Ronald “Ronnie” Caldwell ’66 graduated from Pampa High School in 1962 and went straight to West Point. Caldwell attended West Point on the referral of his local congressman.
“I went to West Point because it was the only school I could find that would pay me to go,” Caldwell joked.
After completing his four years, and graduating as a Second Lieutenant, Caldwell attended ranger and airborne school.
“My first assignment was at the DMZ (demilitarized zone) on the Korean border,” Caldwell said. “I had a platoon, and our job was to walk that demarcation line every day. I got there in 1967 and it was at the beginning of the problems. All we had there at the time was brand new second lieutenants.”