Another new year is rolling by fast. This is the year of our 65th Reunion come May. We have a good group coming up with lots of family and friends. Win Skelton, with a lot of help from the other Board members, has done a wonderful job of organizing all the events.Read More
The AOG recently sent us the following annual report of the Class Memorial Chair.
"On behalf of the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), I am pleased to present you with the 2013-2014 Annual Report for the S200S Class of 1950 Chair of Advanced Technology Endowment. This report includes narratives on the activities and events supported by this endowment during the 2013-2014 Academic Year. For the 2013-2014 Academic Year, your endowment provided 104,944.88 for West Point."Read More
Another summer gone. The trees will be turning their bright colors here shortly and Army football is on the way to beating Navy. Must have been a quiet summer for I have not gotten much news from you.
WE ARE INTO OUR NINETIES
In August to celebrate his ninetieth birthday Dick Trefry had a big bash at his home in Burke, VA. There must have been a hundred people, including a number of classmates and wives, milling about on their lawn or sitting on their porches. A lot of familiar faces from years in the Military
Here it is the Fourth of July, another Happy Birthday for our great Nation. Hope all of you have a grand holiday!
Win Skelton and I and the rest of your Board of Governors are deep into the planning for our 65th Reunion next May. Actually we have been planning since 2011, but we are getting down to the point where we need your inputs. A class letter will be out shortly asking your intent and requesting a deposit so we have funds to use in planning.
We recently added a new member to our Board: Dick Newton's son Dick III, a recent AF LTG retiree and a graduate of the Air Force Academy. He will be representing our children and grandchildren.Read More
Here is the original article by by Will Coates' widow Nancy that appeared in a 1950 issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine.
"I Married West Point"
To those who never knew Willard Coates but who, with me and his parents, now share the shock of his untimely end in a command post in the bleak hills of Korea, I feel it important that I tell his story, our story... BY NANCY NOLAN COATES as told to JEAN LIBMAN BLOCKRead More
Congratulations to Bill DeGraf for receiving the well-deserved Distinguished Graduate Award.
His citation reads:
"William B. DeGraf '50 - First to graduate in the Class of 1950, a class that produced 64 general officers (including 7 four-star generals), Colonel DeGraf (Retired) has been its acknowledged and unchallenged leader for decades. He has led class gift programs, organized class reunions, and served as class scribe for 33 of the past 39 years. His leadership might stem from the fact that he was already a first lieutenant before coming to West Point (battlefield commission during World War II). After graduating he fought in Korea, received a master's in nuclear physics, taught at USMA (Department of Electrical Engineering), and commanded the 1st Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam (earning a third Combat Infantryman Badge during that conflict, a rare feat). After retirement, DeGraf contributions to the Army went even further: As the Assistant Vice President of Science Applications International Corporation, he led the design, development, and activation of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, CA, which is thought to be the crown jewel of the Army training system."
Chuck Friedlander (Class of 1950) got to experience the American space program of the 1960s in a way that few could. As Chief of the Astronaut Support Office at Kennedy Space Center during the Gemini and early Apollo programs, he worked behind-the-scenes with the astronauts that flew the vehicles and who eventually walked on the Moon. His story, along with some personal, behind-the-scenes remembrances of the space program, were recently featured in the Volume 21 #1 issue of “Quest: The History of Spaceflight."
They say that Spring is coming soon, but the piles of snow still on the ground say otherwise. It has been a hard winter all over this year and not much in the way of news has come along. Some of the news will be from late Christmas cards.
Bob & Martha had youngsters coming and going. Granddaughter Callie and her husband Paul with their daughter Annabel came home from Kenya because of unrest there during the election. It was just in time to have great grandson Zack arrive. Other family also used the "motel" from time to time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014
Hard to realize another Christmas has come and gone. Some of you were in deep snow, others in bright sunshine, still others in ice, but all of us look forward to another great year.
The latest AWC Foundation News had a nice article on Dick Trefry's retirement from the Board of Trustees after two decades of service to the Alumni Association of the Army War College, including being president once and vice president twice. He will still be active in serving the foundation and the college.