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Ring Melt for Class of 2024

Categories: Ring Memorial Program, Grad News
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The West Point Association of Graduates’ Class Ring Memorial Program, more commonly known as “the Ring Melt,” was held in Crest Hall on Friday, January 13, 2023. 67 West Point rings, with the oldest being from the Class of 1924 and the newest being from the Class of 2006, were placed in a stone crucible so that they could be melted down to form a gold ingot bar. The bar was then handed over to a representative of the Herff Jones Ring Company so that the gold it contains can be mixed with new gold to form the class rings for the Class of 2024.

In the 23-year history of the Ring Melt, beginning with the Bicentennial Class of 2002, 807 West Point class rings have been part of the program. After each melt, a small amount of gold, called the “Legacy Gold” has been preserved so that it can be added to the subsequent year’s Ring Melt. Thus, the Class of 2024 will be receiving class rings in August that contain gold from all the donated rings dating back to 1896.

When Ron Turner ’58 proposed the idea of a “Ring Memorial Program” in the May/June 1999 edition of ASSEMBLY magazine, he wrote, “Hopefully, this program will make West Point class rings of the future even more meaningful than those of the past.” 23 years later, his vision has become a reality, as the members of the Class of 2024 will soon realize come Ring Weekend in August when they don that “bold mold of [melted] gold” courtesy of WPAOG’s Class Ring Memorial Program.

Ring Melt Class of 2024-171

Class of 2024 Ring Memorial Donor Listing

1924 COL Harry J. Theis USA, Retired
1936 COL Thurman W. Morris USA, Retired
1939 COL Claude L. Shepard Jr. USA, Retired
1944 COL Armond Di Silvio USA, Retired
1944 COL Saul A. Jackson USA, Retired
1944 1LT Louis V. Jones Jr. USA
1944 COL Cornelius J. Molloy Jr. USA, Retired
1945 Maj Gen Kendall Russell USAF, Retired
1946 COL William T. Seeber USA, Retired
1947 BG Hugh J. Bartley USA, Retired
1948 COL Charles A. Wurster, USAF Retired
1949 Mr. Matthew D. Lampell
1949 COL Harold F. Lombard USA, Retired
1949 COL Roland E. Peixotto USA, Retired
1950 COL William I. MacLachlan USAF, Retired
1951 COL Earl L. Keesling USA, Retired
1951 COL Jack W. Martin USA, Retired
1952 COL John G. Driskill USA, Retired
1952 COL William P. Snyder USA, Retired
1952 COL Warren A. Spaulding USA, Retired
1952 Mr. Reynold Thomas Jr.
1952 COL George M. Tronsrue Jr. USA, Retired
1953 Col Burden Brentnall USAF, Retired
1953 COL Robert E. Butler USA, Retired
1954 Dr. Thomas D. Flaherty Jr.
1954 Mr. Roger R. Kolker
1954 LTC Chester J. Piolunek USA, Retired
1954 LTC Charles D. Richards USA, Retired
1955 Col Gerald J. Samos USAF, Retired
1957 COL John B. Dubbelde USA, Retired
1957 COL Charles C. Moses USA, Retired
1958 LTC William P. Gillette III USA, Retired
1958 COL Francis A. Waskowicz USA, Retired
1959 LTC Paul W. Tomiczek Jr. USAF
1960 LTC Francis J. Calverase USA, Retired
1960 MAJ John W. Wood Jr. USA, Retired
1961 COL Daniel G. Barney USA, Retired
1961 LTC Gary L. Flack USA, Retired
1961 COL Gary R. Lord USA, Retired
1961 Lt Col Robert A. Montgomery USAF, Retired
1964 LTC Dennis R. Gilson USA, Retired
1964 COL Herbert D. Raymond III USMC, Retired
1964 MAJ Peter G. Schmeelk USA, Retired
1964 Mr. David R. Winters
1965 COL Henry M. Dermody Jr. USA, Retired
1966 LTG David J. Kelley USA, Retired;
1967 LTC Robert L. Harris Jr. USA, Retired
1969 LTC Henry B. Richmond III USA, Retired
1970 Dr. Michael W. Johnson, Ph. D.
1970 COL Kurt B. Reineke Jr. USA, Retired
1972 MAJ Gentry S. North III USA, Retired
1972 Mr. Jeffrey T. Tucker
1974 Mr. Brian W. Anderson
1974 CPT Ralph E. Bower III USAF
1974 LTC Steven M. Di Silvio USA, Retired
1974 COL Gregory Gardner USA, Retired
1974 Mr. William T. Kenny Jr.
1974 Mr. David R. Roemer
1974 LTC Victor W. Roeske USA, Retired
1974 MAJ Donald C. Seeber USA, Retired
1974 CDR James T. Sharp USN, Retired
1974 Mr. Steven W. Stevenson
1974 LTC John A. Van Vleet USA, Retired
1988 Mr. Alejandro M. Puig
2004 Mr. Gerald L. Guthrie Jr.
2006 Anonyomous

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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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