Ring Melt for Class of 2005

Categories: Ring Memorial Program, Grad News
Class Years:

On 8 March we held the fourth ring melt ceremony, adding the 12 rings offered for the Class of 2005.

Class of 2005 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1906 – Unknown Owner
1929 – LT George Rodolphus Hays, Jr.
1933 – COL Duff Walker Sudduth
1933 – COL William James Given
1934 – MAJ Oliver Prescott Robinson
1937 – COL Howard Norrington Smalley
1943 – CPT Charles Calvert Benedict
1943 – MAJ Robert Lee Rooker
1944 – LTC John Gordon Williams, Jr.
1945 – Mr. Theodore Fadden Adair
1945 – LTC James Asa Rasmussen
1950 – LT James Robinson Pierce
1962 – COL (R) Marchall Nichols Carter

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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