Ring Melt for Class of 2008

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The Seventh Annual Ring Melt for the Class Ring Memorial Program was held on 5 March, 2007 at the Pease & Curren Refinery in Warwick, Rhode Island. In attendance from West Point were the Class of 2008 President and Vice-President, the Class Advisor, the Cadet Store Manager, and the Director of Class Support and his Program Assistant. Fifteen Rings (worn by sixteen Graduates) were included in this Ring Melt, bringing the total to 118 donated Rings since the inception of the Ring Memorial Program for the Bicentennial Class of 2002. The Ring Melt was again graciously hosted by Pease & Curren and directed by Keith Edwards, USMA 1985.

Class of 2008 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1911 BG Benjamin Curtis Lockwood
1926 BG John Robert Burns
1928 COL Stuart Glover McLennan
1931 COL Richard Francis Reidy
1934 COL Jerome Edward Blair, Jr.
1934 COL Charles Edward Brown
1939 COL Willard Barber Atwell, Jr.
1941 COL Harry Canavan Harvey
1943 COL Daniel Bernard Cullinane
1944 LTC Lyall Davies de la Mater, Jr.
1946 CPT George Jewel Porter
1947 COL John Wayne Mastin
1953 LTC Theodore Darwin King
1954 CPT Orzo Richard Steigelman
1958 COL Clyde Orville Brown
1971 CPT John Ogden Shoemaker

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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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