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



Terry L. Alexander, A-2
**

20 Jul 1939 - 28 Jun 2000



William C. Clark, K-2

11 Apr 1939 - 23 Jun 2007



Clinton H. Coddington, F-1

 8 Jul 1939 - 4 Jun 2015



Ephraim W. Crews Jr., K-1
**

5 Feb 1939 - 14 Jun 1978



Daniel M. DiCarlo Jr., D-2

14 Sep 1938 - 5 Jun 2006



Jack E. Dopler, G-1

2 Aug 1939 - 13 Jun 2018



Charles S. Green, Jr. M-1

29 Oct 1938 - 18 Jun 2009



John D. Guthrie, L-1

3 Jan 1939 - 12 Jun 1982



Charles N. Haas, C-2
**

1 Jan 1938 - 28 Jun 2009



Robert F. Harris, C-2

8 Dec 1938 - 8 Jun 2010



David A. Hastings, F-2

7 Sep 1938 - 19 Jun 2020



William H. Jacoway, L-2
**

14 Oct 1936 - 29 Jun 2010



Joseph A. Kinney Jr., C-2

7 Aug 1937 - 25 Jun 1994



James E. Lott, B-2

19 Feb 1938 - 21 Jun 2005



Jack M. Martin, D-1
**

15 Nov 1939 - 16 Jun 1998



Ronald B. Neutzling, C-1

5 Dec 1938 - 4 Jun 2016



Roger W. Obermeier, D-2
**

31 Oct 1936 - 19 Jun 2012



Paul T. Paben, C-1

22 Apr 1938 - 16 Jun 2006



Joseph F. Paone, A-2
**

30 May 1938 - 21 Jun 2007



Roger A. Parient, K-1

22 Jan 1938 - 24 Jun 1998



Lawrence A. Richards, A-1
**

11 Jan 1940 - 28 Jun 1987



William E. Ringle, B-1

5 Apr 1938 - 14 Jun 2007



Joseph P. Russo, H-1
**

3 Oct 1938 - 8 Jun 1995



John E. Skillman III, A-2
**

16 Jun 1939 - 10 Jun 2014



John O. Sommercamp, Sr, K-2
**

4 Feb 1939 - 18 Jun 2003



Robert H. Van Volkenburgh III, A-1
**

 5 Nov 1938 - 13 Jun 1958



Albert L. Wells, E-1
**

25 Sep 1938 - 12 Jun 2007



Wayne R. Williams, B-1
**

 26 Jan 1939 - 22 Jun 2001


"Well done; Be thou at peace."

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

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John L. Campbell
"Jack"

Company L-2
19 Dec 1939- 6 Jun 2021
Place of Death: Laguna Woods, CA.
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Campbell, on 6 June 2021 in Laguna Woods, CA. 

Jack is survived by his wife, Judy; granddaughters, Hannah Blessen (Brian) and Sarah Campbell; step-granddaughters, Cherise Reaber and Ally Reaber Tapia; and great grandson, William Blessen.  He was predeceased by sons, Scott and Mark. 

Funeral services are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Judy at 5311 Cantante, Laguna Woods, CA  92637-1813. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Jack's memory be sent to Mariner's Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine, CA  92063. 

Well done, Jack. Be thou at peace.

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

Robert A. Montgomery, Jr.
"Bob"

Company M-1
27 Apr 1939 - 26 May 2021
Place of Death: Perrysburg, OH.
Interment: Perrysburg, OH

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Montgomery, on 26 May 2021, at his home in Perrysburg, OH.

Bob is survived by his wife, Anita; sons, Robert and his wife, Denise, and Michael and his wife, Erin; and granddaughters, Marianita and Elizabeth.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM on 4 June 2021 at Witzler-Shank-Walker Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551. A Memorial Service will follow at 6 PM. Burial will be private.

Condolences may be sent to Anita at 555 Rutledge Court, Perrysburg, OH 43551-5205.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516; The Salvation Army, 144 W South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551; or Shriners Children's Ohio, Attn: Development Department, One Children's Plaza-2 West, Dayton, OH 45404.

Well done, Bob. Be thou at peace.

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

60th Class Reunion to be 28 - 31 January 2022  in Orlando Florida

West Point again cancelled all class reunions scheduled for the spring because of covid restrictions. West Point has two reunion seasons a year, spring and fall, where they go all out in their support. This spring was the third consecutive cancellation of a season, and rescheduling any of them on top of numerous upcoming reunions is not possible. If we want a reunion, it has to be somewhere other than West Point.

Class Committee asked Gary Hyde to research possible sites for a rescheduled reunion. The bottom line from Gary and his team was that Orlando, Florida offered the best site for a rescheduled time in the near term future – great weather (winter), great accessibility by air or auto, great venues, and other attractions if you are so inclined. The dates are January 28 – 31, 2022.

Gary is the one person you want to negotiate any hotel and other facility deals as he gets more concessions than anyone can imagine. Details on our 60th Reunion will follow when he sends out his infamous request for information and together with his team builds the best reunion possible.

George P. Yancey
"Phil"

Company E-2
5 Feb 1940- 30 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Cynthiana, KY
Interment: Battle Grove Cemetery, Cynthiana, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Phil Yancey, on 30 April 2021 in Cynthiana, KY. 

Phil is survived by his wife, Carole; one son, Philip (Trish); three daughters, Debbie (Ed) Duffy, Phyllis (Jim) Cooper, and Katherine (Bill) Hanley; three step-sons, Scott Bishop, Clint Bishop, and Blake (Kimberly Rae) Bishop; eleven grandchildren, Tyler King, Lauren King, Corey Elam, Sarah Cooper, Camden Hanley, Angel Gill, Crystal Yancey, Veronica Yancey, Michael David Yancey, JD Soard, Kyla Soard; and several great-grandchildren. 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 PM, 5 May 2021, at the Ware Funeral Home, 910 US Highway 27 N, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM on 6 May 2021 at the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

Burial will follow at Battle Grove Cemetery, 531 East Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031. 

Condolences may be sent to Carole at 105 South Miller Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031-1605. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Phil’s memory may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 302 E. Pike Street, Cynthiana, KY  41031.

Well done, Phil. Be thou at peace.

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

'61 Resumed Golfing Grads of USMA  With 33th Tournament

Golfing Grads participants taken by Stephanie Campbell, '88, daughter of Phil & Martha Sykes.  Left to right: Bill Williamson, Coralinn Maus, Mick Maus, Rod Grannemann, Brandon Conley, Gene Witherspoon, Dick Clarke, Paul Vallely, Phil Mallory, Chris Conley, Phil Sykes, Gary Hyde, Will Conley, Bob Cairns, Button Hyde and Lou Murray (Army buddy of Bill Williamson).  Mick and Coralinn's son Mike had to leave early so was not in the photo.  

After a Covid hiatus in 2020, Golfing Grads of USMA resumed with its 33th tournament at the Robert Trent Jones' Grand National golf courses near Auburn, Alabama from 26-28 April 2021. We were once again the senior class among the 10 that fielded teams for the competition. Other classes represented were 62, 63, 68, 69, 71, 73, 74, 77 and 88. Our team included 10 classmates who managed to play three straight days of golf plus three sons and one Army friend. Coralinn Maus who has played in the past was on injured reserve recovering from recent surgery and provided moral support. Gary and Button Hyde joined us in the hospitality suite and for dinner on each of the three nights after golf. Although not a golf participant, Gary has run the computer support for management of the tournament for several years. He handed off this job to several other younger grads this year but was there to make sure they didn't screw up.

Although the '61 team now excels more at war-story telling than golf, a couple of our players received a mention at the awards dinner. Phil Mallory got a "nearest the pin" prize and Will Conley won third place in his flight. The rest of us considered it a victory to finish three straight rounds without cramping up! We also excelled at chatting up the young Auburn coeds who staffed the beverage carts and worked the club house grille. The second night was reserved for class dinners and we gathered at an outstanding Auburn restaurant named "Acre." Meal and service was excellent and we were pleasantly surprised to have Paul Vallely pop for the bar tab. Thanks, PV! We missed our former team captain, Jerry White, and two who had signed up but had to withdraw -- Frank Egan and our Aggie associate, Chuck Chamberlin. Get well guys!

Suffice to say, everyone had a great time in Alabama.

Phillips W. Smith, Jr.
"Phil"

Company A-1
9 Dec 1937- 14 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Scottsdale, AZ.
Interment: Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Phil Smith, on 14 April 2021, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Phil is survived by his sons, Tom and Rick, and his grandchildren, Kylie, Drake, Summer, Carsyn, McKenna, Tyler, and Heather. Phil was predeceased by his wife, Patty.

Visitation will be at 10:30 am on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

A Funeral Mass will be said at 11:30 am on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

A Graveside Service will be conducted at 12:30 pm on April 18, 2021 at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257.

Condolences may be sent to Tom at 4901 E Tomahawk Trail, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Phil's memory be sent to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, UT  84741.

Well done, Phil. Be thou at peace.

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

Donald W. Sawtelle, Jr.
"Don"

Company B-1
7 Jul 1937- 14 Apr 2021
Place of Death: Braselton, GA.
Interment: Park Hill Cemetery, Columbus, GA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Don Sawtelle, on 14 April 2021, in Braselton, GA., following a long illness.

Don is survived by his wife, Jo; their daughter, Stacy Adams and her husband, David; their son, Donald III; and their grandchildren, Tripp Adams, Ally Faith Adams, Jaylee Skains and her husband, Christian, Emily Sawtelle, and Donald Sawtelle IV.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 PM on 22 April at Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Burial will be at 2 PM on 23 April at Park Hill Cemetery, 4161 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31907

Condolences may be sent to Jo at 6062 Allee Way, Braselton, GA 30517-6031.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Don’s memory may be sent to Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097.

Well done, Don. Be thou at peace.

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

Richard G. Yule, Jr.
"Dick"

Company C-1
6 Dec 1938 - 19 Feb 2021
Place of Death: Melbourne, FL
Interred: Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, FL.

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dick Yule, on 19 February 2021 in Melbourne, FL, of natural causes.

Dick is survived by his son Rich (Katy), his grandson RG (Sophie and great-granddaughter Julianne), and his grandson Evan. He was predeceased by his wife, Janice.

His ashes were interred at Ascension Catholic Church in Melbourne, FL.

Condolences may be sent to Rich Yule at 1720 NE Aberdeen Drive, Lees Summit, MO 64061.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Dick’s memory be sent to AMIkids Space Coast, 1000 Inspiration Lane, Melbourne, FL 32934.Well done, Dick. Be thou at peace.

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

Michael Skotzko
"Mike"

Company M-2
6 Sep 1935- 4 May 2020
Place of Death: Davidson, NC
Interment: Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY. 

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Mike Skotzko, on 4 May 2020 in Davidson, NC. 

Mike was predeceased by his wife, Sophie. 

Graveside services were held on 8 May 2020 at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Campbell Hall, NY. 

Condolences may be sent to Daniel Skotzko, Mike's son, at 749 Eastway Street, Davidson, NC  28036.

Well done, Mike. Be thou at peace.

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

'61 Classmates Having Fun in the Snow

Here is a photo of some '61 Classmates having some fun. Terry Kirkpatrick, Charlie Welsh, and Jim Harmon at White Pass, WA on a sunny February 24th after 24" of new snow in the previous 24 hours. They took off helmets and masks for the shot.

John T. Baker, Jr.

Company E-2
1 Nov1935- 14 Apr 2019
Place of Death: Burnside, KY
Interment: Mount Union Cemetery, Pulaski County, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John Baker, on 14 April 2019 at his residence in Burnside, KY, as a result of pancreatic cancer. 

John is survived by his wife, Patricia; one son, John III and his wife, Stephanie; three daughters, Catherine Collins, Joan Marie Smith, and Mary Diane Lunbeck and her husband, Martin; nine grandchildren, Brian Collins, Shannon Collins, Jonathan Collins, Angela Collins, Patricia Jean Smith, Jonathan Morton, Mitchell Lunbeck, Michelle Lunbeck, and Makayla Baker; and two great-grandchildren, Mae Lunbeck and Jhonen Collins.  He was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were held on Thursday, 18 April 2019 in the Chapel of the Southern Oaks Funeral Home, Somerset, KY.  Burial followed in Mount Union Cemetery, Pulaski County, KY. 

Condolences may be sent to Patricia at 465 Cave Springs Spur, Burnside, KY  42519-9555. 

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

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

Nicholas C. Gilbert
"Nick"

Company G-1
2 Aug 1939- 24 Feb 2021
Place of Death: Berthoud, CO
Interment: Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, Estes Park, CO

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Nick Gilbert, on February 24, 2021 in Berthoud, CO after a long illness.

Nick is survived by his wife, Virginia (Ginny); their daughters, Kathleen Banister and Karyn Reed; their sons, Glenn and his wife, Kelly, and Dwight and his wife, Patty; and grandchildren, Ryan Banister, Rachel Banister, Myles Reed, Sabrina Reed, Brayden Gilbert, Alexa Gilbert, Megan Gilbert, and Andrew Gilbert. 

Nick will be buried at  Estes Valley Memorial Gardens, Estes Park, CO at a date to be determined 

Condolences may be sent to Ginny at 1875 Fall River Drive, Apt. 301, Loveland, CO  80538. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nick's memory may be made to Bristol Hospice Northern Colorado, 1605 Foxtrail Drive, STE 200, Loveland, CO  80538. 

Well done, Nick.  Be thou at peace.

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

Joseph F. Pesek
"Joe"

Company G-2

14 Jul 1937- 6 Feb 2021

Place of Death: Carmel, IN

Interment: Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Joe Pesek, on 6 February 2021, in Carmel, IN. 

Joe is survived by his children, Joseph, Liz (Guillermo), Michael, Kathleen (Mark), James, Anne (David), Julie and John (Megan), and grandchildren, Isabel, Jacob, Sophia, Gabriel, Joshua, Grace, Mary Kate, Caleb, Charles, Natalie, Elizabeth, Chase, Andrew, Jude, Miller and Georgia.  He was predeceased by his wife, Mary. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on February 11, 2021 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Carmel, IN. 

Joe was buried at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN. 

Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to Merciful Help Center, 1045 West 146th St., Suite A, Carmel, IN  46032. 

Well done, Joe.  Be thou at peace.

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

John J. Neiger III
"Johnny"

Company M-1

31 Dec 1936- 10 Feb 2021

Place of Death: Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.
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, John Neiger, on 10 February 2021, at Riverside Hospital in Kankakee, IL.

John is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Tracy and her husband, Jim Simon, and Jono (John Neiger IV) and his wife, Kemper Carlsen; step daughters, Julie and her husband, Robert Birkenheier, and Amy and her husband, Jimmy Turner; and his grandchildren, Timothy and Courtney Simon, Forest Carlsen-Neiger, Ryan Birkenheier, and Jaden Turner and John’s brother Henry Neiger.” John was pre-deceased by his parents, Sallie Morfit Neiger and John J. Neiger Jr., Class of 1935.

John Neiger's funeral service will at 1 PM on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, at the Old Post Chapel, Fort Myer, VA, with burial to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 3115 Town Square Drive #201, Rolling Meadows, IL  60008.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memory may be made to Illinois Veterans Home Manteno, 1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Illinois 60950 — you may specify “Activities Department” which will help the many volunteers there to enrich the lives of the residents with activities, parties, entertainment, etc., or you can specify Prince Home which houses and does outreach to Illinois homeless veterans.

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

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

David L. Miller, Jr.
"Dave" 

Company L-1

8 Jul 1938- 23 Jan 2021

Place of Death: UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.
Interment: Lafayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, NC

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our classmate, Dave Miller, on 23 January 2021, at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC.

Dave is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Debbie and her husband, Paul Gradian; sons, David III and Daniel and his wife, Kristin; and grandchildren, Rachel and husband Pat, Emma and husband Sam, Clarke, and Drew Miller.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Lafayette Memorial Park, 2301 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC  28301 .

Condolences may be sent to Dorothy at 343 Colinwood Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28303-5161.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave’s memory may be sent to the United Service Organization, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20077 or Haymount United Methodist Church, 1700 Ft. Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC  28303.

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

Class Committee 23 January 2021 Meeting Minutes Now Available

Class Committee Meeting 23 January 2021 Minutes

Class of 61 Mississippi River Cruise 3-10 Oct 2021 Being Offered

Gene Witherspoon invites you to join him for a special event on an 8 day and 7 night cruise on the Mississippi river. The cruise begins and ends in New Orleans, where you can spend a few days before or after the cruise. His travel advisor is Lois Bradfield, whom many of you have met on prior ’61 cruises.
Read for the details as of 17 Feb 2021.

Robert M. Dunning
"Bob"

Company L-2

10 Nov 1938- 27 Jan 2021

Place of Death:The Villages, FL
Interment:Scattered in Maui, Hawaii

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bob Dunning, on 27 January 2021 in The Villages, FL, as a result of ischemic heart disease caused by exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Dana Lee Troemel, and husband, Jeff; son, Jon, and wife, Susan; granddaughter, Kaitlin Lagalante, and husband, Nick; daughter-in-law, Barbara Dunning; and his brother, James. Bob was predeceased by their oldest child, Robert M. Dunning, Jr.

Bob’s ashes will be scattered in Maui, Hawaii in September. Maui was home to Bob and Carol for 15 years.

Condolences may be sent to Carol at 715 Hernandez Drive, The Villages, FL 32159.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Bob's memory be made to the Rotary Club of The Villages Noon, 1060 Lake Sumter Landing, The Villages, FL 32162.

Well done, Bobl. Be thou at peace.

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

Orlando Mini-Reunion Rescheduled to 13-18 May 2021

I (Gary Hyde) imagine that several of you that were previously not planning to join us for the 2021 Orlando Mini may change your mind since the 60th was cancelled. I need to change hotels for the Mini to handle the added numbers and need to get a head count estimate as soon as possible. If you have not already registered and think you might attend, I ask that you complete your registration as soon as you can. Maybe’s are OK – you can always change your mind later. Read on and use the link to register.

Several Classmates have observed that since the 60th Reunion at West Point has been cancelled we could now rescheduel the Orlando Mini-Reunion to May to allow more time for us to get our vaccinations to begin to take hold. The Mini is now scheduled for the same days in May that the Reunion had been scheduled.For those of you that already registered, We will change your arrival and departure day to the corresponding date in May for the day of the week you entered. If you made a hotel reservation for the March dates, you should cancel that reservation.  S

Check the latest updates as of 30 April 2021

Bruce B. Halstead

Company K-1

20 Jun 1938 - 21 Nov 2020

Place of Death: Frontenac, MN
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Bruce Halstead, on 21 November 2020 in Frontenac, MN from ailments associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Joanne; their son, John (USMA ’86) and his wife Melanie; their daughter, Kathryn; their son, William and his wife Nancy; their son, Robert and his wife Sara; and thirteen grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 am, Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Saint Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, 419 W Lyon Avenue, Lake City, MN 55041.

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

Condolences may be sent to Joanne at 28790 Wood Avenue, Frontenac, MN 55026-1023.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Bruce’s memory may be sent to Disabled American Veterans Department of Minnesota, State Veterans Service Building, Floor 3, 20 West 12 Street, St. Paul, MN 55155 or the Mayo Clinic - Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 (designate the gift to Alzheimer’s Disease Research).

Well done, Bruce. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bruces Last Roll Call Tribute.

Nicholas S. Plodinec III
"Nick"

Company H-1

6 Jan 1939- 17 Nov 2020

Place of Death: Beaver, PA
Interment: Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, PA

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Nick Plodinec, on November 17, 2020 in Beaver, PA.

Nick is survived by his brother, Ronald. He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Ann (Cookie), and their son, Nicholas IV, who passed away early in life.

Due to health concerns surrounding COVID-19, a limited viewing will be held Monday, November 23, 2020, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tatalovich Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Center Township, 3475 Brodhead Road, Monaca, PA 15061, where a private blessing service will take place on Tuesday with Fr. Michael Polosky officiating. Interment will follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, PA.

Well done,Nick Be thou at peace.

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

John Grisoni '61 Paintings of West Point Available for Viewing

At the risk of bragging at this stage of his life, John just had his prints of West Point original oil paintings accepted at the DUSA (Daughters of the US Army) gift shops and on-line store. There is one in the West Point museum.

Many of John's original WP landmark paintings are in the hands of Classmates, Grads, and friends of WP.

You can see them at this llink.  John don’t expect you to buy them, he is just excited that there are still great adventures left in his life, and he wants to share this with us.  https://sho

Nikolajs R. Muiznieks
"Nick"

Company L-2

28 Sep 1936- 14 Nov 2019

Place of Death: Clarksville, TN.

Interment: Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, TN.

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you I just learned our Classmate, Nick Muiznieks, passed away on November 14, 2019, in Clarksville, TN.

Nick is survived by three sons, Rob and his wife, Jenny; David and his wife, Amy; and Mark and his wife, Clair; and nine grandchildren, Luke, Emma, Mitch, Ella, Mia, Drew, Matthew, Samuel, and Ava. Nick was predeceased by his wife, Margaret.

Nick was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, TN.

Condolences may be sent to Rob at 2530 Everwood Court Clarksville, TN 37043.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Nick's memory may be made to World Christian Broadcasting, 605 Bradley Court, Franklin, TN 37067.

Well done, Nick. Be thou at peace.

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

John R. MacLean, Jr

Company D-1

19 Jan1938- 8 Nov 2020

Place of Death: Fort Worth, TX
Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth NationalCemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, John MacLean, on 8 Nov 2020 in Fort Worth, TX as a result of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), similar to Parkinson’s Disease

John is survived by his wife, Carol Jean; their daughter, Leslie; their son, Scott, and his wife Pepper; and grandsons, Turner and Mack.

In light of Covid-19, the family will hold a private graveside service at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Grand Prairie officiated by Dr. Keith Whitworth, of Cleburne, Texas.

Condolences may be sent to Carol Jean at 1600 Texas Street, # 31802, Fort Worth, TX 76102-3697.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD  21741-5014; the North Texas Food Bank, 3677 Mapleshade Lane, Plano, TX 75075 ; or the Pastor’s Emergency Fund, First United Methodist Church of Cleburne, Texas, PO Box 114, Cleburne, TX  76033.

Well done John, Be thou at peace.

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

Daniel G. Barney
"Dan"

Company K-1

24 Jun 1939- 30 Oct 2020

Place of Death: Camp Hill, PA
Interment: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmates, Dan Barney, on 30 October 2020 in Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill, PA.

Dan is survived by his wife, Pam; their son, Scott; their daughter, Elizabeth; and grandchildren, Alexandra, Casandra, and Azaria.

Condolences may be sent to Pam at 3 Pointe Place, Carlisle, PA 17013-2720.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dan's memory may be sent to St. John's Episcopal Church, 1A N. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.

Burial will be at West Point Cemetery on a date and time to be announced.

Well done, Dan. Be thou at peace.

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

Eggleston ’61 Publishes “The Colorado War 1864-1865”

Mike Eggleston '61 has published a new book entitled The Colorado War 1864-1865. This book tells the history of the war that occurred in Colorado Territory during the Civil War. The major conflict involved the fight between Native Americans and Colorado volunteer regiments in 1865. Others were involved including Confederate regiments and outlaws. This book interrelates activities in the Great Plains with politics in Washington, army headquarters in the field, settlers on the Frontier and the Native Americans. It shows how other Indian wars influenced the war in Colorado and how the war spread to other states and territories. Where ever possible, the conflicts are explained in the words of the participants captured in letters, diaries and newspaper articles. Nearly a hundred maps and photos are included to describe the actions. This history shows the impact of the many treaties signed: how they were violated and the result of the treaties on the way of life of the whites and Native Americans. The focus of this book is on the military campaigns and battles fought in or near Colorado how they destroyed the Native American way of life. Famous battles such as the Sand Creek Massacre and Wounded Knee are covered, but lesser known campaigns such as Red Cloud's War are also included, since these had a major effect on treaties and on the people involved. The Native American wars ended much as they had started with mistakes, confusion and the tragedy of Wounded Knee.

Frank J. Habic III

Company G-1
24 Apr 1939- 2 Oct 2020
Place of Death: Osprey, FL

Interred: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify of the death of our Classmate, Frank Habic, on October 2, 2020 in Osprey, FL.

Frank is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joan; their sons Frank, Michael, Peter and his wife Valerie, and Matthew; and grandchildren Michael, Jacey, Juan Pablo, Allison, Maria, Sarina, and Johnathon.

Frank was cremated and will be interred together with Joan in the future.

Condolences may be sent Frank's son Peter at 708 Sequoia Trail, Patrick Air Force Base, FL 32925.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Frank and Joan would like you in good cheer to fill your glasses and drink to reminiscences of Classmates and to the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.

Well done, Frank. Be thou at peace.

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

Willard S. Belknap
"Bill"

Company G-2
18 Mar 1939- 17 Jul 2020
Place of Death: Moscow, ID
Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, Bill Belknap, on 17 July 2020, in Moscow, ID, as a result of kidney disease. 

Bill is survived by his wife, Donna; their daughter, Kim, and son, Bill; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. 

Funeral plans are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Donna at 840 Conestoga Drive, Moscow, ID  83843. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be sent to the University of Idaho, Bill Belknap Scholarship Fund, 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3151, Moscow, ID  83844-3151. 

Well done, Bill. Be thou at peace.

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

David A. Hastings
"Dave"

Company F-2
7 Sep 1938- 19 Jun 2020
Place of Death: Colorado Springs, CO
Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Dave Hastings, on June 19, 2020, in Colorado Springs, CO. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Cynthia; their sons, Scott and Peter; and five grandchildren. 

Funeral plans are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Cynthia at 16617 Curled Oak Drive, Monument, CO 80132-8655. 

Well done, Dave. Be thou at peace.

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

From Buckner through Graduation was a Group Called "The Spirits"

At West Point, the Class of 1961 members Joe Maio, John Solomon, Scooter Wildermuth, and Bob Janoska continued signing together, with Pete Boylan joining later, from Buckner through Graduation. as "The Spirits".

Here is a video of the group that should bring back fond memories to all of you who heard them then. It was developed by Terry Ryan, USMA '65, Vice President of the West Point Alumni Glee Club, as a tribute to John Solomon.

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.

Memorial & Family Planning Documents

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

In Remembrance:

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

Current Profiles

In order to create a “Current Profile” for every member of the class, graduates and former members of 1961, we need your input. If you are interested in participating, email your “vita” information to Sam Weiss with photos in "jpg" format, if you can.  If 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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