Lew Olive

[27 OCT 1930 - E1 - 20336 - 20 NOV 2006]

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Death of Lewis C. Olive, Jr., Class of 1955, Cullum #20336 NOV 20, 2006, Bronx, NY


SEP 2009, EXCOM believes we have as much data on Lewis C. Olive, Jr., our lone missing classmate since 1974, as we are going to receive. While we were not able to get all the final data on Lew, since the family simply does not have it, the children and widow are satisfied from the death certificate provided by the Medical Examiner in New York, that he did pass away on November 20, 2006, at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, after a week of hospitalization. Cause of death was hypertension and respiratory failure. His daughter indicated that "he is at City Cemetery in the Bronx", but that is all that she could tell us. For the record, his daughter is his next of kin, as we best know it, and passed the follow-up information from the Medical Examiner and the Death Certificate to us. Her name is: Mrs. Elayna Rose Olive Friend, PO Box 145, Rock Tavern, NY 15275,email address: mrinsideout124@aol.com. His son, with whom we have also communicated over the years confirmed the same date and similar information, is: Tony Olive, 1723 E. Frier Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85020, email address: tonyolive@gmail.com.


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E-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Nidever - Olive - McNair - Lapham (CO) - Nordlie - Cathey - Keegan - 2nd Row: Dugan - Burrus - Norm Smith - 3rd Row: Daly - Strati - Muller - 4th Row: Blahuta - Arthur - 5th Row: Ralls - Hinrichs - Richie Johnson - Singer - Coleman



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E-1 Plebes - 1st Row: D. Macdonald - Leaver - Dugan - Daly - Schriefer - Burrus - 2/3 Row: Blahuta - Coleman - Hinrichs - Singer - Strati - 4/5 Row: Nordlie - R. Johnson - Wuerz - N. Smith - Kirk - 6/7 Row: McNair - Olive - Keegan - Ralls - Lapham - Cathey - Muller - Nidever



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John Sloan and Lew Olive
[California PR Trip - APR 1955]



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Lewis Cortez Olive, Jr.

Lewis Cortez Olive, Jr.was born on 27 October 1930 in Kentucky. He was appointed to West Point from the 22nd Congressional District of New York and entered on 3 July 1951. He was in Company E1, ran cross country for four years and track for four years, he was a Cadet Lieutenant and platoon leader his first class year. He graduated on 7 June and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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From: Terrible Tom "terribletom@comcast.net"
To: usma1955@west-point.org
Subject: usma1955: Curious
Date sent: Sat, 19 JUL 2008 10:22:45,0400

We've been kept up to date on several Classmates recently. Now a question. Does anyone have the latest rumor about Lew Olive? Could be the mystery of the month.

TTT
Tom Turner


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From: Nidever55@aol.com
Date sent: Sat, 19 JUL 2008 12:48:08 EDT
Subject: usma1955: Lew Olive
To: usma1955@west-point.org

Tom, in response to your question about Lew, my 1st class roomie:

About a year ago I emailed several addresses in New York City which had Lew's name. I got a terse response back telling me not to call or write again!!!

Ed Nidever


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From: "Roland" nord55@cox.net
To: usma1955@west-point.org
Subject: Re: usma1955: Lew Olive
Date sent: Sat, 19 JUL 2008 17:38:37,0500

Had lunch with Lew in early 1965 at Upper Heyford. He was in a support role at this standby base and was very upset about not being upgraded to AC in a B 47. I was there due to an emergency and didn't stay around too long. Lew was my room mate plebe year and really unloaded on me about how he was picked on.

Roland
Roland Nordlie


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From: "George Kennebeck" gknn@earthlink.net
To: usma1955@west-point.org
Subject: usma1955: Lew Olive
Date sent: Sat, 19 JUL 2008 20:53:46,0500

I also ran into Lew at Upper Heyford. He was a maintenance officer at a SAC alert base. Before becoming an Aircraft Commander we all had to serve as co-pilots.To some that was a position of servant and did not sit well. You had to be recommended to be able to up-grade. That included ability to fly as well as command a crew. Something happened and Lew elected to go into maintenance rather than stay as a crew member.

George Kennebeck


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Date sent: Sun, 20 JUL 2008 09:04:36,0600 GMT-06:00
From: pp55@mindspring.com
To: usma1955@west-point.org
Subject: usma1955: Lew Olive

Hi All!

I've been following the posts about Lew with a great deal of interest. I am saddened that any member of our class has "opted out". In Lew's case, I am particularly sad in that I have two strong recollections from very early in our cadet days.

The first probably enabled me to remain a cadet. It was plebe math and we were at the boards and I was totally befuddled and must have neen gazing about--didn't realize it. At the end of the class or during, Lew whispered to me: "You better keep your eyes on your own board." I didn't realize I hadn't and "reformed". With the rigidity of the system at that time, I guess Lew could have--maybe even should have reported me. Who knows what may have happened?

The second was either plebe or yearling year. I did very well in intra mural cross country and Paul Lenio and I both did very well in intra mural track. So well that coach Crowell invited us to try out for track indicating by firstie year we might be entered in races. I don't know how many practices I made--probably only one or two. I was assigned to work out with Lew. Well hell! After a very long and hard
[for me] session at the track Lew and I ran up to the plain and circled it a couple of times. Just about killed me and that was the end of my varsity track career.

However I gained a great deal of respect for all Corps Squaders and particularly track where I became a fan of the team and Lew. Watching him run was seeing poetry in motion.

Don't have any recollections of Lew beyond that, but my feelings for him include respect,admiration and gratitude. I would hope that somehow, he would see fit to be included in our activities. That any member of our class excludes himself from us pains me--particularly so in Lew's case.

Grip Paws!

Pablo
Paul Parks


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From: Nidever55@aol.com
Date sent: Sun, 20 JUL 2008 08:10:43 EDT
Subject: usma1955: A Bit More On Lew Olive
To: usma1955@west-point.org

I was asked by our tac officer to live with Lew for our firstie year as I was from California. I was told that most of E-1 was from the South so they didn't like Lew and he didn't like them.

Lew did something at Camp Buckner for which we'd all walk the area. A black group from New York contacted him and told him to claim prejudice. This he did and many classmates turned against him.

During my year with Lew a New York black group contacted him continuously telling him what to do and how to act among white boys.

....End of story!

Ed
Ed Nidever


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To: tonyolive@gmail.com
Copies to: NASSAURM@aol.com, TomESims@West-Point.org, ludwig55@verizon.net
Subject: Follow up on your dad, Lewis C. Olive
From: Carl H McNair "cmcnair2@csc.com"
Date sent: Tue, 11 AUG 2009 20:58:32,0400

Tony:

The Class of 1955 is preparing for our 55th Reunion at West Point next MAY 16-19, 2010, and still have not heard anything certain on your dad's final status. We understood that you had received word that he had passed away in New York a couple of years ago, but never received confirmation of cause of death and place of burial. At our reunions, we have a formal Memorial Service in the Cadet Chapel and read aloud the last Roll Call, as we acknowledge and remember those have gone on before, of which we now have 141 confirmed deceased of 470 graduates. We still have your dad in the "Lost" category and would like to suitably recognize his passing, if confirmed, so that all classmates will be aware, however the Association of Graduates requires information from the next of kin, which would be your sister or you.

We have heard nothing further from you in months and wondered if you were able to get additional information from the State of New York. Would appreciate knowing what you might have heard so that we might keep the class informed since he is our only classmate whose status remains unknown. As we reach our senior years, we remain a close "band of brothers" and pledged that "no classmate would be left behind" in anything we do, to include memorialization after death.

Would appreciate hearing from you if you have further information to share.

CARL

Carl H. McNair, Jr.
Major General, US Army
[RET]
President, USMA Class of 1955
[O] 703-645-4460
[Fax] 703-573-5563
e mail: cmcnair2@csc.com



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