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

Bruce R. Abraham, D-2
1 Jan 1940 - 30 Aug 1988

Dominador B. Bazan, G-1
13 Dec 1937 - 8 Aug 2006

William E. Clancy Jr., G-1
17 Feb 1938 - 11 Aug 1963

James M. Coyle, G-1

14 May 1939 - 20 Aug 1964

John G. Evans, F-2

28 Oct 1936 - 22 Aug 2004

Robert G. Eveleth, K-2
28 Dec 1935 - 28 Aug 2010

John A. Kemp, D-2

3 Feb 1940 - 8 Aug 1966

Lawrence H. Prather Jr., M-1

8 Mar 1938 - 21 Aug 1997

Eugene P. Sanders Jr., I-1

18 Mar 1940 - 27 Aug 1961

Francis G. Sisk, B-1

28 Oct 1935 - 14 Aug 2016

Gary E. Stemm, F-1

19 Jul 1939 - 23 Aug 2009

James L. Tedrick, K-1

17 Jan 1939 - 12 Aug 1993

Anderson H. Walters, H-2

30 Jun 1939 - 30 Aug 2001

Albert W. Yancey, L-2

6 Aug 1938 - 26 Aug 1994

Robert F. Zielinski, Jr., K-2

17 Oct 1939 - 10 Aug 2013

"Well done; Be thou at peace."

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

  Class Business

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  Halls of Fame Inductees

  Prior Features

  55th Reunion
  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

  Cadet Days

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George and Michele Kopcsak Plan the Pig Roast on 5 October 2019

It’s time for some serious planning with regard to the Kopcsak Commemorative Pig Roast scheduled for 5 October.

Michele & George want you to know that our homestead has been completely restored after our devastating fire on 6 Feb 2018.  We’re back in and enjoying a wonderfully improved “Full Circle Farm” and can hardly wait to share the experience with the Class of 61.  We did lose the ’61 flag and the “PIG” flag in the fire.  I’m in the market to replace both for the Pig Roast.

We need to get our hands around a projected number of attendees so the right sized hog can be selected and slaughtered on 1 Oct.  It’ll hang in the cooler until the 3rd, then butterflied in time for the “pit” beginning the evening of the 4th.  It’ll then be ready to enjoy about 3 PM on the 5th.

Michele & George are asking for you to seriously consider coming to the Pig Roast.  If you think you may make it please let us know so that “serious planning” mentioned earlier can begin.

If you plan to attend, Please send George a message at

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 7/14/2019

James A. Goldstine

Company I-2

22 Jun 2019 - 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. 

Inurnment, together with his wife, will be at the West Point Cemetery at a later date. 

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.

If you plan to attend Bruce Shroyer's visitation on 25 April and funeral on 26 April, the family has arranged for rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Roslyn (under the Group name Bruce Shroyer Memorial) for those wishing to stay nearby.  Shuttle service to the visitation and funeral is provided.  Please click the link to book online or call 516-626-3600.

'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.

Donald M. Lionetti

Company K-2

6 Mar 1940 - 6 Mar 2019

Place of Death: Tampa, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmate, Don Lionetti, on March 6, 2019 in Tampa, FL. 

Don is survived by his wife Bobbi; their daughter, Laura and her husband, Mike; their sons, Donald and his wife, Julie, and Christopher and his wife, Betsy; and grandchildren, Kelsey Barton, Roxanne Lionetti, and Dominico Lionetti.

A funeral Mass will be at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL  33609 at 2 PM on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Burial will be at 8:45 AM, 29 July 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Bobbi at 4517 W. Rosemere Road, Tampa, FL  33609-4209. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Don’s memory be sent to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS  66675-8517.

Well done, Don. Be thou at peace.

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

"Red Dog" Alan Armstrong Writes Novel About Last Days in Cambodia

This novel is based on fact.  It is told by an actively involved participant who has never been able to get the tragedy inflicted on the Cambodian people far from his mind.  It is fast-moving and hard-hitting. It is a very good read that challenges the reader to confront the past and contemplate the future.

West Point’s first 6th generation graduate, French speaking Alan Armstrong, was one of three members of America’s armed forces to serve the longest in the Khmer Republic. When he wasn’t on battlefields with doomed soldiers, or meeting with his friend, Brigadier General Lon Non, brother of Cambodia’s president, Marshal Lon Nol, he was either at the Khmer high command’s Centre opérationnel or at the American Embassy, watching the country disintegrate.

Alan and two others were the last staff members to exit the American Embassy on the day that the United State pulled out of Cambodia.  He flew out on the last evacuee helicopter shoulder to shoulder with the American Ambassador, John Gunther Dean.

Lawrence E. Welsh

Company C-1

11 May 1939 - 6 Feb 2019

Place of Death: Charlotte, NC

Inurrment: West Point

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must inform you of the death of our Classmates, Larry Welsh, on February 6, 2019, in Charlotte, NC.


Larry is survived by his wife, Rosemary, their three children, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.


Funeral services are pending.


Larry will be inurned at West Point at a date to be determined.


Condolences may be sent to Rosemary at 2855 Crescent View Drive, Charlotte, NC  28269-1434.


Well done, Larry. Be thou at peace.

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

Time To Start The Planning For The 60th Reunion With A Survey

The purpose of this initial survey is to begin the process for collecting your preferences for the 60th Reunion.  We need to know now whether you plan to attend. 

Based on the surveys and feedback for the 55th we are sure about many of your preferences.  Returning to West Point versus some other city was the clear preference and Graduation Week was the preferred time to come to West Point for the reunion.   So we will plan on those. 

Please click here to go to the survey.

27 November 2018 Class Committee Meeting Minutes Available

Click here to read Minutes.

Dick Clarke's Son Confirmed for Fourth Star and Comdr USSOCOM

LTG Richard Clarke, the son of our classmate, Dick, and his wife, Gail, has been confirmed by the senate for a fourth star and assignment as commander of the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) based in Tampa, Florida.  His promotion is scheduled for sometime in March and the change of command is scheduled in late March.

LTG Clarke graduated from West Point in 1984 and entered the Army as an infantry officer. His first assignment was as a rifle platoon leader with the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry, 3rd Armored Division.  He commanded the 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.  He would later command the 82nd Airborne Division.  His other unit assignments include time with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, and as Commandant, USMA.  In addition, he has served in numerous staff positions at service and joint level.

LTG Clarke served with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a company and battalion commander.  He also commanded the regiment from 2007-2009.  He also served as operations officer for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).  He has a strong background in airborne and infantry divisions as well.  He is currently serving as Director for Strategic Plans and Policy, J5, Joint Staff at the Pentagon.  He has deployed on numerous tours overseas in conflicts to include Desert Shield / Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point and a Master of Business Administration from Benedictine College. He is also a graduate of the National War College with a Master’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies.

Alan H. Lubke

Company D-1

29 Oct 1939 - 7 Dec2018

Place of Death: Daly City, CA

Interment: Sacramento Valley National Cemetery,  Dixon, CA

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Al Lubke, on December 7, 2018, in Daly City, CA.

Al was predeceased in death by his wife, Ursula.  He is survived by his stepson, Michael (Sigrid); step-grandchildren, Janina and Kevin-Alan.  He also survived by his brother, Norman (Barbara); sister, Mary; nephew, Theodore (Anne-Marie); nieces, Shawn (Marlon) Allison (Vincent), Mary (John), Theresa (Dean); five great-nephews; and two great-nieces.

Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA.

Condolences may be sent to Theo Lubke at 85 Briarwood Drive West, Warren, NJ  07059. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Al's memory may be made to The Mission Continues, a nonprofit supporting veterans “who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact,” at 1141 South 7th Street, St. Louis, MO  63104.

Well done, Al. Be thou at peace.

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

Charles T. Randolph, Jr. "Chuck"

Company I-2

31 Jul 1938 - 29 Nov 2018

Place of Death: Newport Beach, CA

Interment: Burial will be at sea with the Neptune Society

It is with great regret and sorry that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Chuck Randolph, on November 29, 2018, in Newport Beach, CA. 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Arrington Chereskin and her husband, David; sons, Powell and his wife, Robin, and Jeffrey and his wife, Dani; step-daughters, Christen and Lauren von Kleinsmid; and grandchildren, Michael Chereskin, Altson Chereskin, Logan Randolph, Hunter Randolph, Jacob Randolph, Eva Randolph, and Alauna Randolph. 

Burial will be at sea with the Neptune Society at a later date. 

Condolences may be sent to Marilyn at 133 Turquoise Avenue, Newport Beach, CA  92662-1036. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck’s memory may be made to the Long Gray Line Endowment, West Point Association of Graduates, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY  10966.

Well done, Chuck. Be thou at peace.

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

Kenneth L. Quinn

Company G-2

7 Dec 1937 - 2 Dec2018

Place of Death: Louisville, KY

Interment: Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ken Quinn, on December 2, 2018, in Louisville, KY.

Ken is survived by his wife, Barbara; their children, Holly Anne Ruth and her husband Douglas, Susanne Wittmann, and Kenneth L. Quinn, Jr. and his wife Karen; and their grandchildren, Chloe Haffley and her husband Jordan, and Amina Wittmann. 

Ken was buried with Military Honors on December 6, 2018 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, Radcliff, KY. 

Condolences may be sent to Barbara at 14014 Hickory Ridge Road, Louisville, KY  40245-5175. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ken’s memory may be made to Harbor House of Louisville, 2231 Lower Hunters Trace, Louisville, KY  40216. 

Well done, Ken. Be thou at peace.

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

Jim Nicholson Receives the Hiring Our Heroes Presidential Award

8th Annual Lee Anderson Hiring Our Heroes Awards Gala, presented by USAA, on November 14, 2018 presented the Hiring Our Heroes Presidential Award to the Honorable R. Jim Nicholson for a lifetime of commitment and service to veterans and military families. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, Nicholson's reputation of caring for those in need spans decades public and private service dedicated to our country as well as our service members and their families.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is in recognition of Nicholson's sustained support of our nation's veterans and military families. As U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and significantly, as secretary of Veterans Affairs, both in the George W. Bush administration, Nicholson has always been keenly aware of the hardships and sacrifices made by America's service members and their families and is committed to helping them.

The Hiring Our Heroes program, which he co-founded, facilitates the hiring of veterans and military spouses by private industry. The program has helped more than 30,000 veterans and military spouses find jobs.

"The best thing the private sector can do for veterans is to hire them," said Nicholson. "There is nothing more fulfilling than being able to take care of yourself and your family. And, it's a great opportunity for employers: young veterans are all volunteers who are self-disciplined, mission-focused, have an excellent esprit de corps, and offer many valuable tangible and intangible skills."

"I'm proud to be a part of this effort," he noted.

Thomas J. Moore

Company C-1

4 Jul 1938 - 28 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Flower Mound, TX

Inurment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

Tom died Friday about 5 pm after a 19 month struggle with first colon cancer and then liver cancer.

He will be cremated and have a Mass here.  Funeral service will be on Saturday, 6 October at 12:00 PM at St. Philip Catholic Church, 1897 W. Main Street, Lewisville, TX  75067-3250.  Tom Moore's funeral is at 1000, 17 Oct, at the West Point Cemetery. 

Well done, Tom.  Be thou at peace.

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

Harold M. Hannon

Company I-2

29 Nov 1938 - 21 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Cocoa Beach, FL

Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Ron Hannon, on September 21, 2018, in Cocoa Beach, FL

Ron was predeceased by his wife, Neuzy. He is survived by sons Mark and Michael; Mark's wife, Michelle; three grandchildren, Peyton, Brooke, Christian; and one great grandson, Ezekiel (Zeke)

The funeral service will at 10:30 am, Tuesday, 25 September, at Church of Our Saviour, 5301 N Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL.

Burial will be at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018, at the West Point Cemetery with a reception to follow at Herbert Hall.  Full military honors will be rendered outside the Old Cadet Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to Mark at 1537 Via Buena, La Verne, CA 91750 or at

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ron’s memory may be made to any Alzheimer's Association.

Well done, Ron. Be thou at peace.

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

Charles T. Westpheling "Chuck"

Company I-2

24 Sep 1938 - 15 Sep 2018

Place of Death: Grand-Leez, Belgium

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Chuck Westpheling, on Sep 15, 2018, in Grand-Leez, Belgium. 

Chuck is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Charles, Eric, Deborah, and Edward; and 7 grandchildren. 

The funeral for Chuck Westpheling will be at the West Point Cemetery on 26 June 2019 at 10:00 AM.  Services will be in the Committal Area, Section 11.

Condolences may be sent to Patricia at Rue Taille-Antoine 6, 5031 Grand-Leez, Belgium.

Well done, Chuck. Be thou at peace.

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

John R. Nevins "Jack"

Company C-2

16 Oct 1938 - 4 Aug 2018

Place of Death: Riverside. CA

Interment: TBD

It is with great regret and sorrow that we must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Nevins, on August 4, 2018, in Riverside, CA.

Jack is survived by daughters, Suzanne and Elizabeth; nine grandchildren; and his brother, Bruce (USMA '60).  He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Well done, Joe. Be thou at peace.

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


The annual Orlando Mini-Reunion is on!!!

THUR 24 - TUE 28 January 2019

We have a great venue for informal get-togethers with max time to visit with old friends

·      Best hotel for casual social activities we have had anywhere

·      Hospitality room available 24 hours with all you care to eat or drink

·      Three lakeside, sunset cocktail hours and dinner

·      Loads of things to do in the local area

·      If you want to golf - excellent courses,

Join us for a fun time in Orlando in January 2019


Peter D. Burgess

Company F-2

23 Oct 1939 - 12 Jul 2018

Place of Death: Leavenworth, KS

Interment: Leavenworth National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Pete Burgess, on July 12, 2018, in Leavenworth, KS, after a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Pete is survived by his wife, Debby; their daughter, Elizabeth; son-in-law Justin; and granddaughter, Camille.

A funeral service will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11 AM, July 25, 2018.  A memorial service officiated by Chaplain Johnathon Secrest will follow at the Burgess’s residence.  A dinner for guests will follow the memorial service.

Condolences may be sent to Debby at 922 S 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048-3322.

Well done, Pete. Be thou at peace.

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

Jack E. Dopler

Company G-1

2 Aug 1939 - 13 Jun 2018

Place of Death: Brandon, FL

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Jack Dopler, on June 13, 2018, in Brandon, FL, after a courageous battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Jack is survived by his wife, Kathy, 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren.

Jack will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery 9 AM, October 30, 2018.

Condolences may be sent to Kathy at 1312 Ivywood Drive, Brandon, FL  33510-2254.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to New Testament Church-Brandon, 913 Dew Bloom Road, Brandon, FL 33511

Well done, Jack. Be thou at peace.

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

Army Breaks Ground for Anderson Athletic Center

Army West Point Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan has announced that construction is set to begin on the Anderson Athletic Center, which will be the new state-of-the-art home for the Black Knights' sprint football, softball and volleyball teams.

"We have an incredible opportunity to offer top-level support for many of our cadet-athletes thanks to the Anderson Athletic Center," said Corrigan. "Lee and Penny Anderson have been transformational for the Academy and the Athletic Department. Not only have the Anderson's been instrumental in developing our men's and women's rugby programs, but have endowed head coaching positions and contributed their time and mentorship. The building timeline would not have been met without the significant support of Bill Sandbrook, John and Ellen Drew, and Bill and Diane Spurgeon and the Class of 1981."

Read full story of opening.

Jim Nicholson ’61 Appointed to West Point Board of Visitors

R. James “Jim” Nicholson ’61 has been appointed by President Trump to the West Point Board of Visitors (BOV). The mission of the BOV is to inquire and advise the President as to the morale, discipline, academic standing, and general state of excellence of USMA and the Corps of Cadets. Nicholson, himself a Distinguished Graduate of West Point and a retired Army colonel, said, “Going to West Point and serving in the Army changed my life. I am very grateful to play a role in the development of our future generations of military leaders by serving on the Board of Visitors of my beloved Alma Mater.”

Sept 2019 River Cruise Viking Elegant Elbe River Cruise Berlin to Prague Plus Optional Extention to Warsaw & Krakow

Great Air fare pricing. $500 pp booking. Final payment March 2019!!

See attached for pricing and more details.

Budge, Hansel, Harmon and Bradfield signed on!!

For more info: Connie Budge-- or Lois Bradfield--

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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