Autobiographical Memorial Data Packet Jan 2011
(also https://www.westpointaog.org/document.doc?id=803 )
Formerly Self Written Guidelines
Autobiographical Data in Support of Future Memorial Articles
to be published in TAPS by the West Point Association of Graduates
the memorial article program is funded in part by the long gray line endowment
May I submit the basics of a draft memorial article for myself, prepared by me or others?
Yes; we encourage you to do so. Send it to the address below. Prior to publication, your next of kin will receive a copy for amending, as appropriate, and approval. See format immediately below.
— OR —
May I just provide supplementary biographical information?
Yes; you may send your biographical information along with some personal memories and reflections in a list format. See attached supplementary information sheets.
This format is provided as a guide for preparing memorials.
Preparing Memorial Articles can be a difficult task. Providing this information in advance will assist your loved ones, friends and classmates with writing your final tribute.
Life before West Point:
a. Date and place of birth.
b. Family background—military connection and/or lifestyle that helped prepare you for West Point.
c. High School—name, city and state.
d. Prior College—name, city and state.
e. Why did you want to attend West Point?
a. Special achievements or incidents as a cadet that tell more about you as a person.
b. What significant values, experiences or instruction were
carried over to your life after graduation?
Active Duty Period:
b. Assignments; if answer to c. below is yes, disregard.
c. Is your Register information current and complete?
d. Significant assignments and achievements.
e. Date you left military service.
f. Did you retire?
g. Place of retirement.
h. Rank at retirement; specify if active, guard or reserve.
Civilian Employment after Military Service:
a. Career field.
b. Post graduate schools attended, degrees attained.
c. Position/s held—significant achievement/s.
d. Date you left civilian employment.
e. Did you retire?
f. Current address—city and state.
a. Date and place of marriage.
b. Name of spouse.
c. Name of children.
Life after Retirement:
a. Interests, hobbies, membersip in community and religious organizations, pursuits and accomplishments.
b. Reflection on your life—you as a person as you want to be
Additional sources of information about you and your life.
a. Family members.
Anything not covered above that you would like to share.
What about a photograph?
Each article is published with a photograph. Select one that represents how the graduate would have preferred to be remembered. The photo must be clear and in good condition and will be returned after publication. If the photo you wish to use is of great sentimental value, we suggest that you have it scanned at high resolution and send the disk to us instead of the actual photograph. Please do not send a photocopy or a word document with the photo embedded. These are not usable.
If a suitable photo cannot be found, the graduate’s Howitzer(USMA yearbook) photograph may be used. Digital photos must be high resolution (300 dpi saved as a .jpg). If the Memorial Article submitted is short (500–750 words), additional candid or formal photos reflecting military or similar service or defining interests may be submitted.
To whom do I send the article or information?
West Point Association of Graduates
698 Mills Road
West Point, NY 10996
Questions? Call 845 446-1545
800 232-4723 ext. 1545
Email submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
28 January 2011 (attachments)
Supplementary Information in Support of Future Memorial Articles
The information provided below will be very helpful in ensuring that an appropriate Memorial Article can be written for you. Please update information as significant changes occur—i.e.: military/civilian retirement, change in marital status.
Last Name First Name MI Title or Rank
Residence Address (Street or P.O. Box, City, State, Zip Code) Phone Number
Current Military Assignment or Place of Employment; Address Phone Number
Permanent Address Phone Number
Father’s Last Name First Name MIFather Deceased
Father’s Date of Birth (Month/Day/Year) Place of Birth (City/State or Country)
Mother’s Last Name First Name MIMother Deceased
Mother’s Date of Birth (Month/Day/Year) Place of Birth (City/State or Country)
Married Single Widow Widower Divorced
Wife’s Maiden Name (or Husband’s Name) West Point Class, if applicable
Spouse’s Date/Place of Birth Date/Place of Marriage
If Spouse is Deceased, List Date and Place of Death
Name(s) of Spouse(s) by Previous Marriage(s); if USMA, Graduate include Class; indicate how marriage terminated
Individualswho might assist in preparation of Memorial Article—family members, classmatesor friend
Name Address Phone Email
Name Address Phone Email
Full Name Date & Place of Birth
Full Name/Class Year
Genealogical — West Point graduate ancestorsor descendants
Military Assignments(include Awards) / Civil Employment (cite firms): Attach additional pages as needed
Dates Unit/Firm Location Duty/Position Decoration/Awards
Military / Civilian Status
Now on active duty Rank: Retired from military Rank: Date:
Resigned/Separated Rank: Date: NG/USAR Rank:
Civilian Title, if any
Military (CGSCand above) / Civil Education
School Years Degree/Year Awarded
Photographs(protect for mailing; identify on back in pencil—no ink please)
Photo Enclosed Photo to be forwarded by email to email@example.com
Remarks or other miscellaneous information you might wish to have included in your memorial; for example, favorite military assignments or civilian positions held—and why they were significant to you; community activities; hobbies; opinions or advice for current and future graduates; etc. Attach additional pages as needed.
Current email address
28 January 2011
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