December Class Notes Below.
Gordy Larson reported on the Army-Missouri Armed Forces Bowl Football game. Army 24. Missouri 22
Coll & Fred Smith reported that USMA1965 had a nice gathering at
the Hilton Meadowlands and Met Life Stadium for the Army Navy game.
Part of the pre-game activities remembered the 20 years since the 9/11
terrorist attacks on NYC, PA and the Pentagon. Lee Greenwood and the
fans sang "God Bless the USA." Lee Greenwood sang that song 20 years
ago at the Army Navy game. It was memorable and moving both times.
While the outcome of the game was disappointing, we had a nice gathering. We shared a lot of memories, old and new life stories, with good camaraderie and the joy of being together. And there were certainly a lot of laughs. The Army Navy game will be in Philadelphia in 2022.
Early party-goers: Kay Dermody, Sherry Gill, Mary & Bob Frank and Clair Gill
Fred & Mary Ellen, Cathy Coll, Clair & Sherry, and Dawn &
Scott Congiusti. Dawn (AOG) is an Honorary member of USMA 1965.
Russ & Maryann Campbell with daughter Elizabeth & husband Michael as well as son Russ, Jr. + Ross Wollen & Myrita
Tom & June Ferguson, Bob Harter, LTC Johanna Thompson Wynne (MG John's daughter) & husband Brian, Dave Hurley, Tom Barron and Joann Tyner (Step)
Tom & June Ferguson, Bob Harter, LTC Johanna Thompson Bob & Mary Frank, Kay Dermody, Patti Jones, Laura Wynne (MG John's daughter) & husband Brian, Dave Kay Dermody Lampshire & hubby Greg and Ray & Linda.
Army faced Navy on December 11th. Navy
Some 60 years ago, Richie Donahue and Gerry (Boo) Buckosky were sworn in as West Point cadets and placed in Company A-2. We spent some time walking the Area together, but did not particularly bond until the summer of '63 when we and three other classmates: Bo Forrest (RIP), Russel Dornier (RIP), Andy Zaleski hooked up for a driving vacation (VW Van) through Europe after AOT tours. It was a rip-roaring time for the five with many hilarious experiences none would forget.
In any event, a week ago today, Richie was in Palo Alto. I drove up from San Diego and we had a long lunch kickin' our academy years around . . . lots of laughs. Then it was over and time for pictures. Below, Ritchie is pointing to me with his "finger" while we are caught up in laughter. Great time Ritchie.
Larson is acknowledged for his Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQ)
analysis which he shares each Monday morning during football season.
Below are the statistics for the year 2021.
210904 Georgia State at Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta. W 43-10.
210911 Western Kentucky at Michie Stadium. W 38-35.
210918 University of Connecticut at Michie Stadium. W 52-21.
210925 Miami of Ohio at Michie Stadium. W 23-10.
211002 Ball State at Michie Statium. L 16-28.
211016 Wisconsin at Randall Stadium. L 14-20
211023 Wake Forrest at Michie Stadium. L 56-70.
211106 Air Force Academy Arlington Texas. W 21-14 OT
211113 Bucknell at Michie Stadium. W 63-10.
211120 University of Massachusetts at Michie Stadium. W 33-17.
211127 Liberty University at Lynchburg VA. W 31-16.
211211 Navy at in Rutherford NJ.
211223 Army v. Missouri in the Armed Forces Bowl at Fort Worth Texas
Over all performance 9 Wins, 3 Losses
Our condolences go out to the families of the 15 who have joined the Long Grey Line this past year:
Doug Gibson: 21-11-11
Frank Arnall: 21-11-06
Step Tyner: 21-10-27
Mike O’Grady: 21-10-14
Duke Wheeler: 21-09-28
Rick Sullivan: 21-09-04
Jesse Whitten: 21-08-26
Bill Brush: 21-07-31
Ron Bailey: 21-07-17
Duncan Brown: 21-06-21
Bruce Marshall: 21-04-27
PT McDonald: 21-04-21
Bill Connolly: 21-04-14
Don Parrish: 21-01-14
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November Class Notes Below.
Gordy reviewed many different aspects of the contest as Army defeated Liberty University in Michie Stadium 31 to 16 on November 27th.
Attached a pic of 13 tree ornaments, a soldier doll and a belt my wife, Grace Anne, made for me. We have been together 13 years now and she has made at least one for me every year. The belt took her over 100 hours to complete. I thought it might be of interest to some.
Gordy reviewed many different aspects of the contest as Army defeated U. Mass. in Michie Stadium 33 to 17 on November 20th. U.
Army v. Bucknell, Gordy reviewed many different aspects of the contest as Army defeated Bucknell Michie Stadium 63 to 10 on November 13th.
Paul Schultz Reports
This weekend there is a 12K run supporting military veterans and active duty in Mobile at the Battleship Alabama Memorial Park. My wife runs this one every year. The 2021 race is in honor of the US Army. At the race check in was a Navy Federal Credit Union tent with a USNA graduate handing out memorial towels.
What used to be 150s Football is now Army-Navy Sprint Football. Mark West is the present coach Tommy Thompson, below, want to play.
Skip O’Donnell Reports
Eleven years ago, on November 11th, that year, Wayne Newton, Senator Reid/NV other officials as well as the national USO succeeded in establishing the LV USO airport lounge.
On November 11 at 1100 hours this year, we the USO volunteers, gathered at the aforementioned USO airport lounge with Wayne to celebrate our 11th anniversary happily serving the US Armed Forces active duty and retired service members passing through Vegas. As most people know, Wayne has been very involved with the USO for many years.
I remember his doing USO tours in Vietnam. Anyhow, Wayne graciously asked to shake hands and have pictures taken with us USO volunteers as shown below.
Gordy reviewed many different aspects of the contest as Wake Forest defeated Army in Michie Stadium 70 to 56 on October 23rd. Wake Forrest has has an outstanding year owing to its outstanding offensive passing attack.
Greetings from Western Carolina. The Western Carolina crowd got together on Friday in Hickory, NC. I can report Carrabba’s survived our spirited gathering.
Going around the table from left to right are Ed Winstead, Gene Parker, Margaret Parker, Sue Timmerman, Pam Winstead and Tim Timmerman!
Dan Christman had a double pleasurable experience
Dan relates: . . . still hoarse after one of the most exciting FB games I’ve ever seen. Above left taken immediately before the game on the floor of Globe Life stadium with assistant coach of the army team, Ben Kotwica.
Ben was co-captain of the 1996 team that won the commander in chief’s trophy and was recently hired by Army head coach Jeff Monken. Above right: the four of us was taken immediately after the game in the “Live! By Loews” hotel adjacent to the stadium.
Susan and I are standing between 2LT Sanden McCoy (on the left), co-captain of the 2020 team; and 2LT Joe Stephenson, linebacker on that same team that won the commander-in-chief’s trophy.
Pictured left are Colls, Axley, Atcheleys, Cindrics, Neals and Maddens. Bob Atchley is the tallest in the rear. I did not get a detailed identification.
Pictured right: Daughter Shannon ’95.On her right (L to R) WP cadets Kirby ’92 and Darby ’94. On Shannon's left is AF cadet Abby ’94 and, of course, Denny
WITH GORDY LARSON
210904 v. Georgia State at Center Parc Stadium, Atlanta. W 43-10.
210911 v. Western Kentucky at Michie Stadium. W 38-35.
210918 v. University of Connecticut at Michie Stadium. W 52-21.
210925 v. Miami of Ohio at Michie Stadium. W 23-10.
211002 v. Ball State at Michie Stadium. L 16-28.
211009 v. No scheduled game.
211016 v. Wisconsin at Randall Stadium. L 14-20
211023 v. Wake Forrest at Michie Stadium. L 56-70.
Our condolences go out to the families of those who have joined the Long Grey Line this month:
Frank Arnall: 21-11-06
- End of Despatch - Nov.
October Class Notes Below.
Do you remember when William Faulkner schooled selected members of the class? And Playboy Bunnies? Tom Genoni, Tommy and a few others appear with Wm. Faulkner. Chuck Shaw and Tommy Thompson with Bunnies.
Gordy reviewed many different aspects of the contest as Wake Forest defeated Army in Michie Stadium 70 to 56 on October 23rd. Wake Forrest is having an outstanding year owing to its outstanding offensive passing attack.
Those in the area gathered in Wilmington, North Carolina at the mouth of the Cape Fear River for lunch. Rear, Left to Right: Dan Christman, Pat Kenny, Bob Radcliffe, Gordy Larson, Sonny Ray, Sandy Hallenbeck and George Bell.
Seated at the table: Gordy Larson, George Bell, Sonny Ray, Sandy Hallenbeck, Susan Christman, Faye (Radcliffe) Hayes, & Rosemary Hallenbeck. Pat Kenny photographer.
Seated at the table: Dan Christman, Bob Radcliffe, Carol Bell Alice Kenny and Sherry Ray. Pat Kenny photographer
As previously reported, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we have a group of class mates who meet on an irregular basis for lunch and discussions. Recently we were able to get six classmates together at Seasons 52 in King of Prussia. Fred Smith was the host.
It was really good to get together after all the “Covid restrictions” and see each other. Discussions were lively and wide ranging. We will meet again on January 11, 2022, in New Hope. Rick Kuzman will be the host at that gathering.Anyone who is within “range” is invited and welcome to join the group of “irregulars.”
Pictured above, from left to right, Roy Garms of Stirling, NJ; Fred Smith of Downingtown, PA; Howie reed of Egg Harbor, NJ; Chuck McCloskey of Glen Mills, PA; Rick Kuzman of New Hope PA; and Joe Barkley of Holland, PA.
Great meeting and lunch – looking forward to seeing everyone in January, 2022!?
Army has a bye week There was no MMQ as Army had a bye week.
Gordy review the play by play as Wisconsin defeated Army in Wisconsin at Randall Stadium 20 to 14 on October 16th. Wisconsin has been performing well in the Big 10 conference. Army makes a good showing in games against Big Ten opponents, including the University of Michigan.
We recalled the 1963 mess hall rally before the Penn State game. Chuck Nichols was on guard duty:
additional bit of information on the rally. I was on guard duty that
night at the front door of the mess hall when the howitzer was set off
and was almost hit by the glass raining down. I was relieved of guard
duty shortly thereafter but don't remember who relieved me. I poked my
head inside the mess hall before leaving for my room to see the mayhem.
I think that was the start of tinnitus in my left ear.”
Needless to say there was major fall out, but it was one helluva time.
were a number of messages dealing with death relating to Agent Orange
exposure. The following compilation was provided to the class.
Comments About Agent Orange & Widows’ Benefits
1. I know nothing about this, but I Googled Widows Benefits/Agent Orange. You are all probably aware of this.
*From: Tommy Thompson
2. The process of wading through applying for the Dependency and Indemnity Compensation can be intimidating if done solely by the surviving spouses. There are several organizations that can help with application but charge for their services. Most VA facilities have Veterans Service Officers (VSO) that do the same for no charge.
*From: Jim Dyer
3. have been through the process of applying for survivor’s benefits if anyone has questions.
*From: Robin Borkowski.
4. A good deal of the recent listserv traffic concerns Agent Orange and VA benefits. The uniformed services have always done a terrible job informing vets about potential compensation and pension benefits. The same applies to the VA and, to a large degree, Veterans Service Organizations. For those reasons, some years ago as I transitioned to retirement I joined the National Organization of Veterans Advocates and became an accredited VA attorney. This mostly pro bono practice has been quite gratifying. It keeps me occupied and mostly out of trouble these days. Of course, I would be happy to talk to any classmate, widow or family member about potential benefits. Anyone is welcome to leave a message on my direct line (I won't answer if I don't recognize the calling number, but I'll call back). 215.680.8049.
*From: Charles Boohar.
In our county, Madison County IL, we have a Veteran's Assistance Commission. They told me that when I die, if the cause of death is service related my wife will continue to receive the disability payments that currently come to me. The amount will be almost the same, and perhaps a bit more. So, in my "in case of death" folder I keep a list of service related causes that were determined at retirement. Hope this helps.
*From: Ron Williams.
Dear Classmates, Yes Agent Orange was a tragedy for all of you including my husband. I would say Vietnam was also a tragedy. My husband Guy suffered from effects of agent orange on his skin. He refused to go see a doctor. I would have to put compresses on his back to help with the irritation and pain it caused him. He died at 47 from a massive heart attack, very young and very handsome. When I saw that he was not well I asked him to see a doctor but he muttered something like " a cadet does not complain." Also he said he had been poked enough in the Army and he didn't want to do that again. Guy also suffered from PTSD. Guy was a visionary leader in the insurance industry and very well respected as an international treaty reinsurance underwriter. In spite of what he endured in Vietnam he was able to function at a high level in his industry. I miss him every day. Thank you for your messages and God bless the class of 65. Sincerely, Suzanne Riley
Sally should check with Military Officers Assoc of America(MOAA) they should have some information or direct her to where she can get information.
*From: Linda Concannon
Seven years ago I had Prostate cancer (successfully removed by surgery) and have been through the VA claims process twice. In addition I have been a DAV volunteer driver at the Boise VA Medical Center for 12 years and have talked to hundreds of vets who have gone thru the process. In my opinion the best source of assistance in filing a claim is the local DAV National Service Officer (NSO). Contact information is available at DAV.org.
*From: Kent Brown.
For info, the most proactive action regarding Agent Orange is to get on the VA Agent Orange watch list. I get a physical and the most amazing lab work up every year. I have been on the list for over 20 years. I credit being on the list for identifying my prostate cancer at an early point. Also it documents my situation for my wife in the event I pass before her
From: Tim Timmerman.
I doubt MOAA can do anything. I would go to VFW, American Legion, or a lawyer who does VA claim. I used a classmate and am very satisfied. She can get in touch with me if she wants to talk to him.
From: Thomas Abraham.
End of Agent Orange Comments
Gordy reviewed the play by play as Ball State defeated Army at Michie Statium 28 to 16 on October 2nd. This comes after 4 straight victories during September, leaving Army 4W-1L.
Gordy Larson is acknowledged for his Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQ) analysis which he shares during football season. September Despatch 79 neglected to acknowledge the MMQs for that month so they are listed below.
Our condolences go out to the families of those who have joined the Long Grey Line this month:
Mike O’Grady: 21-10-14
- End of Despatch - Oct.