initiative that Robert Steinrauf agreed to speak with our Class gathering.]

James Scott "Warrior: A Hero's Story"


A pictorial saga of James Scott's military service, from enlisted soldier to West Point graduate, Class of 1961, and decorated Vietnam Aviator, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying across. The book includes Scott's awards with photos of citations and presentations, plus rare photos of shoulder patches, devices and medals. Scott now battles another lethal and rare enemy, Inclusion Body Myositis. Proceeds will go to research a cure for that disease. Available at

A-2, Opposed by Hurricane Irma, takes its objective, Mini Reunion 11-14 September 2017


A-2 Mini, 11-14 Sep 2017 - Roger, Paul, Jim, Bob, Georgann, Bobbie, Sue, Sandy, Gale, Madeline, Steve, Jack, Bob, Betsy

Back in 2016, the A-2 gang committed their 2017 Mini Reunion. Madeline & Roger Middlesteadt quickly raising their hands as the volunteer hosts were. The site would be on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina at the towns of Beaufort, Morehead City, Pine Knoll Shores, and Atlantic Beach. The planning progressed in perfect Field Manual order. Then, real life intervened: Hurricane Irma! She roared, poured and blew the detailed planning into the fog of warlike weather. Moving decisively to Plan B they examined alternate dates. After due consideration, the innovative planners rejected changing dates and pursued their objective and in A-2's fashion for good fortune, the gods of Oden relented and Irma moved her anger elsewhere. So, Alpha Deuce pressed ahead to achieve a memorable Mini.

Thus fulfilling the age old saw that when to going gets tough, the tough and spirited get going! And in that phalanx were Sue & Paul DeVries, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Georgann & Bob Cain, Gale & Bob McConnell, Jack Zimmerman with Sandy Dacheux, and Betsy Alexander with son Steve. Sandy and Steve are now honorary members of A-2. Irma's wrath did cause a downside to the festivities. The Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Ellie Skillman were just unable to get through Irma's turmoil despite Oden's intervention. So they missed a big part of the treat of being together. That was the tours of Fort Macon, the North Carolina Aquarium, the historic homes area of Beaufort, and the Beaufort Maritime Museum. But all's well that ends well and Jim Blesse, in his role as key coordinator has already held meetings to plan for 2018 following in the path set by the DeVries in 2003. Oden relented and Irma moved her anger elsewhere. So, Alpha Deuce pressed ahead to achieve a memorable Mini.

Bill Tobin and Phil Ringdahl


Phil and Judy lived in the DC area in the 80's and 90's during which they renewed their USMA friendship; He's a Great guy.Ł Bill also wanted us to know that Ron Hannon is now out of the hospital in Florida after 15 day stay. He is doing better and he is a fighter.Ł Bill was looking forward to some golf on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia with his brother Bob. At the end of August Bill will join son Bill and his wife in Scotland for ten days of sightseeing. They are sailing their boat around the world and are in the 3rd year of seven year journey. Many will remember Bill's sister Margaret [Margo] and will be pleased to know she is well and lives in Connecticut. She had a long career as a school teacher [to includes DoDDS] and now manages their brother's golf course. She has three wonderful kids and a bundle of grand kids.

Photo: Chris & Bill Tobin and Judy & Phil Ringdahl. They were together at Truro, Cape Cod for funeral service for Phil's sister in law Polly, a childhood friend of Bill on the Cape. Not pictured is Phil's brother Bob, Polly's husband

The photo explains that Judy & Phil were with the Chris & Bill at Cape Cod for the funeral of Phil's sister-in-law Polly who was also a friend of Bill's from their childhood days.

Eggleston Releases "One Man's Traitor is Another's 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. Rogers' 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 activities 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 Rogers' life and motivations.

Sue & Paul DeVries, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Georgann & Bob Cain, Gale & Bob McConnell, Jack Zimmerman with Sandy Dacheux Recalling Founders Day, 2017: A couple of reports and photos


At the Treasure Coast West Point Society it was Vicki & Bob Chelberg and Joyce & Brian Schultz who helped to represent our Class as they raised their glasses to the CorpsŁ along with Rich Sands '85, son of our mate Phil Sands [E-2] who resides near Ft Myers, FL And, for all of the grads and guests who gathered for this luncheon gala amid the warm breezes and surrounding palms, it was USMA's Oldest Living Graduate, LTG William Ely Class of 1933 whose the presence and insightful remarks who made the day extra special. The Youngest Grad, Lawrence Paustain Class of 2008 added to LTG's Ely's reflections on leadership through his anecdotal recounting of his own practical experiences. They both credited that USMA shaped their life's experiences especially with regard to leadership. The audience listened carefully to the speakers' points that the enduring essential of leadership is take care of your troops.Ł

Photo Left: Vicki & Bob Chelberg, Joyce & Brian Schultz

While Paustain earned his time in the spot light, the glowing memory will be that of LTG Ely. At 105 years [29 Dec 1911], this past deputy commander of the Army Materiel Command currently resides in Delray, FL and has been a regular at local Founders Days for a number of years. As he spoke, he reminded all of his love and respect for USMA as well as USMA's continuing importance to the nation through its exemplification of Army culture and values. He concluded with a rhetorical question why have I lived so longŁ? His audience seemed to silently answer because we need your presence to remind us of our own past in order to look to the futureŁ. Both speakers in his own way paid attention to principles of serving people and of honoring West Point which in turn have served themŁ. An important footnote: LTG Ely expects to attend the 2017 Alumni Parade and will lay the wreath at the statue of Sylvanus Thayer, Class of 1808.

Photo Right: Rich Sands 85 [Son of Phil, E-2] Bob Chelberg, Brian Schultz

GEN David Perkins 80 and the Oldest Living Grad, LTG William Ely 33

Founders Day in northern Virginia


Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Ellie Skillman Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Ellie Skillman Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Ellie Skillman Cy Shearer has let us know of a that evening which featured their Oldest GradŁ from 1958 and the youngest , Class of 2006. Cy went on to describe for us that: We had a marvelous Founders Day celebration on March 17th at Heritage Hunt Club House in Gainesville, VA. In attendance representing '61 along with Nancy & Cy were Bunny & Chuck Armstrong, Trish & Dick Buckner with their guests [Dick's brother] Bob '57 and Barbara Watson, Millie & Todd Counts, Sue & Paul DeVries, Chan & Mike Eiland, Dawn & Bob Glass, Sharon & Gene Goodell, Jan & Pat Hillier, Michele & George Kopcsak, Judy Kremer, Denise & Barney Legge, Bill the Flying FinnŁ Mackie, Gale & Bob McConnell, Bob Rosenkranz, Mary Jane & John Solomon, Kaye & Bill Williamson, and Jack Zimmerman.

Total attendance was 129, so it was obvious that Second to NoneŁ dominated the scene. The West Point Alumni Glee Club provided excellent entertainment with singing and skits. The oldest and youngest speakers were Wally Ward '58 (older than the '56 grads in attendance), and MAJ Aaron Cross '06. Can you image being both a field grade officer AND the youngest grad? It's what happens when you come to an event at an over 55Ł community. The social hour ended with the singing of Benny HavensŁ. (Why don't we have a song about the 202 Club?Ł) Festivities closed with the Alma Mater. Bob Glass, Dave Mundt '62, and Cy were responsible for the planning and execution.Ł And, another night to remember!!

Social events for 61:


On the morning of 2 April many of our mates assembled for the bountiful Fort Belvoir Sunday Brunch. Under perfect skies and looking across the placid Potomac they dined upon the delights ranging from steel cut Irish oatmeal to eggs Benedict to hearty slices of roast beef au jus and sipped brut champagne. The beneficiaries of the festive feast were Bobbi & Jim Blesse, Rina & Ed Brown, Emmy Brown, Elease & Ed Bruner, Sue & Paul DeVries, Chan Eiland, Marty Ganderson and Paula Barrie, Betty & Bob Hampton, Denise & Barney Legge, Okja & Bill Mackie, Lucy Paone, Pat Prather, Bob Rosenkranz, Mary Jane & John Solomon, and Jack Zimmerman and Sandy Dacheux.

Mike Eggleston Publishes New Book About Vietnam


Eggleston '61 Dak To and the Border 
Battles of Vietnam, 1967-1968On the fiftieth anniversary of the battles, Mike Eggleston's new book has been published and is available for immediate delivery from book sellers. The author is indebted to members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade who included their recollections. Two of these soldiers received the Distinguished Service Cross for their valor. The book summary: Thousands of books and articles have been written about the war in Vietnam. This book tells the story of a series of key battles in Vietnam and how they were influenced by events before them and how they affected the war effort. These decisive battles were called the "Border Battles" in Vietnam and the principal battle occurred at Dak To. These present a story of great valor. This history differs from others that deal with the Vietnam war since tells in detail these decisive battles not documented before in the words of those who served there. The book relies upon records as well as memoirs of Vietnam veterans of Dak To many of which have not been previously published. Other important sources include the memoirs, letters and books written by the key leaders during this period such as Haig, Kissinger, Nixon, Westmoreland, and General Vo Nguyen Giap, the North Vietnamese commander.

Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr andMore adventures of the A-2 Travel Troupe: This time it's Ireland - Part 2


Ellie Skillman Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr and Seltzes, Stringhams, Baldwins, Judy Carr andwith son Steve.with Sandy Dacheuxwith Sandy Dacheux

Photo Right: Dinner at our hotel, the St. Stephen's Green Hibernia Club, Dublin; from left: Sue, Bobbie, Gale, Bob, Jim, John, Hank, Paul, Jack, Mary Frances, and Marge

Oden relented and Irma moved her anger elsewhere. So, Alpha Deuce pressed ahead to achieve a memorable Mini.

Hank Kenny, the A-2 travel troupe's designated reporter tells us of another wonderful trip! It was an eight-day adventure in Ireland. This time the frequent journey bunch included Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Sue & Paul DeVries, , Gale & Bob McConnell, Sandy Dacheux and Jack Zimmerman, reinforced by Class of '59's Marge & John McNerney and of course Mary Frances & Hank.

The travel begins

They met up with this familiar looking fellow in the pub

We toured the Emerald Isle from Dublin and Galway. Daytime activities in Dublin included visits to St. Patrick's cathedral, Trinity College, the Book of Kells, (a 1200-year old illuminated manuscript of the gospels), the Guinness brewery, and Kilmainham Gaol (prison), where Irish rebels were executed a hundred years ago. Evenings saw the group at nearby pubs and restaurants, enlivened by both Guinness beer and delightful Irish music and dancing.

A special treat

We went north from Dublin to Bru na Boinne, the site of the magnificent New Grange tombs and the Hills of Tara. The tombs, constructed entirely of stone, are 5,500 years old, and like Egypt's pyramids that were constructed later, have passageways where, during the winter solstice, the sun shines from the great exterior wall into the burial chamber at the center of the edifice. Our adventurers then strode up the windswept Hills of Tara, from which the High Kings of Ireland are believed to have ruled in ancient times.

More adventures of the A-2 Travel Troupe: This time it's Ireland - Part 1


The most Irish part of IrelandŁ

Front: Mary Frances, Gale, Bobbie, and Jim; Rear: Hank, Bob, Sandy, Jack, Paul, and Sue.

We then traveled west to Galway, from where everyone toured the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic, and visited the Aran Islands, where people speak Gaelic and live in the traditional Celtic homes. A race then ensued, as the group hopped on different horse-drawn carts for a tour of the island. Jack, Sandy, Mary Frances & Hank were in one cart and Sue & Paul, Bobbie & Jim in another, then Gale & Bob in a third. Total weight favored the first horse-drawn cart, but it appeared to be a tie at the finish. In any case, it was an up-front view of life in the old days. The next day saw us touring the Connemara peninsula, visiting bogs from which farmers draw peat (turf) for fuel. We also paid a visit to the famous Kylemore Abbey with its Victorian walled garden.

A pleasant surprise

Ken, Jim, Bob. Hank, and Jack enjoying Galway, while the ladies are shopping

Now back in Galway we guys were standing outside a store where the ladies were shopping when up walked none other than Rachel & Ken Meisner. What a surprise! They were touring Ireland in conjunction with a visit to their son. Of course, Rachel & Ken joined us for a grand dinner that evening. The following day we said our farewells to each other and to Ireland. However, Mary Frances and I stayed on to visit friends and relatives in County Clare. As an understatement, all in all, it was another great trip for our adventuresome troupe

1961: September 2016 - Follow A-2's journey in this Celtic land

1961: September 2016 - A-2 Adventures in Ireland-Another souvenir

China Welcomes Members of the Class of 1961


China: Their adventures continue

China tour 14-25 Sep 2016- With a backdrop of the Great Wall of China Kathy White (Jerry unable to make the trip) Coralinn & Mick Maus, Karen Hansell, Kaye Williamson, Bill Williamson, Charlie Hansell

Karen & Charlie Hansell, Coralinn & Mike Maus, Kaye & Bill Williamson and Kathy White with her sister, Virginia signed up for the trip section on a two-week Uniworld Tour through China, 14-25 September 2016. Here is their after action report:

We were all surprised at the modernization of infrastructure as well as the antiquities that we visited. We started in Shanghai and throughout we were amazed at the modern buildings and the friendliness of the Chinese people. Shanghai is where the modern interface with the western world began. It was the outcome of the arrival of the British in the late 1800's. By the way, we may remember from our days with our social science Ps that until 1842 Shanghai's location made it merely a small fishing village. Then came the first Opium War. The British intervened and declared Shanghai a treaty port. That opened the city to foreign involvement. Soon after, the French and the U.S. arrived.

China tour 14-25 Sep 2016- Coralinn & Mick Maus reprise their photo-op in Moscow's Red Square while on their 2012 Russian River Cruise. This time, China's Great Wall. Next time????

In keeping with their various objectives they divided Shanghai into autonomous concessions that they administered concurrently yet independently of all Chinese law. Each colonial presence imparted a bit of its own culture, architecture, and society. Thus some of the British and French buildings that have survived are preserved and are in use to this day. Our 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. It was east of there that farmers digging a water well discovered the Terracotta Army on 29 March 1974. This massive army of statues is almost beyond description, is overwhelming and the archeological care being taken is astonishing. Our next and final stop was Beijing. We spent three days 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, our time together will remain memorable.

Our 55th Reunion...


Soon after our 50th our Class leaders had the vision.

With careful thought they stepped off smartly. They organized, they issued the ├‚┬ź Commander's Intent and Guidance ├‚┬╗ Then the stalwart team of Bob Cairns, Joe Fishburne, Gary Hyde, Phil Mallory, Burke Mucho, and Gene Witherspoon moved out to the tasks of overall planning and execution. And an intensively detailed quest it was  to firm up the answers to the Reunion questions of who, where, when, and how [There was no what or why'... They were determined in 1961.] The challenges were familiar yet no less complex. And now, as we look back on those picture perfect days in May 2016 we know that the answers turned out to be innovative, on target, on time.

A Stirring And Memorable Gathering Of Eagles -- Our 'Mates


The Team insured silk like smoothness for transportation, all hospitality matters especially the array of rooms for socializing, the myriad tours, and our solemn Cadet Chapel service that preserves the memories of our departed mates. Spouses, dear friends and then volunteers raised their hands and stepped forward to support the Team. Bob Hampton, Ed Brown, and Trish Buckner signed on to pursue the specific tasks of creating the Memorial Room, publicity and communications, and artful name tags respectivelyand Lucy Paone coordinated with our widows and then so many of our unnamed mates teamed in along the way with on site coordination, bus movement and sundry admin tasks and on and on and on...

Our 55th was a total Team labor of loyalty and dedication to our Class.

A Testimony To '61 Second to None!


During the almost five years of constant work, this Team appeared much like the ducks smoothly floating upon the mirror like surface of a crystal pond.

They appeared as if they were moving forwarded on cruise control.

What we didn't see was, like the ducks, their fierce movements beneath the water's surface.

That was their energy producing our reunion.'

├‚┬ź Never have so few enabled so many to gain so much pleasure ├‚┬╗ as there was at this

our Fifty Fifth observance of our graduation.

Well done and thank you are simple phrases that affirm inadequately the feelings of each and every person who mustered up to renew ties and bonds of so many years.

At this point, it may be fitting to note those who were unable to be present at this formation. Theirs were expressions of deep regret and, from some, of recognition and acceptance that the passing years are having their affects.

Further testimony favoring the Team's accomplishments are a few unsolicited compliments and praise:

....indeed a fun-filled reunion and I wish we could have visited even longer with those who were able to join us.

....we finally arrived home with a mixture of happy thoughts but with some sadness over those who couldn't join us.

....I for one am still in a state of reunion recovery that defies description. room the committee set up was truly impressive... great job putting that together... please do it again for our 60th and any time in between. of the line accommodations, chow, adult liquid refreshments that made being together easier, refreshing, and just plain fun!!

Hoo-RahHoo-RahHoo-Rah! Transporters Rah!

Transporters! Transporters! Transporters!

From our G-1 'mates


Our 55th Reunion and G-1 welcomes Company and Class son Matt Deuel DeRosier and wife Pam. Matt's father Bill Deuel was killed in Vietnam, 1996. Pictured are Howie Roberts, Dan Halpin, Matt DeRosier, Terry Kirkpatrick, Bill Mackie

We remembered our Company mate Bill Duel who was killed in Vietnam 30 September 1966, leaving Matt and his widowed mother behind. This reunion, fifty years later becomes special for Bill's son, Matt Deuel DeRosier and his wife Pam. They joined us to spend time being with his father's classmates. They were especially taken by the memorial room displays along with being part of our class activities to include the visit to Constitution Island. That visit also became a professional interest for Matt who is a Federal wildlife officer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Lewistown, MT. [Perhaps fulfilling an interest he may have learned from his grandfather. Bill's father and Matt's grandfather was Thorne Deuel, Class of 1912.] Pam and Matt were happily overwhelmed by the way the Class of 61 reached out to them with comments about Billy Deuel and stories from our shared days together at West Point.

A Footnote


Referencing the same dictionary that got us through plebe English, the definition of reunionŁ isŁ the gathering of former school mates or other organizations for the purpose of continuing or reestablishing personal ties that began many years earlier.Ł

In retrospect may I add/modify that definition? If so, it's unlike the other definitions that we spec'dŁ almost sixty years agoMy new definition will be a gathering of life long Classmates who transcend just being only friends. We are in some cases blood relatives, in some instances in-laws through marriages, and parents, grand parents and in the coming years, great grand parents of graduates and who have remained connected in an abundance of ways and now once again have assembled for Reunion Number Fifty Five!"

Andersons to Endow Men's Basketball & Women's Rugby Coaching Positions


Lee and Penny AndersonArmy 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.

The Andersons continue to be a major supporter of the Academy and our cadets,Ł Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan said. The loyalty Lee and Penny have shown towards West Point is unparalleled and we are certainly grateful for their continued generosity to our athletic programs.ŁWe are incredibly appreciative of the support that Lee Anderson and his family has given our men's basketball program,Ł new men's basketball head coach Jimmy Allen said. His support helps our cadet-athletes immeasurably and we are so proud that he is a part the basketball family at Army West Point.Ł Full Story ├‚┬╗

Summer at Fort Campbell 1959



Some nostalgia from Jim Oaks that I thought would interest you. Your challenge is to identify everyone!



A Few Reminders


Arlington National Cemetery Burials

On 1 April 2016 a number of our mates attended the burial of Dennis Rooney at Arlington. In a few weeks there will be two more burials, John Lawton and Butch Robertson. John's will be buried 14 June [appropriately Flag day and the 241st our Army's birthday]. There will be a service in the Old Post Chapel, Ft Myer at 8:45 AM. Following John's interment, his family will host a reception at the Officers Club. Featured will be tales of Nasty JackŁ and bourbon.

Then on Tuesday, 21 June, Butch will be interred following a service in the Old Post Chapel, Ft Myer at 12:30 PM. His family also will host a reception at the Officers Club when our 'mates, friends and family will have time to reminisce about Butch and his contributions.

Earlier in April Bob Protzman was laid to rest in Fort Worth. We recall that Loree predeceased him in 1985; however surviving are daughter Paige and son Scott along with grand children Will, Cameron, and Cole. We also recall Bob's diligence and pursuit in his careers. First as an Air Defender but also starting then to study for eventual completion of medical school paying my own tuition and fees. There was no pay and no housing allowance, but time in grade accrued and medical/PX benefits were granted. John Eielson and I graduated in 1968, and the military celebrated our graduations by instituting a funded program for medical students the next yearŁ Then it was off to ten years as a Medical Corps doctor. Bob retired in 1982 accompanied by a bit of coincidence and humor: I got a letter congratulating me on being selected for the War College.Ł Perhaps this photo at our 40th illustrates Bob's easy going ways and sense of humor.

Photo: That's Pete Boylan in the more traditional western hat and Gene Witherspoon in the background sporting our Class headgear

Some footnote news

Tia & Jim McGinnis are keeping busy and productive in Boca Raton. With a number of our mates residing along Florida's Atlantic coast they remain in close touch with many. They are especially appreciative of the continuing outpouring of concern that has followed the tragic death of their son in 2015. Vicki & Bob Chelberg are equally busy and productive with Bob handling some of the lead efforts in promoting the Wounded Warrior program in Florida's Palm Coast. Joyce & Brian Schultz have returned to New Jersey after a warm and cozyŁ winter at Jupiter Beach, Fl. Also one more bit of Florida news: Joyce & Lou Berra have a new address: 11092 Millsite Lane; Dowling Park, FL 32064 Email:

Charles Patrick Burns 27 July 1938 - 25 February 2016


We want to remember that Charles Burns passed on 25 February in San Francisco, CA, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Many have been in touch with Vera who survives Charles along with children Amy, Timothy and his wife Laura, Patrick and his wife Colleen, Jenny and her husband John, Kathleen and her husband Christopher; and grand children, Julia, Jackson, Connor, Liam, Amanda, Charlotte, and Josephine.

Photo: Vera & Charles Burns in their San Francisco home, filled with Vera's warmth and art and Charles' charm and wit

Charles first descended upon San Francisco in 1972 enroute to his third Southeast Asia tour [AKA: Vietnam]. Recall that the Paris Peace Accords cease fire agreement took effect at the end of January 1973. So, instead of deployment, the Army adjusted Charles’ PCS orders and he decided that San Francisco looked pretty good after growing up in New York. With “four kids in tow” he went on to marry Vera, take on several follow on assignments and eventually retirement from Sixth Army in 1987, law school and then a fruitful “second career” as a practicing attorney which helped them graduate his four children from Berkeley and their daughter Kathleen from Yale. [Charles, once noted that Vera, before their marriage, had seen the movie Sound of Music, and was certain that raising five children would be a snap... and they made that happen. Yet, in that respect, Charles’, family also would want to remind us that his brother, of the New York Fire Department perished in the World Trade Center.]

Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus let us know that “on 5 March family, friends and a number of our ‘mates attended the Catholic vigil and mass at St. Cecilia's down the street from where the Burns' and we live, the local parish. Charles was remembered with high praise and reverence by the Chaplain who said, several times, "this was a good man." After the service, was the burial at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery nearby in Colma, a few miles south of San Francisco, with military honors. Soldiers from the California Army National Guard fired a salute, folded the colors, and a bugler sounded taps. Afterwards, the family hosted a luncheon. All in all, while a sad time, it was respectful and quiet, kind of like Charles, who was Charlie when we first met him. His kids organized and ran the day's events, and did so in a manner in which their Dad would have been pleased.”

The family has informed us that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is accepting donations in memory of Charles. The address is Donor Services, PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or online at

James Nicholson to Receive the Saint Pio Award


The Saint Pio Award has been established to recognize the selfless and outstanding contribution to the Catholic Church of those individuals who have strongly committed to support the Saint Pio Foundation and its vision. Guests of honor and Saint Pio Award winners will be the acclaimed Actor Gary Sinise and Hon. Jim Nicholson, former Secretary for Veteran Affairs and former US Ambassador to the Holy See. Part of the proceeds of this event will be allocated to support the VA Maryland Healthcare System’s Homeless Program in Baltimore.

Ron Beckett’s posthumous memoir of “our” war


As our 55th fast approaches, we also observe a series of “fifty years since” events regarding the war in Vietnam. So the timing of the reminders from Mike Eggleston and Jim Blesse, among many of our’mates are on target: Per Jim - “ There is GREAT news that Ron Beckett's book, now titled Jack of All Trades, has been published by Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA. Make sure you seek out a copy to purchase at your favorite book source. You don't want to miss it and another taste of Ron's knowledge and sense of humor.”

Jack of All Trades: An American Advisor’s War in Vietnam 1969-1970

[Moments Worth Preserving From the Other War in Vietnam]

American screenwriter, Steven Shagan, once remarked to a disappointed colleague,

“Be glad you had the moment”.

War, like life, is made up of moments, some singular and some strung together into seemingly endless hours and days. Those who have experienced war know all too well those moments - moments of sorrow, camaraderie, exhilaration, fear, violence, compassion, sacrifice and brutality. We know them because they come unexpectedly, punctuating the stifling monotony and boredom that characterize the primary war experience. Vietnam was no exception. Most of the books about the Vietnam War published in recent years have dealt with such moments, and most have consequently focused on the combat experience.

Ron’s book is different. He informs us of the advisory experience, an experience unique unto itself. Ron did not recount battles or firefights, and he did not offer in-depth analysis of strategy or tactics. No political messages…very few moral judgments. Instead he leaves behind and for us his collection of true, and typical of the Ron we knew, often humorous anecdotes growing from his advisory team’s experience. More specifically, it is the story of a seven-man American District Advisor Team in Dinh Quan District, Long Khanh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam in 1969-1970.

There was more than one war going on in Vietnam. The one we most likely know was from 1965 with the introduction first of US ground forces followed by air and naval forces and until 1973 with the withdrawal of all of those US combat forces. Before and during that period was the advisory campaign. It was conducted by the US military beginning with the establishment of the MAAG-V (Military Advisory and Assistance Group-Vietnam) in the late 50's coincident with the departure of the French and continuing into the early 60's with President John F. Kennedy’s expansion of the American advisory effort. This advisory effort almost exclusively focused on the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) combat units. In 1964, with the establishment of MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam), American strategists began to realize that Mao Tze Tung’s dictum that the people must support an insurgency in order for it to be effective was far more than the ravings of a Chinese despot. And so it was that American attention turned to strengthening, albeit slowly, the regional and administrative organizations of South Vietnam.

Until mid 1965, the Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists) had waged war in the provinces and districts with limited success. It appeared that the government in Hanoi had decided it was time to move the campaign in South Vietnam into phase Three of guerrilla warfare to decisively defeat the ARVN and unify Vietnam. In response to the movement of large PAVN (People’s Army of Vietnam), forces into South Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson committed US ground forces supported by naval and air forces to assist the ARVN. Unfortunately, the commitment of US conventional forces detracted from the advisory effort as US commanders believed their North Vietnamese enemy was inferior in every respect to US forces which could decisively defeat their North Vietnamese enemy on the battlefield. However, as the war raged on and US strategists sought a solution to winning the war, it became more and more apparent that the answer instead was to shore up the South Vietnamese government and all its institutions in Saigon and in its provinces and districts.

This support was formalized in 1967 with the creation of an organization named CORDS (Civilian Office Revolutionary Development Support). To unify this effort, President Johnson appointed Mr. Robert Komer as DEPCORDS (Deputy for Civilian Office of Revolutionary Development Support) to the COMUSMACV (Commander United States Military Assistance Command) General William Westmoreland. To better coordinate this, each of South Vietnam’s four military regions had a DEPCORDS assigned to the senior US commander in the region. CORDS then was responsible for the overall coordination of the advisory effort in the provinces and districts to include the employment of local militia forces call RF/PF (Regional Forces/Popular Forces). As such all district and provincial advisory teams were subordinate to CORDS. Whether it realized it or not, the US had embarked on a massive campaign of “Nation Building”.

It was into this situation that the Class of 1961’s Major Ronald L. Beckett returned to Vietnam, assigned as the DSA (District Senior Advisor) of Dinh Quan District Long Khanh Province, III Corps Tactical Zone. Ron had deployed earlier as well in 1965 with the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division “The Big Red One” as part of President Johnson’s response to the North Vietnamese incursion. He had seen combat as a company commander and understood the US conventional war tactics of “Search and Destroy”. But, now he was participating in a different kind of war, the war to win “the hearts and minds” of the South Vietnamese people. In Jack of All Trades, he described the day to day lives of American advisors in a way about which very few Americans, including those who served in US units knew very little. Jack of All Trades , while humorous at times, stands as a factual story of one of the many US advisory teams scattered throughout the provinces and districts of the Republic of South Vietnam.

Jack of All Trades is a book about events and moments worth preserving, a book about the American War in Vietnam. It is not, however, a book about war in the traditional sense. Neither is it a book about heroism, though it has heroes, nor a book of protest, though it is sometimes critical. This is simply a book about people, places and events that marked the author’s tour of duty in Vietnam. It is a book bound by the thread of human experiences - a book which will move the serious reader to laughter and resurrect emotions long thought forgotten about the “other war” in Vietnam.

Walter G. “Butch” Robertson 1938-2016

Photo: 20 November 2015 - H-1 reunion. Todd Counts and Mike Eiland Flanked Butch and had one of those unforgettable get togethers, soon after Barbara and he pulled up stakes in Florida to re-retire in Virginia to be closer to family.

On 16 Feb 2016 in Leesburg, VA Butch Robertson passed on. Surviving Butch are Barbara and children, daughter, April; son, David Pierce and his son Caleb; son, Steven Pierce and his spouse Irene; grandchildren, Stephanie Angele and her husband Ethan, Marcel Pierce and his wife Heather, Mary Reuter and her husband Louis, John Pierce, Paul Pierce, Mark Pierce, and Luke Piece; and great grandchildren, Brigitte Angele, Liliana Angele, Derek Angele, Kateri Angele, Gerard Pierce, Killian Pierce, and Ignatius Reuter.

Conversations with other of our ‘mates inform us that Butch had been having cardiac issues for the past ten years or so yet never lost his spirit especially with regard to looking out for his family. Moving to Virginia was a part of that concern. More about Butch is found in his own words that you can read in full in our Class Book.

I wasn't born a soldier, but almost…My chosen path led me to the Plain on that afternoon I took the Oath. As for many of us, that was a defining moment which gave meaning to everything I ever did thereafter in my life... We can all recall those sage words from Beast Barracks: "All that I am and all that I ever hope to be I owe to my Beast Barracks Squad Leader."... It all began with the Oath, taken on the Plain with my dear classmates.

A memorial service for Butch will be at 2 PM, 25 February 2016, at the Great Oak Clubhouse at Ashby Ponds, 44755 Audubon Square, Ashburn, VA 20147. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery will be at a later date.

You may be in touch with Barbara at 21144 Cardinal Pond Terrace, #WC402, Ashburn, VA 20147. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Butch’s memory be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Well done, Butch. Be thou at peace.

Michael Eggleston New Book 5th Marine Regiment in WWI


The story of the 5th Marine Regiment in World War I is now available, it will be published in March. More than 8,000 men served in the Fifth Marine Regiment of the U.S. Army’s Second Infantry Division during World War I and the occupation of Germany. Marine units were among the first to arrive in war-torn Europe in 1917, and sustained greater casualties than other American units. This book tells the human story of the "Devil Dogs" in World War I and the years following through the recollections of veterans recorded over the past century. The influenza epidemic that raged during the war is discussed. An annotated roster of the regiment lists each Marine, with service details provided where known.

Assembly 1961.....Just in case you are you snowed in...


Hank Larsen is the Scribe for the Class of 1959. He and his wife Brenda on a recent Caribbean cruise with Sheryl & Bud Fritz sent us an update on our ‘mate.

From Hank:

I first met Bud Fritz when he was a Battalion Commander in the Field Artillery Training Center at Fort Sill. We had may things in common. USMA grads, assigned to the same until, neighbors on post and so forth. But perhaps the fact that we were and still are avid Red Sox fans kept our friendship strong. Also, Bud’s wife, Sheryl and my wife, Brenda, are quilters. Our latest adventure together was a cruise in the Caribbean. Here’s a snapshot.

October 2015 Dan Halpin visits West Point and describes new construction


Photo: October 2015 Dan Halpin G-1 ’61 at USMA barracks construction site with Cadet David Koerper, G-1 '16

Anytime is a good time to hear about our ‘mates. That “good time” is especially so when they are updating us on the comings and goings at out alma mater. In this case, Dan Halpin is our man on the scene. You’ll read that he was in the AO following the annual meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Recall that Dan, over the years has been honored by this and a number of other professional engineer associations and societies. His observations give us his account of some of the infrastructure developments that will greet us at our 55th. So, don’t be shocked and surprised or maybe not recognize immediately your surroundings come May 2016. Now, here’s Dan’s report, a preview of “coming attractions.”

I was on the road from 10-18 October 2015... attended the annual meeting of ASCE in NYC on Time Square at the Marriott Marquis. I drove into the hotel from Westchester County...only mad dogs, Englishmen, and Hillbillies from KY would attempt that. On Tuesday morning, 13 Oct, after a breakfast event at ASCE, I drove us to USMA to visit the new construction of a 6 story cadet barracks being built above South Area and just below the Cadet Chapel as well as renovations of Bartlett Hall - the Science Building on Thayer Road. This work has included blasting 330,000 cu. yards of granite out of the side of the hill to make space for the footprint of the building. Walsh Group out of Chicago is doing the work. During my time at Purdue I had a lot contact with Dan Walsh who has become a personal friend as well. While touring the Cadet barracks site (It hangs on the hill) a group of cadets were crossing a scaffold bridge and I was introduced as a grad to this civil engineer class. I mentioned that I was a G-1 file and asked if there were any G-1 cadets in this group. 2 or 3 hands went up. Cheers all around... Later I was returning with my host from Walsh to the trailer area along Thayer Road when two cadets asked if I was the gentleman from G-1 who was just visiting the barracks site. Yes, of course... they were the G-1 cadets who had been in the class group.

David Koerper, G-1 firstie, asked if he could make a picture with me... sure... The attached picture is the result... Turns out that David is the 1st Regimental S 3 - cadet captain and is from Lexington, KY. So the picture is a nice memory of the visit David in BDU - and I in the Walsh Group on site combat uniform complete with Safety Glasses.

I hope to stop by the site in May '16 again... should have most of the interior finish work completed by then... by the way the barracks building is 6 stories... maybe 3 to 3.5 acres of space... my rough estimate.

E-2 Mini Reunion


The first ’58-’61 mini E-2 reunion 10 Jun 2015: Chuck Toftoy '58 and his favorite "weenie” and our author Mike Eggleston

Re reading notes for June 2015, the mini E-2 reunion with Chuck Toftoy ’58, Mike Eggleston and Scribe took place as planned, 10 June. The watering hole was the Tyson’s Corner Clyde’s Restaurant, one of several in the DC-northern Virginia region and the scene of this photo.

A delayed luncheon leads to “a Cherry delight”


29 Jun 2015 Phyllis & George Cherry, Tampa FL

And looking back at some August notes, Ham Evans did reschedule the luncheon that was thunder stormed out earlier. The good news is that there has since been another encore performance this past 14 December. With equally good luck, we’ll get to see a pix from that soiree. Scribe was unable to be present for either of these St Petersburg soirees, but there was a splendidly special lunch with Phyllis & George Cherry. The scene of colorful tales and reminiscences was the Colonade. another Tampa watering hole packed with local history and overlooking Hillsborough Bay. George’s splendid sense of humor ages as does the finest of wines. For confirmation read our Fifty Year Book for his recollections of his memorable Beast Barracks welcome

The A-2 Saga Continues! A grande cruise to Bermuda


1961 A-2 Bermuda cruise, 11 October 2015: Paul DeVries, Lois & Bill Seltz, Judy Carr, Sue DeVries, Jack Zimmerman and Sandy Dacheux, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Madeline & Roger Middlesteadt, Ellie Skillman.

Cruising to Bermuda was the feature of A-2’s latest reunion. Per Jim Blesse, “After an awesome Bon-Voyage dinner at Chateau DeVries on 8 October, we departed the next day from Baltimore on board Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas.” As the photo attests, on board for this gala were the Blesses, DeVries, Middlesteadts, Seltzs, Jack Zimmerman and Sandy Dacheux, Judy Carr, and Ellie Skillman. Of course to lend an “official” nature to the gathering there was the pertinent Company Meeting en route to Bermuda to ensure that A-2 business remained in proper order. While in Bermuda, most of this A-2 crew toured with Rickey's Total Island Experience - - and… all after action reports note that Rickey and his tour were magnificent. The AAR went on to laud the fun and comradeship as well as the opportunity to “get gussied-up", again, as the photo vividly depicts. So, score another for Alpha Deuce.

Another reunion for our Plebe Basketball Team


Back then, our Plebe basketball team: Gary Lord, Lee Anderson, Bob Chelberg, Lee Sager, Norm Olson, Ron Hannon, Bob Strauss, Joe Stewart , 2nd row: Jim Jackson, John MacLean, Pete Gleichenhaus, Jim Scott, Warren Watson, Ken Sigenthaler, Back row CPT Win Skelton, MAJ Hank Emerson ’47, Ron Barrick, George Joulwan, Mike Brady, Frank Blanda., Not Identified. [Deceased]”

About ten years ago our ’mates who formed our Plebe basketball team reunited in Helena, Montana for a big happy birthday celebration. They were present to honor their coach, Henry “Hank” Emerson ’47, then a major. This time, 12 August 2015 their reunion took on a melancholy yet still a celebratory tone. They arrived at the Fort Myer historic Old Chapel adjacent to the Arlington National Cemetery from California and points in between. They were present to render final honors to LTG Hank Emerson also renowned as the Gunfighter for his role as a combat leader in Vietnam. However, on this day they were recalling his fame and remembering him as “our coach.” So, our living Classmates of the Plebe Basketball team huddled one more time to recall the anecdotes of many years past. They chatted of places and topics that had a common theme, lessons learned from LTG Emerson who acted on his beliefs in and mutual respect and support for the “little guys.” Our ’mates continued to echo those thoughts as they trod behind the caisson along a well worn trail leading to the Arlington hillside gravesite looking out toward the nation’s capitol. The heat and painful knees and hips did not impede the march or thoughts of Ron Barrick, Bob Chelberg, Pete Gleichenhaus, Ron Hannon, John MacLean, Lee Sager. Further among the hundred or so who joined the march were Chuck Toftoy ’58 and Art Bair ’59 who had worked for Emerson as well as continuing close ties to many of our ’mates.

Photo left: Now today, our Plebe Basketball team with the head coach, Orvis Sigler, seated beneath the clock. L to R- Pete Gleichenhaus, Bob Chelberg, John MacLean, Ron Barrick, Lee Anderson, Sigler, Ron Hannon, George Joulwan, Lee Sager. 12 Aug 15 at LTG Emerson’s wake at the Army-Navy Country Club

At the wake, Pete shared these photos that tell a bit of the Team’s story from Plebe year to the present. He described Orvis Sigler as a real professional [sitting in the larger group photo] who was the full time basketball coach. He was the guy who recruited the players in our class and it was he who recruited Emerson, the former M-2 Tac to be the Plebe’s coach/OIC. In 1958 Sigler left USMA for a coaching position at Centenary College in Louisiana. Pete reminds us that five of the Plebe team went on to the A Squad our firstie year and that the officer in charge was then LTC George Rebh Jan ’43 who had been a player as a cadet, and after WW II, a Rhodes Scholar.

Our Plebe basketball team; this time 12 Aug 2015 at the wake for LTG Emerson, their coach.”

San Antonio Country Club Hosted the 2014 Founders Day dinner 8/27/2014

Mimi & David Brooks want us to know that our many "mates residing at the Army Residence Community raised their glasses high to honor the Academy's 212th anniversary. The photo shows that joining our "mates as the evening's speaker was a Class son, Commandant of Cadets BG Richard Clarke, [also Gail & Dick Clarke's son]. Mimi & David go on to describe another grand evening of fine dining in late July at the ARC Lakeside Restaurant. They were with Linda & Glynn Mallory, Terry & Bob Cairns, Sharon & Phil Mallory. The evening was special in a number of ways.

July 2014 dinner at the Army Residence Community Lakeside Restaurant: Terry & Bob Cairns, Linda & Glynn Mallory; Sharon & Phil Mallory, Mimi & David Brooks

July 2014 dinner at the Army Residence Community Lakeside Restaurant: Terry & Bob Cairns, Linda & Glynn Mallory; Sharon & Phil Mallory, Mimi & David Brooks.

Linda & Glynn celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 13 June as well as their relief that Glynn's earlier back surgery is proving to be successful. So, along with Nancy & Howard DeWitt who joined them a bit later there were lots of good and fun tales accompanied and complimented by a highly functional dispenser of Class VI products: "you should see these young guys in action" and a visit to the ARC would be in order for all of our "mates. David sent us a photo as well of our "mates who were present at the dinner. Then during late August the Brooks were in route via their BMW Z4 to Orcas Island, WA. After a stop over in Redlands, CA they met up with Terry & Bob for a stay in their farmhouse and to fish and crab for several weeks.

March 2014, Founders Day dinner, San Antonio: Glynn Mallory, Ken McCollister, Howard DeWitt, Art Downey, BG Richard Clarke '84, David Brooks, Steve Denny, Bob Cairns.

More News from the Bear State


August 2014 vicinity Fort Funston, southwest of the Presidio of San Francisco: Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus

August 2014 vicinity Fort Funston, southwest of the Presidio of San Francisco: Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus.

Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus spent a day exploring the beaches and remaining coast artillery emplacements of old Fort Funston, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. . Along with them were daughter Risa [with her two pups]and Pete's sister Anne and her daughter Liz (the Founder and Director of Corps Africa ( Liz, in addition to visiting Uncle Pete, was in California raising money and thanking major supporters. FYI: Barbara & Pete's son Joey and family are in Korea. Pete Space A'd there earlier this year for a welcome visit.

FYI: Pete's niece Liz Fanning served in the Peace Corps in Morocco in the early 1990'swhere she lived in a small Berber village and worked on environmental sustainability projects. In founding Corps Africa, Liz used the Peace Corps model that includes recruiting men and women from developing countries of Africa to move to high-poverty communities within their own country.

An additional FYI: For all the artillery files out there, the fort, renamed for Major General Frederick Funston in 1917, began taking shape as World War I began to rage. The War Department constructed a parade ground, barracks and a series of coastal batteries. After WW II the Department then declared seacoast batteries as obsolete, paving the way for the fort to become a Nike missile launch site. And as the life cycle management of military resources inexorably ground forward, in 1963 Fort Funston became an artifact perfect for inactivation and thus entered another phase of its life cycle, this time as part of the National Park Service. Today, the area has evolved as a network of trails suitable for hiking and horseback riding. The beach is known for its magnetic sand and strong currents, discouraging swimming. Fort Funston's strong, steady winds make the cliffs overlooking the beach a popular site for hang gliding. [For all of you wanna be free flyers]

August 2014 vicinity Presidio of San Francisco: Pete with the other lovely ladies in his life, daughter Risa [with Austin and Ralph], niece Liz Fanning, and her mother and Pete's sister, Anne

August 2014 vicinity Presidio of San Francisco: Pete with the other lovely ladies in his life, daughter Risa [with Austin and Ralph], niece Liz Fanning, and her mother and Pete's sister, Anne.

*PS: Thanks to Wikipedia for Ft Funston and Corps Africa background

Update: Our 55th Reunion


Click here to get the latest report from the 55th Reunion Planning Committee.

David Brooks Sends…


Photo: April 2014 at the ARC:Sharon Mallorys, Terry & Bob Cairns, Phil Mallory, and Mimi Brooks.

Mimi & David’s son Todd retired as an Air Force O-6 in Germany and changed his uniform to civilian attire and started work in the same headquarters, USAFE, at Ramstein. The Brooks will be there to see their grandson graduate from high school. Their daughter, Anne Marie and family live in Charlottesville where son-in-law Steve is the PMS of the Air Force ROTC at University of Virginia. David also sends news that Sharon & Phil Mallory have signed the paperwork and will move into a "temporary" cottage [o/a ‘til June/July] awaiting the opportunity to get their desired floor plan in one of the newer cottages "across the bridge", our recently developed addition to the ARC property. The Mallorys live just north of Austin, an easy trip down for them. It also was old home week for them as they met ARC residents Dick and Bev Graves ('58) and recounted many memories of their Army armor assignments.

Jim Harmon Sends…


Jim, Terry Kirkpatrick, Charlie Welsh hit the ski slopes together back on 12 March 2014 at Crystal Mountain from which Mt. Rainer is visible. They did quite well skiing, and avoiding the moguls [mounds of compacted snow forming obstacles on a ski slope] at our tender ages!”

IT’S 2014!!


Seems that only a short while ago that the balloons were rising to the ceilings and the horns sounded the arrival of 2014 following the balmy days of late December. Now, 2014 has punctuated its arrival with the Arctic vortex and snow in the east and drought in the west. Yet, now in February our thoughts and the Groundhog insist that spring will come soon to northern Virginia and to you wherever you are. However and on the other hand rather than worrying about weather, instead by opening up these cyber page notes you must be in the mode for catching up a bit, deep in the heart of February. So, here’s a review of events of the latter half 2013. There were lots of celebratory times and there were those times when we mourned the passing of ‘mates as well as their loved ones. [*Before proceeding, let’s acknowledge Sam Weiss and our Class Web site as a source of news and information that should be included in your reading.]



Photo Left: Jan & Rod Grannemann and Bill Esselstein at the dedication of the Defender’s Lodge at the VA Center, Palo Alto, CA, 8 October 2013

Photo Right: Jim Nicholson, past Secretary of Veterans Affairs joined Penny & Lee Anderson at the dedication of the Defender’s Lodge at the VA Center, Palo Alto, CA, 8 October 2013

To begin, we consider this past 2013 to be a truly special year for Penny & Lee Anderson. In May we watched as Lee stood on the Plain becoming ‘61’s third Distinguished Graduate and joining George Joulwan and Jim Nicholson. Then, almost before Penny & Lee could catch their breath, on 8 October 2013 they, as major donors, were the principals at the dedication of a state of the art hostel for service men and women receiving care at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Palo Alto. Thanks to Alan Lubke we learned that the Defender’s Lodge is a 52 room, 104 bed, 34,000 square foot living facility that the PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) Foundation supports and makes possible. The Defender’s Lodge enables veterans to share a free room with their caregivers instead of some of the unfitting alternatives that some of our veterans have been facing. In his remarks, Lee who is also Chairman of the Board of API Group (see noted that his company employs about 10,000 men and women; he continued by saying that he has directed his management team that going forward, he wanted to hire only veterans. Lee also made a special point of recognizing our ‘mates who were present for this special day. Joining him on the stage was, Jim Nicholson [former Secretary of Veterans Affairs] and in the audience were Alan, Charlie Burns, Bill Esselstein, Pete Gleichenhaus, and Rod Grannemann.

Consistent with Lee’s demonstrated philosophy of giving back, sharing the fruits of his life well lived, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans has selected him for its prestigious award. The award recognizes his exceptional leadership and commitment to philanthropy and higher education, all in the face of overcoming significant personal challenges in order to achieve success. It is also important to note that the Association is a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. In this respect we should know that Penny & Lee have given more than $60 million to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and we can recall that they are our alma mater’s largest donors. [By the way Jim Nicholson also is a recipient the Horatio Alger Award in 2000.]

Another Author in our Class – Mike Harpold


As the past year has highlighted, we have a number of ‘mates who have shifted their energies from professional pursuits to the pursuits of sharing the benefits of life’s experiences by means of the printed word. Mike Harpold has joined the ranks of authors Bob Bernard and Mike Eggleston among others. He has just published his first novel Jumping The Line, released on During our 50th we learned that Mike had served as an officer with the US Border Patrol. During those years he met Cesar Chavez. Later his own awareness and involvement with farm workers during the grape strike led to his lifelong interest in their plight. After continuing years of service as a police advisor in Vietnam and then as an officer in the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Mike retired in Ketchikan, AK with his wife, Elaine and their daughters Elizabeth and Sarah. Back to his book and its fictional characters, Jumping the Line is an intriguingly authentic novel looking at an issue historically important and still debated. Mike treats his characters compassionately without overlooking their mistakes. Try it; you might discover a magnetic story that will grip you and permit you to come away with a new understanding of farm workers’ realities. By the way, check the internet and for coming works of Mike E. and Bob.

Jack Dewar: The Tradition Goes On Sons and Grandson in the Hockey Rink


Photo: Jack Dewar, three of his four sons (Jon, Chris and Doug) and grandson Peter.

Here is our ’61 Ice Hockey team Captain, Jack Dewar, three of his four sons (Jon, Chris and Doug) and grandson Peter. They play in a North Carolina 40 and over league that made an exception for Peter at age 18. [With this sparkling lineage was there a choice?] Peter is Chris Dewar's son plus there is the USNA connection: Judy & Jack share being Peter’s grandparents with Karen & Dan Schroeder, USNA ’61.Their daughter Chris is Chris Dewar’s wife and mother of their son Peter. Another coincidence to recall is that Dan went Army, was an engineer starting out in the 82d, serving there with many of our ‘mates, and then on to a distinguished career retiring as the DCINC

Dan Halpin Visits for 17 October Class luncheon


Along with catching up with our ‘mates at the Ft Myer luncheon (photo below), Dan also shared a special story featuring one of our ‘mates:

Lt. Joulwan Saves the Day

While I was still stationed with B Company 10th Engineer Battalion in Bad Kissingen we traveled to the Schweinfurt area to support training for one of the 3rd Division Infantry units. We were located on the Main River in the area of a sand excavation operation which had filled with water and now formed a pond parallel to the river about 120 yards long and 40 yards in width. B Company constructed a floating foot bridge across the width of this water feature to simulate a river crossing for the infantry troops. They were in combat gear with heavy back packs carrying their weapons. The main objective of this exercise was to familiarize the troops with the bobbing action of the bridge as they moved quickly across this floating equipage with their weapons at “high port.” Stacy Bragg and I had supervised the construction of the bridge and insured that it was secure and operating as required. Once the training started, we observed the infantry in action from a jeep while our engineer troops were on standby.

As the exercise progressed, we would witness the most extraordinary example of boldness that I have ever seen. It was late fall in Germany (November or December 1962) and, although the day was bright and sunny, the temperature was pretty nippy and we were bundled up appropriately. About 25 minutes into the exercise, one trooper slipped or tripped and fell forward catching himself on the narrow steel deck (width approximately 1 meter) of the foot bridge while it undulated slowly up and down with the motion of the water surface. While struggling to catch himself, he dropped his M14 rifle and it flipped into the water and disappeared into the murky pond. Loss of a weapon in the U.S. Army Europe at the time was considered to be the same as the loss or disappearance of a Top Secret document. The weapon would have to be recovered or heads would roll.

Suddenly, one of the Infantry Lieutenants in charge stopped the exercise, had everyone back off and moved at the double to the area of the fallen trooper who by this time was on his feet. This lieutenant looked familiar, but I didn’t recognize him at first. Then Stacy said, “Hey, that looks like George Joulwan – one of our classmates.” George was a South area guy with whom I had very limited contact. I knew he had been a Corps Squad athlete and that he was a football player who had played on the 1958 USMA team which was ranked number 3 in the country.

Captain America was on the scene. George directed the fallen trooper to move out the way, removed his own boots and fatigue shirt and commenced diving into the dark and muddy water of the pond. Again, this was late fall and the water temperature was frigid ( 55 to 60 degrees F) No one had checked the depth of the pond, but based on George’s time below the surface it had to be 3 to 5 meters deep. Down once – he surfaced for 20 seconds. Down twice – back to the surface. Down a third time –and then a hand , an arm and then a rifle emerged. A cheer went up from the troopers that sounded like the yell of the crowd for the winning Army touchdown in an Army-Navy game!!!. George was the hero of the day, and his infantry troopers would have followed him up the palisades of Omaha beach and into the German bunkers on that day. It was an extraordinary example of leadership.

As we drove back to Kissingen after dismantling the bridge, it was clear to me that certainly not I and very few of my classmates would ever (even in a stellar career of leading troops in the field) be able to top George’s bravado in recovering that weapon. George went on to collect a chest full of decorations for heroism in Vietnam. He caught the eye of a certain Colonel Haig ‘47 who later as General Haig would be the Chief of Staff in President Nixon’s White House. George was a member of Haig’s White House team. His was a brilliant career and he would become the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) with four star rank- the only Four Star General our class of which 28 members achieved General Officer rank. Hats off to George – a leader who will never be forgotten by those 3rd Infantry troopers on that cold and wintery day in Schweinfurt.

Photo Left: Dan Halpin during his mid 2013 visit to Bastogne recalled earlier times in his own career as well as the soldiers who held the town, denying the Germans access to the road net and thus earned the honorific title, “Battered Bastards of Bastogne” seventy years ago.

Photo Right: Hank Kenny holding Dan Halpin’s own addition to our Class literature with his personal memoirs of Army life, dedicated to his late wife Maria.

Dave, Good Going and Thanks for This Important News

Dave Brooks took on the job of reconnecting Ann Garretson Marshall with our ‘mates. Ann is the sister of Ralph Garretson [deceased 1987]. She is writing “a memoir set in the early '60s in which my brother Ralph Garretson and his roommate Jack Sigg are key participants. Since they are no longer here to offer first-person perspectives, I am trying to connect with people who knew them and might have stories or photos to share. I want this story to portray real people going about life against the backdrop of the Cold War and other movements of the '60s. In that vein, anecdotes of life at West Point or on the German-Czech border and Landshut in 1963-4 would be most welcome.” Since that time Ann has updated her quest by noting that “I have managed to connect with an officer in Jack's troop at Landshut in 1964, Tom Fintel '62. They were to speak later in the year. She has also connected with a “drag” who had known Ralph and “had a delightful conversation getting reacquainted”

Ann has continued: “Many thanks to each of you for getting back, for your helpful suggestions (which put me on the direct path to success), for the other memories you shared, and for being such gentlemen and officers! My correspondence with you resulted also in several pleasant micro-walks down memory lane. Each "find" represents a painstaking pulling of threads -- and great joy when a thread actually produces another gem. In that vein ... I would be delighted to hear from any of Ralph's or Jack's buddies or acquaintances who might have memories or photos to share. Thank you all again -- and if you ever get to Las Vegas, be sure to look us up! You have friends here.” Ann welcomes you to contact her directly at

Speaking of events, 2013 and the coming years applaud our ‘mates who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries…. Superlative congratulations go to all in 2013 and in advance, to those who are looking forward to these grande observances in the coming year. For 2013 among them are Sue & Paul Devries, Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus, and Lonnie & Bob Kewley.

Photo: Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii

Past events of 2013 and coming attractions for 2014


Mini reunions of 2013 included good times in Hawaii and Williamsburg for our ‘mates of L-2 and C-2 respectively along with the Golfing Grads triumph in April to be followed by another this coming April. Bridging 2013 and 2014 was the “Button & Gary Hyde Longest Ever Continuously Running Mini Reunion in Recorded History.” More on it next time;OK? There are cruises in the sign up stage now: 18-28 Jun 14 -- Budapest to Bucharest Cruise; 30 Nov-7 Dec 14 -- Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise These follow the August 2013 Portugal trip. Then, do mark your calendar for the 2014, the social schedule for our ‘mates in the DC area; it will include:

12 Feb 14 -- Class Luncheon, Campaign Room, Fort Myer Officers Club

6 April 14 -- Sunday Brunch, Valley Forge Room, Fort Belvoir Officers Club

14 May 14 -- Class Luncheon, Campaign Room, Fort Myer Officers Club

16 Oct 14 -- Class Luncheon, Campaign Room, Fort Myer Officers Club

Hank Kenny will speak at the February event and speakers for May and October are TBA.

From the four corners of the globe, all are invited and urged to be present for roll call.

Ailing But Improving


Bill “The Fastest Flying Finn” Mackie keeps up with the G-1 files and has been concerned with the health of Serge Olive. Diane [she and Serge met and married at Ft Benning in ‘67] has been updating Bill allowing him to follow Serge’s progress. “Serge was in the University of Maryland Medical Center Hospital in Baltimore for a liver transplant surgery… he remained in the hospital for a recovery period and has now returned home.” Shane Olshansky has been in the hospital for treatment of severe respiratory problems. Son, Victor ‘97 has been providing updates and reports that Shane is in the Florida VA hospital at Pembroke Pines. John Neiger is recovering ever so slowly from surgery. Barbara explained that post operation complications arose that have left John weak with limited mobility. However, with Barbara’s dedicated and committed support and John’s own tenacity, they were present and accounted for at the Hyde’s in January. Priscilla Hardiman let us know of Bob’s serious accident: “Early Christmas 2013 morning Bob fell down a flight of stairs here at our house. … The recuperation time is 8-12 weeks. .. Once we get through all of this we will reschedule the left knee surgery so 2014 will be the year of getting Bob back in shape. …We are truly blessed that he did not die or is paralyzed. Each day we are getting better at some sort of schedule and getting organized. …

Farewells in 2013


Bob Bernard informed us of Jane’s passing. They wed in the Cadet Chapel 8 June 1961. “Jane was a wonderful wife, mother and companion for more than 52 years. She had a triple coronary bypass in October, and was in a long term acute care facility when she succumbed to a heart attack on 9 November 9.” Services were at the Newcomer Chapel in Beavercreek, Ohio on 15 November . Bob has suggested considering donations to the Alliance for Lupus Research in remembrance of Jane.

”Bob” Robert F. Zielinski, Jr.

It is with great sorrow and regret that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob Zielinski, on August 10, 2013 at Norton Suburban Hospital, Louisville, KY, after a courageous 16-month battle with cancer.

Bob is survived by his wife, Betty, his mother Julia, daughter Julie Zielinski Gabis (Ed), son Rob (Amber), brothers Richard (Lana) and Andy, and 3 grandchildren (Ben, Cameron, and Nicholas). Bob was preceded in death by his father, Frank, and sister, Nancy. There was an an Irish/Polish wake for Bob, and graveside services 19 August 2013 at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Radcliff, KY. You may be in touch with Betty at 1303 Amberlin Lane, Louisville, KY. In remembrance of Bob the family suggests donation s to one of Bob's favorite theatres: Little Colonel Players, 302 Mt Mercy Drive, Crestwood, KY 40014.

“Mike”Michael J. Brady

“Mike”Michael J. Brady passed 7 November 2013 at the VA Hospital, Waco, TX, of pneumonia after a long and courageous battle with Lewy Body disease. Surviving Mike are is survived by his wife, Colleen; daughter Debbie Anslem [Scott] and children Alissa, Zack, Emma; daughter Laurie Kwo [David], stepdaughter Rayna; son Scott [Elise] and children Miles and Ryane; daughter Kathleen Phillips [Ric] and children Kaitlyn, Matthew, Evan; son Mark Brady [Courtney] and children Greyson and Elly; his twin sister, Marge Kerr and stepdaughter Dr. Jennifer Jones [Michael] and children Oceane and Orion; stepdaughter Linday O’Shea-Slosberg. You may be in touch with Colleen at 58 Champions Lane, San Antonio, TX 78257-1294. Suggested remembrance of Mike are donations to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047

Six "Lost"Classmates Remembered

Ed Brown, our tireless Class Secretary, has been working with the AOG to update the non-grad section of the Register before its next publication in 2015. He has uncovered six more of our ‘mates who did not graduate and have since passed on. While he continues his search, be sure to let him know of any non grads from ’61 especially those members of our Class who have died and that we did not know about at the time of their death. Contact Ed at

Karl H. Dixon, III

Company B-1

9 Jan 1940 - 6 Apr 2005

Place of Death: Greenwood, SC

Interment: TBD

George E. Kelly

Company E-1

10 Nov 1938 - ? Apr 1986

Place of Death: Monmouth, NJ

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle, NJ

Anthony P. Moses

Company F-2

12 Jun 1939 - ? Mar 1987

Place of Death: Wilkes-Barre, PA

Interment: Saint Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Joseph J. Powers, Jr.

Company I-2

24 Mar 1937 - 14 Apr 2012

Place of Death: North Falmouth, MA

Interment: North Falmouth Burying Ground, North Falmouth, MA

William E. Ringle


Company B-1

5 Apr 1938 - 14 Jun 2007

Place of Death: Stuart, FL

Interment: TBD

Peter J. Waters, Jr.

Company A-2

5 Oct 1939 - 10 Mar 2010

Place of Death: Willowbrook, IL

Interment: TBD

Bob, Mike, Karl, George, Tony, Joe, Bill, Peter__

Well done, Bill. Be thou at peace

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Honors and Recognition of Our Classmates For their Achievements


The 21st of May 2013 was a picture perfect P-rade day on the Plain. Present and accounted for and helping to fill the bleachers were many of our ‘mates who had travelled from near and far to recognize Lee Anderson for his dedication and achievement that have made USMA a better place. Following the Alumni Review that appeared more spectacular than many of those present could recall, a special reception “down the hill” at the Hotel Thayer further honored Penny & Lee. There were tributes to both and even a little gentle roasting. Tom Dyer ’67 and past AoG chairman detailed the generosity toward West Point that Lee along with Penny have demonstrated. Freed Lowrey ’67 added light humor that also carried a message of Lee’s loyalty to all things West Point. A unique honor bestowed upon Lee was from the management of the Hotel Thayer. As part of their remarkable rejuvenation of this historic landmark, they have a project to name prime guest suites in honor of noted graduates. So now, Lee has a suite named for him. Inside one wall displays photos and memorabilia that tell his life’s story. [It’s worth a visit]. Below are photos of many of our ‘mates who were present for this memorable day.

Top Right: 1961 - Lee Anderson received West Point's Distinguished Graduate Award and also received Bruce Shroyer's congratulations.

1961 Alumni Luncheon, Washington Hall - Dawn & Bob Glass; John Kilkenny; Michele & George Kopcsak; Chan Eiland; Jan & Rod Grannemann; John Grisoni [Terri not pictured]; Mike Eiland.

1961 Alumni Luncheon, Washington Hall- Ed Brown; Rod Grannemann; George Kopcsak; John Grisoni; Over John’s shoulder, looks like Pat Carroll or Al Vanderbush? [Yes, No, Maybe?]; Mike Eiland; the Commandant, Gail & Dick Clarke’s son, Richard, ’84; Chuck Hodell; John Kilkenny; Stan Conway-Clough; Dale Himes.

Left: 1961 Waiting for the P-rade, Alumni Review: Jim Nicholson; Rod Grannemann; Chan & Mike Eiland; George Kopcsak; Pat Carroll

Al Vanderbush: The Army Sports Hall of Fame Inducts a Champ


Al Vanderbush III: The Army Sports Hall of Fame has inducted Al who will be in the company of the first American to walk in space, two football All-Americans, a Heisman Trophy runner-up, an Army Athletic Association Award winner, and two legendary coaches. The selection committee described Al as an administrator who also contributed as a multi-sport athlete. We especially recall Al as a Dean’s List guy who helped a lot of our ‘mates on the “other list”, as the “pride of Bergen County” and of course as our 1960 gridiron team co captain with Frank Gibson. The Army Sports Hall of Fame will officially induct Al and his new colleagues on 13 September 2013. A special plaque unveiling ceremony will be held in the Kenna Hall of Army Sports inside Kimsey Athletic Center, with the formal black-tie Hall of Fame Induction Banquet set for Eisenhower Hall later that evening. These esteemed alumni will be recognized during Army's football game against Stanford the next day at Michie Stadium with a special photograph and autograph session planned on Black Knights Alley before the game. There is a lot more, so be sure to Read full article on Al's Induction. Also, take a look at even more of our ‘mates who have earned recognition and honors from the: Army Sports Hall of Fame: Jon Aaronsohn ; Hall of Fame of Parachuting: LTC Henmar (Gabe) R. Gabriel ; OCS Hall of Fame: [No hyper links for ] John P. Lawton and Clarence G. Matsuda; Ranger Hall of Fame: COL John P. Lawton ; CPT Thomas W. Pusser; BG Joseph S. Stringham.

Ham Evans Inducted into the Sons of the American Revolution


John Skillman, president of the Tampa Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was pleased to announce that on 18 May, he had “the pleasure of inducting our classmate Ham Evans into the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. Ham’s revolutionary war ancestor was Guilford Evans, a Lieutenant in the Rhode Island Militia. Ham is one of only 15% of SAR members whose line to their patriot ancestor goes directly up their surname line to a patriot of the same name. I would welcome any other classmate into the SAR who can trace your ancestry back to a patriot of the American Revolution. The patriot need not have been in combat, but may have served the cause of the revolution in another way. For example, my 4th great grandfather, also John Skillman, was a leather tanner in New Jersey who gave sides of leather to the Continental Army, for which the British burned his tannery to the ground. This makes him a supporter of the revolution and a patriot. Many of you whose ancestors arrived in this country after the revolution may think you don’t have a patriot ancestor. My mother’s great grandparents arrived here in the 1830s from Germany and the 1840s from Ireland, so I thought there was no patriot ancestor on her side. However, one of her great grandfathers married a woman who was descended from a Private in the Pennsylvania Militia. So you need to shake your family tree to see who falls out, particularly through marriages. Let me know if I can help in any way.”The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As an historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation, it seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations: one nation and one people.

Jay McCann's Special Recognition by the Bell Air Country Club


Jay McCann again has received recognition and honors for his selfless contributions to his community. On 2 May 2013, at the Bel Air Country Club, CA, members arranged a special evening to honor Jay. The event kicked off with the UCLA cadets and the officer in charge of the ROTC program, executing Honor Guard ceremonies; following was the master of ceremonies delivering Secretary of the Army’s letter of personal greetings and the AoG’s president Bob Mc Clure ’76 also recognized Jay’s service sending his message via a special video recording.

Our Coming Attractions


  • 16-25 August 2013 -- Portugal Cruise [Sold Out]

  • 1-10 October 2013 -- L-2 Mini-Reunion in Maui

  • 15-21 October 2013 -- B-1 Mini-Reunion

  • 17 October 2013 -- DC Area Luncheon

  • 23 November-1 December 13 -- Hawaii Mini-Reunion

  • 23-28 January 2014—Orlando Mini

  • 18-28 June 2014 -- Budapest to Bucharest Cruise [Check ASAP for reservations]

  • 2016—Fifty Fifth Reunion [Gary Hyde and Team are working it]

P.S. Check our Class website for other details and of other coming events.

Many other Class events have come and gone. For example, January 2013 started off BIG with what has become “a tradition”: Button & Gary Hyde’s warm up in and around Orlando for the year ahead. As in past years [and even now planning for 2014] they arranged for tours and golf; fine dining and golf; lots of war-story time and golf; and lots of golf. Without respect to specific scores, each of our ‘mates found the courses challenging and worthy of the skills and newest of exotic woods and irons. Tiger and Rory would have been proud. Then too, later on in May the Golfing Grads hit the links at a resort near Tampa [See below] And as you read these Gary and Team 'mates, Bob Cairns , Gene Witherspoon, Burke Mucho, Phil Mallory, Joe Fishburne are driving on with the planning for our 55th. So, be sure to stay alert for more info via email, Class Page and possibly a carrier pigeon or two. There have been a number of lower key events as well such as Suzanne Nicholson’ arrangements to ring in Jim’s 75th with cocktails, cake and champagne for an assemblage of some of Jim’s colleagues and mentors from years past along with roommate Mac Greeley. Later in June they hosted a reception for Gerry & Pat Carroll in part to give further recognition for Pat’s extraordinary service to our Class, raising the funds for our 50th year gift. Being together seemed almost routine given that Gerry and Suzanne grew up in Highland Falls.

Having to cancel their 6 March presentation due to the “blizzardgedeon” threat in the DC region which shut down the Federal government including Ft Myer, Paul DeVries and Bill Florence, '60 undaunted, fulfilled their commitment on 29 May 2013. So, after drinks and a bountiful Fort Myer O’ Club buffet, they reviewed and discussed key elements and provided analysis of the Battle of Dien Bien Phu, the climactic confrontation of the war between the French and Viet Minh. [PS & FYI: “blizzardgedeon” – Lots of bluster, not much snow]

Golfing Grads in Florida, alphabetically: Tom Baird, Bob Cairns, Chuck Chamberlin-associate from Texas A&M, Dick Clarke and brother Dennis, Jim Connolly, Todd Counts, Joe Fishburne, Bob Glass, Bill Griffiths, Ron Hannon with son Mark '89, Jay Hartford, Hamp Hodges, Gary Hyde, Bob Kewley, Jim Looram, Phil Mallory, Lou Murray-guest of Class, Don Sawtelle, Dale Shipley with son Don, Bill Tobin, Paul Vallely, Jack Veatch, Jerry White, Bill Williamson with sons Scott and Tim, and Gene Witherspoon.

Here’s more on the 25th Annual Golfing Grads this past 17-21 April 13. The photo tells more of the story that took place at the well regarded Innisbrook Resort near Tampa,FL It provided its fields of green for the almost four days of camaraderie and some serious play by more than 160 players including thirty of our ‘mates plus sons and a brother. As the “senior class” present, winning the trophy commemorating the late Dan Wilson ’63 made the event all the more significant and enjoyable. Our ‘mates recalled that Dan worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the success of Golfing Grads. Icing on the cake was Ron Hannon and son Mark '89 reflecting on their times as the oldest and youngest grads present. “They made us proud!” Plus, Mike Sullivan '89 shared some of his experiences as the offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rounding out an “excellent” program. “A 3.0 Golfing Grads”! PS: Stay tuned for the next Golfing Grads at Innisbrook 24-27 April 2014.

Brunch at Fort Belvoir


Left: 1961:Brunch at Belvoir-a surprise visit from Betsy & Scott Dillard who paused enroute to their new assignment. Scott will lead a parish near Lexington, Va.

Right: 1961: Brunch at Belvoir-Bob Hardiman and Lew Anne & Roger Cerasoli who drove from The Greenbrier in West Virginia to be with our 'mates.

Bottom: 1961: Bob McConnell, Bill Mackie, Ed Brown. Over their shoulders, catch a glimpse of Sue DeVries and Chan Eiland. All agreed the brunch was a definite “do it again event.”

As a warm up for the Class brunch at Ft Belvoir, 14 April, LewAnne & Roger Cerasoli were hosted by Millie & Todd Counts at their home in Heritage Hunt. Then the next morning they joined our ‘mates who assembled for the Belvoir brunch that, by all accounts, was the elegantly festive gathering that is becoming evermore popular. Our ‘mates in-charge of planning arranged for a private dining room with flowing mimosas which in turn guaranteed warm conversation reflecting emergence from winter and moving ahead to summer time travels and other ventures. For instance, Sue & Paul DeVries were off to visit Normandy and the D-Day beaches with long time buddies, Beth and Jim Arthur, from their times in the 82d and other assignments. Later they reported “successful landings” and visits to the historic sites, memorable experiences. Ed Brown brought us up to date on a number of Class matters. In this respect he reminded us recent deaths of Classmates and of Lucky Downey, Ron Hines widow and Bill Wright’s wife Rebecca. He reminded us as well to keep several of our slowly recovering ‘mates in our thoughts: George Kopcsak, Ben Covington, Joe Stringham, John Neiger. After a brief pause Ed went on to give an advance “warning order” that the Hydes are in the planning phase of Orlando Mini, 24-29 January 2014. Among the others who relished this convivial assemblage were the Cerasolis, Counts, Lucy Paone, Judy Kremer, Chan Eiland [Mike returned from TDY later in April], Gail & Bob McConnell, Karen & George Joulwan, Rene & Bob Hamilton, Rina & Ed Brown, Estelle & Joe Clema, Millie & Todd Counts, Tom Cuthbert, Sue & Paul DeVries, Betsy & Scott Dillard, Marty Ganderson, Gene Goodell, Bob Hardiman, George Kopcsak, Bob Rosenkranz, Pat & Jack Veatch, Marty Walsh, Kaye & Bill Williamson.

Again, Some of Our ‘Mates Have Passed On, So Before Closing Let Us Sound Taps and Recall….


Clay Jones : On 9 May 2013. He is survived by his wife Mercy, their three children, and six grandchildren. Clay retired from the USAF and continued to serve through his accomplishments in the aerospace industry. Clay’ s funeral was 29 May at the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church in Lomita, CA and burial was at the Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Clay’s family suggested that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or UCLA Pancreatic Research for the purpose of determining whether genetic markers, scans, or certain risk factors can be found to help diagnose and treat this disease.

Jim Carr : On 20 April 2013 in Cadillac, MI after a battle with cancer. Surviving Jim are Judy, their son James (Jennifer) Carr of Boulder, CO;daughter, Rachel (Wallace) Dalrymple, Clarkston, MI five grandchildren: Andrew, Timothy and Elizabeth Dalrymple and Leah and James Carr; sister, Barbara (Lester) Overway of Cincinnati, OH; and brother in law, James (Carol) Kumfer of Safety Harbor, FL. There was a graveside service at Maple Hill Cemetery in Charlotte, MI during the time of a summer family reunion. You may be in touch with Judy at 106 Doral Drive, Cadillac, MI 49601. Jim saw the irony in being found in Plebe math. Yet after USMA, he earned a degree in math and physics, going on to teaching in the public schools. Around 2003, Judy & Jim renewed ties with our Class and A-2 thanks to Bobbie & Jim Blesse who met them coincidentally while on the same tour of Machu Pico.

Quinn Pearl: On 30 April 2013, in Elizabethtown, KY. Surviving are wife Sherry and children, Tiffany Bell, Lyla Temple (David), and Quinn III (Ashley); sister, Lanna Hardy; brother Nick; grandchildren, Phoebe and Elizabeth Bell, Hadley and Graham Pearl, and Lucas and Katie Temple along with many nieces and nephews. Quinn’s burial was 6 May 2013 at Hebron Cemetery, Shepherdsville, KY. You may be in touch with Sherry at 2223 Blue Ball Church Road, Elizabethtown, KY 42701. Memorial donations may be made to University of Louisville, Care of Trauma Institute, 530 South Jackson Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

Warren Watson : On 22 May 2013 at the Golden Oaks Nursing Center in Enid, OK, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and Multiple System Atrophy. Warren is survived by five daughters : Kim (John) Benson, Pam (Ron) Campbell, Sally (Kent) Cotarelo, Becky (Ross) Angell, and Cindy Scamardo; 13 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jesse, and Julia Benson; Seth Campbell; Zach, Gabi, and Chase Cotarelo; Nathan, Kyle, and Leah Angell; Dylan, Justin, and Ryan Scamardo. There was a graveside service with military honors for Warren, 28 May 2013 at the IOOF Cemetery in Norman, OK, next to his parents and brother. You may be in touch with his family thru Sally Cotarelo, 4005 Harpers Ferry, Enid, OK 73703. They have suggested that any memorial donations be made to the West Point Association of Graduates.

Read more of Jim, Clay, Quinn and Warren in our Class 50 Year Book, Fifty Years of Service 1961-2011 pages 138, 240, 303, 377

Before closing…… We should recall as well the passing of Jim Blesse’s brother, Major General [USAF-Ret] Frederick C. “Boots” Blesse ’45, who passed on 31 October 2012 in Melbourne, FL. His cremated remains were buried 22 March 2013 at Arlington with full military honors. After graduation, he was commissioned in the U.S. Army Air Force. During the Korean War became a double ace and the sixth-ranking U.S. jet ace, downing 10, perhaps 11, enemy aircraft and damaging three others. He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for downing two enemy jets during one mission in September 1952.

Well Done! Be thou at peace…

Lee Anderson - Distinguished Graduate, 2013


Lee Anderson will receive the Distinguished Graduate Award on 21 May 2013 at West Point. As the official announcement reads, “Lee R. Anderson ’61 … served three years in the U.S. Air Force before separating from the service to help his ill father run the family business, a small fire-protection service named APi. Over the course of four decades, Anderson turned APi into a Forbes Top 400 company now operating at over 160 locations in all 50 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. In addition to being Chairman and CEO of the APi Group, Anderson is a world-renowned leader of conservation programs—he is a Heritage Member of Ducks Unlimited, a Golden Member of U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, and a Founding Member of the International SeaKeepers Society—and he is an extraordinary philanthropist, giving generous gifts to numerous institutions, including of course his alma mater.” We remember too, that Penny and Lee provided the gift that has enabled the establishment of the soccer center at Shea Stadium. And, ‘way back, even before then, our ‘mates of the First Regiment and A-Squad basketball thought of Lee as a guy with a great future, and Lee has fulfilled that promise. Congratulations, and well done, friend and ‘mate. Read more about Lee and his family at Lee R. Anderson, Sr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1961 Remember when

L-R: Stu Sherard, Pete Gleichenhaus, Lee Anderson, Lee Sager, Bob Strauss, Ron Hannon, Al DeJardin. Middle Row: Coach George Hunter, PVT Tate Locke (Asst Coach), Bob Loupe, Larry Crane, Dick Wilson, Mac Compton, LTC George Rebh (Officer Rep),. Back Row: Gordon Arbogast, Bob Foley, Buzz Rolfe. [Photo credit: The Howitzer, 1961, Athletics, edited by Berinato and Xenos, page 212]

By the way, General Boonsrang Niumpradit ’71 Foreign Cadet from Thailand is another of this year’s Distinguished Graduates. He has had a special relationship with our Class via Chan & Mike Eiland and some of our ‘mates with respect to his assistance for many years in hosting the West Point Society of Thailand Founders Day dinners and very competitive golf outings. Prior to retiring in 2008 as the 26th Supreme Commander of the Royal Thai Armed Forces, “he contributed immeasurably to peace, democracy, and education in the Pacific Region.” He continues working within Thai society to strengthen ethical values among its youth.

A Founders Day Note and B-1 News


Michele & George Kopcsak want us to know that they attended another enjoyable Founders Day Dinner at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, VA on 22 March. George also advises us that “It was my first evening out since having a major lumbar surgery on 4 March. Had four vertebrae fused together. Michele says I'm now two inches taller. Further he reminds us [for those who do not yet know] “Recovery time sure is longer and more difficult as we get older!” Importantly, he has been in touch with Lu Ann & Roger Cerasoli regarding the next in the series of B-1 Reunions, again at the Cerasoli’s at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. Plans are for the week of 15 October. Looks like there will another great turnout!

1961’s ladies: Founders Day Dinner at Heritage Hunt Judy Kremer,Jan Hillier, Millie Counts, Lucy Paone, Chan Eiland, Dawn Glass, Trish Buckner, Sharon Goodell, Michele Kopcsak. Nancy Shearer was present as well but somehow missed the photo.

1961’s gentlemen: Founders Day Dinner at Heritage Hunt Todd Counts,Bob Glass, Cy Shearer, Gene Goodell, Dick Buckner, Pat Hillier, George Kopcsak

Time and ‘Mates Have Passed On, So Before Closing Let Us Sound Taps and Recall….


John J. Berinato: After a courageous battle with esophageal cancer John passed on 26 March 2013 in Brunswick, ME. He was cremated in a private ceremony 28 March and will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. John’s wife Ursula, six children, and seven grandchildren survive him. His family wishes that donations be made in John's memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. You may be in touch with Ursula at 15 Melden Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011-9563.

Frank L. Hedstrom, Jr.: Following a heart attack, Frank passed on 27 February 2013 at the Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Lenexa, KS. He entered with our Class but departed L-2 soon after. Later he taught history at Wyandotte and Grandview High Schools. His wife Carol and sisters, Sharon Kurtz and Carol Sue Barbour, seven nephews, a niece and two great nephews survive. Funeral services were 4 March and interment was at Maple Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, KS.

William Ogden: Bill passed on 31 March 2013 in Wilmington, NC. Bill’s wife Gloria, four children and four grandchildren survive. There was a Mass for Bill 8 April at Wilmington’s St Mark Roman Catholic Church followed by graveside services at the Oleander Memorial Gardens. You may make contributions to the St Mark Catholic Church Tuition Assistance Program for St Mark Catholic School students, 1011 Eastwood Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403 or the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425.

Paul Franklin Vader Jr: After a fifteen year struggle with Parkinson's disease Paul passed on 7 March 2013 in Littleton, CO. Paul’s sister, Phyllis Weaver preceded him. Mary Ann and their sons, Chris and Casey, two grandchildren, and his sister Prudy Brett and brother Patrick survive Paul. Graveside services were 13 March at Denver’s Fort Logan National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Parkinson's Association of the Rockies at: 1325 S. Colorado Boulevard., Ste. 204B, Denver, CO 80222. You may be in touch with Mary Ann at 6500 W. Mansfield Ave #56, Denver, CO 80235.

You may read more about John, Bill and Paul in our Class book, Fifty Years of Service 1961-2011, pages 117, 296 and 366 respectively. No further information available for Frank.

Well Done! Be thou at peace…

'61 New Year Update


Greetings for the new year of 2013!! Before we pause take a look back on 2012 and toast some of the highlights of that year past, let’s give our warm congratulations to Gail & Dick Clarke and family. Their son Richard ’84 is now the Commandant of Cadets. He started off this new year by assuming command on 18 January as the 74th commandant. The change of command ceremony was in Cullum Hall. At the time of his selection, he was the deputy commanding general, 10th Mountain Div. (Light). And, another round of 2012 congratulations: Jim Nicholson’s nephew Mick ‘82 [son of brother Jack ’56] assumed command of the 82d Airborne Division, 4 October.

Now we can toast more past events of 2012 beginning with our I-2 ‘mates who proclaimed their thanks to Marilyn & Chuck Randolph for their outstanding successes. They made possible the great time that was had by each and every I-2 ‘mate present for this mini-reunion at Balboa Island, CA, in October 2012. The verdict from one I-2 ‘er was that “For our California reunion the weather could not have been better and the reunion events arranged by the Randolphs were nothing less than outstanding. The cast of I-2 characters, in addition to gracious hosts Marilyn & Chuck, included Trish & Dick Buckner, Grace &Tom Cuthbert, Jackie & Hal Gaither, Stephanie & Darius Gaskins, Jim Goldstine, Priscilla & Bob Hardiman, Marianne & George Henderson, Ed Jones, Jack McLaughlin.” Our I-2 ‘mates started their mini reunions back in May 2000 in Williamsburg, VA and continued the march with reunions in May 2005 at Eagle Lake WI, in April 2008 at Huntsville, AL, and in September 2009 at Myrtle Beach, SC.

I-2 reunion- October 2012: Back Row L-R: Jim Goldstine, Chuck Randolph, Darius (Buck) Gaskins, Tom Cuthbert, Jack McLaughlin, Dick Buckner, Ed Jones, Bob Hardiman, Hal Gaither, George Henderson. Front Row L-R: Marilyn Randolph, Stephanie Gaskins, Grace Cuthbert, Priscilla Hardiman, Trish Buckner, Jackie Gaither, Marianne Henderson

All reports proclaimed that the September 2012 Mini-Reunion Russian River Cruise was an “outstanding success”. Connie & Larry Budge led sixteen of our ’mates and wives plus twenty-four family and friends aboard the ship in Moscow. Earlier under bright morning skies they toured Moscow, traveled on Russia’s highly decorated and very efficient metro (constructed in 1932) and concluded with a visit to Red Square. They marveled at the architecture and beauty of Bolshoi Theater and especially of St Basil’s Cathedral (the oldest building in the square). Many of our ‘mates marveled that this was surreal standing in Red Square when only 20 years ago it didn’t seem ever possible. (Especially for those who had European assignments during the Cold War)

During mid August, the Windsors, Ruth & Chuck (that is), rolled out the red carpet for your scribe and dear friend Paula during mid August 2012. Ruth & Chuck retired to Guanajuato, Mexico in 2010 and love it. The town has a critical mass of Gothic style cathedrals, institutions of higher learning in the arts and sciences, and five- star eateries side by side with mouth watering “street food” that makes a visitor wanting more. Well over 500 years old, Guanajuato was the site of the beginnings of the Mexican revolution. With these credentials, it was an important stop during Pope Benedict’s North American trip in March 2012. Plus Guanajuato has become the destination for a lively expatriate community and Ruth & Chuck add their rich experiences and gracious hospitality. One example is that Chuck, in his capacity as an emeritus Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army arranged for five Cadets to visit during June 2012 as part of their academic studies in Mexican culture.

The October sun shone brightly for Betsy & John Goldtrap and Ginna & Joe Fishburne and the mini reunion they organized and hosted. All agreed that it was a pleasingly memorable time of being together and that Charleston is a destination of abundant traditions, history, and gracious hospitality.

Giving our ‘mates an intimate taste of that history, Joe put on his tour guide attire to narrate a walking tour of the old walled city where still stand the pre revolution powder magazine, Dock Street Theater, St. Michaels Church and the Exchange Building where customs fees were collected in colonial times.

More history became apparent during their visit to the preserved remains of the Confederate submarine Hunley which once plied the waters of Charleston harbor before its fatal voyage in 1864. This time though Charleston harbor served as the channel for the Palmetto Breeze, a 50' catamaran to sail along allowing our ‘mates up-close inspections of Ft Sumter and the Charleston battery and, adding to those views of the past were some frolicking dolphins that seemed to be giving an impromptu welcoming performance. What’s a reunion without some serious dining? In this instance dinner at the Mt. Pleasant Boat Club on Goldbug Island took on the theme of another USMA file, Edgar Allen Poe x-1834 which made for interesting conversation. The former officer’s club of the old Ft. Moultrie seacoast defense fortification served as the mess for the farewell evening meal that was punctuated by the panorama of Charleston Harbor swirling waters flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Capping the entire Charleston excursion was the perfect weather the Fishburnes and Goldtraps had promised. Be sure to browse through the album photos the names and faces of our ‘mates who gathered for this adventure on our Class page.

A busy October found Sylvia & Jay Olejniczak basking in what was most likely the nicest weather in years on Cape Cod. They spent time visiting favorite restaurants, doing a “bit” of shopping, walking the beach and enjoying listening to the waves. That was in contrast to prior years of at least one howling, stormy night—“almost like being at sea on a sail boat.”

Wrapping up 2012 was one of the many Army-Navy parties, this one being A-2’s annual gathering that Bobbie & Jim Blesse hosted at their waterfront “cottage” in Smithfield, VA. The consensus was that the Army Team played well and we’ll “wait’ll next year”. There was even greater consensus that the Blesses planned and executed an otherwise flawless weekend. Following libations at their home, they led everyone to the annual boat illumination where Bobbie & Jim proudly exhibited their splendid craft. Later in the evening and on game day, there were overwhelming quantities of food, drink, and most of all convivial conversation, deepening friendships and looking forward to the next episode in A-2 reunions. By the way, Jim made sure we all learned of Smithfield’s fame for its smoked hams as well as its early American and Virginia history to include forts dating back to the Revolutionary War and Civil War periods plus a Cold War Nike missile site that is now a county park.

December 2012-Army-Navy party at Blesse’s: Steve Butkus (USNA – 71), Carol Butkus, Hank Kenny, George Christian USNA – 64), Ann Christian, Mary Frances Kenny, Bob McConnell, Gale McConnell, Jack Zimmerman, Lucy Paone, John Skillman, Ellie Skillman, Roger Middlesteadt, Madeline Middlesteadt, Bobbie Blesse, Jim Blesse, Paul DeVries, and Sue DeVries.

Finally, as we review 2012, it is with the lasting memories of our ‘mates who passed on, the latest one being Bill Hathaway, 1 November at his home in Amherst, VA. Surviving Bill are Lyl and their two children, and five grandchildren. Bill's funeral service took place 15 November 2012, at Ascension Episcopal Church in Amherst. You may be in touch with Lyl at 125 Garland Avenue, Amherst, VA 24521. Before Bill were and Red Zaldo, 1 May; Tom Myerchin, 15 May; Roger Obermeier, 19 June; Jon Nitkowski, 28 Jul; Bert Custer, 4 Sep; Joe Stewart, 12 Sep and Glenn Peters, Connie Leinbach, Bob Frix who joined our other fallen ‘mates in Arlington National Cemetery on 19 Jan, 2 Mar, 11 May 2012 respectively.

Be sure to view past notices of our fallen ‘mates; you can add your personal testimonials using this link which is also hyperlinked on our Class page. Also, our understanding is that the AoG data files your remarks in each grads Cullum file.

More Continuing Stories….


Judi & Larry Butterworth’s grand daughter, Alexis Wineman, won the title of Miss Montana in June 2012. During the week of 8-12 January 2013 she will compete in the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas! At age 18, Alexis will be the youngest of all 50 candidates. On top of this accomplishment, Alexis has won admission to the University of Montana. However, she will delay entry in order to honor the Montana pageant officials’ request to take on the Miss Montana public appearances connected with her new title. Once in college Alexis plans to study Art Therapy. Along with this excitement, in August, the Butterworths hosted Ruth & Gary Lord who had paused in their travels to visit. Without missing a beat, Judi & Larry treated them to the traditional Montana welcome of lots of good cheer and tours to the grand sites of the Big Sky state. Well rested and prepped, Ruth & Gary shouldered their rucksacks and continued northward for the grandeur of Canada’s Banff and Lake Louise.

Photo Left Top: Alexis Wineman, Judi & Larry Butterworth’s grand daughter and Miss Montana, 2012

Photo Right Top: June 2012:The proud grandparents, Judi & Larry Butterworth and grand daughter

Photo Left Bottom: Aug 2012: “The visit was too short” Judi Butterworth and Ruth Lord

Photo Right Bottom: Aug 2012: “ …then it was onward to Canada…” Gary Lord and Larry Butterworth

Alpha Deuce Leads Adventures


.....First to Tuscany...


A squad of A-2 files served as point for an elegant Italian adventure, 19-26 May 2012. They had converged upon their objective from several departure points: the DeVries and Blesses were already in Italy via space-A; the McConnells stepped off from London where they had been visiting their daughter and son-in-law; the Kennys [OPCON to A-2] had arrived in Italy earlier; while the others flew directly to Rome. Then, the ten A-2 files plus Marge & John McInerney ’59 moved smartly onward to Monte Argentario, a peninsula in the southwest corner of Tuscany between Rome and Pisa where they reconstituted themselves, preparing for a splendid week in their private villa. They made jaunts to the peninsula, the near-by island of Giglio (the cruise ship Costa Concordia sank there in January 2012 and is still in place), the medieval town of Pitigliano, Etruscan burial grounds and more. There were feastings upon classic Italian cuisine, quaffing of an infinite flow of libations from the fruit of the vine, and being pampered by the dedicated and indulgent villa staff! [Were they ever!] And as Bob narrated, “We rented the place at 1/3 the normal price. Besides the resident caretaker couple, the owner sent up one of his staff from Rome (a woman who spoke English) so we would not have a language problem. Then, this trio fixed breakfast every morning, lunch (if we were there), a couple of dinners, and just overall took care of us.” Bob particularly noted that “we learned so many things. What is the difference between a Tuscan and an Etruscan? E-truscans had cell phones!!” [It must have been the wine!!!]

Photo Left Top: May 2012: A minor feasting at a secure undisclosed Italian location-Clockwise: DeVries, Blesse, Lucy Paone, Bobbie Blesse, Sue DeVries, Marge McInerney, Mary Francis Kenney, Gail McConnell, Zimmerman)

Photo Right Top: May 2012: (l to r back row) Marie [staff] and Delores [staff], Jim & Bobbie Blesse, Jack Zimmerman, Marge & John McInerney ’59, Gale McConnell, Lucy Paone, Sue & Paul DeVries, Hank & Mary Francis Kenney (front row) Bob McConnell, [Stefano staff] )

Photo Middle Top: May 2012: That’s DeVries inspecting the villa swimming pool.

Photo Middle Top: May 2012: Passing Giglio island and the cruise ship Costa Concordia which tragically sank there, Jan 2012

Photo Left Bottom: May 2012: The peninsula harbor in the southwest corner of Tuscany)

Photo Right Bottom: May 2012: The A-2 castle: Somewhere hidden behind the mute walls of these ancient dwellings stands A-2’s villa)

… And Next There Was the South Dakota Adventure 11/9/2012

1961 Sep 2012: A-2 mini-reunion in Rapid City-Standing: Sue DeVries, Bill Seltz, Joe & Sandy Stringham, Paul DeVries, Lois Seltz, Connie Matsuda, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Clancy Matsuda, Betsy Alexander, Georgann Cain, Jack Zimmerman, and Bob Cain. Kneeling: Steve Alexander.

In September 2012, Connie & Clancy Matsuda hosted a fantastic A-2 mini reunion in Rapid City, SD. Joining in were Betsy Alexander and son Steve (an A-2 Honorary member), Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Georgann & Bob Cain, Sue & Paul DeVries, Lois & Bill Seltz, Sandy & Joe Stringham, and Jack Zimmerman. The Reunion was superbly planned and executed by the Matsudas and offered great flexibility to accommodate the whims of all. The pace was brisk and fun - - from the Welcome Dinner in the historic Alex Johnson Hotel, seeing the Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse memorials, an exciting Buffalo Safari Jeep ride to Custer State Park, visiting Deadwood and “meeting” Wild Bill Hickok, and the memorable Farewell Dinner - - where Jack Zimmerman volunteered to host A-2’s next Mini in Charleston, SC.

P.S. Clancy’s initiative and arrangements became so important to the Rapid City community that the mayor insisted upon recognizing the visit with a letter of thanks to him and the A-2 contingent. (See the letter in the photo album)

Sep 2012: Rapid City mayor’s letter of thanks to Clancy Matsuda.

Second Acts (and continuing stories)

Our ‘mates continue to march toward exciting achievements and contributions.


For instance Ken has been sculpting for many years and exhibits regularly in Boston. Most recently in May his works were part of a gallery presentation and dealt with “variations on an ancient theme”, war and the face of battle. His works were limited editions of cast bronze, crystal, aluminum and paper in familiar forms, some that call to mind “steel pots.” The form and shape of each piece intended to focus “ attention on some facets of that toll of war, linking Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), to concussive injury (TBI), to trepanation, to tinnitus are real. The toll is real.” Ken has donated portions of the proceeds from his exhibition to the Fisher House Foundation:

Mike Eggleston’s Next Book


Moving forward 100 years from his Civil War opus, Mike is now digging in to Vietnam. His topic for his latest work will be our connections to the American experience in Vietnam. Specifically he will examine Vietnamization: how we transferred the war to the South Vietnamese during 1970-1972. His really big push will be to get us as Classmates to participate, sharing our own recollections. Mike has noted “We all have recollections that deserve preservation for us and for history” and that “Anything that [we] have to say about any phase of the war is relevant.” Mike will do the weaving of our input into a fabric that tells the story. Given that this opportunity grabs you, email Mike <>. He’ll get the details to you and promises extra tenths for candor and added thoughts.

Before Closing Let Us Sound Taps and Recall...

Joe Stewart: 12 Sep 12 at Eastern Long Island Hospital, Greenport, NY

Joe Stewart: of complications of a stroke after a courageous, multi-year battle with cancer. Joe is survived by his wife Marilynn; two daughters, Pamela Telenko and Nancy Stewart; a son, Michael; and a granddaughter, Viv Daniel. Joe’s family encourages remembering him through donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. You may be in touch with Marilynn at 355 Cedar Drive, Southold, NY 11971

Bert H. Custer:4 Sep 12 in Renton, WA.

Bert H. Custer:grew up in Renton, was an outstanding high school student and athlete and attended the University of Washington for two years. Among Bert’s career achievement were two tours in Vietnam, service as General's Aide, and a master's in math. After retiring in 1986, Bert returned to Renton and, until his health began to fail, he taught trigonometry and calculus. In addition to Shirley [they celebrated 46 years of marriage on 7 August], surviving Bert are son Derek Smith of NYC, grand-daughter Savannah Migliuri, brother Don (Loraine), sisters Gina Custer and Lia (Steve) Reardon, and nieces Rose, Ericka and Ingrid Custer, Rachel and Hilary Grabner, and nephews Richard, Tim, and Kjell Custer. His brother Alec and sister-in-law Barbara and sister Maribeth Zwick preceded Bert in death. You may be in touch with Shirley at 714 Cedar Avenue South, Renton, WA 98507-6044.

Jon Nitkowski: 28 Jul 2012 at home in Loudon, TN

Jon Nitkowski: after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Surviving Jon are Mary and their son Steve. Mary informed us that “Jon had been resting comfortable at home with the great help from UT Hospice care and help from the VA hospice. But the combination of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and then the sadness in his heart for their daughter who passed on in Jun 2012 just became an insurmountably battle in the end. Both Jon and I were so fortunate to have his son Steve at our side. In addition to the 4 years that Jon was a cadet, there are fond family memories from the years that Jon taught leadership at the Academy. In many ways Jon remains the leader of men/women...his leadership went beyond the field of battle and has been felt by many on the field of life. I would like to thank the many that have taken the time to convey to Jon this past year how he had impacted their values and how he had guided them for the better on how they approached life. Those messages always seem to have come at a time his spirits were low and seemed to bring him strength to fight another day. This has been quite a year for both Jon and I, as many have gathered from my updates. We battled this disease as we lived our life - as a team.” Mary also thanks A-1 company mate Mick and Coralinn Maus for their special visit and she informed us that there will be a full honors funeral and the service the Old Cadet Chapel at 1:30 PM, 19 Nov. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jon's memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201. You may be in touch with Mary at 310 Kiyuga Way, Loudon, TN 37774-2706.

Mateele Rittgers: Courtney’s beloved wife passed away 26 Jul 2012 in El Paso, Texas. “She had been magnificent in fighting ovarian cancer for nearly 3 years. Our children, Trenton and Rana, and I are grief-stricken, but we are strengthened by the knowledge that our classmates' prayers accompany her as her spirit is released to larger life. She did not wish a funeral but asked that her remains be cremated and her ashes spread in a special place.” Mateele, a serving TWA flight attendant and Corkie married 10 Feb 1962 and were the proud grandparents of seven. You may be in touch with Corkie at 10105 Monaco Drive, El Paso, TX 79925-6224.

Okja & Bill Mackie have suffered the devastating death of their daughter Sophia Travis. She died of a yet to be determined heart condition, 19 Sep 2012 in Bloomington, IN where she, husband Greg, and son Finn [4 yo] have resided. Our heartfelt sympathies go to Okja & Bill, proud parents of this daughter, wife, mother, and community pillar.

….and for each of the departed, Well done! Be thou at peace.

G-1 at Chancellorsville


G-1 at Chancellorsville – Mackie, Solomon, Halpin

A-1 Scottsdale & Grand Canyon


A-1 Scottsdale & Grand Canyon - Muffin Vallely and Mick Maus

L-2 L.A. Reunion


L-2 L.A. Reunion: Play the Game – Who are the Newbies in the picture?

L-2 Mucho, Biddinger, Lynch – toasting a perfect day…doesn’t get better!

L2 Dining Out in L.A.: Tasty and Hot…Your turn to play the game of Name Our ‘Mates

L-2 L.A. : And the cookies were Second to None as well

L-2 L.A. Reunion - Smile for the Camera

Tampa Founders Day


Tampa Founders Day – Anne & Ham Evans and Eloise & Dale Shipley

Tampa Founders Day – Evans, Shipley, Rausch

Tampa Founders Day – George Hricz and MaryAnn DaVoli

Founders Day, Bangkok


Founders Day, Bangkok – Michele Kopcsak, Chan Eiland, Millie Counts

My Son Ruins


At the My Son ruins where the Champa royalty hid from invasions from the North and South

The Veatches – Tea and Serenade at Village near Hanoi


The Veatches – tea and serenade at village near Hanoi,

'61 Class Notes for July 2012


Greetings again; here’s another verse to the mid year chapter of our Class notes

A first reunion for Loose Deuce, with more to come

The first ever L-2 Class of ’61 mini-reunion was held on 24-27 May 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Burke Mucho, Dick Knoblock and Sandy Shapiro, Burke’s significant other, planned and coordinated all the activities, which included four dinners and then trips to the Getty Museum, Santa Monica, the Reagan Library, Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, and a bus tour of Los Angeles. The weather was just superb and California sunny skies were the norm of the day. Our lodging was a super hotel, the “LUXE Hotel on Sunset Boulevard” nearby the Getty Museum in West Los Angeles. The hospitality suite bid welcome daily for all and was duly stocked with an abundance of adult beverages, to include of course, fine California wines. Gatherings there were quite lively. And, of course, the end of each day’s activities found the room once again occupied by willing enthusiasts. The years just melted away, and the tales of derring-do seem to grow somewhat bigger as time continues to pass. There were also some incidents that were revealed that most of us didn’t know about. Talk about “sleepers”!! A great time was had by all and we are already planning for the next L-2 reunion in Maui, Hawaii in October 2013, to be hosted by Carol & Bob Dunning. Those attending this reunion were Vicki & Dave Biddinger, Judy & Jack Campbell, Carol & Bob Dunning, LaVerne & Jim Jenz, Dick Knoblock, Jim Lynch, Kitty & Denny Lenhart, Burke Mucho & Sandy Shapiro, Ashley & Hank Rennagel, Ted Vander Els, Joe Watt, and Pat & Woodie Woodward. We were also joined for the Los Angeles bus tour by B-1’s Jay McCann and C-2’s Barbara & Jack Nevins. (Photos: Air Force One and the L-2 crew, May 2012: Denny Lenhart, Ted Vander Els, Woodie Woodward, Dave Biddinger; Bob Dunning, Jim Jenz , Joe Watt; Burke Mucho, Jack Campbell, Jim Lynch.

…and before that was the A-1 reunion

Company A-1 ‘mates gathered in Scottsdale, AZ, 1-3 April 2012 to tell tall tales, to eat great food, and to embrace the open land and sky of the southwest. Enjoying it all were Penny & Lee Anderson, Joan & Lynn Bender, Heather & Rod Cameron, Bruce Dalgleish (Sandra was at “sick call”), Quincy Holton, Mercy & Clay Jones, Coralinn & Mick Maus (the planners), Bruce Seidel (Jan was needed at home), Patty & Phil Smith, Bill Williamson & Kaye Allen, E-1’s Muffin & Paul Vallely and K-1’s Nick Vay. The Smiths opened their beautiful home the first two evenings and on the last night, the flankers feasted upon a corral cookout under the stars with cowboy hats and bandanas. Ubiquitous cell phones rang up some AWOL company mates: Sam Wilder who had a knee operation go bad and Jon Nitkowski who is battling cancer. Nick Vay expanded by noting that he was here in “flanker land, abandoned by a fellow runt (Gary Lord who was also invited) to suffer in a world populated by flankers.” [Nick added] “the suffering was most enjoyable, but then again I have always been a masochist. However, let me recount one significant event amongst many of the two evenings and the one afternoon in Flanker land. Upon arrival at Phil's house and looking through the beautiful glass door I noticed all of the Flanker's and their ladies seated, enjoying a conversation and sipping on their drinks. Upon our entry, as one would expect, they all rose to great us. Well it was all downhill from then on. They never once sat down for the rest of the evening. I am currently nearing the end of the second tube of Ben Gay. Hopefully the neck will recover.” (Photo: Paul Vallely, Bruce Seidel, Phil Smith, Lynn Bender)

A report from the USMA Prep School alums

(Photo: From Ed Brown, Twelve guys left to right: Ed Brown, Clancy Matsuda, Ed Putman (went to USAFA but did not graduate), Ken Meissner, Gabe Gabriel, J. B. Taylor, Bill Reno, Frenchy Hebert, John Grisoni, John Kilkenny, Bob Mitchell, and John Lawton – and, at the grand soiree but not pictured, spouses: Rina Brown, Susie Gabriel, Teri Grisoni, Beverly Hebert, Connie Matsuda, Rachel Meissner, Patricia Putman, LuAnn Reno, and Sally Taylor. The active duty officers are LTC Mike Rounds, USMAPS Deputy Commandant and COL Tyge Rugenstein, USMAPS Commandant)

Earlier Ed Brown reported that during 18-21 April 2012 as part of a 55th year reunion, twelve alumni gathered to remember their fallen fellow “cadet candidates” and to tour the new USMAPS facility at West Point where they listened to the commandant, and lunched with cadet candidates. “It is interesting to note that the cadet candidates that enter West Point will suffer a significant decrease in their quality of life -- the USMAPS cadet candidates are in 2+2 barracks rooms that are air conditioned!! The athletic facilities are first class with separate football, lacrosse, and soccer fields and a running track. The weight room is fully equipped. Ken Meissner whipped off 15 pull-ups after lunch to put us all to shame. After the visit, we paid tribute to our six USMAPS who are buried at the West Point cemetery -- Fred Daniloff, Gordon Downey, Bruce Holmberg, Ed Lardin (died as a cadet in Nov 57), Jim Raynis, and Scooter Wildermuth. We visited the Warfighting Simulation Center, an educational laboratory for cadet application of ground maneuver warfare (theory to practice) that introduces cadets to state of the art military information technology and simulation.

[Check out] Interesting USMAPS '57 facts: First Captain − Ron Hannon; General Officers – Bill Reno, Rusty Dyer, Bob Mitchell (medically disqualified but ended up being the Adjutant General of Indiana), J. B. Taylor, Tom Moore (USMA '62); Distinguished Service Cross – John Lawton, Jim Scott; Ranger Hall of Fame − John Lawton; Infantry OCS Hall of Fame – John Lawton, Clancy Matsuda, Bill Jones (did not enter)”

The Solomons host lunch for the Mackies, Sollohubs, and Halpin

Dan (Photo:Meal time at the Solomons: Mackies, Sollohubs, and Dan Halpin with grandson, Alan)

Halpin, grandson Alan, Okja & TFF [that’s Bill Mackie, The Fastest Flying Finn] and Sandee & Chuck Sollohub relaxed for the noon meal at Mary Jane & Johnny Solomon’s home in Fawn Lake, where the Sollohubs live too, near Fredericksburg, VA, 9 May 12. To work off a few calories they toured the nearby Chancellorsville Battlefield (the Wilderness) where the Park Ranger guide described the friendly fire situation that fatally wounded Stonewall Jackson. It was a South Carolina unit that mistook him and his party for Union forces. [There was a review of our West Point Atlas to confirm the facts]

Later Dan added: Johnny is doing great!!! He is playing the piano and keyboards with gusto and enjoys playing a lot of golf with Mary Jane.

Sylvia & Jay Olejniczak have returned to Durham

The Olejniczaks have lighted at their new home [close by their former home from many years ago] in Durham, NC. Jay reports that he has helped AoG create a “timeline for the AOG from 1869 to the present” and then prepared an article about the various uses of Cullum Hall over the years. The ballroom, where once we waltzed with our ‘mates; now emits different music as the site for a simulated M-16 and M-60 range that includes visual projections of “bad guys”. The range can handle an Infantry squad at a time and provides them laptops for various war games and other simulations. The old AOG offices on the lower level now belong to various cadet clubs. [Who recalls the number of lights in Cullum Hall?] Jay is still “a bit involved and has edited memorial articles for the next (probably last) printed issue of TAPS [now in the USPS mail] to all former subscribers to ASSEMBLY (at no additional cost) plus any who did not subscribe to the last year of ASSEMBLY but want to receive the last printed TAPS in 2012. Meanwhile, Sylvia & Jay are enjoying retirement with trips to Myrtle Beach and Williamsburg. Not ready yet for absolute retirement, Jay is open to “a job teaching writing or editing manuscripts.” Any suggestions, ‘mates?

Mike Eggleston, historian and author has published The White Man’s Fight

An important read and addition to the body of knowledge of African American roles and contributions during the Civil War. The Battle of Nashville, December 1864 serves as the focal point for presenting facts and personalized narratives that are timely during observances of the Civil War 150 years afterwards. (Photo: Book cover of Mike Eggleston’s latest work)

Class Committee meeting

The home of Dawn & Bob Glass was the comfortable setting for the Class committee meeting 28 Apr 12. Pat & Bruce Shroyer had driven down from NY so Bruce could discuss first hand the continuing work [and cost] of maintaining Reconciliation Plaza. FYI: In case you have not yet done so, read over the synopsis of the committee’s discussions posted on our Class web site. There are several topics including Class minis and Lucy Paone’s service to maintain communications with class widows.

Mimi & David Brooks “on the road again”

“Time does not stand still but I seem to do so. We were at the lake and had been there since Tuesday. Today we flew to Rapid City, SD. Seems our families are on the move this summer and we are not quite ready for them. Todd retired in Germany in late May with 26 years of service. They will return to the states and have yet to determine where they will alight. Todd thinks he may go to law school. Acceptance may help determine where they may go. Anne and Steve have a new assignment in Charlottesville, VA where he will be the AFROTC commander. They wanted us to keep their kids while they go house hunting. That's why we are here now. … What we do know is that we will be called upon to help with logistics. … I had not thought this out very well but we will have to be ready. Cheers to all, David” [An update, David?]

On the roads, rivers, and canals: the Eilands lead tour to Vietnam and beyond

(Photos: The Vietnam tour paused for Founders Day in Bangkok: Rod Grannemann, Chan & Mike Eiland, Millie & Todd Counts, Michele & George Kopcsak)

Chan & Mike Eiland led a tour to Vietnam and Thailand during Feb-Mar 2012 that excited and amazed all, whether a first visit or a return after “many years”. Each hour of each day brought both new experiences and mixed recollections. The one special event that transcended the borders, geography, and time was the Founders Day banquet in Bangkok. There they joined U.S. graduates who are working in Southeast Asia in various capacities as well as international graduates from Thailand and Cambodia. On the tour with the Eilands were Pat & Jack Veatch, Millie & Todd Counts, Michele & George Kopcsak, and Rod Grannemann joined them in Bangkok. Two of Mike’s NCOs, from Special Forces days, joined in too. Larry Sills and Mel Wick, a retired CSM who was the senior enlisted man on the ground during the Mogadishu battle 3-4 Oct 1993. They added their insights and authored the attached written account. It is a narrative that out shines the best of attach├ƒ┬ę reporting, capturing daily excursions along with the anecdotal color that made this adventure grand. [This original copy is hands down far better than my edited version to save space.]

Another Founders Day: Tampa

(Photos: Ham Evans, Karen & Mike Urette, Bobbi & Don Lionetti, George Hricz & MaryAnn DaVoli,, Joan & Frank Rausch, Eloise & Dale Shipley)

The Palma Ceia Golf Club provided the elegant setting for more than one hundred grads plus O.A.O.’s and guests. Our ‘mates at the dinner were Anne & Ham Evans, Karen & Mike Urette, Bobbi & Don Lionetti, George Hricz & MaryAnn DiVoli, Joan & Frank Rausch, Eloise & Dale Shipley, and your Scribe and Paula Barrie.

Back on 15 April 2012 there was a “Big brunch at Ft Belvoir”

A grand time was had by all, but no photo ops of: Roseann & Jon Aaronsohn; Rina& Ed Brown; Trish & Dick Buckner; Sue DeVries; Dawn & Bob Dawn Glass; Nicole& Bob Hamilton; Priscilla & Bob Hardiman; Mary Frances & Hank Kenny; Judy Kremer; Denise & Barney Legge; Okja & Bill Mackie; LuAnn & Bill Reno; Bob Rosenkranz; Mary Jane & John Solomon; Pat & Jack Veatch; and Jack Zimmerman.

However, go to the Class Notes Album for more pix from reunions and tours.

Let’s Adjust Our Notes Format


After some communications among our ‘mates and the folks who upload the notes to the AoG site, let’s speed up the cycle. Doing so will give you cause to check in more often and the content will be shorter and focused. There will be opportunity for more pix too. So, with that in mind, this update will attend to remembering our ‘mates who have fallen in recent months: Red Zaldo, Lyn Goldstine, Jim’s wife, Bob Frix, Roger Obermeier, Tom Myerchin, and “Sonny” Dubose. Following this remembrance, the next update will describe travel to Vietnam, mini reunions, and news of our ‘mates hither and yon.

Be Thou at Peace


Martin Zaldo, best known as Red, passes 1 May 2012 in Newport Beach, CA

Red fought the hard fight and he did it well with style and grace. That was his life, doing it well and coming out the winner. Hopefully there will be agreement that even in this fight with a different outcome, Red still comes out on top! Surviving are Julie; their children, Patrick and Kelly; their daughter-in-law, Rachael; granddaughters, Madison and Parker; and his brother, Bill, USMA '59. Donations in Red's memory may be made to: Army Baseball, Attn: Coach Joe Sottolano, West Point, NY 10996, payable to “Army Athletic Association, from Friends of Army Baseball in memory of Martin[Red] Zaldo, 61”; National Brain Tumor Society, 22 Battery Street #612, San Francisco, CA 94111; Osteogenisis Imperfecta Foundation, 804 W Diamond Avenue, #210, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. [See Red’s bio, page 395, Class Book].

Lyn Goldstine, Jim’s O.A.O for fifty one years

We learned with regret and sorrow of the passing of Jim Goldstine’s wife Lyn, 13 April 2012, of terminal kidney failure. Surviving are their daughters, Gigi and Krista, and their families, including seven grandchildren. Sadly, Lyn missed the birth of their great grandson at the end of May. Lyn and Jim first dated in June 1958 and then married 10 June 1961. A truly dedicated Army wife, Lyn had two tours in Germany and then raised the family alone during Jim's two tours in Viet Nam. Lyn was a leader in the transplant community having received two awards for outstanding service during the nearly eighteen years she was involved. Lyn died quietly in her sleep in the presence of her family at home in Evergreen, Colorado.

Moe Frix pays tribute graveside tribute to Bob

Friday, 11 May 2012 was a day of warmly crisp temperatures and brilliantly sunny skies. Together they punctuated the noble beauty of Arlington National Cemetary as it witnessed the full military honors ceremony for accepting the urn bearing the ashes of our ‘mate Bob Frix who had passed away 15 December 2011. A drill roll of their children, relatives, friends from all walks and Classmates stood with Moe as Bob’s other love, his choppers “wumpp wumpped” in a fly-by saluting of one of their own. At graveside Moe paid touching and heartwarming tribute to Bob and their years together, serving our Army and their family. In a poignant remembrance, retired General James Vaught summed Bob’s strength, character, and heroism with his gripping narrative of how Bob and his chopper crew selflessly risked their own lives to save his. Following these moving last respects, Moe and her family hosted a luncheon reception that brought together buddies from across the past fifty plus years along with the reminiscences of Bob and his family. The common denominator of their reflections? Bob’s sense of humor and dedication to duty, honor, country. [See Bob’s bio, page 190, Class Book]. (Photos: In memory of Bob Frix)

Roger Obermeier’s death on19 June 2012

On 19 June 2012 Roger passed on at his home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, after courageously fighting a very aggressive form of prostate cancer. Surviving Rog are his devoted wife, Claudia; [they married in 1968 after Rog’s first Vietnam tour]; their twin daughters, Heidi Gburski, Seattle, WA and Lori Huber, Cave Creek, AZ; three grandchildren, Eric de Winter Gburski, and Alex and Michael Huber; and five siblings, Richard (Priscilla), Waupaca, WI, Romie (Theresa), Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Donna (John) Demski, and Joan (Kenneth) Gebert, both of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Mary (David) Konopaci, Plover, WI. There were plans for memorial masse at later dates in Wisconsin Rapids and Gilbert, AZ. Condolences may be sent to Claudia at 530 South Biron Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. You may make donations to American Cancer Hope Lodge at 611 W. Doege Street, Marshfield, WI 54449 or to YLC c/o JROTC, Marcos de Niza High School, 6000 South Lakeshore Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283. [See Roger’s bio, page 295, Class Book].

Tom Myerchin passes, 15 May 2012

John Purdy paid respects for our Class at the visitation for Tom Myerchin who died at home in Goodlettsville, TN. Surviving are his devoted wife, Barbara; their son and daughter-in-law, Thomas S. Myerchin, Jr. (Cinthya), Port St. Lucie, FL; brothers, John and William; sister, Catherine Erickson, and numerous nieces and nephews who loved and admired him.

A Funeral Mass took place 21 May 2012 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Hendersonville, TN and interment was at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Pegram, TN. You may be in touch with Barbara at 1032 Maple Court, Goodlettsville, TN 37072-9206. And you may make donations to Operation Stand Down, 1125 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203-4709, a non-profit organization assisting Middle Tennessee veterans, especially homeless vets. [See Tom’s bio, page 288 , Class Book].

And to conclude, on 28 December 2011 in Tarboro, NC, William H. DuBose passed away.

Surviving Sonny, as he will be remembered are daughter Sabre Simone, sons Jon and Chris, and five grandchildren. Graveside services took place at New Zion Methodist Church, New Zion, SC. Donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517. [Sonny did not provide a bio for our Class Book].

For each, a triumphant Well done! Be thou at peace.

[Thanks to Dick Buckner for arranging donations in their honor and memory.]

Greetings, Salutations, and Corrections


Welcome to our cyber notes in this the first issue of the Assembly’s latest benchmark and as it enters its 61st auspicious number, yes? By the way, hang on to your hard copy “Final Issue”; it has a lot of neat recollections and it’s a souvenir worth keeping. In that regard be sure to see the caption at the web edition of our column for July which corrects the hard copy photo caption. The photo commemorates the bon voyage luncheon for the Cairns and the correction is that Marty & Bud Coddington are not only alive and well, but that Bud is very much in that photo. Photo: Marty & Bud Coddington, at home in Menlo Park, CA

Further, be advised that Terry & Bob Cairns are joining Mimi & David Brooks at the Army Residence Community in San Antonio. Most importantly, the Cairns are there now as you are reading these words!! In fact, not only the Brooks and Cairns, but soon the DeWitts, Nancy & Howard may join them in residency. They did a recon of the ARC for possible relocation from their home in Frisco, TX. Terry & Bob entertained with a wine and cheese prelude to a fine seafood dinner buffet in the ARC dining room and then in the morning Mimi & David joined them for breakfast. Then there was the send off for the DeWitts with the anticipation that for first time in over fifty years all three roommates will be together. Photo: Roomies together again-David Brooks, Howard DeWitt, Bob Cairns

Looking Ahead


Button & Gary Hyde are still on their mini reunion roll and are starting to set up for 2012. Possible dates are 25-30 Jan; 8-13 Feb; 29 Feb-5 Mar 2012. Let ‘em know at Already on the schedule is the gathering that Georgia & Gene Witherspoon have arranged in Greenville, SC, 17-21 Oct 11. Looks to be thirty plus ‘mates and O.A.O’s there for golf, tours, and good cheer. More next time.

Travels and Adventure


(l) Hans reliving the “days of the empire,” (r) That’s Hans in front with friend behind him

Our ‘mates have been traveling to other climes as well. Bobbie & Jim Blesse were in Italy during the summer; Sue & Paul DeVries joined a whale watching group in the waters along the New England coast via a cabined sail boat; earlier in the year was safari time in South Africa. Karen & Mike Urette vacationed during Aug-Sep in Monterey, relishing the moderate weather and memorable visits with west coast ‘mates. Georgia & Gene Witherspoon and Sandy Shapiro & Burke Mucho cruised the Med during Aug 2011. Hans Wagner executed another of his adventures; this time in Tanzania. Per his own words: “In order to 'broaden" my horizons, I took a seven day safari in Tanzania, including the Serengeti Plain, and enjoyed it thoroughly. Attached are a few pictures of said outing, showing me with a friendly elephant and even enjoying a bathtub in a tent, a la the British Empire days of yesteryear.

Chan & Mike Eiland are still planning their return visit to Vietnam and Founders Day in Bangkok o/a late Feb to mid Mar 2012; Barbara & Pete Gleichenhaus are working an April 2012 reprise of

their 2009 tour of Israel. Interested in joining up with either or both? Contact ‘em at or

[PS: the pix is Mike’s original 1964 Mustang; can anyone top that?

Mike Eiland behind the wheel of his first and original POV]

Class Leadership


Ed Brown, Henmar Gabriel, and J.B. Taylor attended the West Point leaders conference in mid August. A few points to repeat are that Jay Olejniczak will most likely retire in Dec 2011; TAPS will become a quarterly publication; the Register will be published every 5 years; a full edition every 10 years. The Great Hall at Herbert Hall is available free-of-charge for receptions after burials of graduates; catering is at cost.

Recalling our 50th


Jean & Dave Delwiche passed along some some clever photos from our 50th. This one is of five of the seven 3d squad, 2d platoon, 4th New Cadet Company, vintage 54 years later. Photo: Bob Kewley, Dave Delwiche, Marty Ganderson, Pat Hillier, Howard DeWitt

Special Honors


Dan Halpin was the honored guest when the American Society of Civil Engineers announced “establishment of the Daniel W. Halpin Award for Scholarship in Construction, named in honor of the

world-renowned expert on the use of simulation in studying construction processes... He is the developer of the CYCLONE simulation system, which is used to simulate and study construction processes. The system is used worldwide by construction researchers and educators. His contributions have led to construction simulation becoming an essential part of university construction engineering curricula.” The award will recognize members of ASCE or the Construction Institute who have attained a doctoral degree within the last ten years and who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship that advances construction engineering as a science. The award consists of a certificate, a cash prize and the opportunity to present the Daniel W. Halpin Address at a meeting of the ASCE. This honor was conceived and established by Dan’s colleagues. Earlier in Mar 2012 Dan visited Okja & Bill Mackie who showed him “a wonderful time at "the center of the world" including a guided tour through the Pentagon”. Many will recall spending time with Dan and his grandson at our 50th. Photo: Bill Mackie and Dan Halpin lunched at the Army Navy Club. Bill is sporting his "combat injury" incurred at the Pentagon by slipping on a booby trap in the corridors of power which Bill described as slipping on unmentionable debris.

Thanks to Our ‘Mates


Over the past months Ed Brown has received some special notes of appreciation that he wanted to make sure we all see. First from Michele & George Kopscak: Dearest Class of '61: After 10 years of hosting the Annual Pig Roast we finally decided to renovate the pig pit for a swing set - it looks lovely and the grandsons are having a blast playing on it - also our yard looks a bit more inviting without the huge cinder block pit in the back - I know the ladies will understand this... maybe not so much the gentlemen. Anyway, the class was kind enough to present us a wonderful gift

certificate to the Iris Inn B&B which we are using this September during my nephew's wedding weekend down in Crozet, VA. This was the perfect gift for us and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your generosity and thoughtfulness. It is a pleasure and honor being a part of West Point, Class of 1961. Thank you for your friendship, Love, Michele L. Kopcsak

And then from Carol Schneider, Al’s widow

West Point Friends,

Thank you so much both for the yearbook and the West Point Alumni Glee Club DVD which arrived yesterday. What a nostalgia trip! I remember how Allen admired Johnny Solomon's musical ability.

My husband Allen, formerly of L-1, passed away in January of 2009 during open heart surgery. The U.S. Army symbol is on his plaque at our church's columbarium, and the black, gold and gray Army Stars quilt I made for him several years ago hangs in our church fellowship hall. Even though he chose to leave the Corps several months before graduation, being a part of Army ROTC, an enlisted soldier and then a cadet was extremely important to him. The cadet prayer hung in our home right above his full dress hat for years.

I was privileged to enjoy that West Point experience myself and was there for Plebe Christmas. As soon as I graduated from Kansas University (Journalism) I went to New York to work for Reader's Digest and

enjoyed many weekends at The Point and Camp Buckner. I attended two Army-Navy games, had an article in the Femmes issue of The Pointer and hosted several cadet parties at my apartment. I even got to help keep score when the Olympic gymnastic try-outs were held at The Point that summer of 1960.

It was after the Army-Syracuse game in November, 1960 and the party that followed that we had a long discussion which resulted in our eloping to Baltimore. We had been engaged for eight years, and Allen was having doubts about the Army life for our family.

The last L-1 party was at our apartment in Queens that May before graduation. Thank you for including me in the 50-year recognition and for the years of service all of you gave our country. I'll always choke up a bit when I hear those Army songs.

Gratefully, Carol A. Schneider

Class Lore and Tradition


One of our “firsty mentors” as plebes is Dusty Rhodes ’58 who remains close to his ‘mates to include the family of the late Dick Bauchspies. The link for us is that the Bauschspies’ grandson, Brandon Bauchspies Lawrence is a member of our affiliate Class of 2011. So, it seems special to learn that Dusty presented Brandon with a USMA saber on behalf of his class as well as recognizing the added connection with our own Class of ’61.

Well Done! Be thou at Peace


Finally, we must bid farewell to our ‘mates, Pete McGrath, Tarey Schell, Glenn Peters, Jr.

Pete McGrath: On 10 May 2011 in Stuart, FL, Pete passed on. Surviving are Laurie, their children Shawn [Laurie] and Kevin [Domenica]; brothers: John and Robert and sister, Barbara Logan and nine grandchildren. Pete's funeral was 14 May 2011 in Clinton, MA with interment in the McGrath/Areson family plot, St. John’s Cemetery, Lancaster, MA. , Pete's family requested any remembrances be in contributions to the Association of Graduates.

Tarey Schell: On 7 Sep 2011 at Piedmont Hospital, Atlanta, GA, Tarey, after suffering a massive stroke and passed on peacefully with his family at his side. Surviving him are Priscilla; their children, Gretchen Schell, Adrienne Barreto, Lauren Bozone, and Christopher Schell; son-in-law Raul Barreto; daughter-in-law Teri Schell; and grandchildren Matthew, Cathryn, and Erin Bozone; Raul, Ryan, and Ross Barreto; Mica and Romina Schell; and Sierra Schell. A funeral Mass was 10 September at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, in Peachtree City, GA with interment at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. GA. Donations in Tarey's memory may be made to Griffin Judicial Drug Court, c/o Spalding County, P.O. Box 1087, Griffin GA 30224. Contact me at the email link above if you want to get in touch with Tarey's family.

Glenn Peters, Jr.: On 9 Sep 2011 in Palm Coast, FL Glenn passed on as result of complications of biliary tract carcinoma. Surviving are his wife of over 27 years Cindy and his daughter Paige Peters Connors and granddaughter, Savannah. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. We will recall that Glenn had planned to be our 50th but canceled on 10 May after he was diagnosed with shingles. Contact me at the email link above if you want to get in touch with Cindy.

We should remember too that Bev Powell’s father LTG Beverly E. Powell '36, died on 5 Jul 2011 at the Army Residence Community, San Antonio. Attending the memorial service with Bev were David Brooks and Bob Cairns.



Be sure to mark your calendar for 3 Nov 2011 and then proceed from near and far to Fort Myer for our Class luncheon at 1130 hrs, Ft Myer O’Club.

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Grip hands though it be from the shadows….


Most recently we’ve lost Jack Raible and Bruce Dalgleish

Jack passed 21 May 2015 in Carson City, NV, as a result of a heart attack aggravated by treatment for leukemia in the last few years. Surviving Jack is Linda his wife of over fifty years. Re reading the pages of our reunion book, Fifty Years of Service, 1961-2011, we learn that Jack weaves his story filled with adventure and travel before settling down. Alaska in the early sixties was still primitive in many respects, but that prepared Linda and him for their lengthy trek around America, to the east via Chicago and the Great Lakes and on to the Atlantic’s shores. And then a return to the Pacific coast via New Orleans and most of the national parks on both routes. And that was just for openers. The sum of it all is that their years together became enriched through “getting hooked on the RV lifestyle.” So it is that Jack’s “work is done, may it be said Well Done, be thou at peace.”

Jack was buried 3 June 2015 in Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, NV.

You may be in touch with Linda at 4193 Louise Drive, Carson City, NV 89706-0606.

Bruce passed 4 July 2015, in Prescott Valley, AZ after a long and difficult illness.

Surviving Bruce are his wife Saundra; son, Gregory; daughter, Nannette O’Donnell and her husband John; and grandchildren, Meghan O’Donnell, Brian O’Donnell, Patrick O’Donnell, and Emily O’Donnell. Bruce’s own words taken from our 50th Reunion Book tell his story that reflects his wry sense of humor and sense of humility. For example: he stated that when at the ancient age of 45 and he thought he was eighteen, he played two soccer games… first and last…having collided with a force greater than his own, really messing up his leg. So after many years later, he wrote in the Book this closing sentence which sums it up: “I guess I am lucky to get this far … I can thank my lucky stars and the great friends and support I had along the way. It’s been a great trip.”

You may be in touch with Saundra at 4474 North Phillip Drive, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314-6354.

Well Done, Jack and Bruce

We’ve also lost two “old grads” who impacted us along the way

Lieutenant General Henry E. Emerson ’47

LTG Hank Emerson passed away 4 February 2015 at his Montana home. His funeral will be at Arlington National Cemetery 12 August 2015. Pete Gleichenhaus phoned to let us know some of the details and helps us to recall that LTG Emerson was famed in Vietnam as the “Gunfighter”. Then as our own careers progressed many watched him rise to significant command positions in Vietnam and later in Korea, as the CG, 2d Infantry Division and then returning to Fort Bragg to command the XVIII Airborne Corps. Many of our ‘mates especially the basketball players, will remember Hank Emerson as the totally dedicated coach of our Plebe basketball team. About five years ago he hosted a reunion with the team at his beloved Montana home; now many of those ‘mates will join together for his funeral service and wake and bid him farewell.

Well done, General.

For funeral information go to:

For more about LTG Emerson go to:

Colonel Herb Schandler ’52

Herb Schandler passed 16 July 2015 in his home in Virginia at the age of 87. He had a severe stroke some years earlier however. Some may recall that he was in the Social Science Department and later taught at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a couple of years in between with 10th Special Forces and two tours in Vietnam. In his later years he turned author to write "America in Vietnam; The War That Couldn't Be Won". The 1952 Howitzer described this Ashville NC native and I-1 file with an “ever-present grin and ready wit”. Many others will remember him as a fine officer, gentleman, and scholar. May he rest in peace! There will be funeral with burial in Arlington at a later date.

On a much lighter note


Ham Evans had arranged a Class luncheon in St Petersburg FL for our large contingent of ‘mates along the Gulf Coast. Well, it turns out that the deluge brought the region to a floating halt. Some even were of the opinion that Noah was about to dock nearby to load up some of our ‘mates and sail them to the luncheon. Instead Ham prudently dispatched an email postponing the luncheon, to be held at a later date. Now comes the punch line. We all remember the “2%”.

Well in this case, three of our ‘mates who shall remain unnamed, were diligent, loyal, and true Infantrymen at heart….plus they had not checked their email. You guessed it! They pressed forward against the storm surge and rallied on time upon the objective. So, the luncheon, like the Broadway shows, “went on”. And with a good sense of humor they wi fi’d a message: “great lunch… good food-a keeper! was going to send you the bill, will settle for a stiff drink at our next gathering” After all, only two are needed for a reunion. In this instance there were three. That deserves a “go on with show”

Big news from Big Sky Country


Judi & Larry Butterworth with just cause and pride want all of us to know that their second grand daughter has achieved the title of Miss Montana for 2015 and will be competing in the Miss America pageant. This year Danielle Wineman earned the crown that signifies her achievements and will accompany her to the Atlantic City pageant, 14 September 2015. Dial your TV [remember those] to ABC TV to observe the festivities. [Check for the broadcast time]

We may recall that Danielle’s younger sister Alexis was Miss Montana 2012. Judi & Larry understand that Danielle and Alexis are the first sisters ever to have competed in the Miss America pageant. A bit of history. So as Judi & Larry signed off: “All’s well in Big Sky Country!”

Class Luncheons


Be advised: Our next and last Class luncheon for 2015 will be 22 October at the Fort Myer Officers club. Ed Brown will send an email announcement/invitation about three weeks in advance. However, now is the time to ink in the date; why wait only to discover that “some other matter” could preempt being with our ‘mates? It could turn out to be “another opportunity not to miss.” For example, the previous two luncheons of 2015 were very well received.

Ambassador Larry Butler, 25 February Luncheon Speaker


In addition to insights and descriptions of events, locales, and personalities gleaned from a lifetime of personal and professional experiences, Ambassador Butler noted a memory involving one of our ‘mates, to wit George Joulwan. Read on...

Photo: 1961 Luncheon Ft. Myer 25 February 2015: Bill [The Fastest Flying Finn] Mackie and Bob Glass hosted Ambassador Larry Butler [center].

Photo: 1961 Luncheon Ft. Myer 25 February 2015: Many of our Class wives were present for Ambassador Butler’s talk: Sue Devries, Chan Eiland, Gale McConnell, Ruth Kee, Millie Counts, Judy Kremer, Kay Popovich, Denise Legge, Priscilla Hardiman, Dawn Glass, Pat Veatch, Rina Brown

Ambassador Butler spoke of George Joulwan in Belgrade, 1996


The place was Belgrade, about 1996; the time and event was about a year after the signing of the Dayton Accords, which he helped negotiate: Somewhat paraphrasing: Ambassador Butler remembered well that George arrived to brief Milosevic on the Dayton Accords, Annex 1 tasks. The then-Serbian Chief of Defense [CHOD], a real hardliner, was colder than ice in meeting Joulwan, but Milosevic could barely contain his excitement. When George unrolled a map onto the conference table that showed the zones of separation and progress towards meeting the timetable, Milosevic nearly crawled onto the table top to examine the map up close. “I don't think he'd ever seen a NATO small scale map (it was a big one). After the separate Chiefs of Defense completed their meeting we exited and ran into a Serbian private standing guard outside. Joulwan immediately started asking the kid about where he was from, did he have a girlfriend, the usual. The kid was a little startled, but warmed up and answered the questions. I was the interpreter. George gave him one of his SACEUR coins and gave the kid a hug. About that time, the Serbian CHOD came out a back door from his office to observe the hated American making friends, one at a time. Not a happy camper!”

Ambassador Butler’s resume

Now, where else are we likely to get a first hand story connecting our ‘mates and world events? By the way, Butler’s resume in itself is a matter of interest:

  • An Army Brat, [father, Charles L. Butler, USMA ’50, killed in action, Vietnam, 21 June 1972]

  • Numerous awards, in recognition of his 37 year career of distinguished service as a top level diplomat in Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and within the State Department.

  • Ambassador Butler retired in 2013.

….and there’s lots more @


Chuck Toftoy ’58, 28 May Luncheon Speaker


The more recent Class luncheon was also at the Ft Myer Officers Club, 28 May 2015 and our featured speaker was Chuck Toftoy, E-2 ’58. Some will remember him as well from our Beast Barracks days [4th New Cadet Company]. Chuck spoke with us about his latest book, Amazing Fireside Talks. In introducing him to about thirty of our ‘mates and wives, it was noted that Chuck was born West Point when his father was an academic “P”. Later MG Holger Toftoy ’29 became an early leader in the development of US Army rocket systems, the ancestors of today’s NASA launch vehicles. Also noted was Chuck’s Howitzer entry describing his cheerful personality, which our ‘mates agreed has been with him ever since. Chuck seemed to enjoy the various references which he felt reconnected him with his plebes or “weanies” as he kept referring to us. A few of the wives present apparently had not heard that term of endearment before. Perhaps one or two of our ‘mates even may have forgotten the term, if that’s possible.

Per his book’s summary and his explanations the chapters go into topics regarding life’s important issues such as self awareness, personal character, dignity, integrity, happiness, trust, and our quests. In his presentation, he gave us some insights to his research methodology [he worked on the manuscript for more than three years, rather than pulling an all nighter before the paper was due. He framed the contents with quotations from notable personalities opening with Nelson Mandela.

Cy Shearer, Wounded Warriors Mentor


Chuck added some liveliness by creating a give and take conversation on his various topics, taking in the thoughts and comments of our ‘mates. [I very stealthily remained in name tag defilade, avoiding the certainty of being told to recite “something”.] I think everyone there had a favorable reaction and even took up Chuck’s offer to purchase an autographed copy. Chuck has been donating the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program which he described and he recognized Cy Shearer who has been leading it and coordinates matching former military officers [mostly grads] with the young men and women who have survived and still are recovering from war and want the companionship and mentoring that the volunteers have generously given over the past ten plus years. You will recall that Bruce Holmberg headed up the program until he passed away in Jan 2009. Chuck has authored some mystery novels which he explained as well, but this one is his “piece de resistance” [my words]. You can indulge yourself at his web site and even contact him at So then, the luncheon went well, thanks to Chuck and to Ed Brown, as usual for making the arrangements.

Thanks as well to David Brooks


David is another E-2 file who recalls Chuck so he made a point of giving us a heads up regarding Chuck’s father. While neither he or our other ‘mates at the Army Residence Community in San Antonio [the Cairns, the DeWitts, the Mallorys] could make the luncheon they do aim to stay in the net. However, those who did join the soiree were Rina & Ed Brown, Judy Kremer, Paul DeVries, George Kopcsak, Sharon & Gene Goodell, Cy Shearer, Chan & Mike Eiland, Bob Rosenkranz, Larry Noble [who won the raffle for a free book], Millie & Todd Counts, Gale & Bob McConnell, Mary Frances & Hank Kenny, Trish & Dick Buckner, Estelle & Joe Clema, Ginna & Joe Fishburne, Bob Glass, Ed Leland, and Lonie & Bob Kewley who were in the AO after visiting their son at USMA and their daughter and family in Fairfax.

Reminder: Hope a platoon or two will be in the Ft Myer O’Club chow line, 22 October.

From Karen & Mike Urette:


News just in as of 11 March 2015, Mike advises us that his doctors have stated that his prostate cancer treatment has been successful. The docs have explained to Mike that the technical definition is that his PSA of 0.05 is interpreted to mean that there is now no trace of cancer. As a follow up, Mike will do more testing to confirm these findings. You will recall that Mike has kept us informed of his experiences regarding tests, exams, assessments, and treatments. Then as well as now, especially in light of his doctor’s report, he remains available for conversations.

From Jay Olejniczak:


With Mike’s experiences in mind, Jay has shared some related challenges and adventures of his own. “Regarding Mike Urette's prostate cancer, been there, done that at Duke Cancer Center here in Durham, NC. Total of 38 visits to radiology. Became fast friends with many folks there over the course from Thanksgiving 2013 to St. Valentine's Day 2014.

Jay has not specified his current status, however, he seems as chipper as ever, to wit: “Also took a trip to Scotland last fall (2014) with Sylvia (who is a Graham by birth).” More recently the two of them “Just took the plunge into iPhones. Will take them to San Diego later in the month so our grandchildren can show us how to operate them.” [That sure sounds positive!!] Plus, Jay goes on, “Finally self-published a book, To Be A Soldier: A Selective American Military History, through Xlibris. Should be on Amazon by now. Starts with West Point and the Revolutionary War and then covers West Point, the academy, and its grads through the first Gulf War. Covers everything from Poe, Whistler, and Jeff Davis to The Mole and Bannerman's Island, Boscobel (across the river), the Warner Sisters, and Mama Leone's. Courtesy of Sylvia Graham, noted photographer and former editor of the Register of Graduates, the book will have a great cover photo that is worth the price alone!” Go for it Jay!

Jay is catching up with Mike Eggleston who has another tome in the works telling the story of the Marine’s Fifth Infantry Regiment, the Fighting Bulldogs, in France, WW I. Mike’s inspiration for his research and writing is his father-in-law. For the rest of the story you’ll have to read his book due for publication in late September 2015.

From the Blesses, the DeVries and the Butterworths:


Another of '61 "small world stories": from Bobbie & Jim - "As Larry Butterworth has told you, he and Judi were on a Viking River cruise from (and to) Bordeaux, France in September [2014] along with the DeVries and Blesses. Larry asked that I send the best photo of our cluster."

Judi Butterworth, Bobbie Blesse, SueDeVries [Truly the best photo]

Elegant dining – Judi & Larry Butterworth, Bobbie & Jim Blesse, Sue & Paul DeVries

Photo 3: Fine Bordeaux: fruit of the vine for fine friends

Added Note of import:


Bobbie & Jim finally made the Christmas time jaunt to Williamsburg for the "Grand Illumination" which they had talked about doing for a LONG time and now have finally done it!!

To conclude this session:


This important announcement: The funeral for Georgia Witherspoon will be at 1:30 PM on 12 June 2015 at the Old Cadet Chapel at West Point with burial to follow in the West Point Cemetery. There will be a reception after the funeral at a place to be determined. For reception planning purposes, please let Gene know if you plan to attend by sending him a message to You will recall that Georgia passed away suddenly last March 2014.

September K-1 Gathering

Back in September 2014, 24 September to be exact the K-1 files gathered at the Goodyear, Arizona manse of Ruth & Gary Lord for what was to be a truly outstandingly memorable gathering of 61’s “Not Obnoxiously Eager” files of K-1. The Lords, with Dianne & Nick Vay in direct support planned, organized, and hosted activities that kept everyone active, excited, and most of all just plain happy and thankful to be once again with comrades-in-arms of so many years. Bill Tyler with the diligent aid of his other K-1 ‘mates reported on their mini reunion, with the detailed descriptions that bring to us readers a sense of being there too. So, read on!!

“As the Long Gray Line gets longer and longer in front of us, the memories of yesteryears, easily defined as the years between July 1957 and June 1961, need refreshing to bring those memories back in even ‘larger than life’ stories of the “way we were” back then.

“Ruth & Gary Lord, with the support of Dianne & Nick Vay, planned, organized, and hosted the activities and provided the assembly area for the most recent Mini-Reunion. Thus, “Not Obnoxiously Eager” members of K-1, ’61 and their wives began arriving in Goodyear, Arizona from states to the north, south, east, and west on Wednesday, the 24th of September, 2014. The kickoff began with a get-together at the Lord’s. Joining the Lords and the Vays in the fray were Linda & Glynn Mallory (TX), LuAnn & Bill Reno (VA/FL), Anne Tedrick (NV), Stephanie & Jack Dorr (NC), Sandy & Mac Compton (CA), Gail & Dick Clarke (SC), Pam & Dan Barney (PA), and Ann & Bill Tyler (LA). We raised our glasses to those classmates and wives of K-1 who couldn’t be there. One of the most amazing things about a reunion of company mates and their wives whom you haven’t seen in at least several years is that you just pick up the conversations as if it was yesterday—learning to spit shine shoes in beast, shower formations, 150 lb football, and, somehow, a lot of discussion about George Washington’s Horse, then out at Trophy Point, (but that’s an inside company story).

[Left flank] - September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: At Luke AFB with F-35: from left to right: Dianne Vay, Nick Vay, Mac Compton, Bill Reno, LuAnn Reno, Bill Tyler (Ann Tyler was absent from the photo) , Sandy Compton (behind), Anne Tedrick.

“With old friendships reestablished, everyone was ready to tackle the many planned activities: tours of model homes for the Pebble Creek area, the Desert Botanical Gardens, the Museum of Musical Instruments, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. While several took those tours, Glynn and Bill R. both on the Golf Injured Reserve list, were supervising the Golf Threesome of Gary, Dick, and Bill T. This fearsomely supervised threesome played rounds at one of the Pebble Creek Courses and, later, at Luke Air Force Base. Dick took the ‘big purse’ and the Championship. Luke’s golf course, incidentally, is a very beautiful course (it looks like they imported a little bit of Kentucky to AZ).

“There were other activities which all attended and, which coincidentally were the consensus highlights of our activities:

“A private presentation and visit to Molina Jewelry, a magnificent store that is several levels above our pay grade. Al Molina was a grand speaker, whose personal and company history was captivating. His company’s history included having purchased the companies that made the first “Medal of Honor” and the first “West Point Class Rings.” [Black, Starr, & Frost was the company which crafted the first West Point Ring and the first Medal of Honor and which Molina Jewelry purchased] Those connections were reflected in displays within their jewelry counters and was an unexpected historic connection for our ‘mates. Our wives were more impressed with his actual jewelry and ‘oohed’ and ‘ah’d’ as they passed a two million dollar diamond necklace, an eight hundred thousand dollar ruby and diamond ring, and other trinkets from person to person. While the wives loved this part, I noted that classmates passed the jewelry on like hot potatoes and were ‘obnoxiously eager, rather than not’ for their wives to pass them on and not become attached. As the blue sapphire ring was passed, I noticed it looked significantly different from the synthetic blue sapphire in my class ring. I guess it is true that you get what you pay for.

“A visit to TASER, International where our host was none other than our A-1 ‘mate, Phil Smith. Phil’s son Rick founded the company, and Phil was the initial Chairman of the Board. Retirng in 2006, he holds the title of Chairman Emeritus. Phil gave us the company’s history and issues it has experienced. Then the company staff briefed us further also giving us opportunities to fire the Taser and to observe one of the employees voluntarily get shot by the Taser. In sum, it was an eye-opener to see the effectiveness which this non-lethal weapon added to the police arsenal. The use of cameras, which has received considerable publicity since events at Ferguson, MO were also a topic of conversation as the company is involved in their production as well.

September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: The whole gang in one panoramic shot

Photo: September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: The whole gang in one panoramic shot.

“A final highlight was a briefing on the USAF’s F-35 Fighter. After the briefing, it wasn’t hands on, but we did get a close-up look, as close as security would allow, that is. We all had our photo taken in front of the plane.

“It’s quite an airplane! Its Navy/Marine version does vertical takeoffs and landings and video of it doing so was just released publicly. It was impressive and the price tag was far more expensive than the jewelry, but it didn’t get the ‘oohs’ and ‘ah’s’ that the diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires got.

“NickVay noted that ‘eating’ was the most frequently recurring activity on our busy agenda of activities. True, we did not miss a meal and visited some unique and excellent restaurants. Although the activities were interesting and enjoyable, the opportunities for camaraderie and visiting with old friends in the evenings were the true highlights of the Mini-Reunion. We had another great evening dinner with musical entertainment at the Lord’s, another evening dinner-dance at their Pebble Creek Club, which also included our own stage show entertainer for singing and dancing, and a final brunch together on Sunday morning before everyone had to rush off before their chariots turned into pumpkins. And speaking of chariots (and their drivers), I have to give Jack Dorr, Dick Clarke, and Mac Compton kudos for their transportation roles that made the reunion successful and that also got everyone to and from the airport. And a final thanks again to Ruth & Gary for being the most gracious host and hostess. Gary’s toast to our deceased classmates—Jim Tedrick, Eph Crews, and J.J. Roberts—and our singing of the Alma Mater was a memorable moment on our final evening. To Ruth & Gary: Well done!”

PS: Stephanie Dorr is planning two simultaneous knee operations in Feb 2015. Dan Barney had knee replacement surgery after returning from AZ. He's progressing well in recovery and in rehab.

Submitted by Bill Tyler with inputs from Nick Vay and Pam Barney and photographs from Anne Tedrick and Dianne Vay.

Photo 2: [Left flank] - September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: At Luke AFB with F-35: from left to right: Dianne Vay, Nick Vay, Mac Compton, Bill Reno, LuAnn Reno, Bill Tyler (Ann Tyler was absent from the photo), Sandy Compton (behind), Anne Tedrick

Photo 3: [Right flank] 1961- September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: At Luke AFB with F-35: from left to right: Pam Barney, Dan Barney, Dick Clarke, Gail Clarke, Ruth Lord, Gary Lord, Steffany Dorr, Jack Dorr, Linda Mallory, Glynn Mallory

Photo 4: September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: That’s Bill Reno working up the golfing arrangements and insuring everyone made it to the 19th hole

Photo 5: September 2014 K-1 Mini Reunion, Goodyear, Arizona: A briefing on the F-35 at Luke AFB: From Left to Right: Nick Vay, Dianne Vay, Bill Tyler, Gail Clarke (back of head only), Dick Clarke, Dan Barney, LuAnn Reno, Gary Lord, Pam Barney, Glynn Mallory (just nose and glasses), Jack Dorr, Bill Reno.



Fifty Years and Counting

Coralinn & Mick Maus celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in great style: cutting their cake with Mick’s cadet saber and tapping their feet to lively and nostalgic tunes by a Bavarian style quintet as well as their grandson at the piano. They married in the Bavarian town of Oberammergau at the Sankt Peter and Paul Kirche. The parents of Coralinn (Paul Tuttle ‘39) were stationed in Oberammergau but Mick’s parents being at an even greater distance were unable to attend [remember trans Atlantic flying was a bit different in 1964]

Some of our ‘mates were in attendance as well. So for this celebration, their three children (one of whom Michael is ‘87) decided to take them back to that day fifty years ago in Germany by decorating the house in the manner of a Bavarian beer hall, including the vibrant Bavarian style quintet. Adding to this nostalgic tour down memory lane was the German menu of authentic delights and of course frothy pilsners for the over seventy applauding guests. Coralinn & Mick’s understatement of the day was “ It was a wonderful occasion.”

1961 McKinney, TX: The Maus' 50th wedding anniversary Bavarian music serenade and as accompanied by Daniel Kerlin, their youngest grandson who “definitely got caught up in the moment.”

Photo: Topping off their 50th anniversary celebration they later won first place at the Saint Gabriel's Charity golf outing. Mick was in charge of bringing in sponsors for this special event. On the left are Wayne & Elaine Dow who are members of the parish and their scramble partners in the tournament. “We also won with them in 2012. And yes they are good golfers.”… Mick

Mike Urette Named Board Chair The John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.


In recent weeks we’ve learned a lot about Mike Urette and his work and contributions to the Tampa Bay community. There has been the announcement from the John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art Foundationregarding his years of service to this venerable institution. Importantly, Mike reminds us, the Ringling Museum is the official state museum of Florida.

Below is the Foundation statement, somewhat edited for length by your Scribe, explaining Mike’s roles in the community and his experience that qualify their choice of promoting him to his newest role as its board chairman. Earlier Mike had served on the Board and since 2009 was Chair of the Development Committee and the Budget, Finance and Investment Committee. Following the announcement of Mike’s appointment, there has been added recognition of his position as an important collector and exhibitor of classic art.

Before engaging in Mike’s plaudits, he wants us to know of his latest role: Now, he has taken on a vastly different challenge and one that behooves us to give our attention to.

Mike is now undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Karen & Mike have taken on this challenge as an opportunity to share the experience with the goal of offering insights that may benefit the rest of us.

So, read on, in Mike’s words……

“… discovery of prostate cancer:

After many years of DREs, BPH, PSAs, cystoscopies, and multiple biopsies, the urologist found prostate cancer (PCa) on July 22, 2014. I have been asked to share the odyssey of discovery, with the thought that the data sharing might be useful to others who may receive a similar diagnosis.


The two primary indicators of PCa are the DRE and the PSA. Men over 50 should be experienced with both. I have been plotting my PSA for over 20 years and it was easy to recognize when there was a significant increase in its level in January 2014. It jumped from a 9.0 to 11.5 in six months. Every man’s normal PSA range is different (usually below 4.0) but mine happens to run high due to a very large gland. The change indicated the need for another biopsy (my third in 12 years).


There are a variety of types of biopsies that can be performed: “blind”; targeted; saturation. The blind and targeted usually involve taking 12 cores of tissue from the prostate gland. The saturation approach takes 30-40 cores and is done under general anesthetic. I had the saturation biopsy because the prior two blind procedures had been negative. One core sample out of 40 was positive for cancer, and less than 5% of that sample contained cancer. However, the Gleason Score, which measures the aggressiveness of the disease, for that sample was determined to be an 8—indicating an aggressive type of cancer. The stage of cancer was designated T1c which means that cancer was found on biopsy.

To confirm that the cancer was still contained within the prostate, was localized in just one area and had not spread, a bone scan and a MRI were done approximately six weeks after the biopsy. About this time, a good friend of mine also discovered PCa and recommended a book which I found helpful in organizing my thoughts and data: “Prostate Cancer Breakthroughs, 2014” by Jay S. Cohen, M.D. As you will find, there is a great deal of information on the internet, but I found this 200 page book more useful than the vast majority of internet data.

It should be noted that I was being seen at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Like most men of a certain age, I had had a “favorite” urologist for years, but when suspicions of PCa arose I switched to the Cancer Center and I believe that was a wise move because of the more in depth and more up-to-date research available. The oncology urologist, who happens to be a surgeon, recommended that due to the high Gleason Score I should undergo external beam radiation treatment followed by brachytherapy (radioactive seed implants). Surgery was not an option due to: age—70 is typically the cut-off for surgery; and the possibility of complications arising due to prior prostate procedures (TURPs).

The book referenced above describes at least fourteen different types of therapies to treat PCa, and deciding which to pursue was the most challenging aspect my wife and I have encountered in dealing with the problem. To help us sort out the pros and cons of alternative therapies, we elected to get a second opinion from another cancer center.


This is the fun part! Do you want to go to Baltimore, New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, or Los Angeles? If you are going to spend all the time and money for a second opinion, you may as well enjoy the destination—at least that was our approach. We are very lucky that there are so many outstanding cancer centers in the U.S. and picking any one is highly likely to be a rewarding experience. And they all have an established procedure for providing Second Opinions. We selected Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston—Johns Hopkins in Baltimore would have been our alternative if we could not connect with Dana Farber for any reason.

We were seen by a medical oncologist and a radiation oncologist. A surgeon had been schedule to see me but after reviewing the films and records, he agreed that I was not a candidate for surgery and did not see me. We felt that the two physicians who examined me and my data did a very thorough analysis. They recommended a treatment plan somewhat different from that provided by the doctor at Moffitt. They recommended immediately starting with hormone therapy (HT) and working into external beam radiation (IMRT) within 30 days thereafter—the time needed to analyze and plan the dose rate and duration of the radiation. The hormone therapy approach was a shock! I had read about the side effects of HT and they were not pretty. My always upbeat spouse said not to worry, at last she would get the air conditioning turned down to her comfort level (due to hot flashes), and if I developed any other post-menopausal symptoms—she would take me shoe shopping with her!!!!

So impressed were we with Dana Farber that we gave very serious consideration to being treated there despite having to be away from home for approximately two months. However, upon returning to Moffitt following the Boston excursion, we found that they agreed with the plan from Boston and were prepared to execute it. At that point it just made more sense to stay home in Tampa for treatment.

I started HT on October 1st. The side effects are certainly present, but minimal. Nowhere near as severe as I expected. In early December I expect to start Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy on a 5 day a week basis for five to ten weeks. My expectations are that the combined therapies will control the cancer to the extent that, although it may linger in the body, it won’t be the cause of death. That’s the good news!

I hope this very abbreviated history may be helpful to anyone diagnosed with PCa. In my opinion it should be made available to everyone over 50 years old. I would be happy to answer any questions and can be reached at: .

Mike Urette ’61.

OK, now back to the headline for this edition of our notes:

Mike Urette Named Board Chair

Mike with Karen’s support is the founder and chief executive of Great American Corporation in Tampa, a family administered company focused on diversified real estate construction, development, and management. Throughout these years Mike has been active in the Tampa community and has held responsible civic positions focused on the arts and support for the military. As Chairman of the Building Committee at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Mike was responsible for over-seeing the construction of the Patel Conservatory. In 2010 the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture & the Arts recognized him for his impact on Tampa’s cultural community. Also important is that Karen & Mike are donors to the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Tampa Bay History Center and the Tampa Theatre. Mike had served as president of the Tampa’s Military Affairs Committee, the West Point Society and Leadership Tampa Alumni. Topping it off is that Mike remains an active member of the American Committee on Foreign Relations, the Society of International Business Fellows, and the Tampa Yacht and Country Club.

To wrap up on a lighter note


Tom Rousseau has been pursuing motorcycle adventure for sometime. He wants to let us know of his latest ride to the convocation at the Heluva Rukus, the NY State Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting. Pictured with Tom are sons Guy in the black hat and Jay in the white hat. [That’s Tom in the middle] Tom has been the match director for the past five years. This year, 18-20 September there were 266 participants from 19 states and Canada. Both of Tom’s sons participated in the cowboy shooting. The grand daughters are also shooters but didn’t make this trip. Anne was attending the home front in Troy where they continue to enjoy the fruits of their labors in retirement.

That’s it ‘til the next edition……Marty

Bill Mackie Retires


Bill departing the Pentagon

After more than 57 years of service to our nation and to our Class, ‘61’s “Fastest Flying Finn” has hung up his running shoes, effective 31 August 2011. With Okja’s support all of the way, Bill has succeeded in a remarkable career that at times literally circled the globe via his flying for the Strategic Air Command, as a long serving air attach├ƒ┬ę in Finland and since 1996 as a leader within Joint Staff as an engineer and logistician. Bill wanted nothing but a handshake as he departed the Pentagon yet more than that, he earned and carried with him the esteem of all who have known him.

Dan Halpin presents the American Society of Civil Engineers' Daniel W. Halpin Award


On 21 May 2014 in Atlanta, Dan Halpin presented an award of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Annually recognizing outstanding young civil engineering faculty and researchers and named in Dan's honor, the 2014 award went to Sang Hyun Lee of the University of Michigan. In attendance were 340 civil engineers and educators from around the world to include two previous awardees seen in the accompanying

Photo: Gunnar Lucko, Catholic University of America; Dan; Sang Hyun Lee and Vineet Kamat, University of Michigan.

Founders Day – 2014


23 March 2014 Brian Schultz welcoming The Dean to the Founders Day Dinner at the PGA Golf Club

Joyce & Brian Schultz, as Florida "snowbirds", joined fellow grads of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast society for this year's Founders Day. They were also charged to welcome Brigadier General Timothy E. Trainor '83, USMA's 13th Dean, to the PGA Golf Club luncheon, 23 March 2014 in West Palm Beach. Joyce & Brian have been relishing their winters in nearby Jupiter Beach for a number of years, yet do look forward to the orderly retrograde north to the "cooler" climes of NJ during April to December.

Photo: 23 March 2014 Brian Schultz welcoming The Dean to the Founders Day Dinner at the PGA Golf Club

Michael McCarthy 2000 and Tom Rousseau, Founders Day 2014, Albany, NY


Tom Rousseau attended Founders Day events in Albany, NY where he was "recognized" as the Oldest Grad …."shocked, surprised and awed" and Classmated given that Mike Breslin was not present. Per the photo, the Youngest Grad was Michael McCarthy, ’00. Anne & Tom live in Troy and son Jay lives nearby in a house built in 1842.23 March 2014 Michael McCarthy 2000 [on left]and Tom Rousseau "Youngest and Oldest Grads" at the Albany, NY Founders Day Dinner Because of its locally historic significance Life Magazine pictured it as part of its special edition commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Two granddaughters and son Guy live in Michigan where he is an environmental engineer. During a 2013 business trip to the Philippines, Guy caught up with Ray Ong ’63, an E-2 file with whom Tom has kept in touch over these many years.

Photo: 23 March 2014 Michael McCarthy 2000 [on left] and Tom Rousseau "Youngest and Oldest Grads" at the Albany, NY Founders Day Dinner.