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



Darlington F. Andrews, C-1

18 Mar 1938 - 2 Nov 2019



Andrew F. Bennett, Jr., L-2
**

 25 Nov 1937 - 27 Nov 2014



Peter L. Benzinger, L-2
**

18 Jul 1935 - 27 Nov 1965



Donald R. Bonko, H-1

16 Dec 1936 - 26 Nov 1965



Michael J. Brady, H-1

15 Apr 1939 - 7 Nov 2013



Robert M. Gants, K-2
**

19 Aug 1937 - 28 Nov 2015



Bruce B. Halstead, K-1
**

 20 Jun 1938 - 21 Nov 2020



William E. Hathaway, I-1

3 Aug 1937 - 1 Nov 2012



Harry E. Lardin Jr., F-1

 15 Jun 1937 - 4 Nov 1957



Conwell B. Leinbach, B-2
**

17 Jan 1940 - 12 Nov 2011



Walter B. Ligon Jr, D-1
**

20 May 1939 - 2 Nov 2014



John R. MacLean, Jr.
**

19 Jan 1938 - 8 Nov 2020



David H. Mace, Sr., L-1

18 Jan 1937 - 15 Nov 2017



Douglas F. Matthews, I-2
**

14 Oct 1938 - 13 Nov 1964



Nikolajs R. Muiznieks, L-2
**

28 Sep 1936 - 14 Nov 2019



John B. Oliver, E-1
**

5 Nov 1938 - 18 Nov 1975



Basil M. Parks II, G-1
**

28 Dec 1939 - 14 Nov 1964



Harmon R. Parmele. M-2

11 Dec 1938 - 9 Nov 2021



Nicholas S. Plodinec III, H-1

6 Jan 1939 - 17 Nov 2020



Charles T. Randolph, Jr., I-2

31 Jul 1938 - 29 Nov 2018



Melbourne R. Russell, E-2
**

1 Oct 1938 - 23 Nov 2019



Michael J. Xenos, H-1

22 Mar 1936 - 28 Nov 2000



John B. Zimmerman, A-2
**

31 Jul 1939 - 12 Nov 2021


"Well done; Be thou at peace."

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

  Class Business

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  Class of 1961

  Prior Features

  60thth Reunion
   27 Jan - 1 Feb 2022

  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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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.

Grannemann Hosting 2021 Commander’s Classic Game November 5, 2022

The 2021 Commander’s Classic was the first college football game at Globe Life Field.  It featured the Army-Air Force football game, with Air Force as the home team. The Grannemann family hosted a ’61 group for the game.  Army won the close game in overtime.

Rod has graciously agreed to host another Class get together for the 2022 game.  Army will be the home team for the return meeting on November 5, 2022.  The current plan is for a Class dinner Friday, game Saturday AM, Class dinner Saturday PM, and maybe a Sunday brunch.  There is a Class hotel for the event.


Here is a picture of those who attended the game.

Read the details here.

James A. Scott III
"Jim"

Company K-2

5 Aug 1938- 18 Aug 2022

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Interment: West Point on a date to be determined

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.

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

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.

Planning Has Started For 19 - 23 Jan 2023 60th Reunion Part II in Orlando FL.

COVID caused the original 60th to be cancelled.  COVID caused the majority of you to not attend our second try.

But! We have not given up.

Don’t miss this chance to gather with your ’61 family – Classmates, Wives, Widows, Significant Others Kids, Grandkids, Great Grandkids, Military Associates

This survey, dated 23 Aug 2022, replaces any prior data you may have submitted.  Read on and RSVP now. Go here for details.

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.

Funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery are pending.

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.

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

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.

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.

Howard D. Himes
"Dale"

Company I-1
6 Nov 1939 - 26 Feb 2022
Place of Death: Saylorsburg, PA
Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Dale Himes, on February 26, 2022 in Saylorsburg, PA.  He died peacefully at home.

Dale is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Natanzon and her partner, Larry Lagrosa, Rebecca Himes, and Lash Himes and her husband, Jeff Hull; granddaughter, Saylor Emory Hull, and grandson, Marson Everlee Blue Hull.

Funeral services for Dale will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 22, 2022, at the Old Cadet Chapel followed by burial in the West Point Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Lash Himes, 280 Euclid Avenue, Oakland, CA  94610.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dale’s memory may be sent to the George Mark Children's House, 2121 George Mark Lane, San Leandro, CA  94578.

Well done, Dale. Be thou at peace.

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

'61 Well Attended Founders Day Dinner  at Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club

Class of 1961 really showed up for Founders Day Dinner 13 March 2022 at Heritage Hunt Golf and Country Club in Gainesville, VA.  Attending were: Paul/Sue DeVries; Ken/Rachel Meissner; Bob/Gale McConnell: Bob/Dawn Glass; Cy/Nancy Shearer; Gene/Sharon Goodell; Russ/Marie Phelps; George/Karen Joulwan; George/Michelle Kopcsak; Trish Buckner; Hank/Mary Frances Kenny; Will/Kathy Conley; Barney/Denise Legge; Todd Millie Counts; Judy Kremer; Jim/Bobbie Blessé: Mike/Chan Eiland

Robert A. Burns
"Bob"

Company F-1
2 May 1937 - 25 Feb 2022
Place of Death: Evans, GA
Interment: Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Burns, on 25 February 2022 in Evans, GA. 

Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy.

Burial will be at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Rd, Columbia, SC  29229 on a date to be determined.

Condolences may be sent to Nancy at 4275 Owens Rd, Apt 17, Evans, GA  30809.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

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

Gerald A. Vick
"Jerry"

Company B-2
25 Aug 1938- 20 Feb 2022
Place of Death: Arlington, VA
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jerry Vick, on February 20, 2022, in Arlington, VA. 

Jerry is survived by his daughter Elizabeth ‘Topper’ Bruno and her husband John Bruno; daughter Marjorie Ashton and her husband Augustus ‘Skip’ Ashton III; his grandchildren, Captain Augustus T. Ashton IV, William Ashton and his wife Meredith and great granddaughter Hadleigh, Elizabeth ‘Ivy’ Kabbani, Catherine Kabbani, Ensign Jonathan Ashton, Mary Beth Ashton, and Caitlin Ashton and her wife Emily Richards Ashton.  Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Beth and granddaughter Abigail Ashton. 

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

Condolences may be sent to Elizabeth at 15401 Windmill Pointe Drive, Grosse Pointe Park, MI  48230. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry's memory may be sent to Army Emergency Relief, 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 13161, Arlington, VA  22202-9936.

Well done, Jerry. Be thou at peace.

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

Travis N. Dyer
"Rusty"

Company B-1
3 Apr1938- 20 Jan 2022
Place of Death:  Las Cruces, NM. 
Interment: Fort Bliss Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Rusty Dyer, on January 20, 2022, in Las Cruces, NM. 

Rusty is survived by his wife, Donna; their daughters, Andrea Gwynne and her husband, John, and Cheryl Maiella and her husband, Joe; and their grandchildren, Mark Salcedo, Travis Gwynne, and Megan Maiella. 

A public graveside service with full military honors will be held at Fort Bliss Cemetery February 3rd at 1:30 pm.  His service will be streamed from Getz Funeral Home website.

Condolences may be sent to Donna at 1902 Lone Tree Lane, Las Cruces, NM  88011-4075. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rusty may be made sent to International Myeloma Foundation Headquarters, 4400 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Suite 300, Studio City, CA  91604. 

Well done, Rusty.  Be thou at peace.

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

Robert E. McCarthy, Jr.
"Bob"


Company D-1
12 Jan 1940- 15 Jan 2022
Place of Death: East Bridgewater, MA
Interment: Central Cemetery, East Bridgewater, MA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bob McCarthy, on January 15, 2022, in East Bridgewater, MA, after a short battle with vascular dementia.

Bob is survived by his wife, Bobbie; their children, Robert and his wife Mary, Patricia Colby and her husband Peter, and Allen and his wife Diane; their grandchildren, Stephen, Alexandra, Lauren, Abby, Steph, Bobby, Maeve, Coleman, Mary Kate, and Conor.

Visitation is from 4-7 PM, January 20, 2022, at Chapman Funerals and Cremations, 35 Spring Street, East Bridgewater. MA  02333.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 AM, January 21, 2022, at Saint John the Evangelist, 210 Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA  02333.

Burial will follow at East Bridgewater Central Cemetery, 153 Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA  02333.

Condolences may be sent to Bobbie at 570 Bridge Street, East Bridgewater, MA  02333-2111.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Bob may be made to Kiwanis Club of East Bridgewater, PO Box 261, East Bridgewater, MA  02333 or American Legion Post 91, 175 Central Street, East Bridgewater, MA  02333.

Well done, Bob.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bobs Last Roll Call Tribute.

Frank C. Rauch

Company F-1
16 Apr 1938- 31 Dec 2021
Place of Death: Venice, FL
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Frank Rauch, on 31 December, 2021, at Tidewell Hospice Center, Venice, FL after a long battle with cancer. 

Frank is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughters, Nina Holton and Lesley Stover and her husband, Sean; and his grandchildren, Zoe Holton, Amelie Holton, Trace Stover, and Cole Stover. 

There will be a memorial service for Frank Rauch at 11 AM on April 8, 2022 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 790 S Tamiami Trial, Venice,FL 34285.

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

Condolences may be sent to Joan at 130 Sunaire Terrace, Nokomis, FL  34275-2544.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Frank’s memory may be sent to Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY  10306 or Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County by sending a check to Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust, 1843 Floyd Street, Sarasota, FL  34239 (make check payable to The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Philanthropic Trust and put “Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County” in the memo line on the check).

Well done, Frank.  Be thou at peace.

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

Emmanuel J. Scivoletto
"Manny"

Company C-2
17 Feb 1938- 26 Dec 2021
Place of Death: Reno, NV.
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Manny Scivoletto, on 26 December 2021, in Reno, NV.

Manny is survived by his wife Kay; their sons, Kris and his wife, Emily, and John and his wife, Claire; and their grandchildren Nicholas, Morgan, and Mattie.

Manny’s remains were cremated and will be interred in Nevada at a later time.

Condolences may be sent to Kay at 5735 Lone Horse Drive, Reno, NV  89502-9001.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Manny’s memory may be sent to Veterans Guest House, 880 Locust Street, Reno NV  89502.

Well done, Manny. Be thou at peace.

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

John B. Zimmerman
"Jack"

Company A-2
31 Jul 1939- 12 Nov 2021
Place of Death: Vestavia Hills, AL
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, Jack Zimmerman, on 12 November, 2021, in Vestavia Hills, AL, as a result of an acute pulmonary embolism. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Sandy; his daughters, Julie Hohl and her husband, Kurt, and Jill Meyer; his son, Jeffrey and his wife, Kelly; his grandchildren, Christian Hohl, Carter Hohl, Cameron Hohl, Connor Hohl, Charlotte Meyer, Mackenzie Meyer, Jillian Zimmerman, and Khloe Zimmerman; and Sandy’s family.  Jack was predeceased by his wife, Joan, on 23 June 2008. 

Visitation will be 1-3 PM and 4-6 PM, Saturday, 4 December 2021 at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA  22032. 

A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 PM, Sunday, 5 December 2021 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 5114 Twinbrook Road, Fairfax, VA  22032.  A reception will follow at the church.  The service will also be live streamed on the church website,
https://www.lordoflifeva.org

The funeral service will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined. 

Condolences may be sent to Sandy at 1582 Panorama Drive, Vestavia Hills, AL  35216-3335, and to Jack’s children, Julie, Jill and Jeffrey, at Jack's home, 5206 Tamar Woods Court, Fairfax, VA  22032.  

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to the Shepherd’s Center of Fairfax-Burke, 4019 Olley Lane, Fairfax, VA  22032 or online at http://scfbva.org

Well done, Jack.  Be thou at peace.

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

Harmon R. Parmele
"Bob"

Company M-2
11 Dec 1938- 9 Nov 2021
Place of Death: Woodinville, WA
Interment: East Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, NY, at a date to be determined.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Parmele on 9 November 2021, in Woodinville, WA from a sudden heart attack.

Bob leaves no survivors.  He was predeceased by his wife, Cheryl.

Bob will be buried at East Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, NY, at a date to be determined.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

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

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.

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

The USMA Library Archives office is putting ASSEMBLY Magazine and various other historical reports on a web site that allows you to access and download articles and information. Copies of ASSEMBLY from 1942-1993 are currently available.

Click here for the archived issues of Assembly

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

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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