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From: Robertson, William N.
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 9:01 AM
Subject: Bruce McKinley Cemetary Visit 8/14/99
Eight of eleven classmates in the area turned out to visit Bruce
McKinley's grave on Saturday 8/14/99. (The other three had pretty good
excuses. Jose Muratti was in Puerto Rico visiting his father recovering
from an operation. Jack MIller was in the process of moving to Tennessee,
and Tom Rhoades declined due to health concerns). Unfortunately, there
no known McKinley family members in the area, so we were it. The last
known address for Brenda McKinley is now an office park.
Together we read the 23rd Psalm and Ecclesiastes Chap 3. Individually
read the names of all of our deceased classmates. Then together
the Cadet Prayer, and sang (as best we could) The Corps, and the Alma
Mater. We then shared memories we had of Bruce.
Below shows the eight classmates (not to be mistaken for the Cadet
Glee Club). Left to right: Dave Stepek, Brink Miller, Bill Robertson,
George Smith, Jim Stapleton, Steven Draper, Jim Dalton, and Bob Ballagh.
The picture at top, later in Robertson's front yard, top left to right:
Steven Draper, Brink Miller, George Smith, Joan and Bill Roberton,
Smith, and Carolyn Stapelton. bottom left to right: Ella Ballagh, Lucy
Draper, Virginia and Jim Dalton. Dave and Lucy Stepek did attend the
together but arrived after the co-ed photo was taken.
Incidently, Jim Dalton's (ex-cadet - hence no picture in yearbook) served
in Vietnam as a Marine helicopter pilot and retired as a LTC from the
Marine Reserves, and is a member of the West Point Society of Atlanta.
and Virginia have visited his former roommate, Neville Colburn's grave
We have a very special class.