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Ring Melt for Class of 2003

Categories: Ring Memorial Program, Grad News
Class Years:

On 25 February 2002, Tony Ferraiuolo, Director, Class Support Program, AOG; Captain Rafael Paredes ’91, Class Advisor to the Class of 2003; Cadet Corey Boernsen, 2003 Class President; and Cadet Vanessa Stolzoff, 2003 Chair of the Ring and Crest Committee made a trip to Pease & Curren, Inc., for this year’s meltdown. Mr. Keith Edwards ’85, Vice President for Sales with Pease & Curren, facilitated the process by putting together a program of recognition for the donors with participation by many graduates living in and around Rhode Island. Those participating were from the Classes of ’58, ’59, ’60, ’63, ’69, ’82, ’83, ’85, and included Captain Paredes ’91 and Cadets Borensen and Stalzoff from ’03.

Class of 2003 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1904  COL Jacob A. Mack
NOV 1918  COL Edwin L. Hogan
NOV 1918  BG Harrison Shaler
1925  BG Claude F. Burbach
1928  LTG Roscoe C. Wilson
1929  MG Daniel C. Doubleday
1929  LTC James L. Grier
1930  LTC James F. Ammerman
1930  COL Raymond C. Brisach
1931  COL Sidney G. Brown, Jr.
1932  LTC Arthur W. Blair
1932  COL Samuel A. Daniel
1933  BG Robert B. Neely
1935  MG Lawrence E. Schlanser
1936  LTC James T. Willis
1944  COL Frank D. Henderson, Jr.
1957  COL John T. Gleason, Jr.
1958  Mr. Thomas H. Claffey
1958  LTC Ronald D. Turner

Ring Memorial Program

In 1999, LTC(R) Ron Turner ’58 submitted an article with the suggestion that “We, as graduates of West Point, should establish a Memorial Class Ring Program… whereby graduates may bequeath (or graduates’ descendants may donate) West Point class rings for the specific purpose of incorporating the gold into the class rings of future graduates.” Turner’s idea became a reality as 31 rings were melted at the Herff Jones company, and the Class of 2002 became the first to receive the gold from this historic undertaking in their rings. A small portion of each year’s gold ingot is preserved and added to the rings that are being melted for the following year’s Ring Melt. The gold shavings are known as the Legacy Gold because it contains gold from every ring that has been donated over the years.

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