’58 Remembers

 
   

On May 22, 2016, fourteen members from the Class of 1958 took part in a memorial service at the Vietnam Wall to honor classmates lost during this war. As arranged by Jack Gordon ’58, the group assembled near the Vietnam Women’s Memorial (a statue that depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier), conducted the service, and placed a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the classmates and their spouses took part in a buffet brunch at the Fort Myers Officers’ Club.

Mini-reunions for ’63 and ’68

 
   

Back in April, Banks Hudson ’63 hosted 13 classmates (many with spouses) from Company G-2 at his home in Lexington, KY. The group toured the Woodford Distillery, attended a horse race at the Keeneland track, and visited the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. During the mini-reunion, Al Shine ’68 led a prayer service to honor the memories of six lost companymates and eight wives. Also in April, Russ Fuhrman ’68 and his wife, Marge, hosted the annual mini-reunion for Company F-2 at their home in Haymarket, VA. With 30 folks in attendance, this was the largest contingent of any previous “Zoo” reunion. Among golf outings and day trips, the group reminisced over their yearbook and an unremembered publication called Muster, which had individual pictures and bios for all 700-plus members of the Class of 1968.

Visiting West Point—The Rules Have Changed

Effective June 7, all visitors to West Point who do not have identification issued by the Department of Defense (or are not escorted by someone with same) will be required to stop at the Visitors Center outside Thayer Gate to get a visitor pass. USMA is still working on plans for handling this new requirement for large-scale public and alumni events. Please be patient during this process. For the most up-do-date information, please visit the West Point Garrison webpage with the policy.

 

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’71 Journeys to the Far East

 
   

Twenty members of the Class of 1971, led by Bill Barkovic and Bill Mattfeld, assembled in Thailand earlier this year for a 10-day adventure, first in the capital city of Bangkok and then in the province of Phuket. Upon arrival, the group was treated to a dinner cruise on the Chao Phrya River by Boonsrang Niumpradit ’71 and his wife, Nucha. The group also traveled to Kanchanaburi (River Kwai Bridge), toured the ruins of Ayutthaya, went on an elephant trek, and boated to Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands. After Thailand, most of the group flew on to the Philippines, where they were joined by six more classmates. Narciso Abaya ’71 and his wife, Susan, hosted a welcome dinner at the Manila Hotel that, for first time, brought together all of West Point’s foreign Distinguished Graduates awardees (Abaya, Niumpradit, and former Philippine President Fidel Ramos ’50). Among other activities while in the Philippines, the ’71 grads got a tour of the Philippine Military Academy from its Superintendent and a review by its 900-cadet brigade

Six Members of ’15 Awarded U.S. Patent

 
   

Former members of West Point’s 2012 Service Academy Design Challenge team were awarded U.S. Patent #9,074,856 B1 for their revolutionary climbing system, which could replace ladders as the Army’s method for ascending vertical obstacles from ground locations. The team, which was organized by USMA’s Mechanical Engineering program, developed an M203-launched, tungsten-tipped projectile that embeds into its target and uses a leader line from the back of an anchor to allow a climbing rope to pull through. During the Service Academy Design Challenge competition, the team used the system to ascend a 90-foot concrete silo. Efforts are underway to reward the team members with a fiscal prize (in accordance with Army Regulation).

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The 75th Edition of the Register of Graduates & Former Cadets has been comprehensively updated in a new, limited edition. Order your Register online today at the WPAOG Gift Shop! The 2016 edition of TAPS, the official memorial magazine of the Long Gray Line, contains over 180 Memorial Articles-- order by June 30 to guarantee your copy as there will be a very limited number of extra issues printed.

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