William E. Read

No. 17385  •  15 May 1927 - 4 Mar 2009

Died in Charlotte, NC
Interred at Forest Hill Cemetery in the Read plot in Morganton, NC

A journey that began on 15 May 1927 at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC, ended at Carolina’s Medical Center, also in Charlotte, on 4 Mar 2009.

William Edgar “Bill” Read was the son of the late Edgar Read and Virginia Clark Read. He graduated from Morganton High School in 1944, where he lettered in three sports—football, basketball and base­ball. Bill enlisted in the Army the day after graduation; his mother had to sign for him because of his age. In 1946, he received an appointment to both the Naval Academy and West Point. He chose West Point. He received an appointment from Senator Sam Ervin, also of Morganton. He graduated from West Point in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree, and in later years he re­ceived a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and a busi­ness administration degree from Webster College in St. Louis, MO. He continued his education with the advanced management program at Harvard, Command & General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania.

Shortly after graduation from West Point, the Korean War began, and 2LT Read received orders for the Far East. In 1952 he was stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA. It was later that year that he met a young lady, Mary Ann Gregory of Miami, FL. It would be the beginning of a wonderful lifetime relationship. For their first date, Bill invited Mary Ann to the annual Army-Navy game. Navy won 7-0, but this did not dismay ei­ther of them. By the second date, Mary Ann knew and told her roommate that she had met the man she would marry. Later that year, on Halloween, Bill proposed to Mary Ann and three weeks later, after the Army-Navy game, they were married in Alexandria, VA. And by the way, this time Army beat Navy 7-0!

During his career, MG Read served in the Korean War and had three commands in the Vietnam War. Following his war service, he served as the assistant military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel; was the district engineer in Tulsa, OK; was the assistant chief of engineers in Washington, DC; and was president of the Mississippi River Commission in Vicksburg, MS. His military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star and the Air Medal.

Bill also served as the staff officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Army Operations and with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, DC, and was the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis. During his 35 years of active duty, MG Read was stationed in nine different states and had four different overseas assign­ments, along with his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann, and their three daughters. His last duty assignment in the military was a Presidential appointment, with Congressional approval, as division engineer of the Lower Mississippi Valley division and president of the Lower Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association.

Upon his retirement from the Army, Bill and Mary Ann moved to Gulfport, MS, where he worked for Walk, Haydel and Associates out of New Orleans. In 2002, he retired again and moved to Morganton. Bill and Mary Ann had shared so many countless memories, and in Morganton they found their perfect place, which became their perfect memory. Like Ilsa and Rick, “They would always have Paris.’’ These words were the last spoken from Bill to his beloved Mary Ann.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Gregory Read, of Morganton, NC; daugh­ters and their husbands: Mary Virginia “Ginger” and Gerard Thomas Hopkins of New Windsor, NY; Ann Kirby and Andrew H. Weber of Pipersville, PA; and Sarah Correll “Sallie” and Hunter Fordice, of Vicksburg, MS; grandsons; Gerard Thomas Hopkins, Jr. and his wife Dolores; William Read Hopkins; Stephen Michael Hopkins; Andrew Joseph Weber; Robert Read Weber and his wife Danielle; granddaughters: Hilary Ann Weber, Georgina Roxanne Weber, Lauren Virginia Fordice, Emily Louise Fordice, Helen Frances Fordice, and Sarah Hunter Fordice.

A donation was made in Dad’s name to the Academy. The funds purchased a perma­nent plaque, planned to be located in Thayer Hall, recognizing each semester’s Academy Pentathletes. An Academy Pentathlete is a cadet who has earned a 4.0 or higher (with no grade lower that an A-) in the prior se­mester. The grade requirements apply to all programs—academic, physical education, and military science courses, as well as the military development grade. The donation also includes a small endowment which will pay for the nameplates to update the plaque each semester. Our father was a brilliant man who excelled in the academic world, but always appreciated the values learned through participation in the military and physical programs as well.

Uzal W. Ent

December 31, 1927 – October 9, 2015
Interred in Winding Hill Mennonite Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, PA

Uzal Wellington Ent, Brig. Gen. (Ret), 87, of Mechanicsburg died Friday, October 9, 2015, at Carlisle Hospital.

Born December 31, 1927, in Sunbury, PA he was the son of the late William A. and Charlotte R. Ent.

He lived his life by the Cadet Code - Duty, Honor, Country. After attending West Point as part of the class of 1950, he served in the Korean War. His awards included the Legion of Merit, three Bronze Stars (two for Valor and one for Meritorious Achievement), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two U.S. Presidential Unit Citations, one Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal.

Uzal joined the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard December 1953. He retired as a Full Colonel November 1980 and then was promoted to Brigadier General in retirement.

In retirement, Uzal was a prolific writer of Military History and authored several books. He was also a talented artist.

Uzal was preceded in death by his devoted brother John W. Ent. Surviving are his son, Michael R. Ent, of Camp Hill; grandsons, Michael R. Ent Jr. and wife Carrie Beth Ent, John R. Ent; great grandson, Isaac Huxley Ent and nieces and nephew.

Uzal was known for his honesty, honor and dependability and sense of humor. He always did is best and never gave up even in the face of failure. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Charles H. Bell, III

NO. 17928  • March 24, 1927 – June 13, 2017

Died in Mount Pleasant, SC

Charles Hoey Bell, III, of Mount Pleasant, SC, husband of Lea Mortensen Bell, passed on June 13th 2017 at age 90 after a long illness and is now at peace.

Charles was born in Parkersburg, WV on March 24, 1927 to the late Charles H. Bell, II and Helen Cramer.

After graduating from West Point class of 1950, Charlie served in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean War. Charlie always treasured the values he developed at West Point which helped him throughout his life. After resigning from the Army in 1955,Charlie went to work at WPAFB in Dayton, Ohio; then joined the engineering team withAMF's Government Products Group in Greenwich, Ct; then became VP of Dortech in Stamford, Ct; then Senior VP at Seaboard World Airline at JFK in New York; he then joined The Aviation Group in Raleigh, NC and became President/Vice Chairman of Orion Air; He was the founder, President and CEO of Triad International Maintenance Corporation (TIMCO) in Greensboro, NC which became one of the largest and most successful independent aircraft maintenance companies in the world. Charlie was known to be a tough but fair businessman with honesty, integrity and who realized the importance of people.

Charlie was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a kind hearted, caring and generous man, a true gentlemen. Charlie was an avid sportsman and champion in handball & racquetball, and loved dancing with his wife Lea.

He is survived by his loving wife Lea Bell of over 50 years, son Charles E. Bell (Andrea) of Mount Pleasant, SC and his daughter Pia Ford of Kill Devils Hill, NC and 6 grandchildren Sierra, Lexi, Luke, Carson, Molly and Floyd.

A special thank you to our wonderful caregivers Angel, Sarah, Ann, Lana & Edna.

Edwin L. Kennedy

NO. 17794  • Aug 6, 1927 – Jan 11, 2017

Died in Osprey, FL
Interred in Sarasota National Cemetery

Brigadier General (retired) Edwin Lyle Kennedy was born on August 6, 1927, in Waynesboro, Mississippi to Enoch and Eddye (Huggins) Kennedy. His early childhood was spent in Waynesboro but during the Great Depression his father's job as a State Highway Engineer took them to several locations throughout the state. 

In 1940, the family settled in Gulfport. Mississippi where BrigGen Kennedy attended high school through the 11th grade. After his father was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers during WWII, BrigGen Kennedy completed his high school education at Marion Military Institute. 

In 1945, BrigGen Kennedy served in the US Navy until he received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduating from West Point in 1950, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and sent to Korea as a platoon leader in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. For his service in Korea, Lt Kennedy was awarded two Silver Stars, three Bronze Stars (with "Valor" device), and a Purple Heart Medal among other awards. 

Returning stateside in 1951, Lt Kennedy was first stationed at Fort Jackson, SC where he met his future wife, Dolly Dean Beard. Their military travels took them to assignments around the world, first of which was Ankara Turkey, where the couple's first two children, Edwin Jr and Catherine, were born. Some years later while stationed at West Point, their third child, David, was born. 

In 1965, he was promoted to Lt Colonel and was selected for the British Joint Services Staff College where, upon graduating, commanded an infantry battalion in the US Berlin Brigade. After his tour in Berlin, Lt Col Kennedy was selected for the US War College at Carlisle, PA. From there, Lt Col Kennedy served an extended tour of duty in Vietnam where he commanded the largest Army combat brigade, the 196th Light Infantry Brigade and was subsequently promoted to colonel. 

He returned to the US to command the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, GA followed by an assignment to serve in the Army's Senate Liaison Office in Washington, DC. It was during his tenure as a Senate Liaison Officer that Col. Kennedy was promoted to Brigadier General. BrigGen Kennedy was then assigned as an assistant division commander of the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. After his two-year assignment. he went on to Camp Zama, Japan for his final military service as Chief of Staff, US Army Japan for three years. 

At the conclusion of his military service he had been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (highest peacetime military award), two Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Silver Stars, seven Bronze Stars (Valor), and a Purple Heart Medal. 

After 30 years of distinguished military service, BrigGen and Mrs. Kennedy moved to Sarasota in 1979 where BrigGen Kennedy worked as the Vice President of Construction for a local development company. He continued to enjoy his hobby from childhood, fishing, as well as playing golf. 

In 2009, BrigGen Kennedy was awarded the Order of St. Maurice for his outstanding contributions to the Army's Infantry Branch by General David Petraeus. 

Throughout his career as a military officer, BrigGen Kennedy never lost sight of the most important part of his life, his family. He adored Dolly and was a devoted father to his children providing them a unique opportunity to travel the world. Until his passing, BrigGen Kennedy lived in the Oaks with his devoted son, golfing companion, and avid sports fan, David. It is great comfort to his family knowing that BrigGen Kennedy has joined his wife Dolly. and their second child, Catherine, in Heaven. 

Edwin is survived by his two sons. LtCol (Ret) Edwin L. Kennedy (Christine) of New Market, Alabama, and David B. Kennedy of Osprey, FL, grandsons Justin, David, and Geoffrey and their children, his youngest brother, Dr. William R. Kennedy (Susan) of Sarasota, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be conducted in Sarasota at the Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel, Wednesday. January 18, 017 at 2:30 p.m. with viewing and visitation at 1:30 p.m. Pastor Eric Want of Freedom Christian Church will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Freedom Christian Church of Sarasota, 4835 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Florida 34233; Methodist Children's Homes, Morrow Administrative Center Post Office Box 66 Clinton, Mississippi 39060-0066; The Humane Society of Sarasota County, 2331 15th Street Sarasota, Florida 34237. 

John S. Hamel

NO. 17672  •  Jun 21, 1926 – Jan 19, 2011

Died in Walnut Creek, CA
Cremated & Inurned

John Samuel 'Jack' Hamel was born on Jun 21, 1926, to Kenneth and Mary Alice Hamel in Toledo, OH. When he was in third grade, a learning experience caused him to come home and tell his parents that he was an artist. Later in life, he was linked to art in many different ways. Jack attended DeVilbiss high school in Toledo and gradu­ated in 1944. Before high school graduation, he joined the Navy Reserve and entered the Notre Dame University V-12 pro­gram. Called to active duty with the Navy, Jack was sent to a quartermaster course in Gulfport, MS, before joining the fleet on board the USS Arcadia, which was recently commissioned at Long Beach, CA. He was elated when Representative Homer Ramey announced that Jack was a candidate for an appointment to the United States Military Academy. This meant that he was to be sent to Amherst College in Massachusetts to prepare him for the entrance exams. Jack was then sent to Ft. Benning, GA, for fur­ther training. He made the grade and en­tered the academy in July 1946 as a member of the class of 1950.

The Corps of Cadets was organized in companies by height, and Jack was as­signed to one of the shorter companies. He survived Beast Barracks very well and was prepared to swing with the challenges of cadet life. With his sense of humor and independent spirit, Jack made friends easily. As a senior, he was promoted to lieutenant as a platoon leader. Word also got around that Jack had a flair for drawing caricatures of people from photographs, and the Class of 1948 asked him to provide caricatures of each graduate for their Howitzer resume. Jack completed 221 of these over a period of months and had the formidable task of presenting former upper-class tormentors into likable people.

Jack met a lovely lady in his junior year, Marie Ficarella, who became a regular visitor. They were married in the Catholic Chapel with a beautiful ceremony the day after graduation. Soon after, Jack began his infantry assignments and later returned to the Ft. Benning Infantry School, com­pleting the course on Dec 19, 1953. The Korean War was over by this time and Jack considered a return to civilian life. He was discharged into the reserves at Ft. Lewis, Washington on Apr 30, 1954.

Jack joined the Owens-Illinois Company in 1954, and worked with them, both domestically and internationally, for the next 30 years. His first assignment was as an industrial engineer with the Owens-Illinois glass companies in Oakland (and later Los Angeles), CA.

Next he was transferred as a cost control supervisor to the plant at San Jose, CA. He then became the factory manager for that plant, producing plastic containers (includ­ing the first plastic Clorox bottles on the west coast). During this time the company developed an automated process for produc­ing and packaging pharmaceutical vials.

He then transferred to headquar­ters of Owens-Illinois at Toledo, OH, as Operations Manager for plastic products in twelve facilities in the United States. His responsibilities included factory design and construction, equipment design and prod­uct design.

Jack returned to Oakland, CA, as fac­tory manager. The plant had 2,500 employ­ees that manufactured glass containers on a 24-hour, seven days per week schedule. The plant dealt with 11 international unions and 14 local unions. Among their products were food jars and beverage bottles. While in Oakland he served on the board of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and as president of the Junior Achievement orga­nization.

After six years Jack was sent to Brazil to serve as president and chairman of CISPER, the largest glass container com­pany in Brazil (with factories and offices throughout Brazil and South America), which was created by Owens-Illinois in partnership with local Brazilian business­men. While in this assignment Jack created and established an annual industrial-design competition for Brazil University students. His community involvement in Rio de Janeiro included serving on the board of the American Club, and he was president of the American Society. After the Brazil experi­ence, Jack was reassigned to Owens-Illinois’ International Division headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. While there, he served as a vice-president responsible for technical sup­port and worldwide licensing for company lines in glass and plastics. He retired in 1986 and settled in Perrysburg, OH.

Jack and Marie raised a family of three boys. Steven was born in 1951, David in 1953, and Thomas in 1956. Jack and Marie also started an independent bookstore in Perrysburg as well as a design business spe­cializing in supplemental design for historic homes. He later became president of the lo­cal historical society.

In 1988, the family moved to Danville, CA. Here, he was active in doing design work in historical organizations and created many illustrations for books and maga­zines. Jack spent more than two years creat­ing a 140-foot-long frieze for the Danville museum of the San Ramon Valley depict­ing the rich history of the area. For this work, Jack was named Citizen of the Year.

Jack passed away on Jan 19, 2011. Looking back at his exemplary business ca­reer and his contribution to historical works and his many illustrations for books and magazines, his was a life well lived and a fine example of service to his fellow citizens.

— Carl Johnson, roommate

Edward M. Pierce

NO. 17469  •  17 May 1928 – 1 May 2016

Died in Aurora, CO
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Edward Martin Pierce was born in Indiana, PA in 1928. He was the middle son of Attorney William Elliott Pierce and Edna Todd Bell. In his high school, he was active in sports and music. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. 

Ed graduated from Indiana High School in 1946 and went straight to West Point. While at West Point, he participated in sports (Lacrosse, Swimming) and he played the trombone in the band (he described himself as the “slush pumper extraordinaire”). During his 26 years in the Army, he served in both Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. He also served as an Attaché to the former country of Yugoslavia in the 1960’s. Ed was in the Infantry. He was also a Ranger and a paratrooper. He was assigned to the Office of Management and Budgeting at the Pentagon in 1968. He was still serving in that position when he retired as a Colonel in 1976.

Ed and his wife Lee moved 20 times during their 61 year marriage. 17 of those moves were while they were in the military. Amazingly, all four of their children went to the same high school in Northern Virginia, even while Ed was still on active duty. That must be a record for four Army brats!

While in the Army, he completed a doctoral program in Business Administration. After his retirement from the Army, Ed became a college professor of Finance and Economics. Ed taught at American University, George Mason and eventually Nova Southeastern University in Southern Florida. The teaching position with Nova took Ed and Lee to Davie, Florida where they lived for 25 years. He retired from teaching in 2000. Ed and Lee enjoyed their beautiful home in Florida for many years. Ed enjoyed golf, skiing, and gardening. He taught himself how to windsurf at the age of 60. His motto was, “anything my kids can do, I can do”. He was known for his sense of humor and his winning smile. In August 2015, Ed and Lee moved to Aurora, Colorado to be closer to family.

Ed was a 23-year colon cancer survivor and a 15-year prostate cancer survivor. The complications from the prostate cancer eventually caused his health to decline and led to his death. Since the start of his decline in 2012, he faced every surgery and every medical obstacle with grace, humor, and determination. He died at age 87 in his home in Aurora, CO, surrounded by his family.

Lee is currently in Aurora, Colorado and enjoys the social life at the assisted living facility where she lives. She also enjoys seeing her four children and nine grandchildren, as they often pass through Aurora on the way to the family vacation home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She rides her tricycle on a regular basis. 

Ed is also survived by his children, Lynn Whitlock (an attorney in California), Nancy Reid (a CPA in Colorado), Ed Pierce Jr (a project manager in Leesburg, VA) and Kathy Schlimm (USMA class of 1987, currently residing in Missouri). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and one brother, Robert Pierce of Oberlin, OH.

There is an online obituary for Ed at newcomerdenver.com. Condolences can be written at the online site or sent to Lee Pierce at 2670 S Abilene St, Apt. 123, Aurora, CO 80014. 

Respectfully submitted by his wife, Lee and his children

Edward J. Gradoville

NO. 17524  •  8 Sep 1927 – 13 Nov 2007

Died in Kerrville, TX
Interred in Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Plattsmouth, NE

Edward John Gradoville was born 8 Sep 1927 in Plattsmouth, NE, the first child of Edward Hubert Gradoville and Louise Frances (Kalasek) Gradoville. Ed loved sports of all varieties and managed to bal­ance physical activities with a love of learn­ing. He attended St. John’s Parochial School in Plattsmouth from 1932 until 1940 and graduated as Valedictorian of his class.

Ed attended Plattsmouth High School from 1940 to 1944, lettering in baseball, football, track, and basketball and was cap­tain of his undefeated Blue Devils Football team in 1943. In addition, Ed was very active in Chorus and Glee Club and participated in the Drama Club, including one-act plays, debates and the lead in his Senior Class play, “Magnificent Obsession.” He graduated Valedictorian of his high school in 1944 at the age of 16.

Ed then attended the University of Nebraska, School of Engineering, and was in the top three percent of his first-year group, earning an academic scholarship. Ed lettered in football at the University of Nebraska in 1944 and 1945. He received a Congressional Appointment to the United States Naval Academy, and entered with the Class of 1949 on 1 Jul 1945. An eye problem resulted in his departure, and Ed entered West Point 15 Jul 1946. He played football for Army as a walk- on from 1946 to 1948 and also participated in the Cadet Glee Club. Ed graduated on 2 Jun 1950 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Coastal Artillery Corps.

Ed was assigned to the 60th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (AAA) located at Ft. Ord, CA, from June 1950 until 4 Jul 1954. He had some funny stories about the cross-country journey, first from West Point to Nebraska and then from Nebraska to Ft. Ord. The 60th Battalion was transferred from Sixth Army Continental United States to be among the first NATO units in Europe from February 1951 until July 1954. This was quite a fateful twist for Ed, as he met and married his first wife, Jean Gladwin, in Kettering, England.

In July 1954, Ed returned from the NATO assignment to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to attend the Field Artillery Transition Officer Course. Ed had been requested by the U.S. Military Academy’s Physics and Chemistry Departments to serve as an instructor from 1951 to1954, but Artillery Branch refused to release Ed. In 1955, Ed transferred from Artillery to Quartermaster Corps, QMC, and attended the Quartermaster Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Lee, VA. He also welcomed his first child, Stephen Paul, into the life of an Army brat.

From August 1956 to July 1958, Ed was assigned to the Georgia Institute of Technology, working on advanced math­ematics. From July 1958 to September 1959, Ed went to Korea, while Jean and little Stephen took the Queen Mary to England and spent time with her family.

In September 1959, the young fam­ily was reunited in Washington, DC, while Ed worked in the operational mathemat­ics office, applying his Georgia Tech learn­ing. Their family grew with the addition of daughter Judith Anne in September 1960. In 1962, Ed and family transferred to Ft. Leavenworth, KS, where Ed worked at the Command & General Staff College. It was a bittersweet time, reunited and close to his parents in Nebraska, but his mother passed away suddenly, just prior to the birth of their third child, Gretchen Jane, in July 1962.

In June 1963, Ed and the family moved to England, stationed at Aldershot Southern Command as part of a NATO Exchange. Ed reacquainted himself with his love of golf and cribbage, while his young children were able to learn firsthand of their British heritage. In July 1965, Ed and family re­turned to Washington, and Ed was stationed at Maryland University, working with the Institute for Defense Analysis.

From October 1966 until April 1968, Ed was stationed in Viet Nam, and had to be content with cards, photos and audiotape recordings (do you remember those ancient reel-to-reel tapes?!) from his growing family. He returned to various assignments at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, from May 1968 until May 1971. And then he took his family on a grand adventure.

From May 1971 until July 1974, Ed and family were stationed in Asuncion, Paraguay, while Ed was part of the U.S. Military Group advising the Paraguayan Army. The whole family became fluent in Spanish, the children more so than their parents, of course, and enjoyed exploring and traveling to Argentina, Uruguay, Panama, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru.

Ed’s last assignment, from July 1974 until 31 Jan 1978, was as part of the U.S. Army Readiness Region VIII, Denver, CO, out of Ft. Riley, KS. In February 1978, Ed retired to Texas after 33 years and 10 months of military service.

The last 20 years of his military career, Ed served concurrently in the logistics program, as well as operations research systems analysis (LOG-ORSA), specialty staff assignments.

Ed was happily married for 16 years to his wife, Marie Gradoville, and is survived by his wife, his three children, one stepson, six grandchildren and two step-grandchildren. Ed enjoyed his retirement with Marie, trav­eling, golfing, playing bridge and each fall returning to the thrill of Nebraska football with his season tickets.

Up to the end, Ed continued his service, but this time to fellow Veterans. He faithfully volunteered at the Kerrville Veterans Medical Center twice a week, either in the library or in administration, and earned awards for his hours of volunteerism. It seemed, even in retirement, he couldn’t completely give up service to country and the pleasure of the company of his fellow servicemen from the Armed Forces. He is very much missed.

—Judith A. Lakes

Vernon R. Gatley, Jr.

NO. 17697  •  18 May 1927 – 30 Jan 2012

Died in Grand Junction, CO
Cremated. Interred in Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Grand Junction, CO

Vernon Rowe "Vern" Gatley Jr., was an only child born to Vernon Rowe and Marguerite Bain Gatley in Denver, CO, on May 18, 1927. He attended local Denver schools. When he traveled with his parents, he was home-schooled by his mother. For his high school years, he attended Fishburne Military Academy in Waynesboro, VA.

In 1944, during WWII, he enlisted in the Army at age 17. When he received his appointment to the United States Military Academy, he was assigned to the USMA Preparatory Unit at Amherst College, MA. After the members of the Unit completed their entrance examinations, they were transferred to Ft. Benning, GA, where they participated in an Officer Candidate School program. The USMAP program was unique because the entire cadre and many of the students were combat experienced, and each student represented some politically connected sponsor. The surplus of ammunitions available after WWII enabled the staff to have more live-firing exercises. Vern enjoyed the challenge of the course because it demanded both physical and mental abilities. The firing of weapons was of primary interest to him. On one exercise, he had a close call when one squad member pulled the pin on a shaped charge too early as the flame-thrower operator had a misfire with his equipment. Fortunately, the second start was quick enough for the attack to be successful. Another exciting time was when students in the company next to his unit tried to make a V-1 missile from a mortar round and extra powder. The explosion sent shrapnel through the walls of two barracks. The immediate shakedown inspection caused the staff to comment that they had not seen so much ammunition and explosives in personal lockers since 1945. During training period weekends, he enjoyed the Florida racetracks while visiting his parents. In June 1946, he was discharged from the Army and joined the West Point Class of 1950.

At West Point, Vern had no difficulty with either the military discipline or the academics. He was active in a variety of clubs: Pistol, Rifle, Spanish, Radio, and Weight Lifting. They helped develop capabilities which would be valuable for him in his Army career. He loved and listened to classical music for relaxation and enjoyment. His attributes were many, but the greatest, according to his peers, was that Vern was a gentleman wherever he was or whomever he was with. Vern claimed the best experience of the four years was when he met Marjorie Ann Ramsey on a blind date during his plebe year.

On Jun 7, 1950, the day after graduation, Vernon and Marjorie were married. When his graduation leave was finished, he reported to his first Coast Artillery Corps assignment with the 41AAA Battalion, Ft. Dix, NJ. The next year he was reassigned to the 70AAA Battalion at Ft. Myer, VA. In November 1951, he became a student in the Guided Missile School at Ft. Bliss, TX. His outstanding performance as a student earned him an assignment as an instructor at the school. Vern considered the faculty assignment as his favorite duty before he received a medical disability discharge from the Army.

Next, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a master’s degree in engineering. He was in business with his father for many years in Virginia, Florida, and Colorado.

Vernon’s next move was to state government employment. As a member of the State of Colorado Job Service Center, he listed available jobs and assisted clients in need of employment or a change to their careers. He enjoyed meeting new people and talking to them to discover their background, strengths and weaknesses, and what their employment dreams and desires were. Armed with that knowledge, he found pleasure in the puzzle of how to play to their strengths, correct their weaknesses (through training), and help them achieve their goals. He had a great sense of satisfaction when a client gained a position that fit him perfectly. He was particularly proud of his work with troubled youth in a program called Job Corps. He enjoyed being able to identify those candidates who would benefit from the service-like training they would receive under this program, possibly saving them from a life of poor choices and misdirection. Additionally, he liked to work with Veterans, helping them to find a career they deserved.

Vernon and Marge retired in 1993 in Grand Junction, CO. His favorite pastimes included camping, fishing, hunting, guns, reloading ammo, and being together with his family. His proximity near high mountains, arid deserts, and the largest table-top mountain in the world, the Grand Mesa, correlated with the fun and educational opportunities that Vernon wanted in retirement.

Vernon’s retirement years were not all pleasant, as he encountered a variety of medical problems. Yet, he maintained his positive outlook on life and enjoyed the most important item—his family. Marjorie R. Gatley, his wife of almost 62 years, survives along with their children: Patricia (Keven) Doan of Loveland, CO, and Susan (Mark) Britvec of Grand Junction, CO. They have eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and many cousins. Their son, Vernon "Chip" Rowe Gatley III of Grand Junction, CO, preceded Vernon in death in 2011 and leaves his wife, Zoe Gatley.

Cremation was completed and a full military service was held on Mar 2, 2012, at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction, CO.

— Family & Classmates

Frank E. Gaillard

NO. 17992  •  9 May 1927 – 15 Oct 2007

Died in Auburn, CA
Cremated. Interred in the West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY

Frank E. Gaillard was born 9 May 1927 to COL Fred E. Gaillard and Kathryn Hall-Gaillard in Wichita, KS, at the hospital at the University of Kansas, where his father was the professor for military science and tactics. Frank traveled often during his younger years as his father was stationed at Ft. Monmouth, NJ, Ft. Benning, GA, Ft. Sam Houston, TX, the Philippines, Ft. McClellan, AL, and Camp Croft, SC. Frank treasured summers with his Aunt Amelia in a family home in Sewanee, TN. Franks father was a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and served through World War II.

Frank attended high school at the Sewanee Military Academy, graduating in 1945. He entered the Marines and then went on to the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory unit at Amherst College. Frank was preceded at West Point by his great-cousin, David DuBose Gaillard, Class of 1884. Gaillard was respon­sible for the monumental engineering feat which led to the opening of the “path between the seas” in the Panama Canal through the “Gaillard Cut” in 1914.

A love of music was ingrained early in Frank, with his mother being a life-long musi­cian and piano teacher, and his father an avid opera listener. Frank picked up a trombone at age 11 and never put it down, except to play piano or guitar! Frank won national awards for his band performances from age 12 and continued to arrange, direct and play music throughout his life. (We had many a jam ses­sion in our living room!)

Of particular note, Frank earned the cherished position as interim director of the West Point Glee Club in 1950—the first cadet to earn such an honor. He arranged songs in four-part harmony for an entire al­bum, and convinced the West Point admin­istration and Columbia Records to let the cadets travel down to New York City for a recording session. The album was a great suc­cess and is still listened to today. Frank once again directed his fellow officers in “Army Blue,” “the Alma Mater,” and “The Corps” during the 1990 trip to Seoul, Korea, at the 40-year ceremonial honoring of American veterans by the Korean government.

In the 1950 Howitzer, his classmates de­scribed him as follows: We had to find a new word to define this blithe spirit, this eternal opti­mist whose carefree attitude brought him through the maze without a scratch. So Gaillard has be­come a new word in our vocabulary describing the ultimate in ‘good Joes’. He’ll be remembered as that pylon shaped wonder boy behind that trombone in ork by those who never met our most unforgettable character. He was also known as “Shortie”, “High Pockets” and “Stretch,” as Frank had an arm reach that was a major asset to the West Point Lacrosse team.

Upon graduation, Frank spent one year with the Signal company of the 11 th Airborne Division at Ft. Campbell, KY, as a 1st lieutenant senior parachutist. (Oh, those cherished jump stories!)

In December of 1951, he spent 11 months in Korea as a radio and VHF-wire officer with the 40th Infantry Division. He extended seven months with the 224th Infantry Regiment, defending the “Punch Bowl,” and earned the Bronze Star Medal, Commendation Ribbon, and Combat Infantryman Badge. He returned to Signal School in September 1953 and was promoted to captain. Frank participated in an electronic warfare planning group and went into the reserves as a captain. His primary job in the Army Reserve was instructing Command & General Staff College courses. He retired as a reserve full colonel after 20 years.

Frank met and later married his “little Irish doll,” Joanie Hourigan, in October 1957, in Dallas, TX, (during the only fall weekend that did not have an Army football game scheduled!) They have two daughters, Erin and Christy. Erin and her husband, Michael Kielty, have two daughters, Allison and Kelley. Christy and her husband, James Barrese, have three daughters, Anya, Elizabeth, and Kathryn. (All girls for Frank!) They all live in California. Frank and Joanie enjoyed traveling around the world, playing tennis and hosting many a jazz music gathering. They enjoyed 50 years of happy marriage, retiring in a beauti­ful, peaceful home on the shore of Lake of the Pines in Auburn, CA.

Frank's civilian career included industrial program management, manufacturing engi­neering and electromechanical design with high-tech companies from Dallas (Texas Instruments and Geotech) to Silicon Valley (California Microwave, FMC, and Sylvania). Many fond memories of “engineering student antics” at West Point were shared with friends and family! Frank enjoyed recruiting for West Point and was a model officer while representing the academy and screening potential cadets in the San Francisco Bay Area. (He loved having an excuse to attend high school football games!) His true pas­sion, however, was in coaching tennis. For 20 years he inspired and enlightened stu­dents from ages three to 75. He proudly achieved the rank of USTA Pro Level four at age 75 and contin­ued to teach tennis until a week before his passing at age 80.

Frank passed away peacefully at “the lake,” with his cherished wife and faithful dog by his side, on 15 Oct 2007. It is felt that there could be no greater honor for Frank than to have West Point as his final resting place. A dedicated officer and family man, Franks val­ues of duty, honor and integrity permeated his life’s work

—His family and classmates, Roy Easley and James Tormey

Alan C. Fuller

NO. 17420  •  20 June 1927 – 20 August 2010

Died in New Canaan, CT
Cremated. Inurned at St. Marks Church, New Canaan, CT

Alan Clarke “Pete” Fuller was born in Springfield, MA, on 27 Jun 1927, the only child of Roscoe Hodges Fuller and Barbara Ellis Trevor Fuller. Pete, as he was known by all, grew up in Massachusetts and Iowa. He was a goal-oriented person and set his sights on attending Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated in 1945 and promptly enlisted in the U.S. Navy in order to pursue his inter­ests in radio. He was trained as a radio oper­ator but promptly discharged after V-J Day. In the meantime, he set himself the goal of securing an appointment to West Point. To improve his odds of succeeding, he entered the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School. While engaged in a field exercise one fine spring day, a jeep rolled up, and the driver gave Pete the happy news that his appoint­ment had come through. He had no mon­ey, having sent all of his pay to his parents, so he hitchhiked home to New Jersey from Georgia. He spent one night on the trip home in the jail of a small southern town as a guest of the sheriff, who thought he’d be more comfortable in the jail than he would sleeping on a park bench.

The 1950 Howitzer notes that while “Leaving the Navy, Peters first glimpse of Army life was through a tour of Amherst and Benning. Here at the Point, Peter immediately excelled in academics, falling just short of stars. Some cold winter evenings were spent work­ing on radios, but coaching the less academic men of the company was his finest endeavor, cheerfully aiding others typified his fine quali­ties as a potential leader.”

Upon graduation in 1950, Pete entered service in the newly formed Air Force. After stints in several schools, including flight training, radar school and guided missile training, he was assigned to the Missile Test Center at Cape Canaveral as a member of the initial cadre of the first Air Force tacti­cal guided missile unit, where he served as a guidance systems officer for the “Matador” missile program. Bachelor officer housing was tight at Cape Canaveral as well, but since the local jail was too often in use, Pete bought himself a house trailer to sleep in.

Pete resigned his commission in 1953 and began working for General Electric in the marketing services division. In 1954, he was matriculated to Harvard Business School, where he earned a master of busi­ness administration degree in 1956. He sub­sequently joined McKinsey & Company and worked as a management consultant until 1964, when he joined IBM, per­forming similar work until retiring from IBM in 1989.

Retirement led Pete to set himself an­other goal, that of a master’s degree in computer science, which he earned at Pace University three years later. Pete used his extensive knowledge of computers as a freelance Information Technology guy for friends, for his church, and in his capacity as webmaster of the town of New Canaan.

Pete was an active member of the United States Sail and Power Squadron, a national organization devoted to boating educa­tion and safety, from 1970 until his death. He rose through the officer ranks to serve as squadron commander, district commander and finally rear commander of the national organization. He also had been a member of the Corinthians, an asso­ciation of amateur yachts­men, ever since 1979. Pete was fascinated by the tech­nical and academic aspects of sailing and took every course the Power Squadron of­fered: basic boating, seamanship, advanced piloting, engine maintenance, junior navigation and celestial navigation.

Celestial navigation was a particularly stimulating challenge. Pete would arise hours before sunrise and drive 30 minutes to Long Neck Point, a spit of land projecting into Long Island Sound, to shoot stars in the early morning hours.

A faithful parishioner of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Canaan for 52 years, Pete served at various times as del­egate to the diocesan convention, vestry member, calling committee member, and chairman of stewardship. He was a minister of Communion and a member of the choir for 40 years. Pete was an avid bridge player, a member of the “Salty Old Boaters” club and two computer clubs. He was particular­ly proud of his ham radio operator’s license, “K1MRN,” which he had earned as a boy.

Pete married the former Ann Badger of Portsmouth, NH, in 1955. He is sur­vived by his wife; his first son, Jonathan Ellis Fuller, and daughter-in-law Kyoko Ise Fuller of Omaha, NE ; his daughter, Marianne Mansfield Fuller Buchanan, and son-in-law William Barclay Buchanan II of New Canaan, CT; and his second son, Samuel Badger Fuller, of Darien, CT; as well as eight grandchildren.

Pete’s funeral was marked by touching tributes from his three children, who spoke fondly of him in his various roles as a stern and steady father, devoted husband, and always interesting companion with a wide variety of interests and enthusiasms. He always mod­eled for his children the un­compromising moral stan­dards inculcated in him at West Point: Duty, Honor, Country. This inheritance for his children and grand­children will survive him. A life well-lived, the world has been enriched by his presence in it.

Albert J. Fern, Jr.

NO. 17687  •  3 November 1927 – 6 November 2013

Died in Austin, TX
Interred in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA

 

Albert John Fern Jr. was born in San Diego, CA, the son of Albert John Fern Sr. and Dora Frances Fern. He was a second generation San Diegan with a proud military heritage. His grandfather Arthur Fern served in the Army and is buried at Presidio National Cemetery at San Francisco. His father was a Navy lieutenant commander; and his brother Paul Arthur Fern was a Navy lieutenant, who was killed in action in 1943 at age 27 while serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Al attended San Diego High School, excelling in sports: quarterback of the JV football team, top in his weight class on the high school wrestling challenge board and annual medalist in the Southern California Interscholastic Federation Championships (SCIF). He won an individual championship, co-captained his team to the SCIF Team Championship and earned the title of all-time individual wrestling champion in 1945.

Al also demonstrated writing talent, serving as both a columnist and editor of the high school’s award-winning newspaper, theRuss. Writing was a skill he may have inherited from his uncle Charles Fern, an aviation pioneer who was editor and publisher of the Garden Island newspaper in Hawaii.

After graduating from high school, Al attended Boyden’s Prep School in San Diego and earned an at-large appointment to West Point for merit due to his cumulative performance in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities.

Al was a hard-working West Point cadet and a conscientious student who continued to excel in athletics. He was captain of the Academy’s intercollegiate wrestling team and achieved the rank of first sergeant of A-2 (affectionately known as “Runt Company”). He graduated in June 1950 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army as a member of a unique and distinguished class of peers.

Nineteen days after graduation, on June 25, 1950, the Korean War broke out while Al was still on graduation leave. He was called off leave early and assigned to the Second Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, WA. He served as an infantry platoon leader with his unit, which was among the first deployed to Korea.

Al fought valiantly in Korea, along with many of his classmates, and carried out his duties with bravery and distinction. He earned numerous combat awards and decorations, including the Silver Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. Of his 670 fellow graduates from the class of 1950, 41 died in the Korean War and one was captured. Despite the devastating loss of cherished classmates who gave their lives defending people they didn’t know in a land they’d never seen, Al never lost sight of the fact that these precious sacrifices made possible the ultimate victory and triumphant outcome of freedom.

After returning from Korea (and promotion to first lieutenant), Al met and married Joan Eleanor Conn at the Presidio in San Francisco. He then trained to fly fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters and continued his service at home and abroad with a tour in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of colonel by his second Vietnam tour and commanded roughly 2,000 men in an Aviation Brigade that engaged in daily combat and supported the 101st Airborne Division in Southeast Asia.

Throughout his career, Al earned rank and respect as an Army aviator and leader. His assignments included posts at West Point, the Naval War College in Newport, RI, the Pentagon and many others, serving everywhere with dedication and distinction.

In addition to those named above, his awards included the Combat Infantry Badge, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry, more than 24 Air Medals and numerous Legions of Merit awards.

After his final post as Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Combat Development Experimental Center at Fort Ord, CA, Al retired from active duty in 1979 as a full colonel. He went on to work for Science Applications and General Dynamics and retired in 1991 from civilian work in San Diego. He remained there, living in his family’s longtime home in Mission Hills until age 84.

After suffering a stroke in 2012, Al moved to Austin, TX to be near his daughters Catherine Franklin and Charlene (Charlie) Fern. He remained in Austin until his death in November 2013 at age 86. Al was interred at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA, close to his brother, father, and mother. He is survived by his son, Paul, and daughters: Susan, Catherine, and Charlene.

Al is remembered as a man of keen wit, strong faith, and inherent leadership. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, camping, travel, golf, tennis, music and the occasional afternoon nap.

What Al held closest to his heart - beyond his family and four children - were three words: Duty, Honor, Country. These words were more than an ideal, they were a way of life, which stood upon the bedrock of an abiding faith in God. He attended Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, where his parents were founding members, and he steadfastly held to his beliefs, which brought him peace and comfort in the final years of his life.

For those who knew and loved Al, his life story is far bigger and brighter, far more meaningful than words printed on service ledgers and more powerful than dramatic accounts of military history. It is the timeless classic which tells us that in the end the hero may die, but the story lives on forever.

— Charlene (Charlie) Fern, proud and loving daughter

Robert C. Edwards

NO. 17823  •  25 June 1927 – 13 February 2013

Died in Oakland, CA
Cremated. Interred in Sacramento National Cemetery, CA

Robert Charles Edwards was born on Jun 25, 1927, in Chicago, IL, to immigrant parents: his father was from Russia and his mother from Poland. He grew up in a house that was a stone’s throw from Wrigley Field and was a lifelong Cubs fan, requesting in his will that the Cubs be notified they had one less fan to torture.

Bob graduated from West Point with the Class of 1950, commissioned second lieutenant, and served as an Infantry Officer. The Class of 1950 was the first to go directly from graduation to the battlefield and Bob was sent to Korea where he served as a platoon leader in a heavy mortar company. The fighting was fierce against overwhelming enemy forces with the weather being as formidable an enemy as the North Korean forces they were fighting. Frostbite was prevalent, and many of our forces suffered severely as they were forced back to the shore where they got support from our Navy.

Shortly after his return from Korea, he transferred from Infantry to the Ordnance Corps where he remained until his retirement. His assignments as an Ordnance Officer included basic and advanced schooling in Ordnance. At Ordnance school, Aberdeen Training Grounds, MD, he was selected to attend Babson University where he pursued an MBA, in finance. He graduated with honors and continued his career as an Ordnance Officer.

In addition to his assignment to Korea, his overseas assignments included Austria, Germany, Vietnam, and Taiwan. In Vietnam in the mid-1960s, Bob served as an advisor to the Vietnamese Army under General Stillwell Jr., the Commanding General of the Advisory Command in Vietnam.

His last assignment with the Army was at Rock Island, IL, where, in 1970, after a 20-year career, Bob retired as a lieutenant colonel. Once retired from the Army, he moved his family to Schenectady, NY, which proved to be one more stop along his way. After having been assigned to the Presidio earlier in his career and wanting to end up in the San Francisco Bay area, he moved his family one last time in 1972 to the San Francisco Bay area.

Until he retired in 1991, he worked at the University of California Berkeley as an administrator where he was deeply respected and loved.

Even before he retired, Bob had many interests and was very active.

Although not an avid golfer, he did enjoy the game and early in his golfing life he hit a hole-in-one at the Presidio Golf course in San Francisco. He didn’t think too much about it until he learned the custom is that when one has a hole-in-one he buys the house a drink. It just happened that on that day the bar at the clubhouse was full of golfers, which gave him cause to consider whether he should continue with golf if every time he made a hole-in-one it would cost so much money.

After his retirement from University of California Berkeley, he met Libby Hertz with whom he remained a close companion, traveling the world on many cruises and other trips, experiencing great theater, museums, fine food, and all that life had to offer.

Bob is survived by his children, Kenneth and Gail Edwards; his grandchildren, Rebecca and Jeffrey Byrnes; and his companion Libby Hertz.

A great sense of humor was a human quality Bob had that endeared him to all who knew him. He indiscriminately engaged everyone that crossed his path. That plus his love of people and his gregarious nature meant "to know him was to love him." Robert Charles Edwards will be greatly missed.

Frank H. Duggins, Jr.

NO. 17831  •  7 Dec 1928 – 23 Jun 2006

Died in Marshall, MO
Inurned in Ridge Park Cemetery, Marshall, MO

Frank Hall Duggins, Jr., was born in Marshall, MO, just across the street from the home where his father was born, on land his great-grandfather purchased in the mid-1800s when he came from Virginia to Missouri as a surveyor. After his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1978, Frank eventually returned to the family home with his own family and his great-grandfather’s surveying instruments. Frank’s daughters were born in the same county in Virginia that his great-grandfather had lived in before moving West.

Frank’s first exposure to the military came when he attended Kemper Military School in Boonville, MO. While there, he befriended two future West Point classmates, Don Langren and David Meredith. They maintained these friendships throughout their lives. Frank graduated from Kemper in 1945 and kept close ties to the school, serv­ing on the faculty, 1957—60; as President 1982—83; and as a prominent member of the Board of Directors.

Frank was attending the University of Missouri in the Engineering program when his father presented him the opportunity of an appointment to West Point. He recalled “never really wanting to be in the Army...and riding on the banks of the Hudson River wearing a wool uniform on hot, humid days was not really much fun.” As was his nature, he made things work and was an active cadet. He was on the staff of the cadet magazine, The Pointer, all four years, serving as the as­sociate editor his first class year. He also was sports editor of the Mortar and a member of the Weightlifting and Radio Clubs. His jour­nalism experience served him well, and he continued honing his writing skills through­out his life, from well-written speeches to wit­ty letters and emails. He enjoyed telling his daughters of some of his antics and was proud to show them West Point at his 55th Reunion in 2005! He was amused at the thought that his grandsons and granddaughters might even continue the tradition.

His first assignment after graduation was to Korea, serving in the 5th Cavalry Regiment. During his tour in Korea, he was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Combat Infantryman Badge. Frank and Margaret later traveled to Korea with classmates in 1997. When he returned from Korea in 1952, he accepted an assignment at Ft. Carson, CO, as aide-de-camp to GEN George Kaiser. He also ran the Officer’s Club and often shared many fond memories from this assignment with friends and family. GEN Kaiser persuad­ed Frank to continue his career in the Army, instilling in the young leader that he, indeed, could make a difference.

In 1964, while on leave over a long Memorial Day weekend, Frank visited his fa­ther and his brother David in New Orleans. David introduced Frank to his friend, “a charming southern belle,” Margaret Robbins of Mobile, AL. They were married 4 Sep 1964 at the Cadet Chapel, followed by a yacht ex­cursion on the Hudson River where, report­edly, “the champagne flowed freely.”

In 1965, Frank was assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Viet Nam (MACV). As a newly promoted lieutenant colonel, Frank served as the Senior Sector Advisor as­signed to Advisory Team #57. As an American counterpart to the Vietnamese province chief of Vinh Binh Province in the Mekong Delta Region, LTC Duggins was recognized as an excellent military strategist. He provided ex­cellent leadership, and Advisory Team 57 was recognized for successfully carrying out many of the pacification efforts that were a part of the MACV mission.

Following his first tour in Viet Nam, Frank was appointed Commandant of the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 1966. He and Margaret moved from Ft. Benning, GA, to Ft. Belvoir, VA, where their daughter Kathleen was born in 1967. Kathleen was christened at the Cadet Chapel. Their daughter Molly was born in 1970, also at Ft. Belvoir.

Frank then was assigned to a second tour of Viet Nam in 1971. One of his privates, Jim Bussell, recalls that they were “the last troops to be airlifted out of Viet Nam.” Once the troops were evacuated, he returned home and accepted an assignment reorganizing National Guard units through offices in St. Louis, MO.

He retired from full service in the military as a colonel in 1978 and returned home to Marshall with his family. His next “assign­ment” was the restoration of the family home and the full-time parenting, tutoring and men­toring of his daughters. He became an active member of his community, serving as mayor of Marshall from 1979 to 1980, and was a member of Rotary for over 30 years, serving as President from 1989 to 1999. He remained an integral member on the Board of Directors of Kemper Military School and was active in the Saline County Historical Society, the Red Cross, the Sheltered Workshop, the United Methodist Church, the Board of Directors of Marshall Municipal Utilities and the United Way and in the development of the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum.

As noted in the 1950 Howitzer, his “fame of quick wit and happy countenance” served him well throughout a lifetime of leadership. He led by example and was driven continu­ously to further his knowledge on any and all topics, from the Missouri Mules to local and federal government. In September 2003, shortly after their 39th wedding anniversary, Margaret passed away after battling cancer. He is greatly missed by his family: his daughters Kathleen Smith (Bryan) and Molly Crews (Tom); his brother David Duggins and wife Bitsy; and four grandchildren, Zachary and Grant Smith and Margaret and Katie Crews.

We take comfort in knowing our father, “this old foot soldier” as he referred to himself, was admired by and a mentor to many and always will be fondly remembered as a great story teller.

— Respectfully submitted by his daughters, Kathleen and Molly, with special thanks and much appreciation to Carol Raynor and her notes!

 

Louis F. Dixon

NO. 17604  •  16 June 1928 – 2 Jan 2010

Died in Orlando, FL
Cremated. Interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Louis Frederick Dixon was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Garney Dixon. Growing up, he led a very dynamic and active life. He was very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. At Elmer L. Myers High School, he was on the wrestling, gymnastics, rifle, track and field teams as well as being in the school band. During that time, he courted his high school sweetheart, Elaine Diterick, who would become his wife and life­long companion.

The 1950 Howitzer reads as follows about Louis: “First one up at reveille and last one in bed at taps, Lou could never find time to keep up with his many and varied activi­ties. The ‘Wilkes-Barre mauler’ didn’t mind though, because the Tactical Department was never able to keep up with him either. Next to beating the Tactical Department, Lou liked to tell stories best. With all these abilities, we know he will go a long way in the Armored. (He actually ended up being commissioned as a Signal Corps Officer, as he had wanted). Gymnastics, Wrestling, German Club, Art Club, Dance Orchestra, Radio Club, and Sergeant.”

Upon graduation, the overwhelming majority of the Class of 1950 went to war in Korea. Lou’s first troop assignment, after completion of officer entry training, was as a platoon leader in combat with the 51st Signal Battalion in Korea. As a Signal Corps officer, he was involved in five battle campaigns in Korea, one in which he sustained severe per­manent injury to his knee. Upon Lou’s return from the war zone, he was assigned to Ft. Monmouth, NJ, as a tactical officer and com­pany commander in the Signal Corps Officer Candidate School and later as a member of the Signal Corps Board.

Lou was transferred to Europe in the summer of 1956, following a year at Rutgers University studying writing and two years at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration earning his master’s de­gree. There he served as a Branch Chief and Comptroller in the Signal Division of Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe, and Signal Command, Europe.

Reassignment back to the United States in 1959, returned Lou to his alma mater, where he made lasting contributions as the Chief of the Management and ADP Divisions and as assistant comptroller of West Point. Dur­ing this assignment he was a co-developer of West Point’s management instruction and in­strumental in the evolution of the Academy’s computer program. After completing Air­borne School, Lou attended the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS, in August 1963. Upon graduation, he served for a brief period as executive officer of the 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division, at Ft. Bragg, Ft. Benning, and Ft. Jackson. In December 1964, Lou was as­signed as a signal staff officer with the XVIII Airborne Corps at Ft. Bragg, NC. He later became commander of the 36th Signal Bat­talion, serving with that unit at both Ft. Bragg and in the Dominican Republic.

In June 1966, Lou was reassigned to the Republic of Vietnam as the commander of the 73rd Signal Battalion and later as a senior staff officer with the 21st Signal Group and the 1st Signal Brigade. While in Vietnam, Lou was involved in two major battle cam­paigns. In August 1967, Lou returned to the United States and the Pentagon on the Department of the Army Staff in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Development, first as an action officer and ultimately as Chief of the Information and Data Systems Office.

In July 1971, Lou was assigned to the Army War College as Director of Management Information Systems, Automatic Data Processing, and Audiovisual Instructional Technology Support Division. It was under his leadership that the television support to the War College grew from a small black and white capability into the Army’s best low-budget color television studio and closed- circuit system of that time.

Lou’s awards included two Legions of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts plus numerous campaign medals for Korea, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam, and the Parachute Badge.

After retiring from the Army in 1977, Lou was an assistant professor of mathemat­ics and computer science at Shippensburg University, Decision Systems Group VP with MANDEX, Inc., and ran his own company, Applied Decision Systems, Inc., as well as consulting projects with former associates. He remained active in the Boy Scouts, receiv­ing their Silver Beaver Award, and DeMolay, receiving their Legion of  Honor. Lou and Elaine moved to Melbourne, FL, in 1991 and enjoyed a more leisurely life, primarily playing golf and relaxing in their beautiful and well deserved new home and pool. Lou, not one to shy away from contributing his time and ex­pertise to community improvement, contin­ued to volunteer his time as a Florida master gardener, serving on various committees and being elected to the Board of Directors of their master homeowners association. Elaine, who meant so very, very much to Lou and his fam­ily, died in July 2006. Lou and Elaine were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on 20 Apr 2010.

Lou was a great leader, innovator, and a wonderful, caring, charitable and accom­plished man. He was a loving, devoted, out­standing, and true husband, father, grandfa­ther, and friend who will be dearly missed so very much by all who knew and loved him (as will Elaine, his wife of 56 years). He is survived by his daughter Pamela (Sr. Systems Analyst, Washington Navy Yard), son Jeff (The Citadel 1981), granddaughter Megan (VCU 2003) and grandsons Jonathan (USNA 2011) and Stephen (USNA 2013). Daughter Valerie was tragically killed in a car accident in 1980 and has been dearly missed by her family ever since.

COL and Mrs. Dixon, Mom and Dad, well done, and God rest your souls! We’ll see you on the other side of the enternal life.

—His family

William D. Curry, Jr.

NO. 17864  •  15 May 1926 – 16 April 2013

Died in Williamsburg, VA
Interred in Arlington National Cemetery, VA

Brigadier General William Donald Curry Jr., of Minneapolis, MN, passed away on Apr 16, 2013, at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, VA.

Bill was a member of the Class of 1950 at the United States Military Academy. Upon graduation he earned his Master of Science degree in International Relations from George Washington University and was a graduate of Squadron Officer School, Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College. Bill was a command pilot with over 6,500 flying hours. His military decorations and awards included the Air Force Distinguished Service medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation with two oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal.

His Military career began during the Korean War, flying combat tours in the F-51 Mustangs. He spent his career as a pilot and flew combat missions as an F-4 Squadron Commander with the 366th Tactical Fighter Wing at Da Nang Airbase in Vietnam and as the Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Korat Air Base, Thailand, flying the A-7d Corsair II. From December 1958 to June 1966, he was a SAC B47 Aircraft Pilot and training instructor in the 341 Bomb Wing 10th Bomb Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona and the 100th Bomb Wing, Pease AFB in New Hampshire.

Other assignments included a tour as Deputy Chief, Joint Chiefs of Staff Matters, Global Planes and Policy Division, Directorate of Planes, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Vice Commander and Commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Assistant Deputy and Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Headquarters Tactical Air Command; Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing; and Commander, Tactical Training Davis-Monthan, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ. His final tour of duty was to command the Defense General Supply Center, Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, VA, prior to his retirement in 1980.

Bill considered his service of 32 years in the Air Force and the Army to be his calling and truly an honor. He continued to serve his community after his retirement as a charter member and president of the Brandermill Rotary Club in Richmond, VA, and a Board member of the Richmond United Way. He valued his associations working in leadership roles with the Rotary Club, the Air Force Association, and the West Point Society. Bill was the Chairman for the Disaster Services to the Red Cross of Virginia and was a Consultant to the American Red Cross in Washington, DC, providing disaster services and logistical support. Bill was able to use his skills and knowledge as well as his gifts and talents to support families devastated by natural disasters.

Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Bettie B. Curry; his son William Donald "Chip" Curry III; his daughter Linda Curry Gaskins and son-in-law Kevin Gaskins; two granddaughters, Page and April Curry; grandson Kevin Curry Gaskins and wife Erica; and loving nieces and nephews as well as grand nieces and grand nephews.

Richard N. Cody

NO. 17563  •   1929 – 29 April 2007

Died in Annandale, VA
Interred in Old Mission Mausoleum, Wichita, KS

"Why, you’re a sunflower from the Sunflower State!" exclaimed Frank Thompson when Richard Neal ‘Dick’ Cody arrived at West Point from Kansas in 1946. Little did Frank realize how apt that descriptor was for the personable and easygoing Dick Cody. His good nature and warmth characterized Dick’s friendships at West Point, during his Air Force career and are what his family misses most about him.

Dick was the first child of Ione and Ralph Cody born in Hutchinson, KS. Dick was joined by siblings Rosemary and Jim. The children loved visiting grandparents in Clearwater, KS, where they enjoyed riding through the wheat fields on the tractor.

Attending West Point was Dick’s boyhood dream. The rigors of the Academy did not dampen nor overwhelm him. Despite Dick’s service as Chairman of the Escort Committee, he remained loyal to fellow Wichita East graduate and sweetheart, Marilyn Barnum.

Upon graduation in 1950, Dick was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force and began flight training. He and Marilyn were married and moved to Lubbock, TX. Then Dick served a combat tour in Korea flying B-29s. Marilyn and baby, Diane, returned to Wichita to be with family.

Dick’s next assignment was the beginning of a long period of satisfying service in the Strategic Air Command. From 1952-57, Dick was assigned to the 68th Bombardment Wing in Lake Charles, LA, where, as a B-47 and B-29 pilot, he served as instructor and aircraft commander. His next job was serving as Director of Ops & Training at Barksdale AFB. Their family grew and now included Diane, Rick, David, and Lauren.

The family began a three-year adventure where Dick served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Air Force attending Staff College at Bracknell then serving on the Operations staff at RAF Headquarters Bomber Command in High Wycombe. The years in England were filled with travel—each summer Dick and Marilyn loaded the four kids into a VW camper with a Coleman stove, six-man tent and they camped throughout Europe. They took in all the sights—museums, cathedrals, and amusement parks—in the right combination to keep the crew happy. Evenings were times to re-group around the campfire.

Leaving dear friends Dick and Marilyn made in England was not easy but a different kind of assignment was waiting for the family in Dallas, TX. They lived as civilians while Dick studied for a Master of Science in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University. The southern hospitality encircled the family when Dick left for the Philippines where he was Chief of the Command Center of the 405th Fighter Wing at Clark Air Force Base. He "commuted" to Vietnam and flew 139 ground attack combat missions as a B-57 pilot in Southeast Asia. His family joined him in the Philippines expanding their travel to include Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and areas throughout the PI.

The Codys returned to the States and Dick was assigned to the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He valued the headquarters experience but was pleased to assume command positions at the 320th Bombardment Wing at Mather AFB in California. While Marilyn and the kids stayed there, Dick served on temporary duty at U-Tapao Airfield, Thailand, in 1972-73. He was the airborne commander for the SAC bomber forces leading two Linebacker II missions over North Vietnam in the "Eleven-Day War" of December 1972. Following his combat assignment, Dick was named Commander, 93rd Bombardment Wing at Castle AFB.

Before leaving California, Dick was promoted to brigadier general. In his characteristically straightforward way, Frank Thompson sent his congratulations and comment, "Dick, you were the last guy I thought would become a general—you’re just not serious enough!" Indeed, Dick was still the fun-loving, warm-hearted, jokester and that warmth, combined with his clear thinking, was what drew people to him and earned their respect in the command positions he held.

Dick was pulled into SAC headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, NB, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and DCS for Plans where he was very involved in the development of the B-1 bomber. While at Offutt, he and Marilyn had great fun living down the street from classmate Dick and Ruthie Newton.

Dick added a second star and was transferred to the Defense Nuclear Agency in Washington, DC, as Deputy Director. Dick retired from the USAF but immediately launched his own consulting business where he helped federal and state governments and agencies prepare for nuclear accidents.

Dick and Marilyn enjoyed their now empty nest by becoming avid square dancers, cruise travelers and visiting children and grandchildren who settled from California to Boston. Another highlight was visiting West Point classmates and attending reunions.

In the late 1980s, Dick experienced symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, a progressive disease that steadily robbed him of mobility and mental agility. With help Marilyn was able to care for him at home and became an expert at patient mobilization as they continued to visit their children in Texas, Boston, and Sacramento as well as gather the family at Navarre Beach, FL, for an annual reunion.

One of the hardest parts of Dick’s illness those last 20 years was his children realizing Dick’s 11 grandchildren never got to see him when he was well—strong, kind, funny, smart, and a dynamic leader devoted to his country and his family. A great gift came from classmate Dick Newton who assembled books for Dick’s grandchildren that shared stories, his official Air Force biography, and a personal letter describing who Dick Cody was as a patriot, a friend, and a classmate. Thanks to Colonel Newton’s gift, Dick Cody came alive to those who weren’t lucky enough to get to know him personally.

— Lauren Cody Murphy, daughter

John W. Best

NO. 17803  •   1929 – 21 November 2007

Died in Riverside, CA
Cremated. Interred in Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA

At a dinner with friends and his wife Nancy, John could be counted on for a humorous story followed by his own hearty chuckles. His sharp wit was just one aspect of a warm, generous, cheerful personality. His outlook on life, talents and achievements are all the more remarkable after a difficult childhood.

John Walton Best, Jr. was born in Detroit, MI, the son of John Walton and Marjorie Elaine Best. When John was born, his father was at the peak of his ca­reer as a swimming teacher to the wealthy and privileged members of the Country Club of Detroit. Two years later, the Great Depression made swimming lessons an extravagance. In 1931, his father moved the family to Hollywood, where he found prominent clients in the entertainment in­dustry. They traveled from California to Florida in search of favorable weather for teaching swimming in outdoor pools. John was used as a swimming demonstrator. It was a gypsy life, with his attending 13 dif­ferent schools.

In 1936 the family acquired a 16-foot travel trailer. It was home for John, his brother, sister and parents, moving from Beverly Hills in the summer to Palm Springs in the winter. In 1942, his parents bought a lot in Riverside for the trailer, and John built an attached sleeping room for his sister and another for his brother and himself. It was a dysfunctional household with a domineer­ing father, marginal income and incessant bickering making life uncomfortable and insecure. On occasion John was sent to fish off the Santa Monica pier to bring home dinner. At 14 he spent the summer caring for 12 horses at a riding stable. He slept out­side the barn, with kittens in his sleeping bag for warmth. His pay was a dozen pancakes for breakfast and other meals. Moving on to high school he commanded the ROTC unit, was on the rifle team, lettered three years in swimming and captained the swim team his senior year.

Although John had scholarship offers from local colleges, he saw West Point as an opportunity for a new life, an excellent education and financial independence. He entered West Point only a few months after his 17th birthday, making him one of the youngest in the class. At West Point he ex­celled in swimming, earning a letter for three years and setting a Plebe record for the 200- yard relay. Paul Ache, a Co I-2 classmate, re­calls, “sitting at a brace in Washington Hall” when the record breaking was announced, “by a team including John Best. Boy, was I impressed.” Ever the dutiful son, a trying family life notwithstanding, John sent home $20 a month from his cadet salary. In later years, he helped his brother financially.

After graduation, John selected the Air Force. He became a pilot for multi-engine aircraft accumulating 900 hours of fly­ing time. He flew five different aircraft, with most of his flying time in B29s and B36s. During the Korean War he flew 32 combat missions.

Of minor consequence was his plane crash during flight training. The instructor, apparently not pleased with John, idled one of the engines at a time when the plane was just accelerating after a touch and go. The plane landed in a cotton field just beyond the runway. No one was injured. John walked back to the airfield. At the gate he asked an MP where he should go to report a plane crash. Not even a plane crash could dampen his sense of humor. The fate of the instructor was an immediate transfer to Iceland.

After resigning from the Air Force in 1955, John moved back to Riverside. He was employed as an engineer for several compa­nies before striking out on his own in 1972. He served a variety of clients, including General Electric, with engineering services in civil and mechanical design. Ninety per­cent of his work was in structural analysis and design for buildings. His success as a one-man firm is a tribute to his engineering acumen and perseverance.

In 1956, John entered into a marriage that lasted for 25 years before ending in di­vorce. His life changed after he met Nancy Parsons and married her in 1983. She proved to be the perfect partner in what was a happy and fulfilling marriage. He had no biologi­cal children from either marriage. He was a stepfather to Victor and Chris, and a de facto father to Lisa, who became a family member.

John was a West Pointer through and through. He was active in the West Point Society in Riverside and generous with his time in support of West Point. For many years he was the Academy’s admis­sions representative for the Riverside, San Bernardino and beyond areas. Over the years he had been responsible for encourag­ing and shepherding some 200 high school graduates to West Point. Being invited to the Bicentennial Dinner marking the 200th anniversary of West Point was recognition for his service.

Topping off the abilities of this talented man was his acting in amateur theater. His most memorable role was the male lead in the play, “First Monday in October.” His performance was magnificent. His wit and stage presence were perfect for the role of a Supreme Court Judge. Actually, he was asked to replace a person in the lead role late in the rehearsals. Not a problem for John, he had the ability to memorize not only his own part but also all the parts of the other actors. What a memory! After 60 years he could recite the definition of leather.

John had the resoluteness and subtle drive to achieve which served him through­out his life. Those qualities were intrinsic to his being. Beyond that he was just a good person to be around. He was affable and hu­morous, and yet he was a sensitive person. He was a devoted husband. He lovingly sup­ported his family and cared deeply for oth­ers. For all who knew him, he left a mark on their hearts.

—Bill Waddell ’50, assisted by Nancy Best

Raymond N. Barry

NO. 17829  •  19 March 1926 – 08 September 2009

Died in Highland Ranch, CO
Cremated. Interred in Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO

Raymond Ney Barry was born on 19 Mar 1926 in the small town of Hollis, OK. He grew up there with his two sisters and a younger brother. His father was a respected attorney, and his mother was an influential school teacher. At Hollis High School, Ray established an outstanding record both in the classroom and on the athletic field. He was president of his class, an honor student and a gifted athlete. In 1943 he was selected to the Oklahoma High School All-State football team as a pass-catching end. The following year, 1944, he also was named to the All-State basketball squad. Several universities offered athletic scholarships, but with World War II still underway, Ray enlisted in the Navy. While undergoing boot-camp he received a congressional ap­pointment to West Point. Offered a choice of Annapolis or West Point, Ray astonished his naval superiors by choosing West Point. He was transferred to the Army and sent to the U.S. Military Academy Prep School at Cornell University. Ray entered West Point in 1946 and readily adjusted to cadet life but took a carefree approach to academics. Only in athletic proficiency did he stand near the top of his class. Years later he said, “As my roommates will attest, I studied almost not at all. And I regret that because, had I put forth a better effort in academics, I would have gained a lot more intellectually than I did during those years. But I was not very disciplined back then, even in that environ­ment noted for its discipline.” Later in his ca­reer, Ray redeemed himself by earning, with honors, a Master of Science degree and two Master of Arts degrees. After graduating with his West Point Class in 1950, Ray reported to Ft. Benning, GA, for airborne training. While there he met Marjorie Burgess, and the following year, in April of 1951, they were married. Ray’s first troop duty came with the 82nd Airborne Division, and he made 20 parachute jumps with that division.

Ray saw combat in the Korean War with the 7th Infantry Division. During heavy fighting near Chorwon, Korea, he was awarded the Silver Star for bravery under fire. On that battlefield he was so severely wounded by enemy shellfire that initially he was not expected to live. Hospitalized for an extended period, he underwent numerous operations, gradually recovered, and even­tually returned to active duty. One of  Ray’s doctors suggested that he take up golf to ben­efit from sustained walking. Ray did, and he became a skillful recreational golfer, good enough to win a number of club champion­ships through the years.

The 3rd of August 1954 was a special date for Ray and Marge, because it marked the birth of their only daughter, Paula, who later gave them two beloved grandsons.

Ray's mid-career progressed through completion of service schools, graduate civil schooling, and the assumption of increas­ing responsibilities in various command and staff positions, both stateside and over­seas. After graduating from the Army War College in 1968, he was assigned to the Army Intelligence Staff at the Pentagon and during that tour of duty was promoted to colonel. During the Vietnam War, Ray served in Saigon as an adviser to the South Vietnamese joint general staff. In 1972, Ray proceeded directly from Vietnam to Belgium for a three-year assignment on the combined gen­eral staff at Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers Europe. Returning to the states in 1975, he assumed new duties at Readiness Region VIII in Denver, CO, first as region executive officer, later as region deputy com­mander, then as region commander. Ray’s extended tour of duty at Region VIII turned out to be his final military assignment. He retired in 1980, completing thirty years of service. In the years that followed, Ray and Marge settled down to an unhurried, but still active life-of-retirement at their home in Englewood, CO.

In addition to the Silver Star and Purple Heart, Ray’s awards and decorations include three Legions of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and two foreign decorations awarded to him by the govern­ment of South Vietnam: the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnamese Honor Medal.

John W. Allen Jr.

NO. 17941  •  19 September 1927 – 25 July 2010

Died in Weston, FL
Interred in Presbyterian Cemetery, Hollidaysburg, PA

John Wesley "Jake" Allen Jr., was born on Sep 19, 1927, in Altoona, PA, to Margaret and John Allen. He grew up in Hollidaysburg, PA, with his two sisters, Peggy and Priscilla. During his high school years at Hollidaysburg High School he played basketball and was captain of the football team. He was elected class president his junior year and served as class vice president during his senior year.

Upon graduation in December 1944, he enlisted in the Army. He attended Virginia Military Institute, Amherst College, and received his appointment to West Point. Jake entered the Academy in 1946 and quickly adjusted to cadet life. During his cadet years he played intramural golf and handball, was a member of the Russian Club, and served as the Hop Manager for all four years. An excerpt in his senior yearbook stated, "Jake Allen. The very name strikes fear in the hearts of all those who dabble in the pasteboards. But they are not alone—the Tactical and Academic Departments also quake at that name. Jake, the man of a thousand faces (Kings, Queens, and Jacks), is hereby voted the man most likely to upset all conventions and the only man who is reputed to have won Corporal stripes in a game of chance." He made many friends that he would hold dear throughout his lifetime.

After graduating with his class in 1950, Jake was off to Ft. Benning, GA, for the Infantry Officer Basic Course. Upon completion he reported to his 1st assignment with the 3rd Armored Division at Ft. Knox, KY. While there, Jake returned to Hollidaysburg to marry Eloise Smith. He often spoke of the "one glance" in which they both knew they would have a life together. Although knowing each other growing up in the same town, it wasn’t until their college years that they really discovered their connection. He and Eloise spent the next forty-eight years together. They had a son, Robert, and a daughter, Diane. Robert and his wife, Gail Taylor, have a son, Lance, and two daughters, Stephanie and Lindsay. Diane and her husband, Colonel (Ret) Robert Myers, have a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Robert. Jack also enjoyed spending time with his great-grandkids.

From Ft. Knox, Jack was assigned to Far East Command Liaison Detachment, Korea. After initially serving as an advisor, he was reassigned to command the Tactical Liaison Office, an agent line crossing unit. He led approximately seventy-five missions dispatching and retrieving line crossing agents. He extended his tour and continued the same work on the island of Yodo.

His subsequent assignments took him to Ft. Benning, Ft. Holabird, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Riley, and USAREUR’s V Corps Headquarters. Following his assignment in Europe he attended the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School where he received his master’s degree in business administration in 1967. His follow-on assignment was to the ODCA at the Department of the Army in Washington, DC.

In 1969 he was assigned to the U.S. Military Assistance Command in Vietnam where he served in the J-3 office. After his tour in Vietnam he returned to the DC area where he was assigned to the Combat Development Command. His final assignment was as the Director of Evaluation with the Headquarters, CONFOR Group. Jack retired in 1972 as a lieutenant colonel after having served over 22 years of active duty.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen graduated from the Command and General Staff Officer Course and received numerous awards including the Combat Infantry Badge, WWII Victory Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Star service stars, RVN Commendation Medal with 60 Device, Joint Service Commendation Medal and two Legions of Merit. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Korean War Veterans Association, and a lifetime member of the Hollidaysburg American Legion.

Upon retiring, Jack and Eloise resided in Arlington, VA. They took every opportunity to travel, stayed active with classmates in the area, and participated in all Class of ’50 events. Jack started his own paper company and worked hard when he wasn’t following the sport of kings. He sold his company in 1989 and made golf his full-time passion. When not on the links he watched his St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Wizards, and Washington Redskins. Eloise passed away in 2000. After a few more years in the DC area, Jack joined Diane and her family in San Antonio, TX, in 2005. Dad brought a great deal to our family as he participated in all family activities on a daily basis. From birthdays to vacations, holidays to dinners out, Dad never passed up the opportunity for a teaching moment. He spent every Thanksgiving with his son’s family, keeping all grandkids, spouses, and great-grandkids in awe of his general knowledge while playing Trivial Pursuit. Christmas was spent in San Antonio with Diane’s family, wowing the grandkids, spouses, and great-grandkids with his incredible memory of his childhood and his jokes of the day.

Jack passed away while vacationing with Diane and her family in July 2010. His memory will live on for generations to come as we are reminded every day of things Dad said or did throughout his life. Very special to Dad was his ability to attend the 60th reunion of his class in May 2010. He will live on in our hearts forever.

— A loving family

Nathaniel A. Gallagher

NO. 17752•  17 September 1926 - 18 March 2011

Died in Chapel Hill, NC
Cremated. Interred in West Point Cemetery, NY

Nathaniel Ambrose “Nate” Gallagher was born Feb 22, 1927, in Malden, MA, the fourth child born to Dr. Nicholas and Anna Gallagher. After graduating from Malden High School, Nate entered the United States Military Academy, graduating in the Class of 1950. Nate married Eileen (Boe) Boehm in December 1950. Their son, Dr. Dale Gallagher, was born in 1952 with their daughter, Darra Das, joining the family in 1954. After living in Darien, CT, for 19 years, Boe and Nate moved to Chapel Hill, NC, in 1996. Sadly, Boe passed away in 1997, after losing her battle with cancer. Two years later, Nate was blessed anew by his marriage to another wonderful woman, Joan Haberer. It is no surprise that they met at a church function because Nate was a devout and practicing Catholic all his life.

Gregarious by nature, there were times when Nate’s true character was masked because he invariably greeted people with a suitable quip or feigned mockery. Soon afterward however, that façade faded quickly as his true charming character shone through. Nate’s generosity and sociability were ever present and unmistakable. He was always ready to help and pitch in. Some insist that Nate was generous to a fault. His roommate recalls a time when Nate offered to help a classmate with a calculus problem, even though Nate knew little about solving the problem. Fortunately another classmate was able to assist both of them!  Nate would readily admit that his closest lifelong friends were his fellow classmates. An enduring bond developed with several classmates and their wives. They shared a special camaraderie, humor, and genuine friendship on many alumni trips, dinners at the Army-Navy Club, and tail-gate gatherings. A personal favorite for Nate was having his friends visit Nate’s Broadview Farm in New Hampshire, property that his father had owned since he was a child.

During his days at the Academy, Nate was a leader recognized by his peers. He was a cadet lieutenant and, more noteworthy, the Chairman of the prestigious Honor Committee-elected to that position by fellow Committee members, themselves cadets of notable integrity. Upon graduation in 1950, Nate chose to enter pilot training with the U.S. Air Force. His years at West Point, coupled with his time served in the Air Force, had a resounding influence on his life. Nate would comment that those experiences taught him to be honest, trustworthy, and reliable.

Nate’s Air Force career focused primarily on aircrew duty, senior staff assignments, and Wing Command experience in the Strategic Air Command, with notable assignments in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. While at March AFB, Nate served through 1960 on aircrew and on the KC-97 and the B-47 in the 22nd Bomb Wing; he then held several staff assignments at 15th Air Force Headquarters until 1963. In 1964 Nate received his MBA in management from George Washington University. He served in the PACAF Headquarters during 1964-66. Nate volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam. Later, he had the opportunity to command the 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron, flying the B-57 out of Clark AFB, Philippines and Phan Rang AB, Vietnam, during 1966-67. His leadership and flying expertise were recognized with this tour, and Nate was awarded the Silver Star, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, fourteen Air Medals, and Presidential Unit citation. Nate had tours with Headquarters 13th Air Force, Clark AFB, the Office of the Director of Research and Development, Headquarters USAF, and the OJCS (J-5).  Nate served as Commander of three SAC B-52 Wings during a turbulent period for the Air Force and had the distinction of commanding the largest number of B-52s in the history of SAC. He was the Commander of the 19th Bomb Wing, Robins AFB, Georgia; the 72nd Strategic Wing (provisional); and the 410th Bomb Wing at Anderson AFB, Guam during 1972-74. In 1974 Nate was the Wing Commander of the 10th Bomb Wing at K.I. Sawyer AFB in northern Michigan. Nate’s final assignment was Chief of Staff of the Military Committee at the United Nations during 1975-77.

After 27 years of Military Service, Nate retired from the Air Force in 1977 with the rank of colonel. He then began a post-military career with Philip Morris as the Director of Corporate Security, which involved worldwide travel. After seven years, he retired from Philip Morris and then served a year on President Reagan’s Commission on Organized Crime until a final report was completed. Nate spent the next 15 years assisting his fellow Academy graduates with a placement service called Academy Graduates Executive Search, (AGES). Nate received many accolades for helping a large number of service members find meaningful employment after they retired from the military. Further, Nate remained very active in the Academy of Graduates (AOG). Nate served on the Board of Trustees (Class Trustee) from 1989-90, and he also served on several Alumni Support Committees of the AOG from 1989-05. Nate’s life portrays the illustrious career of a superb leader, courageous pilot, and devoted American. His unrelenting quest was to reach beyond the merely commonplace. He strived to be the very best that he could be. In this effort he never wavered. The words, “Duty, Honor, Country” meant more to Nate than a motto. They were a standard that he accepted, and it represented the way he lived his life. He always professed that “it was best to lead by example.” Nate was a highly decorated officer who made a difference. His services made an impact in a variety of significant and demanding Air Force assignments. To his family, he was the most loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, and step-father, and our warm memories of him and how he lived his life will help to sustain us in his absence.

- Wife and classmates