Ring Melt for Class of 2006

Categories: Ring Memorial Program, Grad News
Class Years:

In March of 2006, the fifth Ring Melt ceremony was held, adding eleven rings offered for the Class of 2006.

Class of 2006 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1920 – Unknown Owner
1920 – COL William Price Withers
1926 – BG James Bell Burwell
1932 – COL Frederick Milton Hinshaw
1933 – COL Andrew Donald Stephenson
1939 – COL Daniel Andrew Nolan, Jr.
1941 – BG Charles Henry Schilling
1945 – LTC Robert Milton Reese
1950 – LTC William Lester Daugherty
1951 – COL Edward Page Lukert, Jr.
1978 – LTC Todd David Griffith

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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