Memorial Articles

N.B.  See explanatory letters and ideas/links for "selfies" further below.

Click on names of fallen for links to pages.
Leads interested in help have links.
24 of 50 Complete/Submitted to AOG (48%)
Those in blue are yet to do! 

Updated 12/16/2017

Note:  Articles already published by AOG can be found at https://westpointaog.org/memorials in the Deceased Grad Search section.
Enter 1969 in Class Year, click Search, and names of fallen classmates will appear below.  Those with asterisks (*) by their names have published articles.
Deadline for 2018 TAPS articles is 28 Feb 2018.

 

Name R CO Cullum DOD Lead TAPS
Aggas, William J. 5 C2 633530 8/13/1967 Blackburn 2018
Allardice, Robert Duncan 2 C2 28731 11/7/2014 St. Onge 2018
Barszcz, Michael  4 H4 28213 4/25/2015 McGovern  
Bostwick, George M. 5 C1 633561 1/5/1969 Holden 2018
Brown, Norman Alan 2 C2 28541 7/12/2016 Brown L 2017
Buechner, Daniel Anton 2 D2 28646 11/16/2005 Harper 2018
Capel, Robert Lee 5 C1 600751 10/28/1999 Calandro 2018
Carlson, Adolf  4 G4 28027 5/6/2013 Bornhoft  
Cole, Christopher Charles 1 F1 28531 7/30/2000 Kessenich  
Crenshaw, Kent Rex 1 A1 28311 4/3/2011 Killian 2018
Crump, Walter D. 5   964983 8/4/1999 TBD  
Davis, Jon Steven 3 H3 28032 6/19/2009 Johnson D  
Fahl, Gary Martin 2 F2 28598 4/12/2015 McDonough 2018
Fleeger, Howard William 3 E3 28125 9/6/2015 McCloy 2018
Fly, Hugh Garrette 1 G1 28728 12/8/2007 Madigan  
Fogle, George Cicero 1 F1 28440 7/20/2016 Allen 2018
Fowler, Richard Thomas 3 G3 28671 7/14/2011 Pettitt  

Garay, Richard

Garrett, Craig

Giacomini, James Leonard

1

1

2

D1

B1

D2

28123

27987

27955

6/10/2017

10/25/2017

11/6/1990

Dillon

TBD

Sharphorn

2018

 

2018

Hatch, Andrew Marshall 1 A1 28719 3/11/2017 Noreen/Guest  

Hellerstedt, Howard LeRoy

Helmich, Bruce Lester
4

2
B4

B2
28178

28578
6/17/2014

10/9/2016
Hunkel

Griffin
2017

(2018)
Hoffman, Robert Joseph 4 B4 28615 7/30/2016 St. Onge 2017
Hughes, Kenneth Wayne 3 B3 28471 1/1/2011 Berenato  
Ireland, Arthur Paul 4 G4 28630 5/2/2014 Ramos 2018
Karstens, Thomas Edward 4 H4 28145 2/22/1973 Lindsey/Luchak 2018
Karwan, Charles William 4 D4 28586 9/8/2008 Karwan K  
Kirby, David Dale 4 B4 28081 8/28/1970 Gavitt 2017
Lemaster, Larry Alan 2 F2 28560 10/27/2016 Merhar, Staples  
Lowry, Thomas Guynne 3 H3 28702 10/25/2001 Stirts  

Maxon, Harlold Lee

McAdoo, Ronald Dale

3

2

B3

G2

28688

28299

7/17/2017

5/3/2015

Mike Jones

Whatton

2017

McCord, Thomas Hart

McKelvey, Dennis Charles

Moeller, Ralph James

2

4

3

B2

B4

G3

28394

28301

28624

7/26/2017

6/7/1979

7/14/2017

Griffin

Brower

Balog

 
Morrill, Brian Eugene 1 H1 28613 11/8/2008 Haines 2018
Newman, James Bryan 1 B1 28411 5/1/1999 Helsel  
Oristian, John Edward 2 G2 28088 5/5/2009 Brown KC 2017
Payne, John 3 F3 28167 10/24/2016 Haney 2018
Pedersen, Charles John 1 B1 28202 5/9/2007 Garrett 2018
Peters, Randall Robert 2 E2 28461 5/14/1991 Gregor/Bachta  
Rice, William Joseph 3 G3 28109 6/16/2008 Dale Smith/J Russell  
Ross, Stephen James 5   964984 5/30/1970 TBD  
Saska, Larry B. 5 F3 600754 5/6/2007 TBD  
Schafer, Thomas Carlton 1 A1 28672 9/6/2016 Munson  
Snell, Michael Gene 1 G1 28165 5/11/2010 Wallace 2017
Stankus, Arnold Robert 2 E2 28505 9/22/2012 Ward, Taricska  
Tinker, Melvin Alton

Yeisley, John Clarke

2

3

D2

B3

28390

28310

11/20/1971

8/1/2017

Hulten

Tunstall

 

 

R = Regiment; 5 = didn't graduate
TAPS = time of expected publishing of AOG Memorial Article.
(2018) = expected completion for 2018 TAPS
Green Italics Bold = Complete and submitted to AOG.

Have info to be shared with lead/author but no lead/author contact info listed?  Check out https://www.westpointaog.org/findagrad


Preliminary c
heck list & status code for leads (can be shared in TAPS column)

1.  Determine Next Of Kin (NOK)
2.  Contact NOK
3.  Gather information & share on webpage as appropriate
4.  Draft article. 
5.  Share draft with Class and NOK to polish article. 
6.  Ensure AOG checklist is complete. 
7.  Obtain NOK approval 
 

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WPAOG Memorial Articles information  http://www.westpointaog.org/page.aspx?pid=757

Notice word count of sample Memorial Article is around 700 words; max is 925 words.

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Selfies

Link to Class Matrix of Memorial Article Preparation (A-M)

Link to Class Matrix of Memorial Article Preparation (N-Z)

Lists all classmates and their preparation stage of an AOG Memorial Article.

See "Tips on Writing Selfies" below.

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Explanatory Letters

 Mon, Sep 11, 2017 

Greetings!  This message is being sent to memorial article lead authors, those who graciously volunteered (or were volunteered!) to pull together a TAPS memorial for a fallen classmate.  Thanks.  Here is an update:

 The goal of the No Soldier Left Behind...No Classmate Forgotten Campaign is to complete all outstanding memorial articles possible by our 50th Reunion and to set the conditions for success in completing memorials over the next two decades.   When we started we had about 36 articles that needed to be completed, but have lost 13 classmate in the last 18 months.  We have made progress with 7 articles published in TAPS in 2017 and 12 already submitted for the 2018 addition.  We are nearly half way to 2018 target of 25!  Well done!

We are also half way to the Feb 2018 suspense for submitted articles for 2018 TAPS.  I have communicated with most of you this year and have a sense of your progress.  I think we will reach our 2018 goal.

I have learned much during this campaign. 
   -Gaining trust and cooperation of the NOK is key. 
   -Widows and families mourn differently. 
   -Initial enthusiasm can evolve into periods of non-responsiveness.
   -Gentle requests and reminders work best.
    -Having another classmate, spouse, widow or friend engage can help.
   -Some personal information is better left out of articles...NOK decides.
   -Patience and perseverance will win in the end.
 
On the second part of our goal I guess I would say that no knows better the value of a draft memorial (selfie) that you who are trying to pull an article together.  We all need to get to that chore which as I can attest is easy to put off.  Surprising that my tendency to procrastinate did not fully disappear when I graduated!
   
Please let me know what help you may need and your assessment as to the likelihood of completion by February, 2018.

Thanks again.

Prayers for the Nation on this 16th anniversary of 9/11.
 
Bob St.Onge
(c) 571.344.3739
Broomfield, CO
<rjstonge47@gmail.com>

 

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(Tips on Writing Selfies)

PS note from classmate Bill Rice's family:  "When they are thinking about their eulogy, they might think of a story that they could offer for http://thedaysforward.com
 

2 September 2017  [added later]

Gentle Grads [4um]:

4YI, here’s something to consider if you find yourself with time on your hands over the next couple days [Labor Day weekend].  Why not work on your own TAPS Memorial Article?

Here’re some ideas about “selfies”: 

1. Purchase a binder/large-envelope/file-folder and mark it “Memorial Article AOG.”
2. Print a copy of Inventory Sheet and Sample Memorial Article  https://www.westpointaog.org/file/MemorialInventorySheet.pdf and start backwards-planning at how you'll get there.
3. Devote 2 hours to improving your file (adding your resume, vitae, all items written about you in West Point publications and other media (Howitzer, Legacy Book, etc), as well as a collection of articles, awards, newspaper clippings, appropriate photograph(s), list of next of kin, friends, and contacts, etc., and eventually drafting your article) on each

  1. Veterans Day
  2. New Year’s Day (Renew resolution to complete file)
  3. Memorial Day
  4. 4 June (Graduation Day)

4.  Memorial Article word count is a minimum of 850 words; maximum 925 words (see other guidelines in references below.  If you’re using Microsoft Word, look at Tools to get a word count on your various drafts and work-to-date. 

If you’re not great at writing, try this: 

      1. Write down your thoughts on small cards or slips of paper as you think about the important things in your life and maybe even ask your friends for their ideas.  One exercise would be
            to describe yourself with 10 adjectives, putting them in descending order of importance.  Ask your friends to do the same about you and compare (and discuss, if possible) the lists. 
            After you have your list(s) of adjectives, attach an action-example (a trait-demonstrating event or two) to each. 
      2. Arrange the cards in a logical order.
      3. Using the cards as cues, give a talk or tell a story into a tape recorder.
      4. Transcribe the audio into written form.  Maybe you can find a friendly typist to help.
      5. Polish up the written text.  Above all, use a spell-checker tool on your computer.  Maybe you can find a friendly editor who can mark-up your text with recommendations for improvement.
      6. Put your work in a file to be worked on both when new ideas come to the fore or upon the four special dates mentioned above, whichever comes sooner.
      7. Let your family and another classmate know where your Memorial Article file is.  Also contact Bob St. Onge or Bill Bahr to update your status on the selfie pages (links above).
      8. Consider using a "buddy" system; working with a classmate by trading results to date on each other's Memorial Articles.  Share ideas on content, style, grammar, spelling, etc.  Maybe a company, battalion, regiment, and/or brigade system can be set up with helpers designated at each level?     

Please realize that your legacy may be at risk, unless the last man standing in the Class has the energy and desire to write Memorial Articles for the likely growing number of those passing without having any other remembrance.  At risk, not just for your remaining classmates, but maybe for your own children and grandchildren.  Make sure what you believe is most important about your life is remembered.  You can do something about this by starting on your selfie this weekend.  Don’t put this off for a better day you may not be blessed to get.  Remember:  “God helps those who help themselves!”   : ) 
And just like our "March Back," you/we can do it!  You've/we've also done other great things. So fall in, look out for your classmates, and, with just one, easy, left-foot forward, begin the march...now! 

Some other tips:  http://www.artofmanliness.com/2009/06/20/30-days-to-a-better-man-day-21-write-your-eulogy/

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-Your-Own-Eulogy

REF:  https://www.westpointaog.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=757

https://www.westpointaog.org/file/MemorialInventorySheet.pdf   Inventory Sheet and Sample Memorial Article

http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1969/MemorialArticles.htm

http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1969/class%20memorial%20article%20matrix.htm

http://www.west-point.org/class/usma1969/class%20memorial%20article%20matrix%202.htm

I’ll be posting this on the Memorial Articles matrix page, so you can refer to it at any time.

Other ideas/comments/recommendations, please let me know.  Stay healthy and start writing!    

Best regards & BOTL
Bill Bahr

P.S.  I'll be happy to quickly review your emailed Draft Memorial Article before you send it to AOG; just let me know.  I'll mainly be checking for word-count (925 max), grammar, and punctuation.  Use my comments or not; no offense given/meant or taken. 

 

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2 June 2017

Dear BOTL Classmates,

I hope that your Memorial Day was a good one, that you had the chance to do something special, and that you thought about those '69 brothers no longer with us.  Joan and I attended services at Fort Logan National Cemetery and visited the grave sites of Adolf Carlson (G4) and Dan Buechner (D2).  Fort Logan is a typically beautiful and well maintained VA cemetery in Denver.  The ceremony was solemn and the weather superb.

Our campaign to memorialize our fallen classmates is going well thanks to you.  We started this latest effort in late 2016 with two goals: 1) to complete all the outstanding memorial articles by our 50th reunion, and 2) to prepare for success in completing future memorial articles over the rest of our lifetimes.

 You have responded magnificently to our first goal.  Of the 43 classmates who had not yet been memorialized in late 2016 you have volunteered to author every one of them.  Seven articles will be published in the 2017 edition of TAPS magazine. Seven articles are already accepted by AOG for 2018 edition of TAPS. Many more are nearing completion well before the February 2018 deadline for that edition.  To see who is working on which memorial article, where you can post eulogies, and the latest overall status please go to our website at www.west-point.org/class/usma1969/MemorialArticles.htm.   

On behalf of the Best of the Line, I offer my sincere thanks to all those who authored and contributed to these articles and those still in preparation.  I am particularly moved by the extraordinary efforts by two C1 guys for researching and completing articles long overdue: Phil Holden for Mike Bostwick  and Jim Calandro for Robert Capel.  As you will recall, Mike was killed and Bob severely injured in a car accident returning from Christmas leave firstie year, 48 plus years ago.  Bob was medically retired and ultimately died in 1999 of complication from his life-changing injuries.  To see them memorialized side-by-side in the 2018 TAPS will be poignant indeed.  Thanks, guys.

Three former classmates who are recognized as associate members of AOG are also eligible for articles if we choose to do them.  The F3 team has stepped up to memorialize Larry Saska.  Walter Crump and Stephen Ross are the other two.  I did not know them or their cadet companies.  Information about them or volunteers to write a memorial for them are welcome.

Our second goal is important for the long haul when there will be more memorial articles to write and fewer classmates to research and write the articles.  We have learned the hard way that finding the next-of-kin (NOK) and discovering the biographical information needed to prepare a proper memorial is often very difficult.  The Privacy Act prevents anyone but the NOK from getting cadet and service records.  Here is how you can help:

        • Organize your own biographical data, including NOK and possible classmates and relatives who you trust to write your memorial. 
        • Fill in the attached outline provided by AOG and file it in your Cullum file at AOG, in your personal papers, and/or with a classmate. 
        • Write a starter memorial article, a "selfie," and file it with the other important documents that support this effort. 
        • Tell us that you have prepared these documents so we know where to turn when necessary.  Latest information about your status is listed on our
               website at the selfies links.

Your personal Cullum file is maintained by AOG for the primary purpose of assisting in the preparation of your memorial article.  You should file your service record (DD214) there, especially if  burial or inurnment at WP is contemplated.   It is also appropriate to include copies of military orders, resume, biography, diplomas and other important papers.

I encourage all classmates to share their fond memories and anecdotes of our fallen classmates with those writing the memorials.  You enter them on our website or call or email the author directly.

Lastly,  TAPS is the official and unique annual memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line. The 2017 edition will be the largest ever, with over 250 Memorial Articles! Unlike the West Point magazine which AOG sends to all graduates for free, you must order your copy of TAPS for a nominal subscription fee. Please do so today by calling 845.446.1545.

Please contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Thanks for the tremendous effort so far.  I am confident that we can accomplish our two goals because we are the Best of the Line!


Bob St.Onge 
rjstonge47@gmail.com
(c) 571-344-3739

2 Attachments:     AutobiographicalMemorialDataPacketJan2011        Cullum File Contents

 

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31 January 2017

Subject:  No Soldier Left Behind...No Classmate Forgotten

 Dear BOTL Classmates,

 As you have read, our class is re-doubling our efforts to memorialize each of our deceased classmates.  These articles used to be a part of Assembly magazine.  They are now published in AOG's TAPS magazine, which is totally dedicated to that purpose.  The memorials are also archived in one's Cullum file and on the AOG website for all to read.

While every class eventually finds itself playing catch-up, the good news for our class is the Legacy of the West Point Class of 1969 and the massive amount of effort the team and you collectively contributed to produce it.  This labor of love includes the story of every '69 graduate.  Your stories and the research done on fallen classmates are priceless. 

While the intended audience for this proud legacy is broad, so is the audience for TAPS memorial articles. I devoured these memorials as a kid reading my dad's Assembly magazine.  The stories of graduates who fell in battle, or of heroes on the beaches, or of those who changed our Army, or ran successful corporations or were just solid citizens, husbands and fathers inspired me.  I wanted to follow in their footsteps, to be a part of something lasting and important, and to enjoy the obvious love and camaraderie I read about and sensed from these testimonials written by classmates and families.

Our time to organize this effort is now.  As the attached chart shows, 43 of our deceased brothers have not yet been so honored.  Many classmates have volunteered and several memorial articles (three to date) will be included in the 2017 edition of TAPS.  But we need your help in a couple of ways.

            -First, we need battle buddies or other volunteers to take the lead on classmates not yet covered. While this task may seem daunting, the process is straightforward and frankly very rewarding.  AOG dedicates a single page in TAPS for each article which accommodates up to 950 words and one photo (personal/Howitzer).  The steps are what you might expect:  

                1) Identify and contact the next of kin (NOK),

                2) Collect information and fond memories on the entire life of the classmate with the help of the NOK, family, friends
                        and classmates,

                3) Write a draft and share it broadly for adds and edits,

                4) Go final and gain NOK approval, and

                5) Submit article and inventory sheet to AOG.  

                We know that some situations are more complex than others, especially for classmates long deceased.  We (and AOG)
                will help you work through such issues as finding the next of kin as they arise.

            -Second, we need roommates, company mates, teammates, and all who knew these fellows well to share with the leads your fond memories of them.  The leads can either write the articles themselves or find others to help.  Call or email the designated leads directly.  Leads can share information they collect on an interim basis (which may stimulate further input) at:

www.west-point.org/class/usma1969/MemorialArticles.htm .     

            -Third, our reality is that the next two decades will witness the final roll call for many of us.  We can each help ourselves and those who will write about us by assembling our key information including a short draft of our story.  AOG is ready to assist, has a form you can complete, and will secure these items for future use in your personal Cullum file. 

Our goal is to be caught up and organized for the future by the 50th Reunion. Will you volunteer to memorialize a classmate and help us fill the pages of the 2018 and 2019 editions?  Will you update your Cullum file and do a brief autobiography (a "selfie") that can be the basis for a memorial article someday?  Those interested in sharing their own personal article status on the Memorial Article page can view the matrix there and email their status to wbahr@west-point.org .  

Please visit our website at www.USMA1969.org and click on “Memorial Articles,” where we will post additional information.  Feel free to contact me if you need help in any way.  Attached are the list I mentioned of our deceased classmates not yet memorialized and the AOG instructions for preparation of articles.

Bob St.Onge
rjstonge47@gmail.com
(c) 571.344.3739

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