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Friday 09 September 2016: WPSWPS Seattle Luncheon; Guest Speaker: LTG Stephen R. Lanza, ’80, on Leadership and the Pacific; 1130-1400 Hours; Washington Athletic Club; $45/person; More details TBA via email distro.

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Tuesday 13 September 1016: WPSWPS Board Meeting; Private Room; 1130-1300 Hours; McNamara’s, DuPont, WA.

Saturday 24 September 2016: WPSWPS Summer Picnic; @ The Bistro, Russell Landing, North Fort, JBLM; 1600-1900 Hours’ Details TBA via email distro.

Saturday 08 October 2016: At Starfire Sports in Tukwila, WA: (1) West Point Men Lacrosse JV plays a team from British Columbia, then (2) West Point Women Lacrosse Varsity plays Cal, then (3) West Point Men Lacrosse Varsity plays Michigan.  Times and other details TBA via email distro.  Related.

Saturday 10 December 2016: WPSWPS hosts Army-Navy Game; WPPC-WA members and friends most warmly welcome!; Muckleshoot Casino; Details TBA via email distro.

Friday 30 December 2016: WPPC-WA (also here) hosts all Service Academies Ball, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 1800 Hours; Theme: USO Ball At The Royal Hawaiian, 1941; In Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor; Special room rates; For all Service Academy Cadets, Midshipmen, Parents, Friends and Graduates; $60 per guest, Cadets and Midshipmen to receive gifts valued at $45 or more; Formal Military Attire, Black Tie/Dark Suit; More details TBA.

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March 2017: Founders Day Banquet, EMCEE: COL Christiane Ploch ’92, during the second two weeks, at American Lake Club, JBLM; gourmet chef, served, sit-down entrées already sampled by the WPSWPS Board and they are superb!

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Calvin Pearl Titus

A Remarkable Man And West Pointer
September 22, 1879 – May 27, 1966

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

CDT Calvin P. Titus Receives The CMOH From President Theodore Roosevelt

CDT Calvin P. Titus Receives The CMOH From President Theodore Roosevelt

For scaling and raising The Colors above this wall to the City of Peking:

Bugler Calvin P. Titus Raises The Colors Above Peking's Wall

Bugler Calvin P. Titus Raises The Colors Above Peking’s Wall

From Wikipedia: Print(reproduction) of the original “I’ll Try Sir,” U.S. Army in Action historical painting, depicting the United States Army during the 14 August 1900 Allied Relief Expedition assault on the outer walls of Peking in China during the Boxer Rebellion. I’ll Try, Sir! Department of the Army Poster 21-73 During the fiercely opposed relief expedition to Peking in the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, when two companies of the U.S. Army’s 14th Infantry Regiment were pinned by heavy fire from the east wall of the Tartar City and the Fox Tower between abutments of the Chinese City Wall near Tung Pien Gate, volunteers were called for to attempt the first perilous ascent of the wall. Trumpeter Calvin P. Titus of E Company immediately stepped forward saying, “I’ll try, sir!” Using jagged holes in the stone wall, he succeeded in reaching the top. He was followed by the rest of his company, who climbed unarmed, and hauled up their rifles and ammunition belts by a rope made of rifle slings. As the troops ascended the wall artillery fire from Reilly’s battery set fire to the Fox Tower. In the face of continued heavy Chinese fire, the colors broke out in the August breeze as the sign that U.S. Army troops had achieved a major step in the relief of the besieged Legations. For his courageous and daring deed in being the first to climb the wall, Trumpeter Titus was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Update: From the U.S. Army Center Of Military History, a marvelous access to U.S. Army Artwork.

West Point Society Annual Founders Day Dinner

Please join the West Point Society of Washington and Puget Sound on Friday, 26 February 2016 Hotel Murano, Tacoma Washington:  (www.hotelmuranotacoma.com)

Candidate Reception with Lieutenant General Caslen: 1730-1800

Benny Haven’s Hour: 1800-1900

Uniform/Attire:  ASUs/Mess Dress for Military; Formal (Black Tie/Evening Gown) for Civilians; Dark Suit/Cocktail Dress also acceptable Civilian Attire.

RSVP: NLT 18 February 2016

Cost: $55 – checks only please. Please make payable to “Founders Day Fund.”

POC:  Van Sawin (360)-970-4354; v35d.sawin@comcast.net.

Event Location: Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402

Founders Day 2016 – Save The Date

Black Knights,

WPSWPS celebrates Founders Day this year with a visit from Superintendent Caslen at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.

Update: The Invitation and RSVP form are here.  Please print and mail to the WPSWPS Treasurer as indicated on the RSVP form.

The date is Friday 26 February 2016.  Reception with the Supe for Class of 2020 (!) Candidates is at 1730-1800.  Benny Havens Hour is 1800-1900.  The Banquet begins at 1900.

Invitations go out by email on 05 January 2016.  To make sure you receive one, login and update your information at WPAOG now.

Update: The Invitation and RSVP form are here.  Please print and mail to the WPSWPS Treasurer as indicated on the RSVP form.

Join Us – Joint Army/Navy Tailgate Brunch

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at the Muckleshoot Casino, Chinook Room at 2402 Auburn Way S, Auburn, WA.

Doors open at 11:00AM

Kickoff at 12:00PM

Cost is $32 for adults and $16 for children (6-12).  Registration must be received by December 7th, 2015.  Please mail your registration to:

Bill Center, 24007 76th Ave W. Edmonds, WA 98026 or email:  w.center@comcast.net.

2015 West Point Society Annual Picnic

West Point Graduates, families and friends
Saturday, 12 September, 2015
1600 Hours, at “The Bistro” at Russell Landing (American Lake)

Concept: This year’s picnic will be catered with a Cash Bar. The cost will be $25 for adults, $15 for children ages 6 to 11, with children 5 and under being free. Each graduate is encouraged to reach out to another graduate who might not otherwise know about our association and invite them to come along.

Schedule: 1600-1700, drinks and mingle; 1700, buffet followed by interacting with friends.
Directions: enter Lewis North from I5 at Exit 120. Stop at the gate to show your ID and pass. Inside the gate, turn right at the first light (San Francisco Ave) veer to the left after the turn and go about 1 mile turn right onto Madison Avenue. Follow Madison Avenue all the way to American Lake and Russell Landing. You will see the Bistro at the Lake on the right.

If you need a pass to JBLM, send an email to Kent Troy at guy.k.troy.civ@mail.mil. Provide your first name, MI, last name; date of birth; last four numbers of your SSN and your driver’s license number and state. Email him directly and he will email you the pass. Suspense is August 31st.

Send your checks payable to the WPSWPS to Mike Courts for the appropriate number of attendees at 1004 Bell Hill Place, Dupont, WA 98327 by September 4, 2015. Please include the names of attendees.

2015 Annual Founders Day

Founders Day for 2015 will be on March 28th, 2015 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.  We are billing this as a destination weekend, so please come and stay at the hotel Saturday night (March 28th) at government rates and save yourself the agony of driving home that night in the dark.  Just call the hotel and tell them you are with the West Point Society.  Follow up with breakfast the next morning in their dining room.  You should be getting an invitation in the mail, but it is attached here at well with the RSVP card.  If you are not a member of our local society, you can sign up at the Founders Day event or follow the instructions on this website.

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Army Navy Tailgate Brunch – Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Muckershoot Casino, Chinook Room

2402 Auburn Way S.  Auburn, WA

Doors open at 11:00 am

Kickoff at Noon!

Brunch buffet 11:15 am through end of halftime

Two large theatre-style projection screens

Excellent sound system

Spacious rooms with comfortable chairs

Ample free parking

Family-friendly environment*

  • $30 per person
  • $15 for children age 6 through 12
  • Children age 5 & under – No Charge

Registration must be received by December 8th

 

 

 

 

WPSWPS Summer 2014 Picnic

A fine, fun and improving event it was.  Weather was perfect, water blue at American Lake.  Mark and Cora Lijek spoke to us about their escape from Iran after the curtain fell in 1979.  Four West Point parent couples attended, accounting for six graduates between them.

Kent Troy, ’81, took these pictures, click for full version:

Our President, Jim Schoonover, '64, Welcomes The Gathering And introduces The Speakers

Our President, Jim Schoonover, ’64, Welcomes The Gathering And introduces The Speakers

The Gathering Of Young, Active and Retired Graduates and Parents Of Graduates

The Gathering Of Young, Active and Retired Graduates and Parents Of Graduates

The Gathering, Looking Towards The Late Afternoon Sun

The Gathering, Looking Towards The Late Afternoon Sun

Mark And Cora Lijek Are Retired Foreign Service Officers

Mark And Cora Lijek Are Retired Foreign Service Officers

President Schoonover Presents The Lijeks With A Photobook About West Point

President Schoonover Presents The Lijeks With A Photobook About West Point

The Fort Apache Historic District

From Dempsey Darrow, ’75, Former CEO of WP-ORG:

The Fort Apache Historic District is located just a few miles south of Whiteriver, Arizona, on the 1.67 million acre White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. It was a major base of operations for the US Army during the Apache Wars of the 19th century. Decommissioned in 1922, it remains the site of the Theodore Roosevelt Indian School. It is part of the legacy of the Old West, the Indian Wars, and therefore, of West Point graduates.

Below are links to some visual representations of the fort. At the bottom is a link to the entire album with additional photographs, including some of the Kinishba Ruins.

The top link for all these photos and more is here.

George Crook is part of the fabric of the Indian conflict on the Great Plains and in the southwest. These were his quarters at Ft. Apache:
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The Adjutant’s office:
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The enlisted barracks:
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The old guard house:
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The view across the parade field toward the Theodore Roosevelt School’s boys dormitory and the Adjutant’s office:
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The school:
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The new guard house:
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Just a few miles from the site of the fort is the still active Fort Apache cemetery, though most non-Apaches were reinterred elsewhere when the fort was decommissioned. Getting to the cemetery was interesting; it had rained just prior to our arrival. There’s nothing like the rush of adrenaline that accompanies the loss of effective steering while piloting a two-ton, four wheel drive vehicle through mud.

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The identities of many of the individuals who remain buried in the cemetery are now lost to time:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#hb4e6973

Navajo Bill was one of the Apaches who worked for George Crook:
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There are reminders of the unique quality of Army life on the frontier:
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Corydon Cooley was a Chief of Scouts for George Crook. He once pulled an all-nighter playing cards (Seven Up) where the stake was a 100,00 acre ranch. Cooley’s opponent told him, “Show low and you take the ranch.” Cooley turned over a winning deuce of clubs. That’s how the ranch – now the town of Show Low, Arizona – got its name. The town’s main street is called Deuce of Clubs.
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Not far from Fort Apache are the Kinishba Ruins:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#h35b82670

The top link for all these photos and more is here.