G-1 Well Represented at Class 55th Reunion
55th Halpn 12
May G-1 at Dinner Slide Show
Flying Finn Finally Retires After 53 Years of
Service as Cadet, Military, and Civil Service
Attached photo with GEN Dempsey, CJCS, was given
to me on my 77th birthday, 11 August 2014 and in recognition that I was
retiring effective 31 Aug 14. Humbling indeed and, along with my
retirement ceremony hosted by Gen Paxton, a neat way to wrap up 53+ years of
cadet, military, and civil service.
I did not want a
retirement ceremony, but in the waning days of my Joint Staff tenure my
officemates prevailed and arranged one for me. Glad they did. It was fun
filled, humorous, and left a very warm glow in our hearts. Gen Paxton is the
Assistant Commandant, USMC. He and I have been in contact for many years via
our shared interest in physical fitness. Interestingly, his undergraduate and
graduate degrees are in civil engineering from Cornell University, not far from
my upstate NY hometown, Spencer. Gen Paxton definitely has the "common touch"!
G-1 Declares Themselves to be Best Cadet Company
in Class of 1961
(ANTPF - All the News That's Print to Fit).
On Friday, 20 September 2007, national media reporters fought for seats in the
Pentagon's Press Room to hear William Sievers announce the results of a long-awaited, in-depth study conducted by independent,
unbiased researchers tasked with determining which company in USMA '61, Second to None, was indeed the very best.
Mr. Sievers eloquently reported that the
competition was fairly conducted and immense credit was to be given to the
unbiased team of military analysts and historians that dug deep into USMA '61's
impressive history and legacy. To no-one's surprise, the final results
overwhelmingly concluded that Company G-1 was indeed the very best in USMA '61,
Second to None.
To ensure fairness, the researcher's
even-handed approach even included listening patiently to sniveling complaints
from South and North Area runts claiming that the researchers were biased toward
Central Area flankers. Protests from North Area flankers were mild by comparison
and only served to further justify the final, unanimous analysis that Company
G-1 is Number One in Second to None.
From the center of the world,
Best regards to all,
The Flying Finn
Co. G-1, Number One in Second to None
"The Flying Finn crushes
his rivals in a road race competition at the U. of Illinois (circa 1971)."
Spring 2018 - a year ago - Bill Mackie and Dan Halpin
found some cadet pix for G-1 and put together a Picture Book. We send copies to
several G-1 Classmates or the wives of those deceased.
Banquet and Hop - 10 September 1960
Row: Rod Bartholomew, Dan Halpin, Serge Olive, Pam Coreon ( Danís Date), Bill
Sievers. Front Row: Rose De Manta (Bartholomew), Mrs. Dorothy Cooper Friend of
Halpin family, Gladys M. Halpin (Dan's Mother), Bill Sieverís Date.
Shirley Custer - Bert Custer's wife - receiving a book via Jeanne and Terry
Kirkpatrick....Jeanne is in the picture.