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Ring Melt for Class of 2007

Categories: Ring Memorial Program, Grad News
Class Years:

On Monday, March 6, 2006, we held the sixth ring melt ceremony, adding the 12 rings offered for the Class of 2007. To date, the gold from 103 rings (worn by 106 graduates) have been offered to this program. The ceremony was conducted at the Pease & Curren refinery in Warwick, Rhode Island, hosted by Keith Edwards ’85, with about 40 individuals in attendance.

Class of 2007 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1932 COL Norman Herbert Lankenau
1933COL Clayton Earl Mullins
1937 COL James Hunter Drum
1938 COL Alan Seff
1944 COL Oscar Eugene Duttweiler, Jr.
1945 Mr. Alfred Olivier Hero, Jr.
(originally owned by McCarron)
1945 2LT Edward Frederick McCarron
1945 LTC Marvin Louis Price
1949 Mr. William Walter Gustafson
1950 COL John Emilio DiGrazia, Jr.
1953 Mr. Francis Vernon Gay
1955 COL Paul Francis Parks
1956 LTC Edmund Dederick Burhans II

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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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