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Ring Melt for Class of 2009

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The Eighth Annual Ring Melt for the Class Ring Memorial Program was held on 31 March, 2008 at the Pease & Curren Refinery in Warwick, Rhode Island. In attendance from West Point were the Class of 2009 Vice-President and Ring & Crest Chair; the Class Advisor and OIC; the Cadet Store Manager; the Cadet Hostess; the Vice-President for Alumni Support; the Director of Class Support; and many family members and friends of the Ring Donors. Twenty-four Rings—the most ever—were included in this Ring Melt, bringing the total to 142 Rings donated 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.

The Ring Melt is the event that enables the symbolic link among all those wearing a USMA Class Ring to become a tangible connection. This year’s Melt helped to forge another link in the chain that binds together West Point graduates and their friends and families.

The West Point Association of Graduates already has five donated Class Rings for the Class of 2010, so the Class Ring Memorial Program is alive and well and will continue to play a key role in connecting past, present, and future graduates.

Class of 2009 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1928 COL Thomas Joseph Counihan
1935 COL John Rhoades
1936 BG Oliver G. Haywood
1939 COL James A. Roosa
1940 LTC Joseph P. Donohue
1941 COL Roderick Dhu O’Connor
1942 BG Elliott Carr Cutler, Jr.
1942 COL Archibald D. Fisken
1942 CPT Alexander M. Patch, III
1943 COL Edward J. Walsh, Jr. (June)
1946 Mr. Tom Clifft Campbell
1946 Mr. Theodore G. Montague, Jr.
1947 MG John Gerrity
1948 COL Harry A. Buckley, Jr.
1948 COL Fred Isaac Chanatry
1953 Major James Leonard Dade
1953 LTC Charles Willis Zipp
1958 LTC Michael F. Easley
1958 Dr. Richard N. Groves, Jr.
1958 COL Burton T. Miller
1959 LTC John Palmer Johnson III
1959 John J. Mayers, Jr.
1959 LTC Ricard D. Welch, Jr.
1973 MAJ Rober S. Mair

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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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