This month is the anniversary
of these Classmates joining
the Ghostly Assemblage
in the Long Gray Line

Reginald J. Brown, M-1

13 Feb 1940 - 17 Dec 2005

John F. Campbell, F-1

11 Oct 1938 - 7 Dec 2015

Dan Conner, M-2

5 May 1938 - 26 Dec 2016

Donald A. Couvillion, E-1

8 Dec 1939 - 8 Dec 1995

Michael Coyne, F-2

25 Aug 1938 - 31 Dec 1996

Gordon K. Downey Jr., D-2

30 Aug 1936 - 15 Dec 2009

William H. DuBose, D-1

2 Aug 1939 - 28 Dec 2011

Frank B. Eyler, I-1

22 Jul 1937 - 18 Dec 2006

George Fox, M-1

6 May 1939 - 12 Dec 2017

Robert S. Frix, M-2

31 Mar 1939 - 15 Dec 2011

Barry Gartrell, B-2

5 May 1939 - 20 Dec 1963

Clayton I. Grant Jr., K-2

14 Feb 1938 - 15 Dec 1972

Roger C. Lee, H-1

17 Dec 1936 - 20 Dec 2007

Alan H. Lubke, D-1

29 Oct 1939 - 7 Dec 2018

Thomas H. Magness, III, L-2

7 May 1937 - 28 Dec 2004

Honald N. Maidt Jr., B-1

19 Oct 1937 - 14 Dec 2005

Ralph E. Pollard, I-1

12 Jan 1936 - 28 Dec 1999

David S. Price, I-2

29 Dec 1938 - 16 Dec 1976

Kenneth L. Quinn, G-2

7 Dec 37 - 2 Dec 2018

Monte T. Sloan, B-1  

10 Jan 1937 - 10 Dec 1966

Stephen A. Stouffer, E-2

12 Dec 1937 - 19 Dec 1993

William D. Yost III, A-1

19 Mar 1939 - 7 Dec 1996

"Well done; Be thou at peace."

Click on underlined names
to go their Last Roll Call Tribute.

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  13-18 May 2016

  50th Reunion
  14-18 May 2011

  50 Year Affiliation Program

  45th Reunion
  28 Sep - 1 Oct 2006

  40th Reunion
  4 - 7 Oct 2001

  10th Reunion

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Melbourne R. Russell

Company E-2

1 Oct 1938 - 23 Nov 2019

Place of Death: Hurricane, UT

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Reid Russell, on November 23, 2019, in Hurricane, UT, as a result of heart failure due to coronary heart disease.

Reid is survived by his wife, Rosemarie; his son, Stephen; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his son, Michael. 

Condolences may be sent to Rosemarie at 854 West 3390 South, Hurricane, UT  84737-2658.

Well done, Reid.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Reid's Last Roll Call Tribute.

John Grisoni and Larry Stoneham Are Still Hot Shots Who Can Relax

Here’s a picture of two old guys, John Grisoni and Larry Stoneham, relaxing after a day of shooting sporting clays at the Orvis Shooting Grounds in Millbrook, NY 27 November 2019. 

Jim Scott Inducted Into Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame

Jim Scott with eight of his Classmates who attended the dinner and ceremony in which he was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame.  (left to right:  Corkie Rittgers, Gary Hyde, Bill Tobin, Gene Witherspoon, Jim Scott, Buck Shaffer, Don Sawtelle, Gary Webster and Bren Battle.)

Jim Scott, with eight of his classmates who attended the dinner and ceremony, was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame 2 November 2019.  Kelly Scott, Jim's wife, had reserved four 10-person tables, three for family and one for us Classmates with wives Jo Sawtelle and Button Hyde.  She also reserved a block of rooms at Callaway Gardens for us and the family.  Kelly would have made a great operations officer for any of our units.  What an organizer! 

There were 15 inductees and Jim was one of 10 inducted for valor.  The other categories were “service” and “achievement.”  There were several valor inductees who had earned Silver Stars but Jim was the only one awarded a Distinguished Service Cross, the medal second only to the Medal of Honor. 

Don Sawtelle submitted Jim for this honor and the citation read at the ceremony was prepared by him with help from Kelly.  This is the short version that appeared in the program:  

“LTC (ret) James Armitt Scott III.  A former enlisted man and a 1961 West point graduate, he served two tours in Vietnam as an aviator.  In one operation in an attack helicopter, his aircraft was struck multiple times and he was wounded.  Undeterred, he returned to base camp, which was also under attack, exchanged his damaged ship for another, returned to the battle and that gunship was also hit and he again was wounded.  For his heroism in multiple battles, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal for Valor, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Silver Star, and our nation’s second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.” 

Well done Jim.  Your K-2 company mates are proud of you! 

Kelly Scott, and the Warrior Jim Scott the next day breakfast 11/03/2019

Walter S. Dillard

Company F-1

27 Apr 1939- 27 Sep 2019

Place of Death: Winchester, VA.

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Scott Dillard, on 27 Sep 2019, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. 

Scott is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his son, Walter; his daughter, Leah; and six grandchildren. 

A memorial service with military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, 12 October 2019, at St. George's Episcopal Church, 3392 Pine Grove Road, Stanley, VA 22851-5411. 

Condolences may be sent to Elizabeth at 9 Deerfield Drive, PO Box 471, Luray, VA  22835-1654.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Scott be sent to St. George's Episcopal Church, 3392 Pine Grove Road, Stanley, VA  22851

Well done, Scott.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Scott's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Joseph B. Amlong

Company K-2

17 Dec 1936 - 1 Jul 2019

Place of Death: Vero Beach, FL

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Joe Amlong, on July 1, 2019 in Vero Beach, FL, as a result on viral encephalopathy

Joe is survived by his wife, Gail; their daughters, Kim and Stephanie; and three grandchildren. 

Funeral plans are pending. 

Condolences may be sent to Gail at 2445 4th Lane SW, Vero Beach, FL  32962-3329.

 Well done, Joe. Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Joe's Last Roll Call Tribute.


The annual Orlando Mini-Reunion is on!!!

THUR 23 - TUE 28 January 2020

Join us for a fun time in Orlando in January 2020

as of 12/02/2019

Do not miss a chance to visit with old friends.
Here are many of the folks attending as of 12/2/2019

First Name Last Name First Name Last Name
Richard Bitner Nondi Beyer
Ed Brown Rina Brown
Willard Conley Kathryn Conley
James Connolly Linda Connolly
Todd Counts Millie Counts
Bruce Cowan Arlene Cowan
Bob Dunning Carol Dunning
Mike Eiland Chan Eiland
Joe Fishburne Ginna Fishburne
D.Peter Gleichenhaus Barbara Gleichenhaus
John Goldtrap Betsy Goldtrap
MIke Hale Rita Hale
Charlie Hansell Karen Hansell
Hamp Hodges Vicki Hodges
Hank Kenny Mary Frances Kenny
George Kopcsak Michele Kopcsak
Frank Rauch Joan Rauch
William Reno LuAnn Reno
Lee Sager Judy Sager
Richard Thompson    
Ray Tilghman Justine  Tilghman
Michael Urette Karen Urette
Jack Veatch Pat Veatch
David White Linda White
Gene Witherspoon    

James A. Goldstine

Company I-2

22 Jun 1939 - 18 May 2019

Place of Death: Evergreen, CO

Inurned: West Point Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jim Goldstine, on 18 May 2019, in Evergreen, CO

Jim is survived by his daughters Gigi Worley and her husband Tom and Krista Goldstine-Cole and her husband, Bill; seven grand-
children; and three great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife, Lyn. 

Family and friends are invited to gather and share memories on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Tuscany Tavern, 32214 Ellingwood Trail, No. 110, Evergreen, CO  80439. 

The funeral for Jim and Lyn Goldstine will be at 10 AM, 11 October, at the West Point Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Krista Goldstine-Cole, 395 Broadway, R3E, Cambridge, MA  02139. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc., 371 East Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787-2976 or Donor Alliance, Inc., 200 Spruce Street, Suite 200, Denver, CO  80230.

Well done, Jim.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Jim's Last Roll Call Tribute.

Nicholson '61 Elected Vice-Chair of West Point Board of Visitors

Jim Nicholson has been elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Nicholson was initially appointed to the Board of Visitors by President Donald Trump in June 2018.

Nicholson, himself a Distinguished Graduate of West Point, and a retired Army colonel, is senior counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. He serves as chairman of the Daniels Fund, and was U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, and Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

John B. Shroyer "Bruce"

Company H-2

8 Feb 1939 - 18 Apr 2019

Place of Death: Manhasset, NY

Interment: Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate and Class Vice-President, Bruce Shroyer, on April 18, 2019, in Manhasset, NY, after being hospitalized for treatment for pneumonia that was complicated by diabetes and the residual effects of a stroke he suffered in June 2018. 

Bruce is survived by his wife, Pat; son, Kenneth and his wife Doreen; daughter, Kimberly Day and her husband Michael; and grandchildren, Christopher Shroyer, Michaela Day, and Mackenzie Day. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Fairchild Funeral Chapel, 1570 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset, NY  11030. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 10:30 am at St. Peter of Alcantara Church, 1327 Port Washington Boulevard, Port Washington, NY  11050. 

Interment will be on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 12:15 pm at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Road, Westbury, NY  11590. 

Condolences may be sent to Pat at 306 Aerie Court, Manhasset, NY  11030-4053. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, 500 Fifth Avenue, 29th Floor, New York, NY  10110 or online at

Well done, Bruce.  Be thou at peace.

Click here to go to Bruce's Last Roll Call Tribute.

'61 Golfing Grads 2019 at the World Golf Village, St. Augustine, FL

In April, 32 members of our class including sons, wives and in one case grandson participated in the 35th Golfing Grads of USMA at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL. We were joined by Phil Sykes daughter, Stephanie Campbell USMA 88 and husband Dave. As the senior class we managed to finish fourth among 12 classes. However, we were first in camaraderie and fun. The first day’s golf was played in a driving rain storm, but our class finished all 18 holes proving that old Rangers do lead the way. We look forward to next year’s outing.

AOG Announces The Rockbound Highland Home Program Welcoming Grads Home

Who says you can’t go home again? For 47 months, West Point was your home—through Beast Barracks, Mess Hall meals, clubs and team experiences, competitions on the fields of friendly strife, the Indoor Obstacle Course, graduation, and even the gloom period.

Most alumni love to visit their alma maters, and West Point graduates are certainly no exception. However, because the Academy is on an active-duty Army post, gaining access and touring West Point present unique challenges.

To enhance services for the Long Gray Line, the West Point Association of Graduates has launched The Rockbound Highland Home Program, a new program ensuring that every graduate coming back home to the Academy is welcomed in the special way that family should be.

The Rockbound Highland Home Program was created exclusively for USMA graduates and is designed to assist you in navigating post security procedures, offer special access to select MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) facilities and services, and provide “insider” tours for you and your guests. For information on how to support the Rockbound Highland Home Program and other WPAOG initiatives, click here. 

For more information on each aspect of this program, please click below or contact:
Program Coordinator: Lindsey Eisenlohr,
Phone: 845.446.1622
Email at


Should You Be Enrolled Into The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor - Consider

The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor NY, commemorates Purple Heart recipients through its Roll of Honor, a database of Purple Heart recipients representing all wars for which the award has been available. All enrollments are done voluntarily and are made by recipients, their families or friends.  There is no comprehensive list of recipients maintained by the US Government.

The Roll of Honor is viewable both in the Hall of Honor and on-line. The version that is viewable in the Hall allows for a total of six screens per recipient. Profiles can contain pictures as well as written narratives of the experience of the recipient. The on-line version is an abbreviated, single page commemoration for each recipient and can be viewed from any computer via the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website,

According to information gathered from the 2010 Register of Graduates and the 50th Anniversary Yearbook questionnaires, at least 50 classmates have received 64 awards of the Purple Heart.  I have compared this information with that on the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor website and believe that only 5 classmates are included in the current Roll of Honor.

If you are a Purple Heart recipient, I encourage you to complete and submit the necessary enrollment information that can be found at

Donations Requested to Name Defenders Lodge Room in Honor of Class of 1961

Frank Gibson is asking for donations to raise $50,000 to name a guest room at the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, Palo Alto, CA, in honor of the West Point Class of 1961.

Placing our Class of 1961 on a Defenders Lodge guest room will contribute to eliminating the mortgage on the building that offers a free safe haven for Veterans and their Caregivers while they undergo medical treatment at the Palo Alto VA.

The details for donating are in the attachment here.


50th Reunion Class Gift Presentation Given to the Center for Oral History

The West Point Center for Oral History is dedicated to archiving the story of the American soldier, in both war and peace. It will record the professional experiences of West Point graduates and other accomplished soldiers, along with others who have had a prominent role in shaping history, such as former Secretaries of Defense and State, Congressmen, and Senators.

>Established in Spring 2005 and supported by leadership funding from the Francis Sehn Family and the Class of 1961 and Class of 1967.  During the Class of 1961 50th Reunion in 2011 the Center for Oral History was presented a gift of $1,000,000.

Visit the COH website to watch some remarkable videos.

40th Reunion Class Gift of Reconciliation Plaza at West Point Described on Web Site

The Historical Marker Database is a web site providing information about many national monuments. Reconciliation Plaza, our Class Gift to West Point, is described in great detail. The web site is well worth viewing marker=35359

Click here for pictures of Reconciliation Plaza.

June Week 1961 and Related Activities from July 1961 Assembly Now Available Online

The USMA Library Archives office is putting ASSEMBLY Magazine and various other historical reports on a web site that allows you to access and download articles and information. Copies of ASSEMBLY from 1942-1993 are currently available. Click here for the archived issues of Assembly  . Click here for the Summer 1961 issue. You will find it very interesting. There may be a problem for some as the huge file is 72MB.

Memorial & Family Planning Documents

The Class of 1961 Memorial Article Project has now made the appropriate AOG Forms available for your use. Click here to go to the Class Web Site article that explains what is available and has links to the documents.

In Remembrance:
Classmates can send their remembrances, comments, pictures to Sam Weiss and they will be edited for inclusion with the Last Roll Call Tribute for that person.

Current Profiles
In order to create a “Current Profile” for every member of the class, graduates and former members of 1961, we need your input. If you are interested in participating, email your “vita” information to Sam Weiss with photos in "jpg" format, if you can. If that is not possible, then send actual photo to: John Neiger at 4011 Lakeview Parkway, Lake of the Woods, VA 22408. All photos will be returned after we scan them into cyberspace.

If your profile is already online, check to make sure it is up-to-date and send us any changes or additions.

Prior Features
In order to keep this page more current with items of interest to the Class, after a reasonable length of time items will be moved to the PRIOR FEATURES Page (click here to go to them).

Panoramic Photo of USMA
The panoramic photo of the Plain and surrounding buildings of West Point at the top of this page was created by G. W. 'Casey' Kenaston, USNA '56. To view the panoramic photo in full size with more detail, please click here. To further increase the size of that picture, please do a mouse button click on the picture to get the picture enlarge icon. Arrangements are being made for individuals to purchase copies. Detail will be published as soon as available.

If you have any announcements of interest to other Classmates, comments, questions, or suggestions, please e-mail them to Sam Weiss.

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Long ago when this Country was new
Our forefathers said here’s what we must do.

We must find a place where young men can be
Trained to serve this great country.

West Point was chosen as the place
Where they learned to serve with honor and grace.

They were taught to serve, and only then
Were they sent to become leaders of men.

Duty, Honor, Country for all time
The world is encircled by The Long Gray Line.

By Joan Seibert
in honor of the Class of 1961 50th Reunion


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