Ray Gunderson

[19 JUL 1933 - F1 - 20549 - 1 NOV 2015]

Ray Gunderson Eulogies

AOG Testimonials



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Rear: Ray Gunderson - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Joe Franklin - Rich Miller - Front: Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Bob Carpenter - Marty McGuire - Jack Doyle [NOVA Lunch - OCT 2015]



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Norm Blahuta - Ray Gunderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Rich Miller (Ed Anderson - photographer) [AUG 2015 NOVA Lunch]



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Carl McNair - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Matt Schepps - Jim Cutchin - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Ray Gunderson - Bob Carpenter - Marty McGuire [APR 2015 NOVA Lunch]



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Ray Gunderson
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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Ray Gunderson and Al Raymond
[MAY 2014]



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Ray Gunderson
[MAY 2014]



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Jim Cutchin - Bill McCulla - Jack Doyle - Dick Wargowsky - Leo Hergenroeder - Matt Schepps - Ray Gunderson - Rich Miller - Ed Anderson (Photographer) [APR 2014 NOVA Lunch]



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Ted Gay - Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - Dave McNerney - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Bill McCulla - Dan Troyan - Bob Carpenter - Tom West - Rich Miller (Photographer: Ed Anderson) [NOV 2013 NOVA Lunch]



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Dave McNerney. Bob Carpenter - Ray Gunderson - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Dan Troyan - Bill McCulla (not pictured: Ed Anderson) [DC Area Lunch - MAR 2013]



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Rich Miller - Jack Doyle - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Ted Gay - Bob Carpenter - Ray Gunderson - Carl McNair - Tommy West - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Matt Schepps - (Photographer: Dan Troyan) [D.C. Metro Luncheon - JAN 2013]



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Carl McNair - Tommy West - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Matt Schepps - Rich Miller - Jack Doyle - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Ted Gay - Bob Carpenter - Ray Gunderson - (Photographer: Dan Troyan) [D.C. Metro Luncheon - JAN 2013]



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Tommy West - Jim Cutchin - Ray Gunderson
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Trudy and Charlie Johnson - Ray Gunderson
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Ray Gunderson - Trudy Johnson - Ed and Betsy Anderson
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Ray Gunderson and Trudy Johnson
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Elaine West - Bill and Joan McCulla - Ray Gunderson - Trudy
Johnson - Ed and Betsy Anderson [DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Jim Ryan - Don Hilbert - Ray Gunderson
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Jim Cutchin - Ray Gunderson - Ed Anderson -
Carl McNair [DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Ray Gunderson - Jim Cutchin - Billy Arthur
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Dorothy and Bud Goldstein - Ray Gunderson
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Ray Gunderson and Charlie Johnson
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Matt Schepps and Dave Elliott (Ray Gunderson's
son in law) [DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Ray Gunderson - Charlie Johnson - Dave Elliott
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - John Rudzki
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Jon Vanden Bosch - Zach Hagedorn - Ray Gunderson
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Jack Doyle - Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - Bob Carpenter -
Zach Hagedorn [Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Bob Carpenter and Ray Gunderson
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Ray Gunderson and Don Andrews
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Ruth Sloan and Ray Gunderson
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Jim Drummond and Ray Gunderson
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Ann Gunderson and Elaine West
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Matt Schepps - Don Hilbert - Ray Gunderson
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Newton - Nancy Cutchin - Karam - Ann Gunderson
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Norm Blahuta - Ed Nidever - Ray Gunderson
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Ray Karam - Ray Gunderson - Carla Hilbert - Barb
Blahuta [Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Ray Karam - Don Hilbert - Ray Gunderson
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Bill Graham - Dave Young - Jim Drummond - Howard Whittaker -
Jane Hadly - Ray Gunderson [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Ray Gunderson - Jeanne Drummond - Sandy Sanderson and Maren Palmer - Diana Davis - Kathy Graham - Jim Drummond [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Dave Young - Jim Drummond - Ray Gunderson - Jeanne
Drummond - Sandy Sanderson [Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Ray and Ann Gunderson - Val Bundren - Mary Monahan
[Moving to CO party for Bergen - NOV 2007]



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Ray Gunderson and Linda Newton
[Moving to CO party for Bergen - NOV 2007]



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Gunderson - Roades - Moses - West -
McCloskey - Rich Miller [c2007]



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Gunderson - McNerney - Cutchin
[c2007]



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Gunderson - McNerney - Cutchin
[c2007]



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Gunderson - West - Russell
[c2007]



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Roades - McCloskey - Gunderson
[Don Reid Funeral - FEB 2007]



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McCloskey - Roades - Gunderson - Moses - West -
Rich Miller - Russell [Don Reid Funeral - FEB 2007]



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Gunderson - Auger - Roades
[Al Bundren Funeral - DEC 2006]



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Kennebeck - Gunderson - Nordlie
[50th Reunion]



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Rich Miller and Ray Gunderson
[c2005]



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Gunderson - Blahuta - McCulla - Roades
[DEC 2004]



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Doyle - Karam - Gunderson
[DEC 2004]



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Rear: Andrews - Trobaugh - Tebodo - C. Johnson - T. Graham - Gunderson - Jeter - Front: Auer - Doyle - Drummond - Hadly - Haas [Bulldog's Wedding - 4 DEC 2004]



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Andrews - Trobaugh - Tebodo - C. Johnson -
T. Graham - Gunderson - Jeter - Auer - Doyle -
Drummond - Hadly - Haas [DEC 2004]



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Roades - Malone - West - Jim Ryan
Gunderson - Dorough - Drummond [FEB 2004]



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Joe and Diana Davis - Ray Gunderson
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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West - Gunderson
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Ann and Ray Gunderson
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Bette Young Readdy and Ray Gunderson
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Ed and Betsy Anderson - Carol Baker - Ray and Ann Gunderson -
Bob and Marly Carpenter - Bergen [ANCC - DEC 2002 ?]



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Hadly's and Ray Gunderson
[c2002]



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Gunderson - Secord - Drummond - Bliss
[c2002]



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Todd Graham - Gunderson - Drummond -
Griggs - Bill Graham - Hadly - Auer [c2002]



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Wargowsky - Malone - Bundren - Gunderson - Rich Miller - Russell
Roades - Doyle - Cutchin - West - Karam [MAY 2002 Luncheon]



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Gunderson - West - Karam
[2002]



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Spaulding - Gunderson - R. Miller - Strati -
Newton - Karam - West [2001]



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West - ? (it's not Lucas) - Gunderson -
Bundren [2001]



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Gunderson - Cindy - Nidever - West
[2001]



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West - Gunderson - ?
[c2001]



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? - West - Gunderson
[c2001]



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? and Ray Gunderson
[c2001]



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Anita Anderson - Gunderson's
[c2001]



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Drummond - Auer - Gunderson
[c2001]



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Gunderson - Auer - Moses
[c2001]



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West - ? - Gunderson - ?
[DC Holiday Lunch - cDEC 2000]



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Troyan - Pop Warner - Roades - Gilpatrick -
Gunderson [Dick Masson Funeral - SEP 2000]



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Gunderson - Bill Anderson - Roades -
Wayne Smith - Welter - Auer [2000]



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Wayne Smith - Roades - Gunderson
[c2000]



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Roades - Russell - Karam - West - Doyle - Wayne Smith - Gunderson -
Newton - Bergen - Bundren - Cathey - McCulla [c2000]



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Drummond - Cutchin - Gunderson -
Auer - Cathey [c2000]



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Fikaris' - Masson's - Mary Monahan - Rita Flynn - Hilbert's -
Giddings' - Gunderson - Marlowe Viney [c1998]



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Drummond - Jellison - Gunderson -
Bill Graham - Hadley - West [c1998]



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Masson - Hilbert - Fikaris - Gunderson - Giddings
[SEP 1998]



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Cutchins - Gunderson - Karam - Strati -
Bundren -??? - Russell - West [DEC 1998]



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Nidever - Russell - West - Cutchins - Roades - Cathey -
Gunderson - Karam - ? - Masson [c1998]



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Whittaker's - Gunderson - Drummond
[c1998]



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Gunderson - Drummond - Bergen
[c1998]



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Walton - Hilbert - Gunderson - Mullan
[c1993]



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Greta Masson and Ray Gunderson
[c1992]



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Gunderson - Gilpatrick - West - Fontaine
[Class Lunch - c1991]



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Chuck Roades - Ski Ordway - Bill Roth -
Ray Gunderson [1990]



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Mullan - Hilbert - Gunderson
[1989]



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Newton - Gunderson's - West
[c1989]



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Don Hilbert and Ray Gunderson
[1988]



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Gunderson's and West's
[1988]



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Ann Gunderson - Tom Herren and Date
[1986]



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Ray Gunderson - Anita and Bill Anderson -
Marly and Bob Carpenter [1986]



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Jim Bergen - Bob Newton - Ray and
Ann Gunderson - Tommy West [1986]



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Ray and Ann Gunderson - Dick Masson
[1986]



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Ann Gunderson - Jim and Nancy Cutchin
[1986]



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Baker - Pop Warner - Monahan -
Masson - Gunderson [c1985]



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McIlroy's - Herren - Gunderson's
[c1985]



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Karam's - Gunderson's - Hagedorn
[c1985]



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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 - McCulla - 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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Bill Hadley - Ray Gunderson - Bob Joseph - Charlie Johnson - Howard Whittaker - Unnamed snake [Ranger School - MAR 1956]



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Carrie Lou Pollock - Patricia Manter - June Huston - Carol Roberts Buchwald - Kathy and Bill Graham - Bill Hadly - Dave Young - Don Buchwald - Les McChristian '56 - Ray Gunderson - Dick Kiefer (Kathy's brother USNA '55) [7 JUN 1955]



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Hadly - Kiefer - Gunderson - Kathy and Bill Graham - Dave Young -
McChristian - Buchwald [7 JUN 1955]



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F-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Becker - Gilpatrick - Joe Davis - Whittaker - Walt Ryan - Sanderson - 2nd Row: Buchwald - Jim Johnson - Terrio - 3rd Row: Bill Graham - Gunderson - LeCates - Polly - 4th Row: Auer - Hadly - Drummond (CO) - Dave Young - Kennebeck



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Bill Hadly - Bill Graham - Ray Gunderson
[Monmouth Park Race Track NJ - 1953]



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1953 Goat Team
[Goats 13 - Engineers 7]

2nd Row: ? - Major 'Irregardless' Smith - Stern - ? - Herren - Coleman - Dilts x55 - Wilkinson - Patton - Doyle - McGrevey - Ewing - ? - Strati - ? - C. Martin - ? - Steinman - Lowry - John Miller - West - Gunderson - Quinn - Whittaker - Napier - Pace - Nidever - 1st Row: Hall - Greer - Trobaugh - Woodruff x55 - Auger - Gransback - Nichols - W. Smith - George Smith x55 - C. Johnson



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Gilpatrick - Bill Graham - Kennebeck -
White - Gunderson - Hadly [1952]



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George Freeman x'56 - Gunderson - Meetze - Eddie Freeman '54 -
Front: Roy Muth '54 [Edgewood Arsenal MD - SEP 1942]



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Raymond E. Gunderson Cullum No: 20549 Class of: 1955 Born: IA Appointment: Branch: Inf Date of Death: November 1, 2015 (View Memorial Article) History: 20549 Raymond Eric Gunderson B-IA: Inf: CoCO 5/1TngRegt USATC FtJackson 57: CoCO 19Inf 60-61: TARS 62: 2AD 62-63 [CM]: CENTO 63-65 [JSCM]: CGSC 66: OPO DA 66-68 [CM]: BnCO 173AbnBde RVN 68 [LM-BSMv-BSM-7AM-CMv-CI]: S&F TIS 69-72 [MSM]: Adv MACV 72-73 [SS-LM-2AMv-AM]: OJ3 JCS 73-76 [LM]: DCSO HqMDW 77, DCdr 79-80 [MSM]: DepIG JCS 80-85 [DSSM]: Ret 85 COL: D - Fairfax, VA 1Nov15 a-82: Ob-2017 TAPS Genealogical Succession: LTC Clarence H. Gunderson USA, Retired Relationship: Parent Cullum No.: 8805 Class Of: 1930

Register Glossary


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Raymond Eric Gunderson

Raymond Eric Gunderson was born on 19 July 1933 in Iowa and appointed to West Point from the 6th Congressional District of Iowa. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951 and was in Company F 1. He played soccer his First and Second Class years and ran Cross Country and Track his Fourth Class year. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in the Infantry.


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Ann Gunderson, R.I.P.

Ray Gunderson called me this evening to inform me that his wife, Ann, had died on Tuesday April 17. He agreed to let the class know of her passing. Ann had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia about ten years ago, and Ray had cared for her at home until the end. It was a blessing she remembered him all through this period.

About a week ago Ann of her own volition decided she would no longer eat or drink. She was provided palliative care by hospice, and her family was with her at the end.

Ray has not been active on the forum because of the time required to care for Ann and because his glaucoma makes it difficult for him to read the emails.

Please remember Ray and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Al Raymond
19 April 2012


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Ann R. Gunderson

(31 AUG 1933 - 17 APR 2012)

OCT 2015 - Internet search did not find an obituary for Ann


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Raymond E. Gunderson

It is my sad duty to inform you that Ray Gunderson died on Sunday November 1st in Fairfax, VA after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Elliot and his son, Ray Jr. Graveside services will be held at Arlington Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Please notify Jim Bergen if you can serve as LCA to the family and represent the Class at the Graveside services..

Ray's Personal Web Page can be viewed at https://www.west-point.org/class/usma1955/PWP/GundR.htm

Be thou at Peace...

~jackC


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Raymond Erc Gunderson

Colonel, USA (Retired)

Retired Army Colonel Raymond Eric Gunderson passed away on November 1, 2015 at the age of 82. Ray was born in Des Moines, Iowa on July 19, 1933 to Colonel Clarence H. Gunderson and Belmar S. Gunderson.

He entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1952 and graduated in 1955. It was during that time that he met and married the love of his life, Ann L. Rutherford of Falls Church, VA. Ann and Ray remained together for 57 years until Ann's death in 2012.

Ray delighted in his role as father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He embraced life with energy, joy, and passion reveling in the potential of each new day. Ray's military career allowed him to travel the world where he met and maintained friendships he cherished his entire life. Ray is, and will be, deeply missed by those left behind.

He is survived by a sister, Belmar Shepley Gunderson Lay; two children, Eric Gunderson and Karen Elliot; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring , the date to be announced.

Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 12, 2015


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Raymond E. Gunderson 1955

Cullum No. 20549-1955 - November 1, 2015
Died in Fairfax, VA
Cremated. Interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA


Raymond Eric 'Ray' Gunderson was born in Des Moines, IA and was in effect 'Born at Reveille' because his Dad, Clarence Gunderson, was a 1930 graduate of USMA. His mother, Belmar, was an accomplished athlete, especially in swimming. As a result, Ray and his younger sister Belmar grew up involved and proficient in sports, which helped Ray succeed as a cadet in later years. Ray lived in a number of places as is typical with Army brats, perhaps most notably for two years from mid-1946 to mid-1948 in Heidelberg, Germany. The Gundersons were among the first American families to live in Germany after World War II. Ray's closest friends from there all later graduated from USMA.

From Germany, Ray and family deployed to the Washington DC area. Ray attended Falls Church High School before attending Sullivan's Prep to prepare for the West Point entrance exam (in those days, the only criterion for academic qualification). He did this during his senior year at Falls Church, so Ray entered West Point in 1952 without a high school diploma. Perhaps, more importantly, he met the love of his life, Ann Rutherford, while at Sully's. Typical of Ray, he remained committed to Ann during the 4 years as a cadet and for the 57 years following his graduation in June 1955.

As a cadet, Ray succeeded with his unusual ability to take what he was doing seriously without taking himself seriously. He was a popular member of Company F-1, where he used his athletic ability in intramural boxing (regimental champion his cow year), soccer, cross country, and as a member of the Goat football team (recall that Ray was competing academically with high school graduates). Company F-1, Class of 1955, was an especially cohesive company and would have periodic reunions for years following graduation. Ray was a faithful attendee.

On June 3, 1955, Ray was commissioned into Infantry branch. Following the basic course and Airborne and Ranger qualifications, Ray followed a typical early career path except for being selected earlier than usual for company command. Ray progressed with distinction in his professional career, being recognized at each level for achievement. Notably, he served his first tour in Vietnam as a battalion commander in the 173 Airborne Brigade.

Perhaps the high point of Ray's military service was his role in the Battle of An Loc as a member of Advisory Team 70 during his second tour of duty in Vietnam in the spring of 1972. This battle, which lasted for 66 days and ended in a decisive victory for South Vietnam, has been described by the late historian Douglas Pike as 'possibly the most significant battle of the entire Vietnam War."

The commander of Team 70 provided a detailed description of the Battle of An Loc and Ray's role in it (in part):

'To describe Ray in combat is not difficult. He was solid, brave and resilient under fire. The sense of humor and warm smile that never left him lightened the load of his compatriots. He one day congratulated in absentia the North Vietnamese soldiers who had earlier dug a deep and reinforced foxhole that Ray jumped into with his boss to avoid incoming rounds. He was considerate of, and respected by, Vietnamese soldiers of all grades."

For his bravery and courage under fire, Ray was awarded the Silver Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. Advisory Team 70 was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its support of the 5th ARVN Division in the Battle of An Loc.

Ray continued to serve with distinction, retiring after 30 years of service as deputy inspector general of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Superior Service Medal. He also was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with 'V' device, an Army Commendation Medal with 'V' device, three Legion of Merits, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous lesser awards.

Concurrent to pursuing a distinctive military career, Ray had been fulfilling his role as a family person. He and Ann were married on June 23, 1956. He was one of those persons who found a balance between the demands of family and career roles. He and Ann raised two children, Karen and Eric, who in turn reared five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. One of Ray's most noteworthy achievements was caring for Ann for the 10 years during her journey through Alzheimer's dementia. She was in their home when she passed, surrounded by her loving family, because of his care.

Following his retirement, Ray focused on his role as husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, but he remained involved in connecting with his comrades-in-arms. He was a faithful attendee at the monthly NOVA luncheons of 1955 classmates in the DC area, where his smiling face was a fixture in the photos provided to the class website, and at class, Company F-1, and H-2 reunions. He was in effect 'adopted' by H-2 partly because of his joy in life, expressed by his saying, 'Life's too short to drink cheap wine."

Perhaps most meaningful to Ray were his annual reunions with An Loc survivors. On the morning he suffered his fatal stroke, he was at breakfast with Karen, packed and ready to go to the reunion. There he would have been reunited with his Team 70 'boss,' Lieutenant General Francis Ulmer '52 (Retired), who later wrote, 'Ray represented what West Point is all about: courage, commitment, and competence in doing our duty."

- Al Raymond '55, longtime friend and classmate

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