National Security and World Peace

What follows are the photos from two weeks of shenanigans at Brions, on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, plus a mission with Rangers Evans, Brennan, Roberts and Jones to the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Defenses of Washington National Historical Park legislation many in the Class have advocated previously to the Congress.

Note: This is a long report likely to be turned into a miniseries should it get any longer. And, while we are on these matters, please let us know if anyone would like to have your names deleted from these reports. As I have reported before, when I have dropped someone so as to not to overload inboxes without the concurrence of the owner of that inbox, I have gotten snippy comments from old roommates 🙂 and company mates asking if they had said something offensive (??) or if we didn’t care for or love them anymore, or some other such guilt trip, so, I have said what the hey…send the stuff to them !!!! And, when we don’t do photos a time or two, there have been some who have commented that they had worn something special thinking that the photos would be taken, etc… Plus, those away from the DC area write in saying that they are enjoying the reports even though they must realize that they are being written up each time they miss one of the weekly conferences for not joining us.. and that quill is going into their official records at WP, etc., etc. 🙂

Al Carver had a birthday at the one on Nov. 8th. He is really, really old, but looks so young. Not sure how he achieves that but he does – probably because he married up.

I included a chandelier from my recent burger outing to the Trump Hotel before the election which I was reconning just in case (so I should get credit with those who had the DT’s : ) for either being clairvoyant or just shameless). When Dan, Judy, Mark and I went to the Hill last week, I had arranged for us to have lunch in the Members Dining room in the House and took a photo of the chandelier in that historic room and thought you would get a kick out of comparing the two. The Members Dining room in the House dates back to 1834. Heck that is almost as old as our institution (1802)!!

Many of our clan were working the polls (elections or dancing – not sure… no that would be poles) at the Nov. 8th conference. Good job. Many of us wore our “I voted” buttons. For better or worse, it is still the best system of gov. around. Always needs tweaking from time to time, but it is the best that mankind and womankind have put together so far.

On our trip to visit with Rep. Barbara Comstock’s office, we were waiting to hear from my old friend Rep. Don Young’s office to see if someone might be able to escort us over to the Capitol. We were visiting the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing Room where I used to work for many years, with paintings in the room by Brigadier Seth Eastman, West Point Grad from the late 1800s. He was commissioned by Congress at the turn of the century (early 1900s) to paint scenes from the West of Indians. He did, and the paintings are on the walls of the committee room.

While we were in the room, an old staffer from Mr. Young’s office showed up with 3 interns, to escort us to the Capitol. I told them that no Member of Congress ever had such an entourage escorting them to the Capitol – it was so cool – down into the bowels of the Longworth building, on the trolley, to the Capitol. And when we go there the Hostess actually hugged each one of us when we arrived and when we left. (I keep telling our folks I am not as dumb as I look) I had spoken with her and related my story about working there for a 1,000 years and my meeting Muhammad Ali at the White House, and several other stories. She was a sweetheart and made us feel welcomed to say the least. She will have to amend her welcoming if we take the whole class there someday!!! since it would take her away from her duties for too long…

There is a history paper Mr. Young’s office gave us on the history of that dining room – will share that during the miniseries I guess or later. We met Rep. Jim McDermott who sat next to us with a woman doctor from Turkey. He allowed that he served in Vietnam in 1968-1969 as a psychiatrist. I introduced our folks to him and his dinner companion. He asked if we actually served in combat. I said yes. (I should have explained too that I was with First Infantry Division, in the artillery, which, as us in the artillery like to say, “it lends dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl”.

Also included are a few nature scenes from Tom Kullman’s hiking trails around Burke Lake – I like to go out there to clear my head – I don’t do the trip around the lake like Tom does, but few do (other than Max I think and a few others), but Tom does it routinely. Those going to do the march back from Buckner would do well to train with Tom at Burke Lake.

Dan went to the game 3 days ago and sent a message, as you know, to the Team… and they won 60 to 3! That is how I remember all our games going while we were there. I assume you all remember them the same way. Hope this was good prep for Navy!!!

Cheers…

Roy

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Update on Reunion

 

For procedures on how to fill out the Ward Book form, go to:
Choose Save and then Open
For procedures on inputting photos, go to:
Choose Save and then Open
You may need to log  in with your wpxxxxx user id.
Classmates,
Two and a butt months to go!
You will probably get two copies of this message; please bear with me on this. Just delete one of them. We have two e-mail rosters and both have issues getting to some of you. I want to make sure that everyone knows where to go to register.
To date, our registration numbers are just under a hundred. We do need you to start registering in order to solidify our numbers, especially for the NY City trip, the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) dinner, the visit to Kykuit and transportation requirements.
Here are the sites:
1. For on-line registration, go to:
This page covers just about everything. Bookmark it for future reference and updates. You will find five active links on this page: Details, Agenda, Register,Attendees and FAQ. Please spend some time looking over the FAQs, they answer a lot of questions.

2. The "basic load" all grads (including Associates and Honoraries) will receive includes a yellow/gold shirt with class crest and a special 50th Reunion Cap. They will be worn for the Parade on Tuesday with khaki trou and blue or black jacket. For other events, feel free to use shirts from previous reunions or other WP/Class of ’64 types. If you want other color class shirts (black and gray) you can order them separately at the link which follows:

http://www.westpointgiftstore.com/category.cfm/CurrentPage/1/westpoint/reunion-1964

This page includes a number of items requested by many of you. For example, the Class Crest Tie, extra baseball caps (for those who want more than one – same one in basic load), License Plate Frames, and on page 2, the 5 Star (50 Year) version of the Army PT Shirt.

3. In addition to all of this, we have an additional site for reunion merchandise created by Classmates/Wives. Please look it over and you will see some interesting Class and West Point related items. This site is open to all of you. If you have anything (jewelry, paintings, drawings, books, etc.) that you would like to sell please drop Jack Price a note wp25244@west-point.org and he will help you get listed. Go to:
4. Pre-Reunion Golf – 14-16 May with an optional Saturday 17 May event for those not going on the NY City trip. Information and sign-up will be coming out in mid-March.
Five more items of importance:
1. Ward Book Update:
It’s not too late to get this done. We have made great progress, but still have a way to go. It's never too late to update. The instructions for posting are attached. Disregard the deadlines. Gary Cecchine and Mike Harlan are moving mountains to make this 2014 Ward Book a reality. If you are having any difficulties please contact them by e-mail:
2. Eulogy Pages:
We set a new mark on Eulogies for Seth Hudgins! Well Done! Now I ask you to focus some attention on our other deceased Classmates.
Please take a few minutes to visit the Eulogy Pages for our Classmates on the West-Point.Org web site. See: http://www.west-point.org/. Go to "Taps and Eulogy Pages" and then type in 1964.
You will notice some rather bleak numbers of entries for many of our Classmates. Each of us remembers interesting stories of our friends who are no longer with us. Let’s try to put some of this in writing before the reunion. If everyone makes a few entries over the next two months we will make a significant contribution to our Class files.
3. John Murray's Book Fallen Warriors
A number of Classmates have proposed and offered to make donations to present a copy of John's Book detailing the lives of our twenty-four Fallen Warrior Classmates to the Class of 2014. We are working with a publisher to reprint the book with a special presentation nameplate at a very reasonable cost. We are looking for a few more donations to make this gift a reality. If you would like to participate, please write a check to "Class of  1964 Reunion Fund" – mark "Fallen Warriors" on memo line and mail to:
Marty Michlik
6903 Rolling Creek Way
Alexandria, Virginia 22315
4. Photos: 
I am looking for a volunteer to be our Class Photography Archivist. We have a webmeister and plenty of photographers. What we need is someone willing to devote some time to organizing and collecting "tons and gigabytes" of photos. Hopefully one of you has had some experience doing this. Please contact me directly if interested. All I can promise is a lot of rewarding work and having fun rekindling old friendships with Classmates.
While we are on the photo subject and as we close in on our 50th, how about spending some time looking for old photos and other memorabilia. If you can scan them, please do; and for now, send the file to Dick Puckett (d.puckett1@comcast.net) and he will post to our web site. If you can't scan them, bring what you can to the 50th – we’ll work on getting a scanner for our use.
5. Added Trip for Wednesday the 14th of May
For those of you not golfing on Wednesday the 14th, Betsy Lonsberry has proposed a visit to an interesting historic site about an hour south of the Crowne Plaza. Folks could carpool or we could rent a bus. See the links below for more information. If you are interested please drop Betsy an e-mail at elonsber@yahoo.com

Again, please save this message for future reference.
We look forward to seeing all of you in May.
Thank you for your continued support.
Dan Evans and your Reunion Committee
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How to register for the Reunion

Registration deadline is April 30, 2014

To register, fill out and send the form located on the AOG website at:

http://classof64.kintera.org/50thReunion

I suggest that you print out a copy of the form before sending it.

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Reunion Update – NYC

Classmates,
For
those of you planning to take the trip into NY City on Saturday, the 17th of
May, it's time to start planning your day.
The
sign-up list for Reunion activities will be out in early February, so be
prepared. In order not to overwhelm you with info, I'll be sending out a number
of info messages on the Reunion over the next few days. They'll be in no
specific order, but I hope to set the stage for everything before you start
signing up. For the latest on the Reunion Agenda see: http://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=5559 . For
hotel info see: http://www.westpointaog.org/1964reunion?chid=229

Our
buses will leave the Crowne Plaza in Suffern at about 8AM on Saturday, the 17th
of May and go direct
ly to southern Manhattan in the general area of the World
Trade Center. We should arrive by 9:30
, and
most of us are planning to spend two hours or so in the area. Basically, you are
on your own until pick-up later in the evening in the Times Square area.
Depending upon the number of folks going to NY City and your desires for
returning to the Crowne Plaza
, we will have
one or two returning groups – one at about 5PM and another about 9:00PM –
leaving from the Bryant Park area (5&6th Avenues/40&42nd Street). John
Farnsworth has volunteered to do the "one step forward" inspection before
boarding the buses – he has extensive experience with this
maneuver.

I would
highly recommend forming small groups of Classmates/Roommates, etc. and
start your planning process. NY City has some unbelievable web sites covering
just about anything you might want to do. Just spend a few minutes googling NYC
tours, walking tours, etc., etc and you'll see. Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island,
Boat Tour of Manhattan, Broadway Shows, Lincoln Center, Art and Historical
Museums, the Intrepid Air and Space Museum, the "Art Kelly" Pizza Walking Tour
of Arthur Avenue, etc., etc. In other words, there is something for everyone.
Here's a site to get you started (from Betsy Lonsberry): http://www.cityguideny.com/activityplanner.cfm.

Here's
an example of what I am doing –  My old roomie (I-1 Yearling Year) Hal Winton
proposed a "roommate day" in NY to me and Al Fulco. Hal, a great organizer has
us going to see Les Miserables in the afternoon (2PM) and then off to dinner at
a local French Restaurant at 5PM. Hal is willing to share his ideas and to give
recommendations – just drop him a note at bayonet@knology.net
Most of the Broadway shows have 2PM matinees.

The
French restaurant where Hal, Al and I are eating is Pergola des Artistes (252
West 46th Street, 212-302-7500). It is offering a special menu to those who make
advance reservations and identify themselves as "West Point Class of 1964". The
menu includes a 4-course meal with several choices of appetizers, mid-courses,
entrees, and desserts w/coffee or tea for $55/person, tax and tip included (wine
and cocktails extra). The restaurant only seats 70, so book early if you want to
take advantage of this offer. Recommend small groups (4-6 people).

From
folks who go into NY frequently, one thing they all tell me is to make
reservations, especially at restaurants. Bud Henry, who frequently visits his
daughter in NY, is also available to offer advice and recommendations; he's at
bud.henry@cox.net .

A
suggestion –  use the USMA 1964 class forum or info central to let all know of
your plans and to give other folks ideas of what to do.

For any
questions on the trip or Reunion, drop me a note at devans1964@aol.com. Should be a great day in NY
City!

Dan
Evans

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2014 Reunion Agenda

The tentative Reunion agenda can be viewed at:

 

http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1964/Agenda1.pdf

 

 

 

Monitor this site for agenda changes.

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Reunion Info Web Site

Click on the following link to view Reunion info on the Class AOG Reunion site:

 

http://www.westpointaog.org/Page.aspx?pid=1860&chid=229

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New Ward Book Instructions

 

January 15, 2014

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v.5a Class of 1964 50th Reunion Ward Book

Instructions to complete Individual Page

We are using the on-line Ward Book located on the www.west-point.org site as the place to update your Ward Book entry for the 50th Reunion.

th Reunion.

Mission:

:

Complete your page in detail.

Complete your page in detail.

Follow instructions below.

Follow instructions below.

Be as voluminous as you can – e.g. upload 10 pics and lots of history/stories/anecdotes. Note: This requires all "new entries". The 2010 Directory is in paper only. Do not enter "same as last time or no change" on this version.

Be as voluminous as you can – e.g. upload 10 pics and lots of history/stories/anecdotes. Note: This requires all "new entries". The 2010 Directory is in paper only. Do not enter "same as last time or no change" on this version.

Refer to the 2010 Directory to refresh your memory/facts.

Refer to the 2010 Directory to refresh your memory/facts.

Have Fun.

Have Fun.

Notes:

:

Westpoint.org is using our Ward Book for all classes to record "living history".

Westpoint.org is using our Ward Book for all classes to record "living history".

Class of 1967 completed the "ward book-living history" for their last reunion.

Class of 1967 completed the "ward book-living history" for their last reunion.

Instructions to complete your individual page on line:

:

1. To use the online book, you need to have a current userid and password. The userid is in the form of wp plus your Cullum number (for example wp25183).

To use the online book, you need to have a current userid and password. The userid is in the form of wp plus your Cullum number (for example wp25183).

2. If you forgot your password, access the home page at www.west-point.org and click on the "Forgot Password" link on the right of the screen for directions.

If you forgot your password, access the home page at www.west-point.org and click on the "Forgot Password" link on the right of the screen for directions.

3. If the system does not accept your userid (unlikely event), click on the "Activate My Account" link on the right of the screen for directions.

If the system does not accept your userid (unlikely event), click on the "Activate My Account" link on the right of the screen for directions.

4. With your userid/password at hand, go to the home page at www.west-point.org and click on the "Ward Book" button on the right of the screen. This will take you to the Start Page of the Ward Book. Highly recommend you print this page for reference while you are updating your information. Log in to this "Graduates Only" section by clicking the "LOG IN" button on the left of the screen.

With your userid/password at hand, go to the home page at www.west-point.org and click on the "Ward Book" button on the right of the screen. This will take you to the Start Page of the Ward Book. Highly recommend you print this page for reference while you are updating your information. Log in to this "Graduates Only" section by clicking the "LOG IN" button on the left of the screen.

5. Log In with your ID and Password.

Log In with your ID and Password.

6. On the Start Page, scroll down to the numeric list of classes and click on 1964. This will take you to links to our class list. Navigate to your name and click on it. This will take you to your personal entry. Review your page.

On the Start Page, scroll down to the numeric list of classes and click on 1964. This will take you to links to our class list. Navigate to your name and click on it. This will take you to your personal entry. Review your page.

7. To edit your page, click on the "Edit" button at the top of the screen. This will lead to a series of inputs organized by Family, Career, and Essays (histories and war stories.) You can navigate through the various inputs either by working your way down the input screens or by jumping to different inputs by clicking on items on the list located to the left of the screen.

To edit your page, click on the "Edit" button at the top of the screen. This will lead to a series of inputs organized by Family, Career, and Essays (histories and war stories.) You can navigate through the various inputs either by working your way down the input screens or by jumping to different inputs by clicking on items on the list located to the left of the screen.

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8. On this page, scroll down to the Basic Personal Information section. This section is self explanatory. Note that you need to decide what groups can access your data. At a minimum you need to choose at least "My Class". We are requesting that you choose "Public" so that your narrative information will be viewable by all readers, but your personal contact information will remain hidden. By making it "Public" you are enabling the widows, next of kin, and honorary members of the class of ’64 to read your Ward Book entry. If you would like to see what a Public page looks like go the the Ward book without logging on and take a look at Gary Cecchine’s or Mike Harlan’s page. They are coded "Public." If you are not comfortable with making the entries public at this time, choose a more restrictive category, and we can work out the issues later. When you are done with this entry click on "Commit Changes".

On this page, scroll down to the Basic Personal Information section. This section is self explanatory. Note that you need to decide what groups can access your data. At a minimum you need to choose at least "My Class". We are requesting that you choose "Public" so that your narrative information will be viewable by all readers, but your personal contact information will remain hidden. By making it "Public" you are enabling the widows, next of kin, and honorary members of the class of ’64 to read your Ward Book entry. If you would like to see what a Public page looks like go the the Ward book without logging on and take a look at Gary Cecchine’s or Mike Harlan’s page. They are coded "Public." If you are not comfortable with making the entries public at this time, choose a more restrictive category, and we can work out the issues later. When you are done with this entry click on "Commit Changes".

9. As you work your way through the database, you will be able to create a new entry by clicking on the "Create New Entry" button. To edit or delete existing database entries, click on the corresponding "Edit" or "Delete" button. If you are not familiar with entering text in html, print the instruction sheet to use for your reference while entering your data. When you get to updating your "Remarks/History" try to click the "Commit Changes" button after the first couple of sentences so you can check that the entries you’ve made are being saved. Then go to 'Edit" again to continue. If you are making a long entry, it’s a good idea to periodically "Submit" or "Commit Changes" to your entry, then click on "View Info" to see what it looks like. This is the same as "Saving" your document and will keep you from losing everything if something goes wrong during the process. Then click on "Edit Info" to continue. You will probably see 3 entries for the 2003 Ward Book Essay History item. We have no idea why there are 3 identical entries. You can delete 2 of them and then enter your new entry. By leaving the older entry readers will be able to read what was entered for 2003. By creating a new entry each time you add something new, the history of each one will remain on your web page. [If you have a problem entering info in the History section, and you are using Windows 8, check to be sure you are using the Compatibility Mode by switching it off and back on.]

As you work your way through the database, you will be able to create a new entry by clicking on the "Create New Entry" button. To edit or delete existing database entries, click on the corresponding "Edit" or "Delete" button. If you are not familiar with entering text in html, print the instruction sheet to use for your reference while entering your data. When you get to updating your "Remarks/History" try to click the "Commit Changes" button after the first couple of sentences so you can check that the entries you’ve made are being saved. Then go to 'Edit" again to continue. If you are making a long entry, it’s a good idea to periodically "Submit" or "Commit Changes" to your entry, then click on "View Info" to see what it looks like. This is the same as "Saving" your document and will keep you from losing everything if something goes wrong during the process. Then click on "Edit Info" to continue. You will probably see 3 entries for the 2003 Ward Book Essay History item. We have no idea why there are 3 identical entries. You can delete 2 of them and then enter your new entry. By leaving the older entry readers will be able to read what was entered for 2003. By creating a new entry each time you add something new, the history of each one will remain on your web page. [If you have a problem entering info in the History section, and you are using Windows 8, check to be sure you are using the Compatibility Mode by switching it off and back on.]

10. NOTE: Each change is made through an iterative process. For example, if you want to add two medals to your list, you first click on "Recognitions" button in the list at the left, make your single "Create New Entry", and click on "Commit Change" for the first medal. To add a second medal, click of the "Recognitions" button, make the "Create New Entry" button, add information and click on "Commit/Change".

NOTE: Each change is made through an iterative process. For example, if you want to add two medals to your list, you first click on "Recognitions" button in the list at the left, make your single "Create New Entry", and click on "Commit Change" for the first medal. To add a second medal, click of the "Recognitions" button, make the "Create New Entry" button, add information and click on "Commit/Change".

11. At any point in the process you can view your pages by clicking on the "View Info" button.

At any point in the process you can view your pages by clicking on the "View Info" button.

12. If you have any problems with the entry and editing processes, please contact your Company Rep for help.

If you have any problems with the entry and editing processes, please contact your Company Rep for help.

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13. If your Company Rep is unable to provide the assistance you need, contact us [ Mike Harlan meh1964@gmail.com or Gary Cecchine gacecchine@mac.com ]. We are committed to helping you with the Ward Book for the 50th Reunion edition, and for as long as we are physically and mentally able to after that.

If your Company Rep is unable to provide the assistance you need, contact us [ Mike Harlan meh1964@gmail.com or Gary Cecchine gacecchine@mac.com ]. We are committed to helping you with the Ward Book for the 50th Reunion edition, and for as long as we are physically and mentally able to after that.

 

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Reunion Notes – Dan Evans

You will notice a new list server name issuing this message. It is usma1964reunion@west-point.org and is going to every
Classmate on record.




Consider this to function as a one-way "push" information group for our
50th Reunion. Since such a small number of us rarely look at web sites, I have
decided to create this group to pass out information about the reunion. The
"reply to" will come direct to me. I will then determine which questions are
relevant for the Class, consolidate them and reply to the "usma1964reunion"
list. If not relevant to the Class, you will get a direct response from me or
another committee member. In order that we do not overwhelm the Class with
multiple messages I will keep traffic to no more than one message a day. In
order to hold down traffic only a few committee members will post to it. This
list server will operate only through the reunion and if any of you feel that
this is not helpful, you may opt out at any time. I will have Dick Puckett
archive all messages on our Class Web Site.







The two Class discussion/forum groups (usma1964-forum@west-point.org and usma64-infocentral@west-point.org) will continue to
operate as always. I want to continue to reserve usma1964@West-Point.org for only the most important
Class news and information, such as death notices and important Class functions
that need our attention. Adding significant Reunion traffic to this, especially
as we get closer to May, 2014, would not be wise.



 



Therefore, in order to stay involved with all things Class related, do
nothing, we'll push the info to you. If you feel that you are getting
overwhelmed with Reunion information, just let me know and we'll scratch you
from the list. Again, all Reunion information will be retained on our Class Web
Site.



 



One further comment: Don't forget that the folks at West-Point.Org are in
their semi annual fund drive. Our goal continues to be a $64 donation per
Classmate. Remember, without the work of our friends at WP.Org, we would not
have the communications capabilities we are using. Go to http://www.west-point.org/donate to make your donation
today.





 Looking forward to a great reunion!





Dan Evans
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Reunion Notes

Classmates and Friends,
 
You will notice a new list server name issuing this message. It is usma1964reunion@west-point.org and is going to every
Classmate on record.
Consider this to function as a one-way "push" information group for our
50th Reunion. Since such a small number of us rarely look at web sites, I have
decided to create this group to pass out information about the reunion. The
"reply to" will come direct to me. I will then determine which questions are
relevant for the Class, consolidate them and reply to the "usma1964reunion"
list. If not relevant to the Class, you will get a direct response from me or
another committee member. In order that we do not overwhelm the Class with
multiple messages I will keep traffic to no more than one message a day. In
order to hold down traffic only a few committee members will post to it. This
list server will operate only through the reunion and if any of you feel that
this is not helpful, you may opt out at any time. I will have Dick Puckett
archive all messages on our Class Web Site.
The two Class discussion/forum groups (usma1964-forum@west-point.org and usma64-infocentral@west-point.org) will continue to
operate as always. I want to continue to reserve usma1964@West-Point.org for only the most important
Class news and information, such as death notices and important Class functions
that need our attention. Adding significant Reunion traffic to this, especially
as we get closer to May, 2014, would not be wise.
 
Therefore, in order to stay involved with all things Class related, do
nothing, we'll push the info to you. If you feel that you are getting
overwhelmed with Reunion information, just let me know and we'll scratch you
from the list. Again, all Reunion information will be retained on our Class Web
Site.
 
One further comment: Don't forget that the folks at West-Point.Org are in
their semi annual fund drive. Our goal continues to be a $64 donation per
Classmate. Remember, without the work of our friends at WP.Org, we would not
have the communications capabilities we are using. Go to http://www.west-point.org/donate to make your donation
today.
 Looking forward to a great reunion!
Dan Evans
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Mystery Cadet

On 4 June 1964 a mystery cadet marched with the Corps into the mess hall,  Who was that mystery cadet?

 

For the answer, see:

 

www.west-point.org/class/usma1964/mysterycadet.docx

 

Roy Jones

 

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