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



John T. Baker, Jr., E-2

1 Nov 1935 - 14 Apr 2019



Harvey. Brown, D-2

9 Jul 1939 - 25 Apr 1966



James E. Carr, A-2
 **

20 Mar 1936 - 20 Apr 2013



Karl H. Dixon, III, B-1  

9 Jan 1940 - 6 Apr 2005



Jack L. Edwards, F-1  

26 May 1937 - 24 Apr 1990



Dallas K. Gillespie, H-2
 **

1 Jan 1939 - 6 Apr 1999



Frank W. Gillespie Jr., G-1

26 Jun 1939 - 17 Apr 1988



Kenneth C. Grosser, M-1

23 Mar 1937 - 23 Apr 2010



Darryl E. Hersant, F-1

26 Jun 1938 - 26 Apr 2017



Ronald D. Hines, D-2
 **

13 Jul 1938 - 26 Apr 1964



George E. Kelly, E-1  

10 Nov 1938 - ? Apr 1986



Donald D. MacDonald  

3 Sep 1937 - 3 Apr 2002



John R. McCormick, L-2
 **

27 Sep 1938 - 30 Apr 2014



Irwin S. Olshansky, K-1

7 Feb 1938 - 25 Apr 2014



Edwin N. Olson Jr., C-2  **

17 Aug 1938 - 23 Apr 1994



Quinn F. Pearl, Jr., M-1

11 Jun 1937 - 30 Apr 2013



Howard M. Potter, F-1
**
 

15 Oct 1939 - 22 Apr 1994



Joseph J. Powers, Jr., I-2

24 Mar 1937 - 14 Apr 2012



Dennis M. Rooney, K-2
 

23 Jan 1939 - 6 Apr 2015



John D. Roy, B-2
 

8 Feb 1936 - 8 Apr 2008



Lee H. Sager, Jr., M-2
**

7 Jan 1938 - 16 Apr 2020
 



Donald W. Sawtelle, Jr., B-1
 **

7 Jul 1937 - 14 Apr 2021



John B. Shroyer, H-2
 **

8 Feb 1939 - 18 Apr 2019



Larry F. Smalley, L-2
 **

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017



Edgar D. Smith, G-1

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017



Alexander J. Stuart,III, B-1
 

4 Sep 1939 - 28 Apr 2017



Benjamin L. Willis, A-2
 **

12 Jun 1938 - 9 Apr 2017



David G. Wilson, Jr., I-2  

25 Jul 1938 - 1 Apr 2009



George P. Yancey, E-2
 

5 Feb 1940 - 30 Apr 20217


"Well done; Be thou at peace."

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


  Class Business

  Class Leaders

  Profiles

  Hall Fame Inductees

  Oral History Interviews

  Recollections from the ladies
   of the Class of 1961

  Prior Features

  60th Reunion Part I
   27 Jan - 1 Feb 2022
  60th Reunion Part II
   19 Jan - 23 Jan 2023

  55th Reunion
  13-18 May 2016

  50th Reunion
   14-18 May 2011

  Class of 2011 Affiliation
 Program

  45th Reunion
   28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006

  40th Reunion
   4 - 7 Oct 2001

  10th Reunion

  Cadet Days




 

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George L. Shamblee

Company B-2

19 Dec 1937 - 8 Mar 2024
Place of Death: Saint Augustine, FL
Interment: Cremated. West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, George Shamblee, on March 8, 2024 in St. Augustine, FL.

George is survived by his son, Christopher; his daughter, Kimberly Hill, and her husband, Chris; and his granddaughters, Olivia and Ella.  He is also survived by his former wife, Priscilla.

A Celebration of Life was held on March 29, 2024 at the Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 161 Racetrack Rd NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL  32547.

A funeral service will be held at the Old Cadet Chapel, West Point, NY, at 10 AM on June 3, 2024, followed by burial in the West Point Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Kimberly at 1712 E Cobblestone Lane, St. Augustine, FL  32092-3601.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be sent to West Point Chaplain Tithes and Offerings Fund, 692 Biddle Loop, West Point NY  10996 or the AOG Memorial Support Program.

Well done, George.  Be thou at peace.

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

Gustav H. Stiehl, IV
"Gus"

Company F-1

21 Nov 1939 - 2 Feb 2024
Place of Death: Sun City West, AZ
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Gus Stiehl, on February 2, 2024, in Sun City West, AZ. 

Gus is survived by his wife, Charlotte; Michael (son) and Laura (daughter-in-law), Ryan (grandson) and Breeana (wife), and Nathan (grandson); Steven (son) and Jennifer (daughter-in-law), Kendall (grandson), and Kate (granddaughter); Diane (daughter) and Todd (grandson); and Cynthia (daughter) and Andy (son-in-law), Matthew (grandson), and Jacob (grandson). 

A Celebration of Life Service was held on April 6, 2024, at Advent Episcopal Church, Sun City West, AZ. 

Burial plans are pending. 

Condolences may be set to Charlotte at 13919 W. Gable Hill Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85375-5504. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Gus's memory be sent to Advent Episcopal Church, 13150 W Spanish Garden Drive, Sun City West, AZ  85375 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692

Well done, Gus.  Be thou at peace.

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

AOG Has Established a Full-time Staff Position to Assist Grads & Family in Getting Benefits From Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Jim Nicholson has sent us this important information. 

Thanks to the good leadership of the AOG, they have been successful in establishing a full-time staff position there whose only responsibility is to assist graduates and their family survivors in understanding and obtaining benefits that may be due to them from the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The current occupant of this job is Sue Irons (Class of ’89).  Sue has a strong background in VA benefits, and possesses a great attitude about helping people navigate the sometimes complex VA benefits system. 

Additionally, Sue has agreed to schedule a zoom call with members of our class, if desired, to enhance their awareness of possible VA benefits.  Sue is also available to assist people on an individual basis. 

Her telephone number is: 845-446-1623.  Her email is: sue.irons@wpaog.org

This is a very good move on the part of the AOG, and it will prove to be very helpful.

Highlights From the Mini Reunion in Charleston 17-22 Mar 2024

Joe Fishburne and Gary Hyde planned and executed an outstanding mini reunion for the Class of 1961 in Charleston, SC (actually Mount Pleasant, SC) during the third week of March. This is an outline of activities during the week.

Interestingly, all but three cadet companies were represented by someone. F-1, A-2 and F-2 were missing. There were 39 from the first regiment and 35 from second. D-1 had the most there (9) with the Browns, Denneys, Lelands, Whites and Carol Jean MacLean. I-2 was next (8) with the Jones, Kovacs, Oaks and Trish Buckner and Ann Marie. 

I don’t think Joe Fishburne and Gary Hyde could have picked a more convenient hotel than the Homewood Suites in Mt Pleasant. It was right across the street from multiple restaurants and shops, all in easy walking distance. The hotel breakfast was good, the evening meals Joe had coordinated with a caterer were outstanding and the hospitality room accommodated our group nicely. Gary had brought his sound system along with enough West Point memorabilia to fill the tables with things to occupy spare time. I should mention that both Joe and Gary were in M-1 together. 

Go here for more details and pictures.

2024 Founder’s Day Festivities at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, VA

On 10 March, 23 classmates, spouses, widows, and offspring attended the Founder’s Day festivities at Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, VA. As usual, the West Point Alumni Glee Club put on a stellar performance, highlighted by a solo performance by Greg Parks ’52. The meal was outstanding, but the best part of the evening was the bonding and fellowship.

'61 Classmates and Wives Gathered at West Point to Bid Farewell to Pete Boylan

On 29 February classmates and wives gathered at West Point to bid farewell to Pete Boylan, along with a large number of Pete’s family and descendants. Pete was accorded full honors, including a 13-gun salute. The Superintendent attended the Mass and subsequent ceremonies at the cemetery, and presented the flag to Karen Boylan. He broke from the usual script to acknowledge Pete’s bond with his ’61 classmates. The funeral services were followed by sharing of stories and reminiscences at Eisenhower Hall.

Attendees pictured are, L-R: Ed Leland, Teri and John Grisoni, Rod Grannemann, Mike Eiland, Dawn and Bob Glass, Kathy Boylan, John Kilkenny, Karen and George Joulwan.

Donald H. Lewis
"Don"

Company E-2

10 Nov 1937 - 1 Mar 2024
Place of Death: Evans, GA
Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our classmate, Don Lewis, on March 1, 2024 In Evans, GA.

Don is survived by his wife, Pat; their daughter, Sandra Knezevich and her husband Michael; their son, Donald and his wife Edith; their daughter, Keri Monteith; their son, Jeffrey and his wife Jennifer; and their grandchildren, Shelton Lewis, Raven Lewis, Brayton Lewis, Harrison Monteith, Sullivan Monteith, Cooper Lewis, and Benjamin Lewis.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11:00 AM on March 18, 2024 at Christ Church Presbyterian, 4201 Southern Pines Drive, Evans, GA  30809.

Interment will be at the West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY on a date to be determined.  

Condolences may be set to Pat at 4275 Owens Road, Apt 2325, Evans, GA  30809-4063.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Don’s memory be sent to the American Junior Golf Association Foundation, 1980 Sports Club Drive, Braselton, GA  30517; the West Point Association of Graduates, Attn:  Gift Operations, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10996 (write Army Football Team Endowment in the check’s memo section); or Christ Church Presbyterian, 4201 Southern Pines Drive, Evans, GA  30809.

Well done, Don.  Be thou at peace.

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

Rings of Classmates of '61 Donated to 2024 Ring Melt

The five donors to the 2024 Ring Melt from the Class of 1961 begin at about the 1:02 mark during this youtube of the event. The five donors were Garretson, Geiger, Scivoletto, Sherburne, and Vick.

For more about this year's Ring Melt read this article.

Join us for
The Golfing Grads of USMA

36th Annual Reunion & Golf Tournament

Mission Inn Resort & Club

Howey-in-the-Hills, FL (Orlando Area)

29 April - 1 May, 2024

Over the years, the tournament has been held at a number of great venues.  First year at Hilton Head; followed by nine years at Greenlefe, FL; two years at Callaway Gardens, GA; two at Palm Coast, FL; four at World Golf Village, St Augustine, FL; one at Amelia Island, FL; three at the Robert Trent Jones (RTJ) Capitol Hill course in Prattville, AL; two at the RTJ Grand National course in Opelika, AL; two at Innisbrook, FL; and more recently : 2015-16 at Grand National, Opelika, AL; and 2017-2019 at World Golf Village and the Renaissance World Village Resort in St Augustine. For 2020, the Coronavirus pandemic caused a cancellation at the Grand National at Opelika, Al.  In 2021 and 2022, we returned to the RTJ Courses at Grand National at Opelika, Al.  In 2023 we were at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL.

The 2024 event will be at Mission Inn in Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. While we sponsor competitive golf amongst the classes for annual bragging rights for winning the Commander’s Trophy, this tournament is all about fun and camaraderie.  It is a chance to see and visit with classmates and friends from other classes.  Your family members are also welcome to attend adding to the diversity of the group.  There is ample opportunity to relax and visit.  We welcome players at every skill level to participate in the event. Having a good time is a requirement.

Do not assume that because you were signed up and paid your registration fee for 2023 that you are automatically signed up for 2024.

Click here to read details.

Gene A. Adams, Jr.

Company D-2

12 Dec 1938 - 12 Dec 2023

Place of Death: Loveland, CO

Interment: Miramar National Cemetery, San Diego, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Gene Adams, on December 12, 2023, in Loveland, CO, as a result of complications from blood disorders.

Gene is survived by his wife, Mary, and his sister, Patricia Van De Grift. 

Burial will be at 9:30 AM on January 12, 2024 at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, CA  92122. 

Condolences may be sent to Mary at 2102 Meander Rd, Windsor, CO  80550. 

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation’s in Gene’s memory be sent to Hearts & Horses, 163 N Co Rd 29, Loveland, CO  80537.

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

Some Class of 1961 Corps of Engineers Classmates Took the Columbia River Cruise


Moose Harmon and some Classmate Corps of Engineers took the Columbia River cruise on American Cruise Company that Carolyn and Jim shared with Terry and Jean Kirkpatrick and Gene Witherspoon. Cruise was in mid-September this year. Started in Lewiston ID area on Snake river, down to Columbia river, and out to Astoria OR, and back up to Portland.  Excellent service on nice big ships. This is the only photo with the three of us classmates.   Also in the photo is another Engineer Colonel, retired, Bob Whitley and his wife (in left front).  Jean was taking the picture, so she’s not shown.  We had a great time together, especially as all of us had been involved in the Corps of Engineer river projects in our careers. 

Thomas N, Sherburne
"Tom"

Company K-2

5 Fen 1939- 28 Nov 2023

Place of Death: Pacific Grove, CA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Tom Sherburne, on November 28, 2023, in Pacific Grove, CA.

Tom is survived by his wife, Nancy; their daughter, Lisa and her husband Nguyen Le; their daughter, Amy and her husband Fumio Sugihara; their son Mark; and their grandson, Kaz Sugihara.

Funeral services are pending.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Nancy at 22 Country Club Gate, Pacific Grove, CA  93950-5034.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Tom’s memory be sent to their favorite charity or their local SPCA (or other local animal rescue organization.)

Well done, Tom.  Be thou at peace.

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

Donald E. Landry
"Don"

Company F-2

18 Apr 1936 - 21 Nov 2023

Place of Death: Rio Rancho, NM

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Don Landry, on November 21, 2023, in Rio Rancho, NM, as a result of a heart attack.

Don is survived by his wife, Sandra; his son Donald and his wife Connie; his daughter Lizabeth Milner and her husband Thomas; his daughter Shannon Taylor and her husband Zach; his grandchildren Alison Graham and her husband Clayton, Mark Landry and his wife Kasey, Julianne Roberts and her husband Blake, Janet Milner, Isabelle Mayne, Sophia Mayne, Hudson Mayne, and Augustus Taylor; his great grandchildren Stephen Graham, Travis Graham, and Mitchell Landry; and his sister Pat Killay.  Don was predeceased by his first wife Janet.

Funeral services will be at the West Point Cemetery on a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Sandra at 2624 La Luz Circle NE, Rio Rancho, NM  87144-3727. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Don’s memory be sent to the Key Club Fund, ℅ Kiwanis, PO Box 94, Los Alamos, NM  87544.

Well done, Don.  Be thou at peace.

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

Eleven Classmates And Wives Bid Farewell to Ben Covington As He Is Laid To Rest

Eleven classmates and wives assembled at the West Point Cemetery on 7 November to bid a fond but sad farewell to Ben Covington, who was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Ruth. Ben’s family had a reception at the Thayer Hotel following the service. Pictured from front left clockwise are: Teri Grisoni, John Grisoni, Ed Brown, Mike Eiland, Mac Greeley, Nancy Greeley, Kathy Conley, Will Conley, John Kilkenny, John Java, and Donna Java.

 

William R. Williamson
"Bill"

Company A-1

28 Aug 1938- 9 Nov 2023

Place of Death: Richmond, VA

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bill Williamson, on November 9, 2023, in Richmond, VA as a result of a fall in his home.

Bill is survived by his wife, Kaye: his daughter, Deborah Dinkler and her husband Earl; his daughter, Sandra Roberts and her husband Tom; his daughter, Laura Phillips and her husband Scott; his son, Scott and his wife Mary Beth; and his son, Timothy and his wife Nancy; his grandchildren, Ryan Roberts, Allison Roberts,, Samantha Phillips, Sydney Phillips, Charles Williamson, Patrick Williamson, Emily Williamson, Mather Williamson, Lily Williamson, and Jack Williamson; and his great grandchildren, none yet, but Sophia Lynn Goodwin is expected in late November.  Bill was predeceased by his first wife, Bobbie.

A Celebration of Life service will be held from 3 to 5 pm on December 3, 2023 at Williamsburg Landing, 5700 Williamsburg Landing Drive, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Funeral services will be held at a future date.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

Condolences may be sent to Kaye at 3009 Tanglewood Cove, Williamsburg, VA  23185-3795.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bill’s memory be sent to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or the USO, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077.

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

Peter J. Boylan, Jr.
"Pete"

Company G-1

18 May1936- 12 Nov 2023

Place of Death: Milledgeville, GA

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Pete Boylan, on November 12, 2023, in Milledgeville, GA as a result of heart failure due to a life well lived.

Pete is survived by his wife, Kathy; their son, Peter III (USMA ’84) and his wife Pam Vitrano; their daughter, Therese Bell (USMA ’86) and her husband Michael (USMA ’83); their daughter, Heather Drew and her husband Jason; their son, Gregory (USMA ’94) and his wife Colleen; their daughter, Emily Boylan and her husband Michael Rutt; and fourteen grandchildren.

There will be a memorial service in Milledgeville, GA at a date and time to be announced.

The Funeral Mass Thursday, February 29, 2024,  will begin at 1:30pm at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church followed by burial at the West Point Cemetery.  There will then be a reception (a good Irish Wake!) at Eisenhower Hall.  There will be more information forthcoming.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 110 West Lakeview Lane NE, Milledgeville, GA  31061-7831.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Pete’s memory be sent to a Veterans Support Organization of your choice.

Well done, Pete.  Be thou at peace.

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

37 Class of '61 Classmates and Spouses Attended the Army - Air Force Game

People came and went, but by one count 37 classmates and spouses attended the Army - Air Force game extravaganza organized by Rod Grannemann in Denver.  All of those who attended owe a huge debt of gratitude to Rod and his entire family — including grandchildren — for organizing and supporting the event. Rod also arranged for beautiful weather and a demolition of the previously undefeated Air Force team. Our contingent viewed the game from two continuous suites in the Army end zone, so we literally had ringside seats to almost all of the scoring.

At halftime the Supe dropped by to say hello.

Hopefully others will add photos including more of the attendees.

 




 

Franklin T. Tilton
"Frank"

Company I-1

4 May 1939 - 20 Oct 2023
Place of Death: Laconia, NH
Interment: New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Frank Tilton, on October 20, 2023, in Laconia, NH.

Frank is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz); their children, Paul and his wife Jennifer, Melinda (USMA 1992) and her husband Matthew Morgan, Jay and his partner Katherine Daily, Michael (USMA 2000) and his wife Sarah, Susan and her husband Daniel Ruecking (USMA 1997); their grandchildren, Kira, Brady, and Landon Tilton, William, Ryan, and Andrew Ruecking, Madeline and Claire Tilton, and Joshua and Maxwell Morgan; his sister, MaryLee Ayre; and his sister-in-law, Joan Tilton.

Visitation will be at 4 PM on November 12, 2023 at Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH  03246.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 AM on November 13, 2023 at St. Andre Bessette Parish, 291 Union Ave, Laconia, NH  03246.

Burial will follow at 11 AM at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen, NH  03303.

Condolences may be sent to Liz at 56 Orchard Street, Laconia, NH 03246-3027.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Frank’s memory be sent to New Hampshire Catholic Charities at 100 William Loeb Drive, Unit 3, Manchester, NH 03109, or https://www.cc-nh.org/ways-to-give/donate/.

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

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

William H. Sievers
"Bill"

Company G-1

14 Mar 1937 - 7 Oct 2023
Place of Death: Killeen, TX
Interment: Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen, TX

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bill Sievers, on October 7, 2023, in Temple, TX, due to end stage Parkinson’s disease.

Bill is survived by his wife, Jane; their daughter, Victoria, and her husband, Terrence Sullivan; and grandson, Nathaniel. 

A funeral service will be held Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00 AM at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, 11463 State Highway 195, Killeen, TX  76542.

A Celebration of Life service will follow at 1:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, 704 M. L. King Jr. Drive, Copperas Cove, TX  76522.

Condolences may be sent to Jane at 1820 Janis Drive, Killeen, TX  76549. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Bill’s memory be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 704 M. L. King Jr. Drive, Copperas Cove, TX  76522.  

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

CHARLESTON MINI REUNION

Mar 2024

STATUS REPORT

12 Oct 2023

 

1.  Attendance List

  1. This is an excel file with latest list of folks that indicated they are planning to attend.

 i.     If you have simple changes to make let me know and I will make them.

     ii.     If you have a lot of changes to make – go on line and fill out a new form.

    1. Very good turnout so far, up to 100 at this point.
    2. This is a busy time of year for the hotel, so if you have not registered you should read the info below, register, and MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATION NOW!

2.  Mini Dates

      1. Have changed and are now firm.
      2. Activities Sun 17-Thu 21 Mar 2024
      3. Hotel reservation to participate in all activities – Arrive Sun 17 Mar depart Fri 22 Mar.

Click here for full details.

William D. Nesbeitt, Jr.
"Bill"

Company H-1

22 Jun 1939 - 8 Oct 2023
Place of Death: Port Townsend, WA
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bill Nesbeitt, on October 8, 2023, in Port Townsend, WA. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Karen; their daughter, Mari (Enrique); and their son, Kirk (Janice); and their many grandpups.

A celebration of Bill’s life will be scheduled on a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Karen at 1069 56th Street, Port Townsend, WA  98368-1216.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bill’s memory may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS  66675-8516 Wounded Warrior Program or a charity of your choice.

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

H-2 Group Met In San Antonio 15 Sep 2023 for the Army/ UTSA Game

An H2 Group met in San Antonio  for the Army/ UTSA game on September 15. They spent the 4 day weekend at a 1857 historic  B&B on the Riverwalk. Happy to see Army win.!!

L to R ...Vivian Battle, Brendan Battle, Dolly Stokes, Kimberly Shroyer Day, Jim Stokes, Ruth Kee, Bob Kee, Pat Shroyer

Eggleston ’61 Releases “The Crossover Point of the Vietnam War”

Mike Eggleston ’61 has published his new book, “The Crossover Point of the Vietnam War.” This book provides an historic account of the Vietnam wars. It starts with the French war from 1945 to 1954 and continues with the American War that ended in 1975. First-hand accounts of the participants are included that help explain what happened. These include advisors, a medic, a dog handler, staff officers, repairmen and senior commanders as well as infantry soldiers. Historians also provide details. Dozens of maps are included with photos of the key people involved in the wars. The U.S. strategy is explained with details of why it failed

 

 

Durbin L. Wagner
"Durb"

Company I-2

6 Sep 1937 - 10 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Mechanicsburg, PA
Interment: Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, PA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Durb Wagner, on July 10, 2023, in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Durb is survived by his wife, Judi; their son S. Durbon and his wife Yolanda; their daughter Jane; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were held on July 19, 2023 at Boyer Family Funeral Home, New Bloomfield, PA and on July 20, 2023 at Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, Tamaqua, PA.

Interment will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua, PA at the convenience of the family.

Condolences may be sent to Judi at 404 Winding Hill Road, Newport, PA  17074-7803.

Contributions in Durbin's memory may be made to the West Perry Athletic Department, West Perry School District, 2606 Shermans Valley Road, Elliottsburg, PA 17024.

Well done, Durb.  Be thou at peace.

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

Edward F. Bruner
"Ed"

Company F-2

 2 Sept 1938 - 3 Sep 2023
Place of Death: Bethesda, MD
Interment: Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD.

 

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ed Bruner, on September 3, 2023, in Bethesda, MD.

Ed is survived by his wife, Elease; his sons Scott (USMA ’86) and his wife Sandra, and David (USMA ’88); his grandchildren Katherine Levesque and her husband Michael, and Charles Bruner; and his great-grandchildren Theordore and Margaret Levesque; his stepson Justin Greenhalgh and his wife Judy; and step-granddaughter Bailee Greenhalgh.  Ed was predeceased by his first wife, Eleanor.

Visitation will be at 10-11 AM, September 11, 2023, at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD, followed by the funeral service will be at 11 AM.  Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12800 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD.

Condolences may be sent to Elease at 12101 Little Creek Drive, Potomac, MD  20854-3431.

Well done, Ed.  Be thou at peace.

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

Robert J Steege
"Bob"

Company F-2

 26 Oct 1938 - 29 Aug 2023
Place of Death: Loudon, TN
Interment: TBA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob Steege, on August 29, 2023, in Loudon, TN, after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Bob is survived by his wife, Suzie; their son, Jeffrey and his wife Kathy; their daughter, Kimberley Epple and her husband Todd; and their grandsons, Luke and Layne Epple.  He was predeceased by their son, Kyle.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at The Community Church at Tellico Village, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN  37774.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Condolences may be sent to Suzie at 402 Chota Landing Way, Loudon, TN  37774-2992. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s memory may be made to Smokey Mountain Service Dogs, 110 Tooweka Circle, Loudon, TN  37774 or The Community Church at Tellico Village, 130 Chota Center, Loudon, TN  37774.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

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

Henny D. Minor, Jr.
"Dan"

Company G-2

29 May 1938 - 11 Aug 2023
Place of Death: Athens, GA
Interment: St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church cemetery.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Dan Minor, on August 11, 2023 in Athens, GA, as a result of Parkinson's/Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).

Dan is survived by his son, Napier; his daughter, Marion Mullinax; and grandchildren, Celeste (Tushar Gupta) Minor, Christina Minor, Paul Mullinax and James Mullinax.  Dan was predeceased by his wife, Berkeley.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at 11:00 am at St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, 3195 S Barnett Shoals Road, Athens, GA  30605.

Burial will follow in the St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Napier Minor, 445 Greystone Terrace, Athens, GA  30606.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Dan’s memory be sent to the UGA Foundation at The Georgia Museum of Art, Attn: Memorial Gifts honoring Dan Minor, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA  30602.

Well done, Dan.  Be thou at peace.

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

Annual Gabe Gabriel Memorial A-Day Tailgate Held 12 August 2023 at West Point

Years ago Gabe Gabriel established a tradition of hosting a gathering of new cadets and their families from Texas for refreshments after the Acceptance Day parade. After Gabe passed away, the West Point Society of North Texas and the West Point Parents Club of North Texas decided to continue the tradition Gabe had started. Thus began the annual Gabe Gabriel Memorial A-Day Tailgate, “in honor of the tireless devotion that Gabe has shown to West Point and our Texas cadets." Any members of the Class of 1961 who are at future A-Days are welcome at the event.

Benjamin W. Covington III
"Ben"

Company F-1

14 Jan 1939 - 31 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Vilas, NC
Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ben Covington, on July 31, 2023 in Vilas, NC.

Ben is survived by his sons, Benjamin IV and his wife Lori, and Farley and his wife Lisa; eight grandchildren; and one great grandchild.  Ben was predeceased by his wife, Ruth.

Visitation will be from 9 AM to 5 PM at Hampton Funeral Home, 683 Blowing Rock Road, Boone, NC  28607.

A celebration of Ben and Ruth’s lives will be at the Church of the Holy Cross, Banner Elk, NC on a date to be determined

The funeral service for Ben Covington will be at 1:30 PM, November 7, 2023, at the Old Cadet Chapel with burial to follow in the West Point Cemetery.

Those attending should meet at Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St, Highland Falls, NY 10928 NLT 1 PM.

The family is planning a reception after the funeral -- details to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Ben’s memory be sent to The High Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, PO Box 3312, Boone, NC 28607-3312.

Well done, Ben.  Be thou at peace.

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

Joseph R. Tschamler
"Joe"

Company E-1

3 Sep 1938 - 30 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Winston-Salem, NC
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Joe Tschamler, on July 30, 2023, in Winston-Salem, NC.  

Joe is survived by his wife, Allene; their daughter, Addie McKee and her husband, Michael; and grandchildren, David, Elizabeth, and Mary McKee.

A Memorial service will be held on a date to be determined at Northwoods Baptist Church, 5204 Old Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27105.

Condolences may be sent to Allene at 4950 Dippen Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27105-8700.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Joe’s memory be sent to Northwoods Baptist Church, 5204 Old Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem, NC  27105; or the United Way of Forsyth, 301 N Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27101.

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

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

Bruce P. Nichols

Company E-1

29 Oct 1937 - 13 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Savannah, GA
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bruce Nichols, on July 13, 2023, in Savannah, GA.

Bruce is survived by his wife Judy; his daughter Stacy Collins; his grandchildren Megan Downing and Christopher Collins III; and his great grandson Thomas Downing.  He is also survived by Judy’s children Lisa Joselove and Mark Macolly and her grandson Brody Macolly.  Bruce was predeceased by his wife Mary Lynn and his daughter Julie.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday July 22, 2023 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411 followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

Burial will be at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to Judy at 7513 La Roche Avenue, Savannah, GA  31406-6401.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bruce’s memory be sent to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 3 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411.

Well done, Bruce.  Be thou at peace.

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

Roy L. Armstrong, Jr.

Company F-1

8 Nov 1938 - 11 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Wilmington, DE
Interment: Gracelawn Memorial Park, New Castle, DE

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Roy Armstrong, on July 11, 2023, in Wilmington, DE, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Roy is survived by wife, Amy; his daughters, Megan Cole Armstrong and Katie Armstrong Gulick; son-in-law Gregory Michael Gulick; and grandchildren, Theodore Lee Gulick, Virginia Pearl Gulick, and Natalie Sandra Gulick.

Visitation will be at 10 AM on Wednesday July 19, 2023 at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, 505 E. Buck Road, Wilmington, DE  19807 followed by a funeral service at 11 AM.

Interment will be directly after the funeral service at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE  19720.

Condolences may be sent to Amy at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Apt 305, Wilmington, DE  19806-1405.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Roy’s memory be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL  33131.

Well done, Roy.  Be thou at peace.

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

William J. Sullivan
"Bill"

Company D-1

9 Jan 1938 - 12 May 2023
Place of Death: Ashburn, VA
Interment: Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bill Sullivan, on May 12, 2023, in Ashburn, VA.

Bill is survived by his wife Christine; his daughter Patricia Rambin and her husband Mitch (USMA '89); his son Gerard (USMA '93) and his wife Sally; five grandchildren; and one great grandchild.

A Funeral Mass was held on June 22, 2023 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Tappan, NY.

Burial was at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

Condolences may be sent to Christine at 44141 Russell Branch Parkway, Unit 18, Ashburn, VA  20147-5090.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bill’s memory be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Well done, Bill.  Be thou at peace.

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

Patrick J. Carroll, Jr.
"Pat"

Company E-1

19 Sep 1939 - 2 Jul 2023
Place of Death: Birmingham, MI
Interment: Hugo of the Hills Columbarium, Bloomfield Hills, MI

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Pat Carroll, on July 2, 2023, in Birmingham, MI.

Pat is survived by his wife, Gerry; their children Chris Ulrich, Joe, Dan (Kathy), Dr. Mike (Dr. Maria), and Mark (Amy) Carroll; their grandchildren Dr. Liz Ulrich MacLean (Joe), Jack Ulrich, First Lieutenant Will Ulrich (Air Force), John, Paul, Mia, Ella, Christy, Shannon, Meghan, Brian, Second Lieutenant Henry (Army), PJ, Mary Kate, Charlie, Ashley, Heidi, and Mia Carroll; and their great-granddaughter Maggie MacLean.

Visitation will be held on Sunday July, 9th, 2023 from 3-8 PM at A. J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers and Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, MI  48073.  (Scripture Service and Sharing of Memories begin at 7PM.)

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday July 10, 2023 at 10 AM at Holy Name Catholic Church, 630 Harmon Street, Birmingham, MI  48009.  (Visitation at church begins at 9:30AM.)

Burial will follow at St. Hugo of the Hills Columbarium, 2215 Opdyke Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48304.

Condolences may be sent to Gerry at 405 Bonnie Brier Street, Birmingham, MI  48009-1353.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Pat’s memory be sent to Angels’ Place, 29299 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI  48304. 

Well done, Pat.  Be thou at peace.

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

John L. Kammerdiener

Company G-2

7/6/1937 - 3 May 2023
Place of Death: Salt Lake City, UT

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Kammerdiener, on May 3, 2023, in Salt Lake City, UT.

John is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter Kristen Allen and her husband John; daughter Susan Martin and her husband Spencer; son Mike and his wife Stephanie; granddaughters Katie, Madi, Jenna, Lyndsey, and Lena; grandsons Graham, Evan, and Jackson; and great-granddaughter Kinsley.

Funeral services will be held on a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Ellen at 400 3rd Street, Marble Falls, TX 78654.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in John’s memory be sent to the charity of your choice.

Well done, John.  Be thou at peace.

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

Jim and Suzanne Nicholson Graciously Hosted Gathering on the 62nd Anniversary of Our Graduation

Jim and Suzanne Nicholson graciously hosted a gathering of classmates and wives (and children and grandchildren) at their home on the 62nd anniversary of our graduation. It was a great occasion, featuring many reminiscences (and possible a couple of exaggerations).

’61 Classmates Gathered for Luncheon on 21 May 2023 in Atlanta

’61 Classmates gathered recently at Tupelo Honey restaurant in Atlanta. Mike and Rita Hale, former members of our group, were guests at this occasion, who had driven up from Vero Beach, Florida for their grandson’s graduation. The turnout was splendid and conversation was lively. Since it was graduation weekend, much of the conversation centered on grandchildren: what school they attended and where they were heading next. After the meal, Mike relayed a report he had received from Mike Eiland on Reconciliation Plaza. Two missing members of the group were: Dan Minor and his son, Napier who we hope can join us for the next luncheon.


Front L/R: LewAnn Cerasoli; Viviane Battle; Judi Butterworth; Rita Hale; Ellen Trauffer(Buck Shaffer’s guest) Middle: Courtney Rittgers; Mike Hale; Buck Shaffer Back: Roger Cerasoli; Frank Egan; Brendan Battle; John Cornelson; Larry Butterworth.

Article by Mike Hale

Ed and Jerry Jones Honored  4 May 2023  at WPAOG Donor Tribute Dinner

Ed and Jerry Jones were honored at the 4 May WPAOG Donor Tribute dinner for going over one million dollars in lifetime giving to West Point.

This was the citation in the program at the event.

The Superintendent, AOG Chairman of the Board, and AOG CEO presented the recognition to Ed and Jerry.

Lionetti-Vandal Hall Dedication at Fort Sill   on 1 May 2023

Fort Sill hosted a special event Monday, 1 May 2023, the dedication of the Lionetti-Vandal Hall.

The hall is named in honor of two former leaders, Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal and Lieutenant General Donald Lionetti.

The building will now live as a tribute to the legacy they leave behind, and recognize the contributions they made to the Field and Air Defense Artillery communities.

“We have such a rich history of people, and sometimes they can be forgotten,” Retired Fort Sill Commanding General David Halverson said. “We want the younger people to ask; why is it named this? They do research and understand that selfless service, in any environment, throughout our country is the strongest part of what we’re about as a nation, as an army, and as a fires branch.”

Vandal and Lionetti are recognized as two of the leaders in the development of Air Defense Artillery.

Read more here.

Jim Scott  Inducted into the Army Aviation Association Hall of Fame on 27 April 2023

Our classmate, Jim Scott, was inducted into the Army Aviation Association Hall of Fame at 6 PM on 27 April 2023 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN.

Read pictures and details here.

Special Class of 1961 Award to Gary & Button Hyde for Extraordinary Service to Classmates & Their Families

On behalf of the West Point Class of 1961, the Class Officers hereby recognize Gary and Button Hyde for extraordinary contributions to the Class and unsurpassed support of classmates and their families.   

Read entire details of this special presentation here.

Button and I want to express our appreciation for the honor and award you were responsible for having the Class bestow on us.  It was truly an amazing gesture, an unprecedented recognition, and beyond anything we ever expected. Consider this.   We were rewarded for doing what we love to do and for being with the people we love to be around. How fortunate can any couple be?

You all of all people know that you and many others do much of the work.  We just get the credit for what you all and others do.

Alexander J. Stuart III
"Sandy"

Company B-1

17 Feb 1938 - 8 Apr 2023
Place of Death: Lynchburg, VA
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Sandy Stuart, on April 8, 2023, in Lynchburg, VA.

Sandy is survived by his wife, Linda; their daughter Sharon and her husband Jeffrey Heida; their son Alexander IV and his wife Tammy; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, along with three grandsons and two great-grandchildren by family marriage.

A service will be held at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18th, at Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA  24503.

Sandy's funeral is scheduled at 3 PM, 29 August 2023, at Arlington National Cemetery.  A reception will follow.

Condolences may be sent to Linda at 501 Ves Road, Apt W424, Lynchburg, VA  24503-4646.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sandy's memory be sent to Rivermont Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2424 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA  24503 or Westminster Canterbury Lynchburg Foundation, 501 VES Road, Lynchburg, VA  24503.

Well done, Sandy.  Be thou at peace.

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

John O. Turnage
"Jack"

Company H-2

5 Jun 1939- 16 Feb 2023

Place of Death: Augusta, GA

Inurnment: St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church Columbarium

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Turnage, on February 16, 2023, in Augusta, GA.

Jack is survived by his wife Helen; his son John Jr. (USAFA ’88) and his wife Deann (USAFA '88); his daughter Annalyle Andrews and her husband Chris; his daughter Emilie McCombs and her husband William (USAFA '94); and his grandchildren Adelaide Turnage, John Turnage III, Bennett McCombs, Calvin McCombs, Dunn Andrews, Annie Andrews, and Isaac Turnage.  He was predeceased by his son Taylor.

Visitation will be at 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM, February 20, 2023 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church, 1420 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12:00 PM, February 20, 2023 at St. Mary on the Hill Catholic Church. 

Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium.

Condolences may be sent to Helen at 1120 Glenn Avenue, Augusta, GA  30904-4614.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jack's memory be sent to St Mary on the Hill Catholic School: 1220 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta, GA  30904 or Aquinas High School, 1920 Highland Avenue, Augusta, GA  30904.

Well done, Jack.  Be thou at peace.

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

Additional Oral Histories Published

New Oral History Interviews by Kathy Boylan, Peter Boylan, Channing Greene, George Kopcsak, Phil Mallory, Paul Vallely and Jack Veatch have been published 13 January 2023.

Go here for details.

Impact of West Point Prep School (USMAPS) on Class of 1961

December 2022 Jim Oaks would like our ZOOM sessions to be built around the members of our class who reported to the Man in the Red Sash on July 2, 1957 who had been at Stewart Air Field in Newburgh, NY at the USMA Prep School..

Ed Brown, who was one of the 90 new cadets who reported from the Prep School that day, tells me that 38 of them graduated in 1961, two more in 1962 and one actually graduated from the Naval Academy in 1964.

Ed and Art Downey will lead the session and they will try to contact as many of that group as possible to join in.

Go here for details.

Football at West Point 1957 - 1960

The following was prepared by Jim Oaks in preparing for some Class ZOOM Meetings… Here are some things to consider when thinking about Army football when we were cadets.

Patrick J. Murphy
"Pat"

Company K-1
24 Jun 1939 - 24 Oct 2022
Place of Death: Rochester, NY
Interment: St. Lawrence Church parish cemetery, Louisville, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Pat Murphy, on 24 October 2022 in Rochester, NY.

Pat is survived by his wife, Willa; their daughter Loreen; son Bryan and his wife Patricia; granddaughters Megan and Bonnie Anderson; and grandson Sean Murphy.  He was predeceased by their son, Patrick James.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM, November 11, 2022 at Phillips Memorial Home, 64 Andrews Street, Massena, NY  13662.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 AM, November 12, 2022 at St. Lawrence Church, 5472 Willard Street, Louisville, NY  13662.  Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Willa at 85 West Hatfield Street, Massena, NY 13662-2510.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Pat’s memory may be sent to Massena Rescue Squad, 371 E. Orvis Street. Massena, NY  13662.

Well done, Pat. Be thou at peace.

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

Kenneth H. Geiger
"Ken"

Company H-1

14 Aug 1937- 28 Aug 2022

Place of Death: Raleigh, NC

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Ken Geiger, on 28 August 2022 in Raleigh, NC from natural causes.

Ken is survived by his wife, Joan; son Roy Blakey and his wife Rebecca, daughters Megan King and her husband Steve, Mechele Peterson and her husband Richard Croushorn, Melisa Allen and her husband Tommy, Corinn Lanzone and her husband Tommy, 14 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Joan at 2204 Effingham Circle, Raleigh, NC 27615-3826.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ken's memory may be sent to the Superintendent's Endowment Fund.  Make checks payable to West Point Association of Graduates and mail to Gift Operations, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, New York 10996.  In the check's memo section, please designate Superintendent’s Endowment Fund.

Well done, Ken.  Be thou at peace.

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

James A. Scott III
"Jim"

Company K-2

5 Aug 1938- 18 Aug 2022

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Jim Scott, on August 18, 2022, in San Antonio, TX, as a result of complications related to Agent Orange exposure.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kelly; their daughter Schell; their son James IV and his wife Kathie; their daughter Lacy and her husband Michael Wyant; and their son Rusty and his wife Brette; their grandchildren Alicsha, John, Madison, Katherine, Landyn, and Lincoln; and their great grandchildren John and Alaina.

Jim's funeral will be at 10 AM, 12 June, at the West Point Cemetery.  A reception will follow.

Condolences may be sent to Kelly at 5303 Churubusco Drive, San Antonio, TX  78239-3071.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be sent to the Gary Sinise Foundation, PO Box 40726, Nashville, TN  37204.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jims Last Roll Call Tribute.

Classmates Took  2 Weeks Mediterranean Cruise from Istanbul 6 May thru 20 May 2022

John & Donna Java, Jim & Dollie Stokes, Gene Witherspoon, Pat Shroyer, John & Teri Grisoni, Mike & Chan Eiland and Mick & Coralinn Maus spent 2 weeks cruising from Istanbul to various Turkish, Israeli, Greek, Maltese, Italian and Spanish ports. Our ship was terrific and the crew was very attentive to our every wish, plus the evening entertainment was superb, in my opinion. The excursions were the highlights; Ephesus, the Holy Land, Istanbul and many Roman & Greco ruins were once in a lifetime treats. Highlights probably differ from couple to couple, but most would agree that both Istanbul and Barcelona were impressive cities. Istanbul, of course had Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. Hagia Sophia was originally built as a Christian church and converted to a mosque after the Muslims conquered what had been Constantinople. 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 under construction for many more years (decades?)  I was impressed by the number of fortifications we saw built by the Knights at the time of the crusades. The Knights ruled in Rhodes Greece from 1309 until 1522.

Our guides were generally very good. Some of the outings were very strenuous for octogenarians, but 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.

Mick  Maus

Darlington F. Andrews
"Dart"

 

Company C-1

10 Mar1938 - 2 Nov 2019

Place of Death: Boulder, CO.

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you I have learned of the death of our classmate, Dart Andrews, on November 2, 2019, in Boulder, CO. 

Dart is survived by his wife, Pat; his sons, Jay and Jason; daughters-in-law, Kimberly and Jessica; grandchildren, Sydney, Camryn and Paloma; step children, James Kacsmari and Kathleen Saffelle; and step granddaughter Courtney North.  Dart was predeceased by his wife, Doris. 

Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery on May 17, 2021. 

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 1935 Ute Creek Drive, Longmont, CO  80504-2368. 

Well done, Dart.  Be thou at peace.

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

Gary R. Lord

Company K-1

22 Jul 1939- 15 Jul 2022

Place of Death: Portland, OR

Interment: Body donated to science.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Gary Lord, on July 15, 2022, in Portland, OR.

Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth; their son, Bradford and his wife Jana; their daughter, Kristin Gundersen and her husband Joel; their daughter, Kelleen Deboni; their son, Reese and his wife Jennifer; and grandchildren James, Gabrielle, Alice, Collin, Lucy, Ryan, and Penelope.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 AM, July 29, 2022 at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 4112 SW 6th Avenue Dr, Portland, OR  97239.

Gary donated his body to science research.

Condolences may be sent to Ruth at 841 SW Gaines Street, # 103, Portland, OR  97239-3062.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s memory may be sent to Knight Cancer Research Center, South Waterfront Campus, 3485 S Bond Avenue, Portland, OR  97239.

Well done, Gary.  Be thou at peace.

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

Gary L. Flack

Company C-2

27 Jul 1939- 6 Jun 2022

Place of Death: St. Augustine, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret an sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Gary Flack, on June 6, 2022 in St. Augustine, FL, following a long, courageous battle with kidney failure and heart disease.

Gary is survived by his wife, Eloise; sons, Sean (Stephanie) and Bary (Tina); Nikki Holm (Michael) who he loved and considered his daughter; and grandchildren, Emily, Shannon and Braydon Flack, and Shaelyn, Chris, Caitlyn, and Emilia Holm.

The funeral for Gary Flack will be at 3 PM on January 22, 2024 at Arlington National Cemetery.  Attendees should report to the Admin Building NLT 2:30 PM.  There will be a reception from 5-7 PM at O’Connell’s, 112 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.  Please let me know by reply message NLT 15 Jan 24 if you plan to attend.

Condolences may be sent to Eloise at 1220 Springhealth Court, St. Augustine, FL  32092-2460.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Gary’s memory may be sent to the Superintendent's Endowment Fund.  Make checks payable to West Point Association of Graduates and mail to Gift Operations, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, New York 10996.  In the check's memo section, please designate Superintendent’s Endowment Fund.

Well done, Gary. Be thou at peace.

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

Darwin L. Richards
"Punky"

6 Feb 1939 - 13 Jun 2022
Place of Death: Greenville, NC
Interment: Pinewood Memorial Park, Greenville, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify of the death of our classmate, Darwin “Punky” Richards, on June 13, 2022 in Greenville, NC, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Punky is survived by his wife, Dolly; their children, Darla Rhea Richards (Angie Slade) of Nashville, TN, Brett Richards of Seattle, WA, Bartt Richards (Angela) of Plano, TX, Randa Richards Scott (Simon/Abby Willow) of Goldsboro, NC, Sharla Richards Lincoln (Duffy) of Greenville, NC, Bryan Richards of Tallahassee, FL, Brandon Richards (Faii) of Bangkok, and Kristal Richards Gauthier (Thomas) of Greenville, NC; thirteen grandchildren, Austin, Melissa (Stephen), Zachary, Bennett, Sarah, Samantha (Jesus), Sadie, Darwin, Maia, Roman, Chandler, Dillon and Lillie; one great-grandchild, Laini Parker; his sister, Gloria Fields of Winston Salem, NC, and her children, Richard and Wendy and their spouses and children.

His Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, June 17, 2022 at St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. 6th Street, Greenville, NC  27858.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m., immediately followed by a military graveside service at Pinewood Memorial Park, 4150 E. 10th Street, Greenville, NC  27858.  A reception will be held following the graveside service at St. James United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to Dolly at 1953 Cherry Stone Lane, Greenville, NC  27858-9415.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Punky's memory may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 2000 E. 6th Street, Greenville, NC  27858.

Well done, Darwin. Be thou at peace.

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

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

 

To read more of the Recent Adventure click here.

 

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.

Check here to read more about this.

Donald A. Dreesbach
"Don"

Company B-1
4 Mar 1938 - 11 May 2022
Place of Death: Orlando, FL
Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify of the death of our classmate, Don Dreesbach, on May 11, 2022 in Orlando, FL of natural causes.

Don is survived by his wife, Cathy; their son Scott and his wife Amy; their daughter Tracy Dillon and her husband Mark; and grandchildren Connor Dreesbach, Tristan Anstadt, Hunter Anstadt, Madison Anstadt, Griffin Dreesbach, and Olivia Anstadt.

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

Condolences may be sent to Cathy at 8741 Hildreth Avenue. Orlando, FL 32832.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Don may be sent to the charity of your choice.

Well done, Don, Be thou at peace.

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West Point Center for Oral History (COH) '61 Classmates Interviews Available

During the 60th Reunion in Orlando 22 interviews were conducted with Jerry White, Hank Kenny, Mike Hale, Jim Connolly, Ed Jones, Charlie Hansell, Gene Witherspoon, Phil Mallory, Hans Wagner, Paul Vallely, Mike and Chan Eiland, Mick Maus, Bill Williamson, George Kopscak, Al Hokins, Todd Counts, Gary Lord, Jack Veatch, Bob Chelberg, Pat Hoy and Trish Buckner.

As these are posted I encourage you to view them. You may learn some things about members of the Class of 1961 that you never expected. Also, take time to watch others interviews that are posted. There are many by people other than West Point graduates that you will find inspiring.

For more information about this read these details.

Michie Stadium Preservation Project Spotlight: Class of 1961

A $5 million gift has been anonymously awarded to the Michie Stadium Preservation Project in honor of the United States Military Academy Class of 1961, providing substantial momentum to the most ambitious gift-funded construction project in the history of the Academy.

Since its official launch last month, West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG) and 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.

“This has been a great week for the Michie Stadium Preservation Project,” Director of Athletics Mike Buddie said. “We have been so fortunate to receive the support that we have from our community in the short time since we launched this effort. It’s been really exciting to see our people come together to support Michie Stadium and help us as we push to establish it as one of the finest facilities that college athletics has to offer.”

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.

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.

See more about the Michie Stadium Preservation Project.

New Recollections from the Ladies of the Class of 1961 Feature Here

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Class of 1961: What you may how read in our Class Website are responses to a pursuit in the making over the past few years. Aided by several of our ‘mates and Ladies, we now will include the Recollections from the Ladies or click on the Recollections from the Ladies of the Class of 1961 tab in the left column of this page.

Time to Focus on Preparing Memorial Articles for the 2023 TAPS

Now that the suspense for the 2022 edition of TAPS has passed, it is time focus on preparing memorial articles for the 2023 edition.  As of today, memorial articles have been published for 115 of our 227 deceased graduate classmates.  Attached is the list of the 112 without articles.  The suspense for submission of articles for the 2023 edition of TAPS is 28 February 2023.

If you would like to write a memorial article, please review the Guidelines for Writers of Memorial ArticlesNote that the article’s author is required to obtain the next of kin’s written approval of the article. Without approval, the article cannot be published.  However, if no relatives are found after a reasonable, good faith search, the author may obtain approval from the graduate’s class president.  I have next-of-kin contact information for 97 of the 112.

You could also write your own memorial article to save the burden on your survivors.  At a minimum, you should complete the Autobiographical Data in Support of Future Memorial Articles and send it to the AOG to assist the person who will write your memorial article.

This is a list of our Classmates that do not yet have a published TAPS article.

Memorial & Family Planning Documents

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

AOG Announces The Rockbound Highland Home Program Welcoming Grads Home

Who says you can’t go home again? For 47 months, West Point was your home—through Beast Barracks, Mess Hall meals, clubs and team experiences, competitions on the fields of friendly strife, the Indoor Obstacle Course, graduation, and even the gloom period.

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

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

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

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

Grad Insider Tour

The exclusive Rockbound Highland Home Grad Insider Tour includes a series of tour stops not available to the public and allows graduates to share unique experiences of West Point with their families and guests.

Depending on the chosen tour time, you could have the opportunity to visit: the Cadet Mess in Washington Hall, Jefferson Library, Thayer Award Room, Army Sports Hall of Fame in Kenna Hall/Kimsey Center, Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center (ACPDC), or the Cadet Uniform Factory.

Please LOGIN to view the link for the Rockbound Highland Home Reservation site.

You must be a graduate to access the site.

Grad Insider Tours

Grad Insider Tours will be conducted twice a day Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and must be reserved at least three days in advance. Schedule of home football Fridays varies. Please allow two to two-and-a-half hours for the tour. Please also be prepared to walk approximately two miles and maneuver stairs.

WPAOG will provide transportation for the Grad Insider Tour, which will begin and conclude at Herbert Hall (698 Mills Road). Vehicle size and exclusive arrangements with USMA restrict tour size to 10 participants. A fee of $25 per graduate and $10 per guest will be collected when reserving your spot on a Grad Insider Tour.

Please Note: At least one graduate ticket must be purchased for your group. A graduate MUST be present in your group on your tour. Tours are for graduates' leisure purposes only.

For information on how to support the Rockbound Highland Home Program and other WPAOG initiatives, click here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the COH website to watch some remarkable videos.

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

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

Click here for pictures of Reconciliation Plaza.

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

ASSEMBLYY Magazine and various other historical reports on a web site that allows you to access and download articles and information. Copies of ASSEMBLY from 1942-1993 are currently available.

Click here for the archived issues of Assembly

Click here for the Summer 1961 issue. You will find it very interesting. There may be a problem for some as the huge file is 72MB.

In Remembrance:

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

Current Profiles

In order to create a “Current Profile” for every member of the class, graduates and former members of 1961, we need your input. If you are interested in participating, email your “vita” information to Sam Weiss with photos in "jpg" format, if you can.  If your profile is already online, check to make sure it is up-to-date and send us any changes or additions.

Prior Features

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

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

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WEST POINT

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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