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Lucille Berenice (White) McCarthy
(25 APR 1935 - 13 OCT 2002)
My Mom, Berenice McCarthy, was born near Detroit, Michigan on April 25, 1935. As the daughter of an Air Force officer, Mom lived in many locations including California, Florida and Japan. After receiving her nursing degree in 1957 in San Francisco, she traveled to Lomdon and Germany to work as a nurse. In Germany Mom was working in a US Army Hospital when she was introduced to her future husband, my Dad, Thomas (Tom) W. McCarthy by the local Catholic priest. Mom and Dad were married within a year in April of 1960 at Ft. Benning, GA. In January of 1961.
I was born at Ft. Benning, GA. Shortly after I was born my Dad was stationed to Ft. Bragg, NC where my brother Robert Weller McCarthy was born on February 25, 1962 followed by my brother John Martin McCarthy on September 12, 1963. When my Dad left to serve in Vietnam in 1963 the family settled in Fayetteville, NC awaiting his return. Unfortunately my Dad was killed in Vietnam on March 3, 1964, a month before he was to return home.
With 3 young boys under the age of 4, my mother had a huge responsibility that she never wavered from. Her sons were always first and foremost in her mind. She sacrificed to make sure we had what we needed and she was constantly guiding us and letting us know we were loved. Mom drove us to school every day and also volunteered as the school nurse. We survived on a meager government pension for many years until my youngest brother John entered high school, and Mom decided it was ok for her to go back to work as a nurse at Womack Army Hospital at Fort Bragg. Mom worked there from 1978 until her retirement in 2000 at the age of 65. She was the ultimate caregiver and she was loved by her patients and her co-workers.
Upon her retirement Mom discovered she had a form of leukemia that was deemed to be treatable. Unfortunately the treatment of her disease progressively weakened her immune system and she contracted pneumonia. Mom passed away on October 13, 2002 in Pinehurst, NC. A memorial service was held in Washington, DC followed by her burial with my Dad at Arlington National Cemetery.
Being a single parent and raising three young boys was not a challenge my Mom ever anticipated, but she rose to the occasion and set an example that inspires me and my brothers to this day. She taught us right from wrong, to be the best we could be and most importantly to love and care for others.
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USMA Class of 1955 Housing Area
The USMA Coaches Housing Project, sponsored by the Class of 1955, under the guidance of Herb (Kelly) Lichtenberg, is completed and the seventeen houses are occupied by ODIA Corps Squad Head Coaches. The entire Housing Area is prominently identified by the Brass Plaque on the huge boulder at the entrance, which reflects 'USMA Class of 1955'.
Upon the completion of the first eight houses, Kelly 'named' each by placing a small placard with the name of an individual on the lawn in front of the house. It was his plan to continue this practice as the remaining houses were completed. When we lost Kelly, Lou Gross, class of 1954, replaced Kelly and continued the project to its completion. Three additional names were added by Lou Gross, leaving six without the placard.
A few weeks ago, Lou contacted me and asked that I provide six names for the, to date, unnamed houses. I tasked a past president of the class to organize a committee and provide six recommended names. After a very thorough and detailed process, six names were recommended, and the Class EXCOM voted to accept the recommendations. The names were provided to Lou Gross, and they will be included on the placards.
The next, and final, item to be accomplished with this project is to organize and schedule a formal presentation of this Class gift to West Point. Lou Gross and I are in the process of coordinating this with the appropriate authorities. Stay tuned, folks, for this glorious event.
Names on Placards Selected by Kelly
*MG Philip Draper, given by his daughter, Linda Draper Newton
* Walter Kaye, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army
* Maggie Dixon
* West Point Class of 1955 (To be replaced with a Committee selected name)
* Carl Goldstein
* Marty Silverman, Friend of West Point
* Lewis Zickel, West Point Class of 1949
* Rod Vitty, West Point Class of 1955
* Carl McNair, West Point Class Of 1955
Names added by Lou Gross
* Pete Fikaris
* Charlie Johnson
* Dave Wheeler
Names selected by Committee
* Tom Bell
* Dave Burroughs
* Tom McCarthy
* Donne Olvey
* Bob Strati
* Fred Woerner
26 September 2014