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BG James K. Herbert '30

General James K. Herbert was born on February 25, 1909. He entered USMA in 1926. As a cadet, he distinguished himself as a cadet captain his first class year, as a star man, and as a rifle and pistol marksman. In sports, he participated in football, track, and cross-country. Among his interests as a cadet was his work with the “Tenth Squad.” This was a Corps-wide organization dedicated to assisting cadets in need of special tutoring.

General Herbert worked with this program through his four years at the Academy and became its chairman in his Firstie Year. General Herbert graduated number six in his class in 1930 and was assigned to the Corps of Engineers. He received a graduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Iowa. Thereafter, he rose steadily through the ranks of the U.S. Army. Due to his exceptionally meritorious service as Commander of the Los Angeles Port of Embarkation during WWII, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. In 1946, General Herbert retired from the Army and joined, as an executive, the Schenley Corporation's Roma Wine Division located in Fresno, CA. Upon resigning in 1957, he became active in farming, banking, and real estate in the San Joaquin Valley. He served two terms as the President of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, twelve years as a director of St. Agnes Medical center, and Finance Chairman and Director of the Sequoia Council of Boy Scouts of America. General Herbert died on January 22, 1990. 

Construction of the Alumni Center was made possible by a bequest of $3,000,000 in the will of General Herbert. His generosity demonstrates the importance he placed in the Alumni Center and serves as an inspiration for other gifts. It has allowed the WPAOG to move forward with its plans to expand its support to the Academy. The James K. Herbert Alumni Center provides a special place for alumni and their guests and enables the WPAOG to respond more effectively and personally to the needs of West Point graduates.

Herbert Alumni Center

The James K. Herbert Alumni Center is truly the heartbeat of the United States Military Academy for returning graduates who visit West Point. The Center provides a special place for alumni and their guests to gather, and enables the WPAOG to respond effectively and personally to the needs of West Point graduates.

The beautiful brick Center, located on Mills Road, includes The Great Room, an elegant event space complete with a wrought-iron balcony, that may be rented for weddings, parties, funeral receptions, etc. and is used year-round by graduates for special functions. The Center also houses meeting rooms and lounge facilities in which to reconnect with former graduates, conduct business, and meet with invited Cadets… and includes a generous parking area for visitor use. Graduates may take advantage of the historical archives and library on the premises as well. The building provides office space, computer resources, and other tools for staff to raise funds for the USMA and WPAOG, maintain Association records, work with USMA staff, organize events and produce publications such as West Point magazine, TAPS and The Register of Graduates.