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Class Notes Fourth Quarter 2013

It's Official - Monken Named New Head Coach

saw the official announcement first from Gordy Larson so I'll give him credit for sharing this story:

See the write up at GoArmySports

Next question is what assistants stay and who Monken brings with him.  Only one of his coaches has ever had a coaching job above the Mason Dixon line. He needs a few Yankees on the staff to talk to northern recruits:-)

Thanks Gordy, let's hope this team can help us BEAT NAVY!!!

I wish all of you and your families a very Joyous Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

A Beautiful Performance

Now here is an unusual message to share with you all. Peter and Heidi Lounsbury have proudly shared this interesting story about their daughter Heather who is obviously making some moves in the entertainment business with this appearance with Will Ferrell. Interestingly, while visiting her in the Seattle area, I just went to the movie, Anchorman II, last evening with my son and two granddaughters (I won't waste your time with what I thought of the movie) and got a real feel for this guy. However, these pictures and the clip that follows show me that Peter and Heidi's very beautiful daughter should have a brilliant future. They wrote:

A little news from northeastern Utah.
The link below is of our daughter performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show on Dec. 19th.  She is one of the backup singers for Will Ferrell's performance.  Heather is on the far right of the screen in an off white jumpsuit.
Just click this link to see her with Will Ferrell:
FYI....Heather attended the 35th reunion with us at West Point when Dan was Supe.
Peter and Heidi

Thanks for sharing this unique story.
I wish all of you and your families a very Joyous Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.

Happy Campers Before the Debacle

Bruce Clarke shared this great photo and brief message:

The class of 65 contingent with wives at the Rennaissance Hotel in Philadelphia turned out to cheer the team on as they left to get on their buses for the trip to the stadium.

From left to right--Tom Abraham, John Howell, Clair Gill. Bob Frank, Roger Frydrykowski, Bruce Clarke, Thomaswick

Some of the faces are hard to make out but you can't miss the spirit! Thank you Bruce.

A Different Christmas Poem

A friend of ours sent my wife and me this beautiful poem. While I've seen similar writings in the past, this one just caught me as very special. I share it with the hope that it will help us all remember the sacrifices being made for all of us just like the sacrifices we made back in the day:

A Different Christmas Poem

I wish you all a Joyous Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and a Happy New Year.

Bad Game, Bad Weather, Good time

Now this is what I call support! Emery Chase reports:

There were a few of us that braved the elements in Philadelphia. Eleanora and I had our two sons and their familys and daughter. We stayed to the bitter end!

A Bob Hope Christmas

If you are having any difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit (and I know Saturdays game didn't help), possibly a reminder of Christmases long ago and far away will help you to appreciate what we are now able to enjoy. I was blessed to have only two really down Christmases in my life. The first came from allowing myself to feel sorry for myself as I spent the Christmas of 1961 wandering aimlessly around the Plain in some pretty deep snow and lots of gray and depressing skies. The second came some eight years later at the 1st Field Force Headquarters in Nha Trang where, once again, I began feeling sorry for myself for being so far from home. I've learned a lot since then and one thing that always makes me feel better if I have any reason to feel down is to remember how tough it was for so many all over the world and one guy who went so far out of his way to change those feelings for so many.
Bruce Clarke was kind enough to provide this timeless link to a ten minute reminder of all Bob Hope did for our soldiers for so many years. Enjoy:   Bob     Hope Christmas | Big Geek Daddy
Thanks Bruce, very timely,
Another Merry Christmas to all,

Tray Tables Up and Locked

Harley Moore shared an amazing photo with a memory of the difficulties he had back in the day when it came time for an air mobile deployment:

Back in the day - 65-67 - my NATO air mobile combat engineer company needed dozens of planes for deployment.  Looks like a few C-17s would do the trick now. Seatbelts, please, ladies and gentlemen....

USAF C-17 flew a whopping 675 men, women, and children out of Tacloban, Philippine Islands in a single load.
It reminds me of the first flight I had when entering country traveling from Saigon to Nha Trang. All of us on the floor hoping we weren't going to subjected to small arms fire coming straight up.
Frank Birdsong added this note after seeing Harley's picture:
I can't tell you enough how much this photo meant to us.  My wife, Virginia, is from the Philippine Islands.  Tacloban is the home of her father and lots of family.  This photo is not only impressive just for the sheer awe it evokes, but for the strength of the relationship between our nations.  She was very touched by this unmatched outpouring of aid to her father's home.
Thank you for providing this to us.
Frank Birdsong
65 Strength and Drive

I must admit that any time there is a natural disaster in a foreign land, my chest swells a little when I hear of the arrival of a floating city such as one of our air craft carriers or the Army Air, the Air Force, or any other of our dedicated servicemen and women arriving to provide aid.

Thank you for sharing this Harley, and Merry Christmas to all.

A Farewell to Art Roth

Chuck Nichols and I were surprised to receive an e-mail from Cheryl Roth informing us of the passing of Art Roth back on October 14th. Her message below was followed by a beautiful Memoriam which you will find after her initial brief note.  I have chosen to leave her e-mail address in because, while I have been unable to reach her to discuss it, she clearly invited me to forward her message, signature, and e-mail address to you and I would like for you to be able to reach her if you want to send your condolences. Additionally, if you would like to submit a eulogy, Chuck Nichols has provided a link to the eulogy section of our webpage:,,25885,00.html

Here is Cheryl's message:

My husband, Art Roth, passed away October 14.  He'd had a year's battle with bladder cancer.  I truly believe he is a casualty from his service to his country as he had two tours, in '65 and '69 and was never sick until this hit him and there was no stopping it.  Please forward this to anyone you deem appropriate.

Best Regards,
Cheryl Roth

Click here to view Art's Memorium

What a beautifully crafted Memoriam. As I have done for too many of my dear Classmates, I, once again, offer a quick look back to how we knew Art in the day.

Rest in peace Art - Well Done! And, on behalf of the entire Class of 1965, I would like to share our condolences and a wish for a joyous Christmas Season as you recall what made Art special to us all.




Quiet Support from Home

brief but very nice note and picture from Chuck Moseley:

We stayed home rather than attend local A/N party due to some known obnoxious Navy grads.   We went for nostalgic approach - squeezing into my 50+ year old 150 pound football jersey and realizing that I would have to lose over 50+ pounds to make weight today!

Another sad day.  I guess we are really getting older when we sit in our den watching the game in front of a fire and remarking that it really looks miserable in Philadelphia.  If it would guarantee an Army victory, I would gladly do it!

More nice coverage of Stich, Roger and the "Lynch" silver dollar used for coin flip

Go Army!


Thanks Chuck that was nice. Another Merry Christmas to all.

What is Being Done to Correct the Problem

Clair Gill, our Class President, forwarded the following information. I present it here without comment. The first directly from the Supe:

15 December 2013

To our West Point Graduates:
I share with you the disappointment of the Army Football Team's continued losses to Navy - the 12th in a row occurring last Saturday, 14 December, in Philadelphia.  The players had worked too hard, the Corps had laid it all out all year in support, our graduates were watching with great anticipation, and our Soldiers across the globe expected a different outcome.  But they did not get it this year.  They deserve better and you deserve better.  I accept full responsibility to get us moving immediately in that direction.
At West Point, we continue to attract the right young men and women from across America to develop the world's best leaders on and off the field.   We must surround our cadets with staff, faculty and coaches who will develop them and toughen them for the world we know they'll face when they graduate.  They must connect, challenge, and inspire them, or we will cause harm beyond the playing field.
To that end, our Athletic Director Boo Corrigan and I have decided to terminate our football coach, Rich Ellerson's contract, and to immediately begin a search for the coach who will provide the leadership that will quickly build a winning program here at Army.  In preparation for a possible move, we have and will continue to consult with former coaches and players who participated in winning programs, and have also carefully reviewed the input of many graduates whose recommendations and observations have been appreciated.  Substantive work has already begun on a comprehensive, national basis to identify a pool of very impressive candidates.
Leadership must come from the Institution, the coach, and the players.  We are also reviewing previous football studies and looking at institutional changes that are necessary to support winning programs, but fully integrated with our intellectual, military, physical and character developmental programs.
Thank you for your continued support of West Point.  When America puts its sons and daughters in harm's way, they do not expect us to just "do our best"... but to win.  Nothing short of victory is acceptable.  That fundamental ethos is at the heart of this Academy.  It must be ingrained in every one of our athletic programs.  Our core values are Duty, Honor, Country.  Winning makes them real.
Go Army - Beat Navy!
Robert L. Caslen, Jr.
LTG, U.S. Army
59th Superintendent
And this taken from

Dec. 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan announced Sunday that Rich Ellerson will not return as the Black Knights' head football coach.
"This is a very difficult day for all of us at West Point," Corrigan stated in making the announcement. "Rich Ellerson has represented West Point and the Army football program extremely well since taking over as our head coach five years ago. He has been a tremendous role model for our cadet-athletes and great mentor for many within the athletic department.
"Unfortunately, our team has not experienced the level of success on the football field that we expect, and we feel it is necessary to make a change in leadership at this time."
Ellerson was notified of the decision Sunday evening after returning from Philadelphia following the Black Knights' loss to Navy on Saturday.
"I'd like to thank Rich Ellerson and his family for their tremendous contributions to West Point and the Army football team these past five years," Corrigan added. "His hard work and dedication to the mission of the Military Academy will always be greatly appreciated."
Corrigan stated that a national search for Ellerson's replacement will begin immediately. Deputy Military Athletic Director Col. Joe DeAntona will assume day-to-day operations of the football program until a new head coach is named.

Florida '65ers After the Game

Jerry Merges sent we this brief report on a gathering to watch the A/N debacle on TV. I agree that it almost looks like they are holding up a cardboard Dave (too much punch?). Jerry wrote:

You will see a strange pic of Steinwald, Appler, Gnau, and Merges after the game. I was not holding Dave together nor was I holding him up- we had a great time being together and a horrible experience watching TV. Best to all especially the brave soldiers and their wives who went to that stadium - what was that white stuff all over the field? And the rain/ sleet? Oh my, did I actually live in that weather for four years? We were tougher then, and young!
Dave Gnau made things better by sending this picture which included the lovely ladies to make it much more attractive. Unfortunately, they didn't share names so I'll just have to do the best I can.
The back row is: (L to R) Dan Steinwald, Don Appler, Jerry Merges and Dave Gnau. And in the front row: Diana Steinwald, Carolyn Appler, Peggy Merges, and Marcella Gnau. My apologies if I got that wrong (you wouldn't mix up spouses to mess up the Scribe would you?):
Thank you guys for sharing all of this. Let's just focus on BNNY (Beat Navy Next Year).
Merry Christmas to all,


Our Classmates in Las Vegas gathered to watch the Army/Navy debacle and seemed to have a pretty good time regardless of the outcome (trust me, these folks know how to party!). Here is Tom Kovachs report:

The Las Vegas area classmates gathered at the home of Tom and Marilyn Kovach for a tailgate party featuring chili and home-made chocolate chip ice cream.  Unfortunately, that was not sufficient to ensure an Army victory, but we are already planning next year's event.

With the exception of the final outcome of the game, a good time was had by all as is evident in the following photo:  Tom & Marilyn Kovach, Skip & Marilyn O'Donnell, and Jim Holmes.  Please note that the uniform of the day was Aloha "Army" shirts.

"Beat Navy" next year!

Thank you Tom, looks like a lot of fun and I like the shirts. Now that I think of it, I should have worn mine while visiting Ron Walter. Maybe we can all wear them when I try to drag you down to the Valley of the Sun for the Spring Gathering.

Smiles for an Army Score

Sherry Ray sent me this great picture as she and Sonny visited Bob Radcliffe and Faye Hayes. I'm guessing she Sherry took the picture (and she had to do it quickly to find reason for smiles during the big game):

I can't tell what Sonny has in his arms. It looks like a dog who has a premonition about the game.
In a separate e-mail I got a nice report from Bob about his recent surgery:
As for my surgery (ankle replacement) I think I am a "poster child" for ankle replacements.  I feel great and I think all is going to plan.  I see the surgeon for the 6 week follow-up (the end of the no weight on the foot period!!!).  I should get a walking boot for Christmas!  I will be interested to see how much weight I can bear on the ankle.  I have inadvertently put weight on the foot while in the cast and felt no pain so I am cautiously optimistic...  I'll keep you posted but I can say that I feel better and better each day that I did it!
Thank you Sherry for a very nice picture and Bob for a very promising report.
Merry Christmas to all!

Welcome Back in the Fold

While the outcome was not what any of us wanted, some good times with good friends were enjoyed all around the country. I'm going to start with my own good fellowship with my dear friend, Ron Walter, and a new comer to our little A/N gathering. A short while back I received an e-mail from a gentleman who lives right here in the Valley of the Sun where Ron and I live. His name is Ed Hill, and he joined our Band of Brothers back in July of '61 when we all did. He survived with us through Beast Barracks and most of the first semester but lost his battle with the Math Department and had to pursue another career. I have shared with him that we consider him one of us and are happy to have him back in the fold. He has agreed to try to join us here in the Valley of Sun for our Spring Gathering but I need a little help convincing him that he would be warmly welcomed at the 50th Reunion. Please join me in extending him a warm welcome back. His contact information is:
Ed Hill
24421 S. Lakeway Circle SW
Sun Lakes, Arizona 85248

Here are a few pictures from today's gathering and one from way back. Let's start with a shot of him as a plebe in L-1 (photo left) . I will make it big to help pick him out. The next shot (photo right) shows him today at Ron's house.

This next shot took a while to put together as I had a lot of difficulty figuring out how to make my camera give me a delayed shot (Damn thing doesn't understand me). And finally a shot to show how good my little bitty buddy is looking after such a long time in sick bay. All the smiles are credited to the fact that the game was not yet over and there was still hope.
While we all had a good time getting to know each other, it sure was a long depressing ride home.

Some Good News

My good friend, David Bangert, sent me this electronic type Christmas message and it contained so much good news compared with the very difficult times he has gone through in recent years that I thought many of you who know him would like to hear how he is doing. I, for one, am thrilled to see that he has love back in his life after the loss of his wife, dog, and good friend. His comment that, "I did not understand that grief is cumulative" struck me the most because it is not something we think of as we sometimes get hit with wave after wave of bad news or difficult situations. Here is David's message:

2013 has been a sad and joyous year for me.  I thank all of you who supported me during this challenging period.  The year was ushered in with me at the beach house mourning the loss of Linda and Mellow.  Their passing was soon followed by the loss of my best friend from West Point, also from cancer.  I did not understand that grief is cumulative. The year ends with a new life in front of me.  I met and have become engaged to a wonderful woman, Shannon Noda Carroll. 

Shannon was born in Honolulu; both parents were PhD educators of Japanese ancestry.  She went to Ohio State for undergraduate education in business.  While at school, she married and had a son after graduation.  She worked as an executive for Federated Department Stores, and then bought a high end jewelry store in the Cincinnati area. After building the business, she sold it and returned to Hawaii to care for her aging parents.

We met on and became engaged in October. We are working on the details such as when, where, how for the marriage and what to do with our three homes.  Shannon owns a three-bedroom condo in Waikiki, and I have the Kailua townhouse and Hauula beach house.  We love all life styles associated with the three parts of Oahu, the vitality of Waikiki, the suburban life of Kailua and the country life of Hauula.  It is a great problem with which to struggle. Please come and visit and give us your opinion.
Working out the details of merging our lives was complicated by separate trips to which we both were committed.  Shannon went to Southern California for three weeks to visit her College friends.  She originally was to be with them Thanksgiving through New Year's, but shortened it for me.  I went on a five-week trip to Peru (Machu Picchu), Ecuador (Galapagos), Cancun, and Cuba.  

On December 19, I will have a total knee replacement on my right leg.  Shannon is returning early from California to help me during the recovery period.  We have little planned for 2014. We are waiting to see how quickly I recover.

In the spring, we hope to visit Shannon's son and two grandchildren in Cincinnati, attend the Pan wedding in Virginia, and a Harvard Doctoral reunion.

Have a great holiday season and wonderful 2014.

519 Keolu Drive, Apt C
Kailua, Hawaii 96734-3941
808 293 2981

God Bless you my friend as you move forward with a much more pleasant chapter in your life.

One Jarhead with the Right Idea

Chuck Moseley was kind enough to share the following link with me to pass on to you. He comments:

Go Jarheads! A Marine stuns the crowd at a Party.  Watch this crowd. In the beginning when he started to sing, they were not even aware he was singing the national anthem.

Let me add that you can see the awareness spreading as the people behind him, one by one, begin to stand a render the appropriate salute to our National Anthem. With this offering, I'm asking Chuck Nichols to post this link in our Patriotic/Military section of our webpage. Thank you Chuck Moseley for sharing and Chuck Nichols for making it available to us all.

Indeed - Go Jarheads!


Let's All Tip One for "The Old Man"

Denny Coll, our Great Gray Hog and past Scribe, has come up with a wonderful salute to one of the giants of our Class. He remembered to tip a glass and salute "The Old Man", the very much missed, Harry Dermody. Here is Denny's salute:

Kaye, Cathy and the kids surprised me with a 70th Birthday Day Party a week or so ago. It had been delayed a few months due to my DC to Pittsburgh bike trip.

Anywho, during the party, Carolina and Brian suggested we toast one for the "The Old Man" which I thought was a most appropriate salute as we had just passed the one year mark.

He is still very much in our minds as are you and the girls.

Stay well and know that you are much loved by all the Colls as well as Strength and Drive!

Brian, Carolina, and Denny Coll saluting our dear friend Harry Dermody. (You folks seem to be hanging out in some pretty fancy digs)

Here's to you Harry!!


A Post Army/Hawaii Gathering

Dave Hurley was kind enough to forward a brief comment regarding a small gathering following the disappointing game with Hawaii. He points out: 

As you know several of us attended the Army Hawaii game in Honolulu.  Although the game wasn't so great, we had a dinner the next day at Tad Ono's house.  This was a highlight.

As you can see, from left to right it is: Gordy Larson, Dave Hurley, Tad Ono, and Bob Frank.

Gordy, unlike Army/Navy, this was only a football game, cheer up! Maybe you could borrow the wine glass there in front of Tad. Anyway, I'm sure a good time was had by all. By the way, Tad, one of these days I hope to talk you into sharing one of those famous Italian dinners by Hiroko that I have heard about.

Another Great Time with Dear Friends

As we like to do, Ron and Janice Walter, Dyanne Mogan, and Donna and I, got together for a nice dinner last night at an Italian restaurant we had been wanting to try. No big occasion but a continuing desire to spend a little time with each other as we live fairly close together (within 50 miles) and enjoy each other's company.

Shame on me, I forgot my camera, but Donna came up with her, ever present, "smart phone" and saved the day. Unfortunately, the waiter was not the best of photographers but he did, at least, capture a couple of usable shots of the happy gathering.

We all reviewed this first shot and decided that it looked way too much like Ron had forgotten his deodorant so we asked the waiter to come back after the meal to give it another try. In this first shot you see (photo left), from left to right, Dyanne, Janice,Ron, moi, and Donna.

In this second shot (photo right) we have rearranged and accepted Ron into our group with moi, Donna, Dyanne, Janice, and Ron.

A good time was had by all and we were able to solve the vast majority of the problems of the day.

Willie and Joe (Bill Mauldin) Remembered

Thinking that many of you would enjoy a little walk through the history of Bill Mauldin, a favorite cartoonist of many during and after World War II, Paul Schultz sent this along. Here is a reminder of who he was with a picture that includes the stamp that was made in his honor in the upper right hand corner. As you can see, his boyish face was combined with his two main cartoon characters, Willie and Joe. Chuck Nichols posted the entire story with many favorite cartoons in the "Military/Patriotic" section of our webpage. Enjoy!

Remembering our Fallen Brother - Marv Jeffcoat

Our Class President, Clair Gill and his lovely wife Sherry went to Ft Campbell to see their soon-to-deploy son and his family for the Holiday. While there they paid a visit to Ft Campbell's Memorial Grove which was created to honor the 248 soldiers (including their commander, our own Marv Jeffcoat) who were killed in the tragic plane crash in 1985 at Gander, Newfoundland while they were returning from their deployment as the Multi-National Force in the Sinai. Here are some shots of the Memorial.

View more photos by visiting our Class Photo Album.

A Fond Farewell to our Friend Dave Gabel

My sincere apologies for the delay in getting this report out to you all. Bill Birdseye has done a terrific job as our POC and has provided a very impressive report to help you get a feel for what it was like to be there when we said goodbye to our dear friend Dave Gabel. Bill counted 25 Classmates and 18 wives and friends. That group included Curt and Ann Adams, Robert Anderson, Paul and Anne Barber, Bill and Martha Birdseye, Bob Carini, Bob and Mary Frank, Dave and Marcella Gnau, Bob Harter, Ray and Linda Hawkins, Dave and Darlene Hopkins, Jack Jannarone, Dave and Patti Jones, Gene Manghi, Harley Moore, Larry Neal, Sonny and Sherry Ray, Howard and Betsy Reed (with their son), John and Mary Kay Salomone, Paul and Sabine Schultz, Mark and Linda Sheridan, Fred Smith, Carol Stichweh, Jim and Carol Tomaswick, JoAnne Tyner, Dave and Stash Vann, and Mike and Cheryl Viani. Here is Bill's report:

On November 4, a beautifully clear and mercifully not too cold day, Dave Gabel was laid to rest in the West Point cemetery following a funeral Mass at the Chapel of The Most Holy Trinity. The service was well attended by some 100 mourners including several friends of Dave and his wife Ilse who came up from Long Island; their sons Michael and John and their families, who came up from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Bowie, Maryland, respectively; and the extended family of Dave's brother Michael (USMA 1959, died in 2006), who all came up from Atlanta and points south.  Captain Graham Davidson, Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic Education Officer for the Academy's Professional Military Ethics Education program, attended the mass to honor Dave's continued volunteer participation in the program for the past three years. 

The Class was represented by 25 classmates and 18 wives and friends.  Father Timothy S. Valentine, USCC 2nd Regimental Chaplain, officiated in a warm way that the family greatly appreciated.  Dave's niece Irene Vazul came up from Florida to be cantor for the Mass and led the Class in singing all three verses of The Alma Mater at the end of the service.  Bill Birdseye gave the eulogy for Dave. 

In the cemetery at the end of the graveside committal service, COL Daisie Boettner, Head, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, presented the American flag to Ilse with the nation's condolences and appreciation for Dave's service.  Afterwards nearly everyone repaired to the Herbert Alumni Center Great Hall for a reception and shared reminiscences.

Many pictures were taken from which I have selected these as representative. The first picture shows Bill Birdseye working with the AOG Coordinator Shelisa Baskerville in front of our prominently positioned Class Flag, just prior to the Mass. Then there is a picture of our Classmates standing during the Mass.

Next we see the casket being transported from the Chapel to the Cemetary. Note what a beautiful day it was during the traditional folding of the flag.

What a beautiful setting with our Class Flag and the flowers from us all. Then we move to the reception which was held in Herbert Alumni Center Great Hall where the smiles make it obvious that Dave's life is being celebrated.

Finally, a great picture of the Gabel family, that's Ilse, with the short red hair, standing next to her soldier son.

Thank you Bill for a great report and a very moving eulogy presented at the Mass.

As I have done in the past, let me share a brief look back to the time when we got to know Dave Gabel as a cadet and a friend.

Rest in peace my friend - Well Done.

A Giant of Man Remembered

As most of you are aware, there has been a tremendous amount of "Buzz" going around regarding the exceptional documentary "Marching On - 1963 Army/Navy Remembered". Everything that I have heard is so positive that I jumped at an opportunity to send a message to Jack Ford on behalf of the Class, thanking him and his team for his outstanding work and tribute to our Class. As I saw many messages flying back and forth on the subject, I was particularly moved by a communication between the son (Bart) of our fallen brother, Bill Zadel and our own Rollie Stichweh, so much so that I decided to share it with you: 

Dear Rollie,

 I watched the fantastic CBS special on the 1963 Army Navy game last night and I just wanted to say how wonderful I thought it was. It was great to see you and John help narrate such an important moment in history. In this age of multi-million dollar athletes, PEDs, and player marketing being more important than the games, it was inspiring to hear so many successful men so obviously proud to have played in those games.

 I hope all is well with you and yours,

Rollie responded:

Bart:  What a great note. Thanks for sending it along. The response to the work of CBS has been extremely positive. Well over 100 notes and calls have come in here, and CBS has received many superior reviews. Jack Ford and his team worked for well over a year on this and deserve to have their work recognized by so many. Had your Dad still been with us, he of course would have been featured in telling this story. Hope your Mom and siblings had a chance to check it out as well.

"Hi" to your gang, and many thanks again for your good note --- Rollie

I was further inspired to reach out to Bart and ask for permission to share his words as well as to ask him for some pictures I could incorporate into the story. Here is what I received:

Dear Mr. Bunn,
It was a pleasure speaking with you. As you requested, I have attached a picture of my dad and I. I'm afraid I could not find a picture of Rollie Stichweh and my father.

I did, however attach a picture from a trip to Las Vegas with some of the Class of 65; John Seymour, his son Matt and his brother Rick, Dennis Lewis, his son Dennis and his brother Carter, my dad, myself, and my brother David, Bob Jones, Don Parcells, Tim Vogel, and Chuck Shaw. I'm afraid you're on your own to figure out who is who, some are obvious, some, not so much.

 I always enjoyed spending time with my dad and his Classmates. They obviously had a good time together. I always admired the humor, intelligence, and confident ease with which these men of different backgrounds could fall right back in to such a familiar camaraderie.

 My dad was very proud to have been an Army football player and West Point's win over Navy in 1964 was one of his proudest moments. It was such a privilege to hear so many first-hand accounts of the 1963 game during the wonderful TV special CBS produced. I am sad that my dad, and so many of his classmates, were not around to have seen it. I will show it to my boys and tell them to keep their eyes open for number 76 and be proud their Pappy played alongside so many exceptional men in such a historic game at so critical a time in American history.

 Bart Zadel

Thank you Bart. What a pleasure to receive this from you. The Class of 1965 is a unique Band of Brothers - you have helped renew fond memories of one of our greats!

A Visit with Good Friends in Gettysburg

Most of you are aware of the huge contribution that Chuck Nichols makes to our Class with his technical support for everything we do. He operates and maintains our webpage, the listserv I use to communicate as with this message, the "forum" for those who want to discuss and debate anything and everything, all the contact information for all of us, and a huge effort to update and maintain our eulogies for our fallen brothers. I'm sure I've missed several of his contributions, but suffice it to say he puts in an enormous amount of work on our behalf.

Chuck was kind enough to share the following report:

On November 19, 2013, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, the West Point Alumni Glee Club performed as part of the commemoration ceremony.  The Glee Club is composed of graduates from 1949 through 2000.  Four members of the Distinguished Class of 1965 are in the Glee Club: Jim Ferguson, Terry Ryan, Pete Lynn and Chuck Nichols.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) Partnership, The Living Legacy Project hosted the ceremony.  The Living Legacy Project has committed to plant or adopt 620,000 trees along the 180-mile JTHG National Scenic Byway, which runs from Gettysburg to Monticello, to honor each soldier who died during the Civil War.  School children from around the nation have been enlisted to research each soldier and the results of their research will be posted on a plaque by the soldier's tree.  A total of 99 trees were planted on the Bliss Farm, Gettysburg as part of the ceremony to honor some of those who fell at Gettysburg.

The following day Elaine and I took advantage of being in Gettysburg to explore the town and the battlefield.  Later that evening we ran into Jim and Karen Ferguson at the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitors Center.  It still being early and none of us wanting to get stuck in Washington, DC traffic the four of us decided to have dinner together.  At the recommendation of a young lady at the Visitors Center we went to the Dobbin House Tavern.  Turns out the restaurant is in the oldest, most historic house in Gettysburg built in 1776.  The house was built by Reverend Alexander Dobbin, an early frontier pioneer who played a major role in the founding of Gettysburg.  The house played a role in the "Underground Railroad" in the mid-1800's and served as a hospital for wounded soldiers of both the North and the South after the battle.

The picture shows the four of us (Tom and Karen on the left and Chuck and Elaine on the right) just before being served a sumptuous dinner.  It was a delightful evening of good food and good company.

Thank you Chuck for this and for all you do for all of us.

Taking the Initiative to Connect

My good friend Bob Radcliffe and his lovely wife Faye Hayes demonstrate here how easy it is to connect with old friends. When you are traveling, give some thought to old friends who might be in the area you will be visiting. You will be pleasantly surprised at how receptive Classmates are to catching up and remembering the good old days. And believe me we are all over the place - it kinda reminds me of the old radio show we used to listen to in the middle of the night in Viet Nam. Remember "Chicken Man?" - "He's Everywhere!, He's Everywhere!" Well our Classmates are Everywhere! They're Everywhere! But I digress, the point is, old friends are easy to find and fun to connect with.

To make the process even easier, Chuck Nichols has put a list of all our Classmates e-mail addresses and physical addresses on our Class Webpage ( (use usma1965 as the user name and use our Class motto as one word all in lower case as the password). He has even broken them down by city and state to make it even easier.

Here are the comments from Bob regarding their recent connection with Jim and Anne Airy in La Connor, Washington.

In early October (prior to the ankle surgery), Faye and I traveled to Seattle to visit my children.  I knew Jim Airy had worked and retired in the area so on a whim I contacted him.  He was very enthusiastic about getting together so Faye and I were able to spend a lovely day with Jim and Anne in their new retirement home in La Connor, Washington.  This picture was taken after lunch as we explored the quaint little village of La Connor. Bob and Faye on the left and Jim and Anne on the right.

Jim and I had shared a plebe year in A-1 and I had not seen him since graduation.  We had a wonderful time "catching up" and it was hard to believe that almost fifty years had passed since we last saw one another!


Give it a try, your friendly Scribe would be happy to share your story and pictures.

Don't Miss "Marching On - 1963 Army-Navy Remembered"

A little over a week ago I alerted you all to the airing of "Marching On - 1963 Army-Navy Remembered", a CBS Sports documentary. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive in that the hour long show reflects on the impact the game (albeit delayed) had on our entire country as we began the process of healing from a devastating blow when we lost President Kennedy. The reaction has been so positive that I have been asked to remind you that there are two more scheduled airings of the show in case you were not able to see or record it during one of its earlier airings.

As I was preparing this message to share with all of you I called my friend (I'm very proud to be able to call him that) Rollie Stichweh to discuss his feelings about the story. In his usual humble way, he asked me to leave his name out and focus only on the team. Even though it is obvious to all of us that every team has to have a leader, that leader also has to have his focus on the team working with him toward a common goal. No one could be more sensitive to that fact than Rollie. You will see as you read on, I think we were able to reach a comfortable compromise between his being named and the magnificent effort put forth by the entire team. Each and every one of them fought valiantly for the Academy, for us, and as it turned out, for our nation. We did not graduate without a win over those guys from the south.

Your Class President, Clair Gill, provided these words to encourage you to enjoy this reminder of a very important time in our history as a country and as a Class:


If you have not yet seen the superb CBS Sports documentary, "Marching on - 1963 Army-Navy Remembered," there are two more opportunities to see it on broadcast TV (this Thursday evening and on the morning of the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia).  As an aside, the Class will attempt to get permission to use this at our 50th Reunion, but that's a year and a half away!

In his inimitable way, Dan Christman summarized his reactions and feelings after viewing the documentary in a note to #16.  As we reflect on JFK's assassination this week and what it meant to each of us personally, I recommend that you look up the channel and schedule yourself to watch it (or for the more sophisticated, record it in some manner).

As Clair mentioned in his remarks, everyone's favorite Supe, Dan Christman, shared these words:

-First, it was superb, insightful history. The depiction of JFK rekindled memories of a President and First Lady who captured our generation in a special way: we were coming of age politically, we knew the President loved athletics and the military, we were moved by his special relationship with the service academies, and he was so young; then, in a flash, all of that was gone. Few of us had experienced family death by this point in our lives, and the Kennedy family was in so many ways "our family." Time dims that memory; "Marching On" rekindled it. And for follow-on generations who never experienced the magic of the 1000 Days, Jack Ford gave them a heart-rending insight to a national tragedy that, for us, remains deeply personal.

-Second, in a larger sense, "Marching On" told the story of a nation moving on from the tragedy, to begin to restore some order to lives and traditions; and of course, nothing helped the nation cope with that loss more than Army-Navy '63. It's why the title of the program was perfect. Jack made the powerful connection to the larger national significance of Army-Navy in the wake of the Kennedy tragedy, by placing in context all the emotional events surrounding the game. Susan and I honestly felt we were transported back 50 years, and we sat transfixed.

-Finally, if one individual personified the human dimension of the story, for those of our age affected by the Dallas tragedy, it was #16. Jack Ford's magnificent script related the most important "life lesson" of Marching On: "you try your best, you lead your team, you learn from defeat, you make no excuses ("NO EXCUSE SIR!"), and you march on". I was so glad Jack "played it forward," to describe the '64 season and especially the great Army Sports Hall of Fame Banquet with Rollie and Roger Staubach on the podium. It was a perfect ending for a powerful, multi-dimensional story.

Bottom line: Jack Ford produced a classic - - about our country, about life, and about life's lessons, all through the prism of the '63 game.

Can that boy write, or what? I'm thinking of asking him to take over for me as Scribe. At the bottom of this message is the article I first shared on this subject a little over a week ago. However, before we get to that I would like to share two pictures of the teams that made such a huge impact on all of our lives way back then. First, here is the 1963/1964 team:

 And then the team that put an end to Navy's string of wins:

 Finally, here is the Article as I shared it a little over a week ago:
Rollie Stichweh

Nov. 7, 2013

NEW YORK - CBS Sports Network will present Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered, a documentary about the monumental football game played between Army and Navy on Dec. 7, 1963, 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour documentary airs on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., 50 years to the week after Kennedy's death.

 Actor Josh Charles of The Good Wife narrates the program.

 Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the impact Kennedy's death had on the nation, and the game's role in the country's healing process. Interviews include Senator John McCain; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, whose father was a Navy assistant coach at the time; former Navy coach Wayne Hardin and former Army coach Paul Dietzel; Navy players Roger Staubach, Skip Orr and Tom Lynch; and Army players Rollie Stichweh, Dick Nowak and John Seymour; as well as Tony Verna, the game's television producer, a number of Kennedy historians, including Robert Dallek, and many others associated with the game.

 The game, which was played in front of 102,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., also had important implications on the field, as a win would put No. 2-ranked Navy into the National Championship.

Jack Ford is executive producer. Kyle Meek serves as producer. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports. For more information, go

Encore presentations of Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered will air on CBS Sports Network at the following times:
 Friday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.
 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m.
 Sunday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
 Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
 Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m.
 Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.

To find CBS Sports Network in your market, visit

I hope you will all take the time to enjoy this terrific reminder of who we were and what we were doing back in the day.

Veteran's Day in a Small Town

Late last night I received an e-mail (actually I was only copied) which made me decide to share with all of you, the story of my Veteran's Day this year. I have alluded to it a few times in recent messages, but now, as Paul Harvey used to say, here is the rest of the story. I hope you will forgive me for ignoring my usual, self-imposed, guideline of reporting only Class related business but please wait until you have read it all before you decide if it was appropriate.

A few weeks ago I received a call from one of the sons (Dave) of my dear friends, John and Mary Johnson (John was a member of the Class of 56 who passed away in July of this year). Dave called to tell me that his father was being honored at the Veteran's Day activities in Downieville, California, where he and Mary had been living for the past 16 years. Since I was unable to join the family at his passing and there had been no funeral, I decided that I would join them for this event. Downieville is a very small town, deep in the Sierra Mountains, about half way between Reno and Sacramento. As you can see, we were a pretty motley crew of old vets who came out for the ceremonies and to be recognized for our service. We stood in lines behind the flag of our respective service and watched the, well done, ceremony of refolding the flag, the rifle salute, and the playing of taps.

The parade, if you can call it that, consisted of a single file of old vets walking single file less than a block (I mentioned it's a pretty small town) to the Grubstake Saloon where we all had lunch (free soda pop to the vets) and discussed how proud we were to have served.

The final picture includes five of the members of the honor guard after they changed into their civies. 

At the Grubstake there were a few announcements by some city officials and then Jim (John and Mary's oldest son who had traveled down from his home in Fairbanks, Alaska) shared a very moving eulogy for his father. This was the end of the program, or so we thought. Just then, quite spontaneously, and with a beautiful voice, the gentleman (a sergeant whose name I was unable to get) on the left of the last picture above, took the mike and began to sing (acappella) God Bless America. He sang the introductory first, so many were unaware of the song he was singing, but when he got to the chorus, everyone joined in. It was a poignant moment and put the perfect cap on a few hours of true patriotism.

Last night I received, by cc, the note that Mary sent to the unit commander thanking him for the service of the young men and women who participated in the ceremonies. As part of that message she shared a little bit of history about the song, "God Bless America" and a link to the airing of the song for the first time ever. It was that piece of history and the video that inspired me to share it with you. I had heard herd it before, as I'm sure many of you have, but I still think it is worth the few minutes it takes to hear it again. Enjoy:

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two. 

The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA".  But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression.  Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also patriotic.  It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.  When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.

He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before, in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra.  She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie ,"You're In The Army Now."  At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America  stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry..... and for many generations of Americans to follow.  Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you'll enjoy it and treasure it even more.

Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America."  Here is the entire song as originally sung.

God Bless America,

Grand Marshall LTG DeFrancisco

A few weeks ago Denny Coll alerted me to the fact that one of our continuing sources of pride, LTG Joe DeFrancisco, had been named the Grand Marshall of the Veterans Day Activities and Parade for the City of Albany, New York. First let me share the article that appeared in the Times Union Paper in Albany the following day:


Retired Lt. Gen. Joseph DeFrancisco is coming home from Virginia on Monday, but it's more than just another trip.

DeFrancisco, a native son who spent 34 years in the Army before moving to the private sector, is the grand marshal for the city's 56th annual Veterans Day parade. He will lead the procession from Partridge Street to Central Avenue to Washington Avenue to its end at the Capitol.

"Anything I can do to help veterans, I'm happy to do," DeFrancisco said. "A chance to help veteran organizations, especially in Albany, is something I'm very happy to do."

DeFrancisco grew up on Clermont Street and went on to attend West Point after graduating from the Vincentian Institute. The three-star-general completed three combat tours, including two in Vietnam and one in Panama, commanded the 24th Infantry Division and 7th Infantry Division Artillery, served as operations officer for all U.S. and Republic of Korea forces in South Korea, taught at West Point, and was Chief of Army War Plans and executive officer to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon. He ended his career as deputy commander in chief and chief of staff of the United States Pacific Command.

He received the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, Bronze Star for Service in Combat and the Legion of Merit."

 Joe's personal comments followed:

 From my perspective the parade and the Gold Star Mothers luncheon that followed the parade were very indicative of the Albany community's wide support for Veterans, active duty military and the families of both. A great deal of that support is attributable to our Classmate Larry Wiest. For over 30 years Larry has been the driving force behind and chief organizer of veteran's activities in the Albany area.  It was obvious to me that his is widely respected by all community leaders from the mayor down though local high school officials. It was Larry who gave me the opportunity to be Grand Marshal and to speak at the Gold Star Mothers luncheon - Classmated in a very good way.

 Here are a few photos to give you a feel for what it was like to be there:

First is Grand Marshal LTG Joseph E. DeFrancisco, USA Ret, leads Albany's 58th Annual Veterans Day Parade escorted by Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, left, and the Grand Marshal's honorary Aide de Campe, MAJ Dave Erickson, USA Ret. Next, on the reviewing stand, Grand Marshal DeFrancisco reviews his parade with Albany County Executive (and Operation Iraqi Freedom Vet) Dan McCoy), left, and City of Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings. Please note that the Grand Marshall is proudly wearing his Strength and Drive hat.

Moving off the parade route and finally after the parade, at the annual American Gold Star Mothers Luncheon, Grand Marshal DeFrancisco prepares to offer remarks to a packed house after having been introduced by classmate Larry Wiest.

A wonderful day as Joe proudly represented us all and all veterans who have served this great country with honor.  Below are his comments in his official letter as Grand Marshall. 

GREETINGS:                                                               VETERANS DAY 2013

Thank you Albany veterans for remembering this native son and appointing me your grand marshal in this year's Veterans Day parade. 

I appoint MAJ Dave Erickson, USA Ret, to serve as my aide de campe.  I make this appointment in recognition of the Major's exemplary service as Senior Army Instructor for the Junior ROTC Program at Christian Brothers Academy.  I am advised that during his nine-year tenure, CBA has had fifteen students appointed to the service academies (most to West Point), has had almost fifty awarded full ROTC scholarships, and that his program has maintained an "honor unit with distinction" designation (the Army JROTC program's highest rating).  Congratulations Major Erickson on a job well done. 

Carrie Farley, president of Albany's American Gold Star Mothers Chapter 11, will offer greetings at our Lady of Peace (Gold Star Mother's) Memorial wreath-laying ceremony held an hour before the 1100 hour parade step-off.  The memorial is located at the intersection of New Scotland and South Lake Avenues.  She will be accompanied by Maria Mobius, former girlfriend of Carrie's son SSG Derek Farley, USA,  who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country in Afghanistan on 17 August 2010, and Maria's mother, Brita Braun, both visiting from Germany. 

Vincentian Institute, whenever I return to Albany, resurfaces vividly in my memory.  The building remains but that vibrant school where friendships flourished and life-long bonds were forged is long gone.  VI's graduates, although greyer and fewer in number, still remain active in this community however, and Lynne and I, both graduates of the VI Class of 1960, extend our warm and heartfelt best wishes to you. 

Welcome home returning vets!  This Vietnam veteran urges you to be proud of your service and your veteran status.

Dear Gold Star Mothers and family members, I look forward to meeting you during your luncheon after the parade and salute you for your enduring support to veterans.

Joseph E. DeFrancisco
Lieutenant General, USA Ret.
The Grand Marshal

Thank you Joe, you continue to make us all very proud.

"Man! This is some place! Music before breakfast!"

Bob Doughty reached out to help me with my horrible memory and provided this link to a great story which provides a lot of biographical information about BG Harvey "Hot Body" Fraser. It is well worth the few minutes it will take to read. Thank you Bob.

Remembering a Great Instructor

Our good friend and previous Scribe, Denny Coll, forwarded this Obituary for BG Harvey Reed Fraser, to share with all of you. Unfortunately, my forgeterer works much better than my rememberer and I had to write back to ask Denny who BG Fraser was. Denny's answer was that he remembered him "very vividly. He was probably one of the best, most dynamic instructors that I had during all of my four years. I remember walking out of his class supercharged at what I just learned. He really made things very understandable." That's good enough for me, but I'm afraid I'm still not sure if he was one of my instructors who I forgot or if I never had him as an instructor. Getting old really sucks.

Thank you Denny, and for those who can remember, here is his obituary:

Brigadier General Harvey Reed Fraser, PhD

 Befitting a proud and decorated World War II veteran, Brigadier General Harvey Reed Fraser PhD passed away at age 97 with his loving family present on November 10, 2013, the day before Veteran's Day 2013.   Harvey was born in Elizabeth, Illinois in 1916, the son of James Hiram and Ethel (Reed) Fraser.  He was a distinguished graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY (USMA) in 1939.  Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was posted to Schofield Barracks in the Territory of Hawaii. Here he married his dear wife, Jean Adele Mueller Fraser, on July 31, 1940.  When Pearl Harbor was bombed, Harvey was commanding Company A of the 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion.   His new bride, Jean did not want to evacuate with all the other families, as required, so she eagerly requested and was soon appointed as a First Lieutenant in the Woman's Air Raid Defense Force to work at the Aircraft Control Center where she tracked radar reports of friendly and enemy ships and airplanes. 

Harvey was then reassigned to Ft Lewis, WA, for combat engineer training.  After an extended assignment leading Engineers building numerous airfields in England, On December 13, 1944, he took command of the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion; three days later the front line came to the 51st where they fought as Infantry soldiers on the northern shoulder of the "Battle of the Bulge." The unit was awarded a U.S. Presidential Citation and the French Unit Croix de Guerre Citation with Silver Star for bravery during battle.

Harvey's unit built two floating bridges: the first across the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany, and the second across the Danube River at Ingolstadt.  The bridges carried a proud sign "51st Again."  Both of the bridge constructions were done under intense German gunfire with the loss of several of his soldiers. At the end of the war Harvey returned to the U.S. and was assigned as an Operations Officer in Oak Ridge Tennessee.  This was followed by his earning a master's degree in civil engineering at the California Institute of Technology and later his PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from the University of Illinois. Harvey's military career included 17 years at USMA as a permanent professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanics.  Harvey also graduated from the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and with distinction from the Von Karmen Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Brussels, Belgium. 

In 1965, at age 49, Harvey retired as a Brigadier General from his military career at West Point to assume his position as Dean of Engineering (1 year)  and then as the seventh President of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) in Rapid City, South Dakota for 9 years.   At that point, he had completed what he believed to be his major accomplishments at SDSMT, believing that "all the good that you can do will be done in the first ten years and then it's time for new blood and new ideas." He was known as the "bricks and mortar" president after overseeing nearly $8 million of new construction on the school's campus and reconstruction of several buildings damaged during the Rapid City flood of 1973.   He continued his academic career as the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Oregon Institute of Technology for four years and then ultimately retired in 1984 after 5 years in his position as Academic Dean of the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California. This last position offered a unique opportunity to combine both his military and civilian academic careers to round out his 45 years of service to his country and higher education. Even in retirement, Harvey continued his professional service as a member of the Board of Directors of MDU Resources Group, Inc. for 16 years.  Selected military and civilian awards and honors include:   2 Legions of Merit, 2 Bronze Stars (valor), French Croix de Guerre with star, 5 Battle Stars European Theater Operations, 1 Battle Star Pacific Theater Operations, Citation for Distinguished Service in Ethiopia 1964, and Distinguished Engineering Alumnus, University of Illinois, (PhD)  April 23, 1967. In 1999 he received the prestigious General Patton Award for significant contributions to World Peace.

Throughout his life, Harvey was well known as a sports enthusiast, both as a participant and as a widely recognized (and heard!!) expressive fan at all campus sporting events.  Through his last living days he continued to be guided by the USMA principles of Duty, Honor and Country and was always concerned about the welfare of those around him. 

 In retirement Harvey and Jean enjoyed many friends and athletic endeavors while alternating between Mesa, Arizona, and Rapid City, South Dakota for 12 years.  They made their final home in Colorado to be near family.   Harvey and Jean were the first occupants of the Balfour Retirement Community in Louisville, CO with residency at various levels of care over 14 years.  In addition to his family, Harvey leaves behind many adoring and admiring care givers and staff who considered him family during his long tenure.  Harvey was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Jean Adele (Mueller) Fraser in 2002, his infant daughter Jadele Irene in 1952 and infant granddaughter Mary Yeash in 1984.  He is survived by three children:  Harvey Reed Fraser, Jr. and his wife Katherine D. Fischer of Ridgefield, CT; Janet Fraser Hale of Shrewsbury, MA; and Joan Fraser Yeash and her husband James Yeash of Louisville, CO;  8 grandchildren: Heather Jean (Hale) Buck and husband Gary Buck of Lafayette, CO;  David Fraser Hale and Meghan McConville Hale of Cleveland, OH;  Lauren Fischer Fraser Finocchio and husband David Finocchio of San Francisco, CA, Jerred Fraser Yeash of Los Angeles, CA;  Ryan James Yeash and Katherine Jean Yeash of Louisville, CO; Justin Michael Yeash of Reston, VA; Erik Anthony Yeash and his wife Maria Luze Yeash of Salt Lake City, UT; and 6 great-granddaughters Elissa Jean, Ashley Elisabeth, and Haley Marie Buck;  and Mary Janet, Clara McConville, and Anne Susana Hale.

Interment will be at the National Cemetery, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a contribution to:

The Harvey Fraser Memorial
c/o SDSMT Foundation
306 E. St. Joseph Street, Suite 200
Rapid City, SD 57701 

Those wishing to make a credit card donation to the memorial for Harvey, through the new SDSMT Wellness Center can use the following link:

Thank you again Denny.

A Report from the Philippines

Our friend Sonny Arkangel shared with me the following exchange of e-mails between him and Ed Abesamis in the Philippines. It's great to hear that Ed and his family seem to have been spared in this recent tragedy but clearly the need remains great. I am not sharing this information as a solicitation, but to inform you of a communication between two of our Classmates and to let you know that one (Ed Abesamis) who was way too close, has successfully weathered the storm.  

Sonny wrote:

Aloha Ed,
Just checking on you to find out how you and your family are doing.  The local Filipino groups are certainly rallying to get support to you all the fastest.  I am recommending sending money via Catholic Relief Services since they are well established to help and 93-95% of the monies donated get to the needy.  I have tossed my name to Project Hope if they send the hospital ship over and need an Emergency Physician. Hermano, you and your family, are in my prayers. Stay well and let me know how else I can assist.

My family is alright, we were far from the typhoon path. Thank you. The number of casualties and the damage were too terrible. Everything that can help is welcome. I am sending my contribution through the Parish organization, and directly to people we know who were affected. There is plenty of relief coming; the problem is the distribution clog up.
Ed Abesamis

Aloha Rick,
For your info for us who are concerned about Ed.  Do we have anybody in VN? I may accompany Project Hope on a hospital ship. If I do, I will let you know.  If anyone wants to make a monetary donation, which is what is needed in the Philippines, consider making a donation via Catholic Relief Services, who have been around for a long while and is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic Church in the U.S.  Excellent record with 95% of donated funds going to the intended purpose.  Access site at  And that is the "unpaid commercial"
Stay well,

Thank you Sonny and God bless you for making yourself available to Project Hope. Please keep us informed should you go

Sunrise in Sandy Eggo

My friend Bob Bradley who lives in San Diego and frequently visits the Hawaiian Islands, has a habit of sending numerous pictures of sunsets, sunrises, beaches, and many spectacular landscapes. I have no idea why it is so hard to get him to turn his camera around and share a picture of the folks who are with him. Anyway, I just received this one and decided to share it with you because of the great story with it. From what I can see, my guess is that this shot was taken from his beautiful home in San Diego. 

How about 82 and sunny? 

Sunrise this morning, Son.

Had dinner last night w/ John Seymour, Dennis Lewis' bro Carter and Mike Thompson's son and brother, both "Dave."  Next time I'll get a photo, Rick.  Sorry. 

Seymour told a good one: 

When we were plebes for a couple weeks, we were all put in a big auditorium.  The King of Beast [probably Ronny Brown] told us all to stand at attention, then he proceeded to announce, "Okay, everyone who was high school class valedictorian, sit down [obviously, not me!].  Everyone who was solitarian, sit down.  National Honor Society, sit down. Top 5% of your class, sit down"......and so on. 

Finally, after a couple minutes of sit-downs related to intelligence, there were about 20 people left standing.  The King announced, "Gentlemen, I'd like to introduce the 1965 Plebe Football Team." 

Seymour, Denny Lewis, Parcells, et al were some of the ones still standing.

I vaguely remember the event in the joke and by all standards I can think of, I should have been one of the last to sit down however I don't think I got any closer than that to joining my many heroes who made that and many of the other great teams who represented us on the fields of friendly strife.

One More Veteran's Day Report

This time I'm heading back from the Veteran's Day activities in Downieville, and have a moment while spending the night in Tonopah, Nevada (halfway home). Ted Kleinmaier sent this great report from Indiana where he and his wife, Betsy had a chance to spend a little time with Buddy Bucha:

Some news from Indiana. My wife Betsy and I had the privilege of attending Carmel ('burb of Indianapolis) High School's Veteran's Day Convocation this morning where Buddy Bucha was the high school's keynote speaker. His nephew who attends the HS invited his uncle - a "command performance" according to Buddy : )

We told Buddy we were sorry we arrived late and missed his speech because our grandson was in his elementary school's program which was our first priority; all grandparents will understand. But we got there in time to see Buddy accepting the City's highest individual recognition - the Rangeline Pioneer Award - from Carmel's Mayor Jim Brainard (photo).

And we had a nice, but short visit with Buddy and his wife afterward.

Strength and Drive!

Ted Kleinmaier

Thanks Ted for a great report and super picture. Congratulations to Buddy.

Veterans Day 2013

Ed Simpson has kindly shared a great article from the Washington Post about some of the history and especially the incredibly efforts of our own Ric Shinseki as he tries to give our injured veterans the care they need and so richly deserve. I have attached it here and it will also soon be available on our Class website in the "Military/Patriotic Stories and Reports" section.  

I think it is a terrific story to share on this very special day when we honor all those who have served this great nation in uniform. I am so very proud to count myself as one of them and especially to be a member of this unique Band of Brothers known for their Strength and Drive. 

I wish you all a wonderful Veterans Day as we honor all Veterans and especially our fallen brothers - Be thou at Peace.

Wishing our Senior Veep a Speedy Recovery

I have been bugging folks to share a picture and message about our good friend Bob Radcliffe as he recovers from ankle surgery. Faye came through with this comment and photo.

Here is a picture of Bob from today.  He's doing well--trying to figure out how to use crutches, a walker and a rolling knee scooter.  Almost no pain thanks to the wonders of pharmaceutical science!!

Thank you Faye. Bob, you're looking good, we all wish you a speedy recovery.




A Football Game to Remember

Coming to you from Downieville, California where I will be joining in the Veterans Day activities tomorrow to honor and remember a dear friend of mine from the Class of 56, I just checked in to my room and found messages from John Seymour and our Hall of Fame quarterback, Rollie Stichweh suggesting that I share a link to the regarding information on the CBS airing of a special on the 1963 Army/Navy game. To make it easier, I decided just to copy the message and share it here:

CBS Sports Network To Premier Documentary About 1963 Army-Navy Game

Nov. 7, 2013

NEW YORK - CBS Sports Network will present Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered, a documentary about the monumental football game played between Army and Navy on Dec. 7, 1963, 15 days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The one-hour documentary airs on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m., 50 years to the week after Kennedy's death.

Actor Josh Charles of The Good Wife narrates the program.

Through the lens of this historic game, the documentary explores the impact Kennedy's death had on the nation, and the game's role in the country's healing process. Interviews include Senator John McCain; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, whose father was a Navy assistant coach at the time; former Navy coach Wayne Hardin and former Army coach Paul Dietzel; Navy players Roger Staubach, Skip Orr and Tom Lynch; and Army players Rollie Stichweh, Dick Nowak and John Seymour; as well as Tony Verna, the game's television producer, a number of Kennedy historians, including Robert Dallek, and many others associated with the game.

The game, which was played in front of 102,000 fans at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa., also had important implications on the field, as a win would put No. 2-ranked Navy into the National Championship.

Jack Ford is executive producer. Kyle Meek serves as producer. Emilie Deutsch is Vice President, Features and Original Programming, CBS Sports. For more information, go to

Encore presentations of Marching On: 1963 Army-Navy Remembered will air on CBS Sports Network at the following times:
 Friday, Nov. 15, 3 p.m.
 Saturday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m.
 Sunday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m.
 Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.
 Tuesday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m.
 Thursday, Nov. 21, 5 p.m.
 Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.

 To find CBS Sports Network in your market, visit

Should be great to watch albeit disappointing at the end.


License Plate Frame

If anyone is looking for another way to proudly share the fact that you are one of the Band of Brothers in our unique Class, Bruce Clark has provided a link you can use to get a license plate frame which declares your affiliation. Thank you Bruce.

Cheering for Army at the Army Air Force Game

Coming to you this time from Page Arizona (just a little golf outing with some of my friends from Goodyear, Arizona) I just received a very nice report from Bill Hecker regarding the gathering he put together in Colorado Springs, Colorado to support the Army Football Team as they took on the Air Force Academy Falcons. Here is his report:

Here is a picture of the members of Class of '65 who gathered together in Colorado Springs to cheer for Army and the activities surrounding the Army-Air Force game this past weekend.

Left to right: Susan Tredennick, Bill Tredennick, Les Hagie, Bruce Marshall, Marilyn Hagie, Tim Simmons, Larry Isakson, Becky Isakson, Preston Hughes, Ann Hughes, Nancy Hecker, & Bill Hecker. 

Events included Happy Hour and early dinner at the Colorado Mountain Brewery, followed by a spirited pep rally and bonfire down at Ft. Carson on Friday evening, featuring the Rabble Rousers and Cadet Pep Band! 

Saturday morning started with an early "breakfast tailgate" put on by the West Point Society, with the "March On" and "Kick Off" beginning at 10:00 am. 

The first half of the game Army looked pretty good, but they couldn't keep the momentum going, and began to fall behind in the second half.  Nonetheless, the weather was good, and it was fun all being together in spite of the final score. Hopefully next year will be better! 

After the game, everyone gathered at our house for dinner and a chance to visit and catch up with what was going on in each other's lives.  Lots of stories to share, as well as advice offered about Army football. 

A great time was had by all. 


Thank you Bill for a great report - all but the final score sounded like a great time.

A Final Goodbye to Ed Knauf

Two services were held for Ed Knauf in order to accommodate his many friends in the DC area as well as those who were able to return to our Rockbound Highland home for his interment. John Howell has done an outstanding job as the POC (Point of Contact) for us and Ed's family. Below is John's report on all the related activities and then a few photographs to help you get a feel for what it was like for those who were able to attend: 

Two services were held for Ed Knauf.  On Friday, October 18, a Memorial Mass was held at Holy Trinity in Georgetown.  Holy Trinity is the church that the Knauf family had strong ties with during the 20 plus years they lived and worked in Northern Virginia.  The Mass was served by the Priest who was Ed's good friend going back to the early 80s.  The memorial service was primarily for friends and co-workers in the D.C. area.  Also in attendance were classmates Steve and Mary Jo Ammon, Walt and Cathy Kulbacki, Ric and Patty Shinseki, Bob Cato, Steve Darrah, John Howell and Jack Koletty.  Ed's family members in attendance were wife Sue and sons Michael, Andrew, and Christopher.  The class flag was prominently displayed at the alter near Ed's poster sized picture and later at the reception.

On October 24, Ed was laid to rest in the cemetery at West Point following a Funeral Mass in the Old Cadet Chapel.  Arriving attendees were greeted by an appropriately dressed bag piper who later piped the honor guard from the Chapel to the grave site.  The service was well attended by nearly 100 guests among which were Ed's wife Sue, the three sons and their wives and a total of nine grandchildren.  The Class was represented by 19 Classmates and 11 wives/friends.  Flying in from California were Sue's two brothers, one with wife and two sons, one of which graduated from WP in 2002 (I pinned his 2/LT bars on).  Also coming from California was Ed's good friend and co-founder of Titan Corporation, Gene Ray.  The Mass wrapped up with the three sons each "remembering" their father followed by John Howell who related how important Ed was to our Nation's security and success during the "Cold War."  Many (half of the attendees) asked to have John's remarks emailed to them or posted on the Class Web Site.  Most classmates were unaware of Ed's contributions during the 70s, 80s, and 90s.  At the end of John's remarks, he invited all West Point graduates to join him at the altar to sing the three verses of the Alma Mater.  The Class was joined by Ed's nephew, Pete Ricci - Class of 2002, Phil Browning - Class of 1962 (Andrew Knauf's father-in-law), and a member of the Class of 1969 who grew up in Ed's hometown, Port Chester , NY.  The Mass and graveside were served by Father (Major) Ken Nielson who has five tours in Iraq/Afghanistan.  His words were very much appreciated by the family.  Following the Mass, attendees accompanied the Honor Guard and piper to the grave site where the American flag was presented to Sue Knauf by Colonel Greg Daniels, Director of DPE.  The presentation was followed by each of the 9 grandchildren (ages 4 months to 14) placing a rose on the box containing Ed's urn.  Most attendees proceeded to the reception held at the West Point Club in a room with a large balcony overlooking the Hudson River.   

The first photo gives you an idea of the display that was made which includes a, larger than life, picture of Ed taken as recently as July of this year, the flowers provided by our Class, and the US and Class Flags both of which had such a tremendous influence on Ed's life. Take a moment to compare this picture of Ed with the one below taken from our Howitzer. For me, he never lost that boyish look with the intense eyes that said "I can do it". In this second photo, all the graduates present were asked to come forward to lead the singing of the Alma Mater.

The next picture was taken at the grave side with two of Ed's granddaughters and one of his son's (Andrew) placing flowers on the box containing Ed's urn. Overseeing the gesture is Father (Major) Ken Nielson. The next shot shows Ed's other two sons Chris and Michael. Chris (Andrew's twin) is blessing the remains while Michael looks on.

Finally, Ed's wife Sue places a flower as she says goodbye to Ed.

Next we have two tables of guests at the reception. The first one includes (photo left): seated (L to R) Rose Ann and Johnny Wells and Jim and Maria Talbot, and standing behind Mark and Linda Sheridan, Jim and Carol Tomaswick, Gene Manghi, Ron Walter (you have to look down a little) and John Howell and Sue Knauf. In the second picture (photo right) we have: seated (L to R) Jack Jannarone, Bob Selkis, and Ray and Linda Hawkins, and standing Tom and Karen Henneberry, Sonny and Sherry Ray, and Mary Kay and John Salomone.

Additional attendees who weren't caught by the camera include, Kay Dermody, Reg Dryzga, Sherry Gill (Clair had an unavoidable commitment), Larry Neal, Rollie and Carole Stichweh, Ross Wollen and Myrita Pindar, and Barrie Zais.  

Attached you will find the eulogy provided by John Howell during the service. I recommend that you take the few minutes it will take to read it in order to really understand the tremendous loss his passing means to our Class and our Country. 

It has become my practice to share the picture and brief write up from our Howitzer when I make a final report like this. Doing it again here, I was struck by the lack of change over the many years in our friend Ed Knauf. A true friend of all of ours whose smile was a genuine invitation to get to know and appreciate what a great guy he was.

Thank you Ed for being one of this unique Band of Brothers. Rest in peace my friend - extremely well done!

A Gang Gathers for Golf

John Malpass sent this picture in to share along with these comments:

We played Monday and Tuesday at Bob's home course, "The Thistle" in Calabash, NC.  Bob put us up at his home and his condo.  We all got together for dinner on Sunday evening and Monday.  Not much else other than golf!  The group, from left to right are:  Gordy Larson, Chuck McCloskey, Jack Thomasson, Steve Darrah, Sandy Hallenbeck, Bob Radcliffe, Steve Harmon, Pat Kenny, and John Malpass.  ("Major," Gordy's magnificent service pup is missing; he was out chasing a squirrel.)

John R. Malpass, Ph.D.

A great picture and it looks like a great time. Thank you for sharing John.

A True American Hero Shares His Story

Our IT Guru, Chuck Nichols, has recently posted a terrific video on our webpage which you can find by going to Class Poop - Classmate Stories - Military/Patriotic Stories and Reports, it's currently at the top of the stack of great stories and it's called: "Behind-the-Lines" Look for the blue "GOOD STORY.... In the middle of the introduction and click on it to go to a 9:27 video that is well worth your time. Here is a direct link if you want to watch it now: . I challenge you to watch it all the way through without getting that telltale tear in your eye, I couldn't.

Thank you  to Jerry Ledzinski for bringing it to our attention and to Chuck for putting it on the website so we can all enjoy it. Don't miss it.

What Name for That Place We Called Home?

Well it was interesting research - didn't accomplish much but it was fun to compile the list of as many names as we came up with for our old home. Some of them reflect our feelings at the time we actually lived there while others seem to capture some of warmer feelings that developed as the years went by. Here they are in no particular order:

  • The Point
  • Woo Poo
  • The Rock
  • Our Rockbound Highland Home
  • Hudson High
  • One gentleman just pointed out that he thought the Hudson was the as..ole of the US and we were 50 miles up it. (looking at the bigger picture, I'd say that put us pretty near the heart of this great country).
  • Hogwarts on the Hudson
  • Alma Mater
  • Hudson Reform School for Boys
  • South Hudson Institute of Technology (Considering the initials, I'd say that one came out while we were living there)
  • Woo Poo U
  • Happy Valley
  • Black Rock

Interesting perspectives, however, whatever you call it, I remain proud to have survived almost four years there with you.

Our Roadie Takes His Solo Flight

Terry Ryan provided the following story which highlights just how big a role our own Chuck Nichols is playing in supporting our Class and Alma Mater with things technical: 

Our Roadie Takes His Solo Flight 

Our Class of 1965 webmaster and list manager, Chuck Nichols has taken on another task.  Chuck has recently joined the West Point Alumni Glee Club (WPAGC) as the Sound Engineer, or as we refer to him as our "roadie."   His first solo flight was for over 350 retirees at Greenspring in Virginia.  Joining singers Jim Ferguson, Pete Linn and Terry Ryan, Chuck provides a major "non-singing" capability in the mission of spreading the warrior spirit through music for veterans, service members, grads and their families with well over thirty appearances a year in the Washington DC area.  Significant out-of-the-area performances have been on the Intrepid in New York City (American Image Awards resulting in $1.4 million donated to Wounded Warriors), concerts at Lake of the Woods in Fredericksburg, a concert at Patriot Colony in Williamsburg VA, many Honor Flights to welcome WWII and Korean Veterans to see their memorials, etc.  The WPAGC will be singing a "first ever" joint concert with the Cadet Glee Club in Eisenhower Hall on February 28, 2014.   Watch our website for details if you are in the area in which we are singing. 

Terry Ryan '65
Vice President and Web Meister
West Point Alumni Glee Club
(703) 263-2232 (O); (703) 973-8731 (C) 

"No fun without music; no music without fun!" 

Thank you Terry for sharing this great story and especially, thank you to Chuck for another job obviously well done. When it comes to computers, and all things technical, I'm not sure there is much that Chuck can't do. Terry, next show, I need pictures of the group doing their thing and Chuck doing his.

A Visit to the Charming South - Day 4

Well, the fourth day of this great visit was pretty short for me as I had to hit the road before noon in order to get back to Arizona on schedule. The agenda called for the viewing of a Ranger School Demonstration at Ft Benning followed by the graduation of the current class. In typical Ranger style the proceedings included some very extreme (not so extreme to them but to many of us old farts in the stands) demonstrations such as the wonderful zip line into the lake, rappelling, walking (actually running) the high (40 ft) beam, dropping into the lake (1st picture), and several helicopter insertions (2nd picture) and extractions (3rd picture).

Given that this report is much shorter than the previous three, I am going to take the liberty of sharing a personal story which came to mind immediately when I witnessed the extraction in the third picture. I was enjoying my first Command while stationed on the off-shore island of Tokashiki, about 25 miles west of Okinawa in the East China Sea when we traveled to the main island (Okinawa) for firing exercises of our Hawk missiles. In the same training area and adjacent to our area, a Marine unit was practicing pilot extractions from deep jungle (basically lifting someone up about 200 feet before flying off to someplace where they could gently (yea right, these were Marines) lower him to the ground in a clearing where they could land and pick him up (no winches to pull him up). When I walked up to introduce myself they were happy to invite (OK I had to beg quite a bit) me to try being the yoyo at the end of the string. I'm sure it was my Ranger Tab that sealed the deal. Since I was wearing Class A Khakis, it turned out that the toughest part of the ride was curling my toes to keep my shiny oxfords from flying off. My troops seemed to enjoy seeing the boss flying around over their heads with no particular purpose other than to play with some pretty expensive equipment. One of my favorite memories from that assignment.
Getting back to the activities at Ft. Benning, the next picture shows a Ranger Unit moving forward to display some of the new equipment now available to this very effective fighting force. In the background you can see the ever-present rappelling wall. I was able to get two of the demonstrators to stand still long enough to get a pretty good shot of what they look like when they are ready to enter the battlefield.

Naturally, no self-respecting Range Demonstration would be complete without the obligatory hand to hand combat show. Remember how much fun it was to try to destroy your best buddy while maintaining a good relationship with him later? Not easy, but I think we all did it. I'm afraid my shot of the graduating class did not turn out too well, but Dave Hurley was kind enough to come through with this great shot of the guys who just successfully finished the course and are ready to put that coveted Tab on their uniforms. 

The Demonstration was concluded with the also obligatory crescendo of explosions and flybys. While I didn't catch all of it, I think this shot gives you an idea of what I'm talking about.

Again, because this report is a little shorter than the other three, I have two more tidbits to add. First, Bob Bradley responded to this picture in my Day 3 report with this: 
You probably already know that my father, Frank, was responsible for "I am the Infantry, follow me" poem.  He promoted it when he was a Colonel at Ft Benning in 1958-9, just before he retired.  He put it on the back of "Infantry Magazine" and it became an instant hit.
Thank you Bob and, unfortunately, I have to say I didn't know or, if I did, my terrible memory let me down again.
Finally, Dave Hurley asked me to include this interesting note to this final report on the Fall Golf Outing:
Barry Zais rode down in the elevator with David Feherty, who was there for the Basic Training graduation of his son on the day we went to the Ranger graduation. I saw them both walk through the lobby together and Barry said that Feherty told him his son's ambition was to go to Ranger School, but no golf tips. And no pictures either
For those of you who may not know, David Faherty is a former professional golfer on the European Tour and PGA Tour. He now works as a writer and broadcaster with CBS Sports and the Golf Channel.
Thank you again to Pat and Alice Kenny for putting together a great gathering which we all enjoyed. 

A Reminder of the Horrible Day

Chuck Moseley was kind enough to send a great set of pictures of what has been called the Peace Day and The Fallen Project where many folks came out to put impressions in the sand of Normandy Beach (9000 in all) depicting the lives lost when the Allies hit the beaches on D-Day. Due to some copy write rules, we were unable to share all of them but there is a great article there which will give you all the information regarding the tribute to the fallen. Here is the link: , or you can go to our webpage, Class Poop, Military/Patriotic Stories and Reports to find it. In the article, check the first photo and you can see some of the many remaining sections of the famous floating concrete piers that were built to expedite the offloading of ships on that terrible day.

Recent '65 Gathering at Pinehurst

John Vann just sent me this nice message and great photo of a small gathering at Pinehurst, they sure look like a bunch of happy people:

Here's a photo taken recently at our Pinehurst Country Club Member's Club, where we assembled all local '65 residents for a meal, some drinks, followed by Trivia Night.  For those who don't recognize the young faces, the first row L-R is Bo Forrest, Ann and Jack Thomasson, Eleanor and John Vann, Bill Bradburn, and John Malpass (Seems to me I just saw this boy a few days ago - some guys just get around).  The two young women in the back row are Dede Malpass and Bo's friend Alice. Had the front row been more willing to listen to Dede and Alice, we would have won first prize. More importantly, we had a great time and were the most entertaining table.

Our Pinehurst golfers are looking forward to upcoming matches with Pinehurst/Central North Carolina '65 golfers competing against '65 Coastal Carolina on a recurring basis.  Any states believe they can match our teams?

I think there are a few golfers here in the Valley of the Sun who would be happy to give either the P/CNC or the CC team or both a run for their money. Come on out and take your best shot - the odds of good weather here are much better than there (what is a hurricane anyway if not a typhoon going the wrong way?).

Thank you John, I appreciate the input.

A Visit to the Charming South - Day 3

While for most of us there was no golf on the third or fourth day, they proved to be as good as or better than the first two days. When I read the proposed schedule which included a graduation and a visit to a museum, my first thought was - "Boooring!" Well, I couldn't have been more off base. I really wasn't feeling up to golf so I changed my plans and joined the group going to the Ft. Benning for the graduation of Alpha Company at the completion of their Basic Combat Training. I know I have said it before, but these kids were so impressive (I got the chance to meet several of them later in the day) that I, once again, found myself full of pride and confidence in the future of our Army.

As we waited in our specially reserved seats in the stands, the band came out to entertain. They were led by a tiny but very talented Drum Major who was very impressive in her demeanor. Behind the band can be seen an area consisting of numerous standard built buildings, circa World War II, which are preserved as part of the museum and allows visitors to see how soldiers lived, trained, worshiped, and prepared for deployment. 

While for most of us there was no golf on the third or fourth day, they proved to be as good as or better than the first two days. When I read the proposed schedule which included a graduation and a visit to a museum, my first thought was - "Boooring!" Well, I couldn't have been more off base. I really wasn't feeling up to golf so I changed my plans and joined the group going to the Ft. Benning for the graduation of Alpha Company at the completion of their Basic Combat Training. I know I have said it before, but these kids were so impressive (I got the chance to meet several of them later in the day) that I, once again, found myself full of pride and confidence in the future of our Army.

As we waited in our specially reserved seats in the stands, the band came out to entertain. They were led by a tiny but very talented Drum Major who was very impressive in her demeanor. Behind the band can be seen an area consisting of numerous standard built buildings, circa World War II, which are preserved as part of the museum and allows visitors to see how soldiers lived, trained, worshiped, and prepared for deployment. 

It didn't take long for the formal band formation to break down to a very cool jam session.  They were far more entertaining than I was expecting.

Off to the right, still from the grand stands, could be seen the new, $110,000 National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. The next picture is from the main entrance which is at the far end from this vantage point. The dome that can be seen in this shot covers the very famous image that has become representative of the true meaning of leadership.

Who can see it without feeling a swelling in your chest that makes you want to yell, "Follow Me!" In the next shot we have Bob Harter, Chuck McCloskey, Dave Hurley, Sonny Ray, Sherry Ray, Faye Hayes (with Bob Radcliffe behind her), Greg Camp (a good friend of Pat Kenny, a member of the Class of 1968, a retired COL, and the Executive Director of the National Infantry Foundation which is responsible for raising money and running the museum), and last but by no means least, Pat Kenny. The picture was taken in the lobby and entrance to the museum and is located at the beginning of the 100 Yard Ramp which is explained here:

Since its formation in 1775, it has been said that the United States Army Infantry has owned "the last 100 yards" of the battlefield. After the Armor and Air support have completed their mission, it is the Infantryman's job to face the enemy bayonet to bayonet. The museum's signature exhibit is called The Last 100 Yards. A gently sloped ramp contains life-sized dioramas depicting significant battles in the Infantry's history, including Yorktown, Antietam, Soissons, Normandy, Corregidor, Soam-Ni, LZ X-Ray, and Iraq. Cross Burnside Bridge where Confederates held off Union Soldiers much longer than expected in the Battle of Antietam. Look straight up to see a rare WWII troop glider made of fabric-covered wood and metal. Witness the landing on D-Day and Ranger scaling Pointe du Hoc. A Vietnam era Huey helicopter sets the scene for the first big battle of the war. A Bradley Fighting Vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq leans precariously over the side of the ramp. The figures you see in each of these scenes are not mannequins; they are cast sculptures of active duty soldiers who auditioned for the opportunity to represent their predecessors. A stirring musical score and dramatic lighting that takes the visitor from night to day complete the Last 100 Yards experience. This unique exhibit helped win the museum a THEA, the coveted Themed Entertainment Industry Award for Excellence.

Here are a few photos of the dioramas described above. At the beginning of the Ramp is a great scene from the Revolutionary War followed by a scene depicting Rangers scaling Pointe du Hoc on D Day during World War II.

The next scene is a Medal of Honor recipient during the actual action which earned him that highest of awards. Interestingly, they have actually put a likeness of his face on the sculpture that represents him. Finally, the scene described above of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle damaged by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

There is no way to effectively describe this magnificent salute to the American Fighting Man, so I highly encourage you to make a visit to this museum next time you are in the area. Finally, we finished the day with a group visit to "The Loft" restaurant in downtown Columbus, Georgia. In the first picture (clockwise around the table from front left) Bob Frank, Mary Frank, Lynda Zais, Barrie Zais, Dave Hurley, Bob Harter, John Malpass, Chuck McCloskey, and Rosemary McCloskey. In the second picture, Bob Radcliffe, Sonny Ray, Sherry Ray, Alice Kenny, Tom Henneberry, Pat Kenny, Jay Stewart and Faye Hayes.

A truly great day with good friends, terrific entertainment and displays, and many, many memories. A special thank you to those who helped me by furnishing some of these photos.

CASH/A Program for our Affiliation Class of 2015

Emery Chase, whose grandson Gavin is a member of our Affiliation Class of 2015 and is the Training NCO for his company, sent me this interesting photo of our Class of 1965 Forum being used as a casual classroom. The Cadets are being provided with instruction on CASH/A which stands for "Cadets Against Sexual Harassment and Assault" which is basically the USMA version of the Army's SHARP or "Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention and Response" Program.

I couldn't help but notice that these kids conduct themselves in a much more casual manner than we would ever have been permitted to do while in view of the public. However, I remain convinced that they are nonetheless very sharp and provide me with a great deal of confidence regarding the future of our Army.

A Visit to the Charming South - Day 2

Once again, my apologies for the delay in getting these out to you. I just arrived home about six hours ago. Well, our second day was another beautiful day on the links, this time it was Maple Ridge which is very close to Pat and Alice Kenny's beautiful home which I believe is on the 13th hole. Here we see Chuck McCloskey getting ready to hit the links (or is he filling out his scorecard before the round?). Next we have Bob Harter with a hat given to him by his family. Talk about an inappropriate hat - that's Grumpy on his hat, playing golf. The golf works but I've never known Bob to be even close to grumpy. It would be like me wearing a hat that said Tiny!

After the round we actually had some fool lock his keys in the trunk of his car. He could be seen lying on his back looking for a hide-a-key he said he put under there five years ago and it either fell out or he forgot where he put it (most probably the latter). Anyway, the worst part was that I (I mean he) did all this while wearing my fuchsia golf shirt. Fortunately someone suggested calling the local Chrysler Dealer who sent out a replacement key with only the last eight digits of the VIN number to go by. Here we see the bozo just prior to his somewhat foolish deed and Tom Henneberry who was unable to prevent the mistake.

In this picture we have Tom again, John Malpass, Barrie Zais, and Pat Kenny with more of our gang in the background, all enjoying a break for lunch following the round.

The evening of the second day found us all (or most of us) at the beautiful home of Alice and Pat Kenny. The first picture was the obligatory group picture of all in attendance. Left to right in the back row we have Bob Frank, Pat Kenny, Bob Radcliffe, and Chuck McCloskey. The two lovely ladies in front of them are Alice Kenny and Rosemary McCloskey. And in the front row we have Sonny Ray, Dave Hurley, Sandy Hallenbeck, Mary Frank, Faye Hayes, Jay Stewart, Sherry Ray (trying to hide), Tom Henneberry, and John Malpass. Can you tell that no one is really having a good time? In the second picture are our charming hostess, Alice Kenny and her hardworking husband Pat. Thank you both for a wonderful evening in your home.

Later in the evening Bob Frank poured a special bottle into many glasses and shared them with everyone so we could join in a toast to Harry Dermody and all our fallen brothers. I wouldn't name names but someone looks like she couldn't wait for me to get through framing the picture.

Finally, a great shot of two of our lovely ladies who, while unplanned, dressed like sisters and they are obviously having a great time.

Thanks again to Alice and Pat Kenny for opening their beautiful home to so many hungry folks.

Preparing for the Farewell to our Friend Dave Gabel

Bill Birdseye, our POC for Dave Gabel's family, has provided the following updated information regarding the service and activity to be held at West Point on November 4th:

The funeral will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, November 4, 2013.  I need to confirm that the mass will be at the Catholic Chapel.

Dave Gabel's older son Mike, COL now himself, set up a block at the Five Star Inn to accommodate attendees outside of the family, who will all stay in the DVQs near (I understand) the Catholic Chapel.  The essence of the block:

There are 25 rooms set aside for the nights of 3 November and 4 November: family rooms, queen suites, and king (executive) suites.

Family rooms have 2 twin sized beds and 1 queen sized bed divided between 2 rooms. Rate: $129.00 (15 rooms blocked).

Queen suites have a living room with a pull out sofa and a back bedroom with a queen sized bed. Rate $119.00 (8 rooms blocked).

King suites have a living room and a back bedroom with a king sized bed. Rate: $119.00 (2 rooms blocked)

The rooms reserved are all in building 2113 (Old Lady Cliff).

Guests can call the front desk team 24/7 at 845-446-5943 and ask to reserve rooms under the block code GAB.

Cutoff date is Monday, October 28, 2013 when the rooms in the block will go back into general availability if they have not yet been reserved.

Based on emails I have received to date, the block should more than suffice, but I will monitor it closely in case we need to add accommodations.

I talked with Ilse this evening.  She is managing; her sister-in-law Elizabeth (widow of Dave's older brother Mike, USMA '59) came in to be with her.  Ilse is at home at 42 Forester Court, Northport, NY  11768-2128, telephone 631-757-5925.

My wife Martha and I plan to arrive at WP on Saturday, November 2, as an advance guard.  I reserved one of the king suites in the block and can attest that the front desk was on-the-spot at 10:30 tonight. 

That said, if anyone wanting to stay at the Five Star Inn has difficulties contacting it, please let me know so I can help.  Updates to follow.

Tel (703) 938-8955
Fax (703) 938-8958   

Thank you Bill, well done.

Grip Hands, my friends as we prepare to say goodbye to yet another of our fallen Classmates.

A Visit to the Charming South - Day 1

What a terrific gathering this was albeit a little smaller than previous golf gatherings. We made up for the lack of numbers with spectacular weather, beautiful golf courses, informative visits to Ft. Benning, a wonderful dinner at the Kenny home and camaraderie to be found only with Classmates of our amazing Class. For me, the charm of the South was more apparent on this visit than I can recall on any of my previous visits.  

We started by gathering at the Calloway Gardens Golf Course near Pine Mountain, Georgia where we had four foursomes and played a scramble format. Getting ready to hit the links are Jay Stewart, Pat Kenny (our Host and Organizer/Coordinator), Bob Radcliffe, and Sandy Hallenbeck,(photo left)  and then, John Malpass clearly making a move on Mary Frank (photo right), and finally Jack Tidwell (ex - '65) on the left and Tom Henneberry on the right.  

Dave Hurley, ready to go and Lynda and Barrie Zais ready to go two ways - he to golf, she to shop. Following the round Sandy Hallenbeck, John Malpass, Moi, and Jack Tidwell took the suggestion of Pat Kenny and went to dinner at Hunter's Pub where we enjoyed some great steak and their famous deep fried lobster. I'm told the red wall behind us was painted that way to help improve the appetite of the patrons. I'm not sure if it was necessary for us as we were pretty hungry anyway

I have chosen to break this report into four parts, one for each day, and I will ask you to be patient as I am trying to do this on the road as I drive back to Arizona with a visit with an old friend in Frisco, Texas on the way. Currently I'm in Jackson, Mississippi with a little time but I'm not sure how much time I'll have for the remaining parts until I get back. Thanks for being understanding. 

By the way, I have noticed the signatures of a gentleman from another class and our own Chuck Nichols which incorporates a small image of the class crest. I found them to be very attractive and another excellent way to express the strong feelings of pride I have at being a member of this great Class so, with considerable help from Chuck to make it happen, I will be signing my messages (or Bunn-o-grams as I've heard some are calling them) with this new signature.

Rest in Peace Dave Gabel

Let me begin with a big thank you to Chuck Nichols who stepped up to back me up while I'm on the road and to Bill Birdseye for stepping up to be our POC without even being asked. He has some information to share right now which follows. Things are happening quickly so all we can do is get you the information as fast as possible and hope that you have the time to support the family as they move through this difficult time. Here are Bill's notes:

A viewing for Dave Gabel will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM, at:

Brueggmann Funeral Home
522 Larkfield Road
East Northport, NY  11731-4202

Dave belonged to the Knights of Columbus.  I understand the local Knights and the priest from Ilse's and Dave's church will speak at the 7:00-9:00 PM viewing.  The family welcomes any classmates and others who learn via this email of the viewings to join them.

Dave's funeral at West Point (mass and interment) is tentatively set for Monday, November 4, 2013, date to be confirmed and details to be determined and shared as quickly as possible.  The family is in touch with the AOG.  I ask any classmate or friend who reads this email and contemplates attending to inform me as soon as possible as to how many he, she, or they may be and whether he, she, or they contemplate overnight lodging at West Point so I can expedite a headcount and logistics planning. Contact me by any means that you choose.

Martha L. & William S. Birdseye
2708 Curzon Court
Vienna, Virginia 22181-6114
Tel (703) 938-8955
Fax (703) 938-8958

Grip hands my friends, the loss of our dear friend Dave was sudden and very difficult for all of us and the family. If there is any way you can support the family at this viewing, please do so.

A Chance Encounter with a Brother of a Fallen Classmate

Jim Webb had a chance meeting at a Rotary Club seminar and was kind enough to share these comments and a nice picture.

I attended a Rotary Club seminar yesterday in Kerrville Texas. I met a fellow attendee named Bill Philpotts, who lives in Fredericksburg, Texas. I asked if he had a relative who attended West Point. He said yes, his older brother, Don. I explained that Don and I were classmates and in the same company. Bill and I spoke for a bit about Don until the seminar speakers resumed.  Here is a photo of the two of us, Bill on your left, me on your right.

Thanks Jim, great picture. I wish my Rotary Club meetings had been so casual.

A Beautiful Picture of Our Old Home

Paul Schultz was kind enough to send a great picture of West Point taken from the Boscobel Mansion. Now I know nothing about the Boscobel Mansion so I asked Paul to expand his comments a little which he did but I still don't know anything about the mansion. He did explain a little about the picture which I will share but I will leave out the seemingly obligatory comments about my fuchsia shirt. Here are most of his comments:

As I said, the picture was taken by a close friend and great photographer who was leading a hiking group along the Hudson River Trails and the Group stopped to tour Boscobel.  The only story is that the hiking trails and old rail trails along the East side of the Hudson are really improved and extensive now.  We go regularly to mountain bike or hike them. By using the converted rail trails you can go from New York City all the way to the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt mansions - stopping at the CIA for a great lunch.

What a great picture! As I proof read my comments, I can't help but feel that using the term "West Point", seems a little too formal. Somehow "The Rock" or "Our Rock Bound Highland Home" or some other colloquialism seems more appropriate. That made me start thinking (hurts a little but I'll get used to it) that it might be fun to see how many colloquialisms we can muster for our nearly four year home. I'll start with a few that I can remember having heard over the years and ask anyone interested to add to the list and after a few weeks I'll share the list with everyone. Here goes:

The Point
Woo Poo
The Rock
Our Rockbound Highland Home
Hudson High
Hogwarts on the Hudson

OK, that will get us started. No need to put a lot of time or effort into this, if you can think of an addition to this list just hit reply and it will go to Chuck Nichols and me and I will make a list to share in a few weeks.

It's Working!

Sometime back I threatened to send out more pictures of me in my fuchsia shirt if I didn't get some stories to share with the Class. Clearly my threat was heard and had the desired effect as the following story will attest:  

As part of the continuing campaign to delay your sending more pictures featuring a fuchsia shirt, here are a couple of recent pictures from some members of the down-state Virginia contingent of the Class of 65. 

Every 6 months or so, Jim & Margie Berry (Fredericksburg), Jim & June Harvey (Chesapeake), Jim & Lynne Helberg (Midlothian, near Richmond), Darlene & I (Mechanicsville, near Richmond) get together for dinner to swap updates on grandkids, rehash Army's football season, report on recent occasions when we've enriched our medical community, and generally solve the world's problems.   

We all tried to get together in late July, but the Berrys and Helbergs couldn't make it, so Jim, June, Darlene and I got together at the Seasons Restaurant in Merchants Square in Colonial Williamsburg, on one of the nicest evenings of the summer.  Jim and June's tales of the recent tour June led to Europe were so entertaining and so involved, we encouraged them to write a book about the trip-in their spare time (the 10 free minutes they have every month)!

Left to right:  Jim & June Harvey, Darlene & Dave Hopkins

We had hoped that all eight of us could get together last weekend at the Charles City Tavern, but Jim & June couldn't make it.  The rest of us did our best to make up for their absence, not allowing a single lull in the conversation the entire evening.  We did miss Jim and June's updates on their grandkids, and any medical wisdom they might have provided, but we're pretty sure we nonetheless came up with improvements for the Army team and solutions for most, if not all, of the world's problems. 

Left to right:  Jim & Margie Berry, Dave & Darlene Hopkins, Jim & Lynne Helberg

You can see that by coincidence we three guys put up a coordinated effort to compete with your fuchsia shirt.  Hopefully we made up in numbers what our colors lacked in intensity. 

Strength & Drive!

What a great tradition and nice report. Thank you Dave. I love the all red look which is only outdone by the beautiful ladies. However, now that I know you gather as eight, I must insist that you follow this report with one that includes all eight at once next time you get together. To insure that you don't forget, let me point out that a picture of the fuchsia shirt in my "Inferno" red convertible can literally hurt the eyes.

OK Let's Make it Happen - BEAT NAVY!

 As he has done many times before, John Howell, is once again putting together a terrific gathering of Classmates for the Army/Navy Game. This time I predict that his efforts will be successful in helping the Black Knights enjoy a victory over those squids who have had much too much time in the limelight.

 We are going to provide three ways to get all the information you will need to connect with this happy band of merrymakers in support of this effort. Attached to this message is the flier which includes phone numbers, addresses, and times as well as a registration form to make connecting easy. Additionally, here is a link which will take you to our webpage where the same information can be found: ( Finally, here is the link that goes directly to the same flier: (

 Thank you John for another job extremely well done.

 Strength and Drive,

PMEE Continues to Make Us All Proud

Paul Schultz has once again come through with a terrific report to keep us up to date as he and all the others supporting the PMEE Program and mentoring our Affiliation Class of 2015 continue to make us all proud. Paul reports:

It was a beautiful USMA Day, weather perfect and the volunteers full of energy and enthusiasm. We are neck in neck with Class of 1966 in volunteer turnout, and did edge them in the final few yards when Rollie appeared in the Haig Room just before the Prep Session Started.

This session concerned several problems facing a Platoon Leader, an insubordinate squad leader who was Acting Platoon Sergeant and a Company Commander who didn't provide any support.  The last issue concerned how to gain respect of your men when they are much more experienced than you when you take command.

We had lively discussions during the Prep session, and saw continued improvement with the preparations of Cadet Class Facilitators and Faculty counselors when we went to the classes.  In addition to favorable feedback from PMEE staff and leadership, we also got great feedback from some members of 2015 just before the session started.

A Personal example:

After the Prep session, we wait on the steps at Ninninger Hall to make connection with the Cadet Facilitator(s) for our assigned company/class.  I had several members of 2015 who knew the drill come by to say hello and talk about their future plans while we were waiting. Then dash off to lunch formation.  That's the kind of feedback that really gets to you.

 Classmates who have volunteered all treasure the experience and we encourage anyone else who wants to try a session to come to the Spring Classes.  Dates are still being firmed, and that will be a separate email.

We had one new Volunteer, Joe McChristian, and the rest are PMEE Program veterans who have contributed so much to the program's success and the Class of '65 reputation with PMEE.  The picture was taken on the top floor balcony at the library, with Trophy Point in the background.   Classmates in the picture, from left to right are:

Gene Manghi, George Gehringer, Paul Schultz, Russ Campbell, Jose Sanchez, Dave Gabel, Bob Frank, Rollie Stichweh, Dan Donaghy, Joe McChristian, Dick Smoak, and Lee Hewitt.

Special "Spizzerinctum" Kudos to Jose Sanchez and Dick Smoak, both of whom travelled to PMEE while still recovering from very bad cycling accidents. They showed real Strength and Drive.

Paul Schultz
Class of 65 POC

Thank you Paul and all of you, you continue to make me proud to be a part of this great Class.

And Where Was that Mountain?

Bill Sherrell sent me this nice story with a great picture. Since I read that Faye seemed to have some doubt about the existence of Mt Rainier and because in my 30 years in that area I found many long stretches where my doubts seem to grow also, I thought I would add the second picture, taken from Bill's back yard in July of this year, to prove that there really is a mountain out there. Nice also that it puts Tad Ono into the story also. Here is Bill's report:

Bob and Faye Radcliffe came out to the Pacific Northwest last week to visit one of Bob's sons who lives in the Seattle area and on Sunday, he and Faye came down to our place for dinner. During their visit, we experienced record rain which is saying a lot for Puget Sound.  Faye asked which way is the mountain?  So Susan showed her some pictures to prove that there is a real mountain out there. Bob is fired up about his ankle replacement surgery scheduled for November and hopes to heal in time for the Spring Golf Outing.  Susan has not healed from her foot surgery and is still in some pain and Bob noted that Susan is wearing the same type of foot protector that Bob will be wearing during his surgery rehab.   All in all, it was a great visit with a wonderful couple and we were thrilled that they made the time to visit.

Bill Sherrell

Here we see Bob and Bill in the back and Faye and Susan in the front.

And then, proof positive that there really is a big old mountain out there even if cloudy skies hide it much of the time.

Let's keep both Bob and Susan in our thoughts and prayers as they recover from some pretty major surgeries.

S & D's Contribution to the Success of the PMEE Program

Our Class is once again leading the way with outstanding support for the Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE) Program this fall. Click here to view a copy of a participation report provided by CPT Michael G. Davidson, Education Officer from the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME) which sponsors the program.

Paul Schultz, who has done a magnificent of organizing and coordinating our efforts in this support shared these words:

 From the very first PMEE session, where the Class of 1965 had 3 volunteers and was already higher than the other two classes, we have developed a cadre of 30+ classmates who regularly attend the PMEE classes. The volunteers doing the October presentations are shown in the attached participation report.

 In addition, the Class of 1965's recommendations on publicizing the PMEE program participation was followed by PMEE, with the results that the Class of 1966 is showing similar volunteer results.

It's a real credit to the continuous improvement that PMEE actively reviews all the improvement recommendations and has incorporated many into all aspects of the programs.  This is a "Giveback" to USMA which will continue to bear fruit for many years.

Paul Schultz

Finally, our Class President, Clair Gill, shared these words to acknowledge the great work being done by those who have stepped up to represent us:

The "giveback" to USMA most directly includes the interactions and impacts our life-experienced volunteers have had with individuals and groups from the Class of 2015 as they shaped their views of ethics in our profession of arms. An important side benefit will be from the examples we have set for future affiliation classes, and from improvements driven into the Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE).

Well done Strength and Drive.

Please watch for future schedule notices that I will share and try to join when you can. Our Classmates are having a very positive impact on the careers of these outstanding cadets.

Lunch at Pebble Creek

Frank and Cam Hennessee have been on the move quite a bit this summer. As they were just passing through their home here in Goodyear, Arizona, they were kind enough to take Donna and me to lunch at the Clubhouse here in their and our community of Pebble Creek. They are now off to California and on to Hawaii for a brief vacation before Frank faces the difficulties of knee replacement surgery before the end of the year. There is very little fun involved in this procedure so please keep him your thoughts and prayers. Actually, for all I know, he may need them in Hawaii as well.

Here you see Cam, Frank, Moi, and Donna at the Clubhouse in Pebble Creek - always fun to break bread with good friends.

Lunch in the Villages

Jerry Merges kindly shared the following brief report. Unfortunately, the photo gets very fuzzy if I try to get it larger so you can see the faces. At least we can see that there are smiles on the faces and that is the most important thing after all. Jerry's report: 

Jim and Janet Dyer from Port Orange, FL joined Dave and Marcella Gnau and Peg and Jerry Merges for the September luncheon in the Villages, Thursday September 26th.

Following the luncheon Dave and Jim tackled the Glenview Championship Golf Course- no report other than Jim emailing me that he must have left his "A" game at home.

Pic is Jerry and Peg, Jim and Janet Dyer, and Dave and Marcella Gnau.

Strength and Drive

Thank you Jerry.

50th Reunion Update

I got this report from Tom Kovach who explains some of the work he and Marilyn are doing in preparation for the 50th Reunion. Thank you Tom and Marilyn for all you are doing for us. Tom's report:

To the West Point Class of 1965 Community:

Recently, Marilyn and I traveled from Las Vegas to New Hampshire to visit family.  On the way, we made some stops - most of which were related to the planning for our 50th Reunion.

First stop was Chicago.  While Marilyn was enjoying lunch with our overnight hostess, I gathered with some of the Chicago area '65ers for a great lunch.  Pictured from the left seated are Norm Eckstein, Ken Yoshitani, and George Seaworth; from the left standing are Denny Coll, Tom Kovach, Chuck Shaw, and Tom and Anna Croak:

Chuck brought a bottle of great Riesling wine from his new Michigan operation for all of us to sample.  The wine is labeled "Oerther" and the story behind that can be found on Chuck's website

After lunch, Denny and I discussed the continuing 50th Reunion communications with the family members of our deceased classmates.  Our goal is to have each deceased classmate represented at Reunion by at least one family member.

Next stop was Tarrytown, NY.  There we were joined by Gene and Berni Manghi for a meeting with the event coordinator at the Westchester Marriott Hotel which will serve as our Reunion headquarters and lodging facility.  We toured the hotel and discussed many aspects of Reunion planning such as catering options.  As a side note, the Class of 1968 had begun arriving for their 45th Reunion thus we saw some of the areas (registration, hospitality, etc.) set up generally as they will be for our Reunion.  This was the fourth consecutive Class of 1968 reunion held at the Westchester Marriott.

After the tour and meeting with the hotel's event coordinator, the four of us dined in the hotel's dining room and continued to discuss many other Reunion details.  Pictured from the left are Tom and Marilyn Kovach, and Berni and Gene Manghi:

The photo was taken by Bob Hensler, Class of 1968, who was seated with his wife at the next table.  We had engaged the Henslers in conversation and prior to formally introducing ourselves, Bob mentioned that he was in Company A-1.  I said that I was in A-1.  Bob asked my name and when I stated same, he immediately said "Your roommate, Bill Ritch, hazed the dickens out of me!"  I said that was probably not possible since Bill and I ran one of the easiest Firstie rooms in A-1.

Last stop was West Point.  We departed the Westchester Marriott in the morning (on a Thursday) at about the same time that the buses will depart for West Point during our Reunion.  We crossed the Tappan Zee Bridge westbound with no delay - the toll booths are eastbound and the commuter traffic is eastbound at that time of day.

At West Point, we met with Vince McDermott of the Directorate of Academy Advancement (DAA).  We discussed everything Reunion - Alumni Exercises and Cadet Review, Memorial Service, lunches, Academy and WPAOG Briefing, Class Meeting, bus stops, restroom facilities, etc., etc.  And for those of you who earlier had expressed interest, we probably will be able to schedule a tour of the USMA Preparatory School for a limited number of attendees (around 150 max).  Probably the most important item discussed was confirmation by Vince of our Reunion dates as follows (this is NOT a change from the dates previously announced):

Sunday, 17 May 2015 to Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Book it into your calendars now if you have not done so already.

We also met with Alexis Davis of the WPAOG reunion support group.  Again, we discussed everything Reunion including the online Reunion sign-up process with payment by credit card.  Our final meeting occurred during lunch at the West Point Club with Mara Borack of Academy Photo.  We discussed our photography requirements for the 50th Reunion Photo Book.

The pace of Reunion planning will accelerate over the next twelve months or so.  Many decisions are to be made so that we can set the Reunion fees for sign-up which will commence in the January 2015 timeframe.  Hotel reservation capability via online webpage will be available sooner - around June 2014.  More to follow in the coming months.

Strength and Drive!
om Kovach
50th Reunion Committee

Celebrating the Life of Paul Dietzel

Rollie Stichweh told me that he had herd several inquiries about the funeral services for Coach Dietzel which just occurred in Baton Rouge, LA last Friday. He also provided this brief report from Rees Barksdale, '66:

 Sent: Mon, Sep 30, 2013 3:30 pm

ARMY TEAM: Last Friday's beautiful service was magnificent!  Attached are the service program and a photograph of ANNE with LSU COACH LES MILES at the visitation.

 Representing WEST POINT were COLONEL JOE DeANTONA from the "AAA" (now ODIA), CHET KEMPINSKI and TOM KERNS '64, JOHN JOHNSON and ROLLIE STICHWEH '65, and SONNY STOWERS and I '66.  The rest of THE ARMY TEAM was there in spirit. At the start of the service, COLONEL DeANTONA , resplendent in his "blues", was asked to stand.  His presence was appreciated more than I can say. And, there was a good turnout from the South Carolina and, especially, LSU teams.

 ANNE's grace and beauty shown through every second.



Attached is a copy of the program of the service and a picture provided by LSU Athletics.

Grip hands my friends, Paul played a very large part in the history and development of our Class.