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West Point honors Charles W. Zipp PDF Print E-mail
Just hours after throwing his cap in the air at the conclusion of June 2, 1953, graduation ceremonies at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York, Charles W. Zipp moved across the historic campus to wed Beaumont native Margaret Ann Akers in the Cadet Chapel, beginning a partnership that would last more than 50 years.

Over the years, they shared four things: love for each other, love for their three sons and their families, love for their church and love for West Point.

Now, that love for the Military Academy has been immortalized in a new visitors center that opened in December.

Charles and Margaret Ann met in 1947 when both were students at Lamar University in Beaumont. As a member of the Texas National Guard, Charles earned a competitive appointment to West Point in 1949. When he went to the Academy, Margaret Ann moved to New York to be close. There, she worked for Life magazine.

During his 23-year career in the Army, Charles served three times in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as in Vietnam; at Fort Benning, Georgia; at Fort Knox, Kentucky; at the Pentagon; and in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1964 to 1967, Charles was an assistant professor of military science at Texas A&M, where he and Margaret Ann fell in love with the community.
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