Donne Olvey

[23 SEP 1933 - G2 - 20164]

Center for Oral History Interview



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Donne Olvey
[West Point Center for Oral History Twitter Post]



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[Coaches Housing Plaque - APR 2016]



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Ken Wilson - Bob Strickland - Dave - Caye and David (son) Wheeler - Angee Fikaris - Helen Wilson - Kathleen and Donne Olvey - Pete Fikaris [Fla. West Coast '55'ers Lunch - JAN 2013]



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The Greek - Bob Strickland - Donne Olvey - Dave Wheeler - Kathleen Olvey - Caye Wheeler - Helen Wilson - Angee Fikaris - Ken Wilson [APR 2011]



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G-2: Sitting: Trudy Lichtenberg - Hilbert's - Dorough and guest - Standing: Heyer's x55 - Scott Lichtenberg - Dorothy Crancer - Olvey - Horst's [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Donne Olvey and Phil Enslow
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Wray - Donne Olvey - Class Aide
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Donne Olvey and Tom Horst
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dave Maurer - Donne Olvey - Jim Ryan
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Donne Olvey and Jim Ryan
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Traut - Olvey - Wheeler - Connie Franklin
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Vern Pace - Bill Heyer x55 - Donne Olvey -
Laurie Heyer [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bill Heyer x55 and Donne Olvey
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Donne Olvey - Shirley and Del Jacobs
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bill Heyer and Donne Olvey
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Standing: Dan Ludwig - Jack Jeter - Rich Cardillo - Donne Olvey - Sitting: Libby Munroe - Candy and Jack Strom - Marlowe Viney - Natalie Wilcox [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Donne Olvey - Dorothy Crancer - Nancy Joseph - Rich
and Inez Cardillo - Joe Dado [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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? - Linda and Bob Newton - Donne Olvey - Laurie
and Bill Heyer x55 [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Tom and Ruth Horst - Laurie and Bill Heyer x55 - Scott and Trudy Lichtenberg - Carla and Don Hilbert - Doc Dorough and Guest - Donne Olvey - Dorothy Crancer [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Doc Dorough and Guest - Donne Olvey - Dorothy
Crancer [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Stan Johnson - McNair - Lichtenberg - Ginter -
Weden - Olvey [DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Stan Johnson - Heyer x55 - Olvey - Lichtenberg -
Ginter - Weden [DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Fred and Dorothy Bliss - Lou Tebodo -
Donne Olvey [50th Reunion]



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Sitting: Shirley and Jim Brokenshire - Lynn and Bob Lang - Standing: Jerry Crancer - Ed and Pam Trobaugh - Dorothy Crancer - Ruth Horst - Carl McNair - Tom Horst - Kathleen Olvey [50th Reunion]



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Heyer x55 - Stan Johnson - Lichtenberg - Olvey - Crancer
Ginter - Brokenshire - Horst [G-2: 50th Reunion]



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Donne Olvey - Mike Stevenson - Vern Pace
[MAR 2005]



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Caye Wheeler - Joe Franklin - Pirkey - Wheeler - Fikaris - Auer - Lynn and
Bob Strickland - Olvey's son Anthony '88 [MacDill AFB FDD - 1999]



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[25th Reunion - 1980]

Row 10: Bergen - Cathey - Chapman - Gamble - Todd Graham - Don Smith - ? - Polly - McCloskey - Row 9: Blitch - Secord - Jim Ryan - Wing - ? - Row 8: ? - Matuszak - Wayne Smith - ? - Fleeger - Lynn - Joe Franklin - Charlie Johnson - Gunderson - Row 7: Regnier - ? - Reed - Stone - Herren - Weaver - Matteson - Hayes - ? - Enslow - Cliff Jones - ? - Reid - Feagin - Row 6: Wargowsky - Lichtenberg - Sanderson - Baker - Dienst - McCullough - Schick - Ludwig - Soper - Bean - Shideler - Lenio - Pirkey - Row 5: Goldstein - Fralen - Le Cates - Meisenheimer - Wheeler - Horst - Whittaker ? - Cardillo - Page - Newton - Prater - Lucas - Row 4: ? - Sloan - Traut - Rich Miller - Hoeferkamp - Heye - ? - West - Bill Graham - Row 3: Andrews - Perkins - Gay - Pace - Olvey - Strati - Dugan - Jackson - Whtitaker ? - Ralph Henry - Gallup - Murray - Ewing - Fikaris - Row 2: Hornbarger - Al Edwards - Robinson - ? - Thorsen - Dickson - Vitty - Tom Phillips - Bill Anderson - Giddings - Jacobs - Dryer - Row 1: Bazilwich - Samos - Wray - Trobaugh - Brokenshire - Bossert - Hagedorn - Walton - Poirier - Hasbrouck - LaFrenz - Nourse - Malooley



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Donne Olvey - SS Dept. Head
[1976 Howitzer]



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Cathey - Olvey - Wargowsky - Minich
[Reunion - 1975]



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G-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Weden - Patterson - Wood - Martling (CO) - Stan Johnson - 2nd Row: Brokenshire - Wildermuth - Jackson - Dick Hawkins - Sheldon - 3rd Row: Hollensbe - Horst - Lichtenberg - Rankin - 4th Row: Ginter - Bullard x55 - Crancer (Absent: Finger and Olvey)



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Del Jacobs and Donne Olvey
[1955]



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Andrews - Jacobs - Olvey - Gilpatrick -
Karam - Hardy [Brigade Staff]



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Herren - Malone - Bazilwich - AF Captain - Olvey - Weden - Doerr - Holbrook - Hall - Perkins - Wargowsky - Burroughs [Air Force Trip - 1953]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

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How I got my appointment to West Point

I have read and enjoyed every story, and although my own is not as interesting as most I feel obliged to offer it. There was one moment of drama.

I attended high school in Hinesville, Ga. In those days half the city streets were unpaved, and Camp Stewart was a virtually abandoned anti-aircraft artillery base looked after by 10 enlisted and a few civilians. Our high school basketball team had no gym, and we played in the unused sports arena on post. We were not big enough to have a football team, but I followed college football in the old fashioned media, and I knew all about and highly admired Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis and Arnold Tucker. They were all Tacs when I arrived. Later I defended many a candidate against the oft quoted argument at the Academic Board that football had nothing to do with admissions.

One day my father came home from work at the local lumber/saw milling company to say that his employer, MG (Ret) Joseph B. Fraser, who had commanded the Georgia National Guard division in the Pacific in WWII, had asked him if I would like to attend West Point. Without thought or hesitation, I said "yes" -- and that's all there was to it, almost. Our Congressman, Prince Preston, was a great admirer of MG Fraser and was prepared on his recommendation to give me the appointment. There was no interview , letter, exam, nothing. I only met him 5 years later, a few days after graduation. Gen Fraser was an admirer of my father -- I never met him either. The patronage system of appointment has long since expired in favor of competitive exams and virtually all congressmen turn the choice over to West Point; but I always defended it, while it lasted.

After high school, in an 11-year system, I was not old enough for direct admission so I attended Georgia Military Academy in College Park for a year. GMA was a respected military prep school, with many West Pointers on the faculty, and it was a year well spent. I got an NROTC scholarship for Cornell, about which I knew even less than West Point, but it seemed like a good backup, just in case. Doc Dorough, Bill Bottoms and Al Coleman were also there.

It was all smooth sailing until the day of the physical aptitude and medical exams conducted at Ft McPherson. I did fine on the PT test, but on the medical I was told my blood pressure was too high. I think it was somewhere north of 140 which was the standard at the time. I was told to come back at 4:00 pm (5 hours later) and they would recheck it. I prowled the streets of College Park until I found a doctor who would see me and listen to my problem. The doctor listened sympathetically, gave me a pill (no idea what it was) and told me to walk a lot. I walked without stopping for four hours and reported back just before 4:00. The guy who had given the instruction was coming out of the gate, obviously heading home, and my heart sank. "It's ok," he said; " We decided to pass you." To this day I still have trouble taking blood pressure exams.

Donne Olvey
18 AUG 2010


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