Lt. James F. Hennessee
214 Grimes Street
Fort Bragg, N.C. 28307
Most of the Class of '65 has survived Ranger training now with the exception of a few stalwarts like "Slats" Letterie who are still fighting it out in Class 5. The rest of us will never forget what a wonderful time we had as a result of the "onliest break" we ever got. The entertainment was superb: the goat, S.T.E.P. Tyner, climbing trees; Bill Sherrell testing his belayer; the marching songs of Class 2; the disappearance of "Old Third Platoon," Class 4, at Darby; the bees; John Rocko persuading the guerrillas to surrender; the fifth time around the bayonet assault course; tension climb in the rain; and a thousand others.
And Ranger wasn't all. It'll take Airborne 10 a long time to forget Barracks #5; Gary Kaydetz's short trip down; and Mike Berdy telling the Colonel how easy jumping was.
All that's over for most of '65 now. And we're scattered from Korea to Germany. There's only one way to make our column interesting for us all. That's to let me know what you're doing wherever you are. Just send pictures and letters to me at the address that appears at the top of this column.
MEN Of '65
This is the third of the five issues of ASSEMBLY that your Association of Graduates will be sending to those of you who joined while you were still members of the Corps.
Since it isn't always easy to understand our publication schedule, you should know that the four annual issues are tied rather snugly to major events: Founders Day, June Week, Homecoming, Christmas. By setting deadlines immediately following these events (not always possible with the fluctuating Homecoming) class Scribes can draw from contacts and or correspondence to enrich their Class Notes. Because it normally requires 8-10 weeks to put the magazine together and get it printed, you obviously don t receive it until a long time after those events. If you don't keep us informed about your moves--and lieutenants are great travelers-- your copy may never catch up to you. As military men you enjoy a special privilege, provided to insure the delivery of your mail. A printed form, DD 1175, is readily available to you for reporting your change of address. It's a neatly printed card, available in quantity, and you can send one to all your correspondents (and publishers) free. Do send one for each move to Hennessee, your class Scribe and one to the Secretary of the Association here at West Point.
With each issue of ASSEMBLY, you're going to find yourself more and more curious about what your classmates are doing. They in turn are just as curious—and interested--in you. So get in the habit now of keeping in touch with your class Scribe. If letter-writing is a chore on top of everything else a new lieutenant has to worry about, the postal card is a convenient device. You might be surprised if you knew how many people in your Class and among the alumni are waiting for a word from you.
Hope there'll be a full quota of personal and professional successes for you throughout the remainder of 1966.