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WPSWPS Dues:  For those that aren’t familiar with our society, we collect annual dues of $20.  We usually send out 2 reminders per year: one just after Founders Day and another about 6 months later.  We use the dues to help fund events like the Army-Navy tailgate, luncheons, Cadet Fitness Assessment, speaker costs, etc.  We are not funded by AOG nor do we send in funds to them unless we receive a service (registration or credit card processing fees for example).  So if you haven’t done so this year, please send a check to our treasurer, John Velliquette at the below address.  Please make your check out to WPSWPS.

John Velliquette
8110 172nd Ave E
Sumner, WA 98390

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

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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.

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Aloha West Point Parents’ Club:

It is now under 100 days until the All Service Academies Ball on December 30th! The first email invite and the online registration form were sent out last week. You will not want to miss this fun event. You can register now. Please feel free to share the email with friends and family. All are welcome! Here is a link to the registration page for your convenience. https://secure.west-point.org/wppcwa/allacademiesball/. Thank you to Lisa Carlson for helping get this site launched. If you have not already, “like” the event Facebook so you will get news and updates WA-ASAB 2016.

The All Services Academies Ball Committee has lots of great news to report. First of all, $500 was raised during the summer for the sponsorship match challenge, which resulted in an additional $500 contribution. Thank you to new sponsors, Left Turn on Blue and Pacifica Landscapes. If you are interested in purchasing an ad for our program, it is not too late. Ads range in price from $100 to $1000. Email dianedimmer@harbornet.com for more information.

We are pleased to announce that our dinner program Emcee will be West Point’s 2016 First Captain, 2LT Eugene “EJ” Coleman. He will just be arriving to his new post at Ft. Lewis, so we are very fortunate to have him with us for the evening and I am sure there will be some cadets very happy to see him again. Our Greatest Generation Panel Moderator is LTG (Ret) Michael Ferriter. The highlight of the dinner program will be the panelists. So far, we have commitments from Rear Admiral (Ret) Herb Bridge and Lt. Col. (Ret) Ken Wheeler, who was a B-17 Navigator. The final members of the panel will be announced soon. Having spent two hours on Friday morning with Ken Wheeler, I can say that everyone is in for a treat. Ask him about his 14th mission!

The Hyatt Regency Hotel has given permission (with a list of caveats) for Cadet Keila Pritchard to perform the Fire Knife Dance during our USO Show. It’s going to be fantastic! And Jeff Ramsdell’s band, Left Turn on Blue is already practicing their sweet tunes from the 40’s. So get ready to dance.

We are getting some great donations for our raffle to benefit the USO. Thank you Sue Lund for procuring a lovely Pearl and Diamond Pendant from Ben Bridge Jewelers, and to Kathy Weymiller for procuring a Seahawks Beverage Refrigerator-Cooler from Wysaske Sales and Marketing Group. More great items are coming in all the time. If you have an idea for a raffle item, please email Diane Dimmer.

This ball is going to be so much fun and it is going to be meaningful. Thank you to the fantastic committee for all their great ideas and efforts- Nicky Alonso, Cheryl Burggraaf,, Donna Dougherty, Annette Galbreath, Katherine Hinkle, Marianne Jones, Matt Kees, Sue Lund, Huyen Marin, Funmi Oyetuga, Greg & Denise Paley, Kelli and Dave Pritchard, Linda Ramsdell, and Kathy Weymiller.

Go Army!
Diane Dimmer
ASAB 2016 Chairman

Saturday 18 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!  As speaker we have requested the Com, the Dean and the Athletic Director, in that order.



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Please Donate To West-Point.Org

West-Point.Org is a major benefactor of our West Point Community in Washington State and everywhere else.  They supply, gratis, the major part of our communications, relying on their users — Parents, Graduates and others — to cover the costs three times a year.  It is that time.  Please donate.


Beeman Buffalo Jack, ’64, writes with his customary panache:

Back a million nights ago, plebes would be tasked with a presentation at meals, the success of which would determine how much they might eat. Kind of like these fund drive messages. This message is directed specifically for those who have not donated in the past, but might do so now.

I’m an Old Grad, 1964. The horses were gone by ’46, but the library was still that depicted on the Engineer branch brass. At graduation, the Vietnam war was just beginning. This week, I was at Arlington, with surviving members of B/2-503 173rd ABN. There were fewer than ten of us for the memorial services: Roy Lombardo was the CO who brought the company over from Okinawa; Bob Warfield was CO when I got my first purple heart; and Les Brownlee, later acting Sec Army for three years, when I got my second purple heart. I don’t remember the exact numbers, but about 220 came in country in May ’65, and 17 walked on the plane a year later. That didn’t include me since I arrived in as a replacement once they were already in country. By that time Ron Zinn ’62 had been killed, and the base camp I reported into was Camp Zinn.

It’s about 300 miles from Buffalo Mountain to Arlington, but my wife, Sam, and I, have made this trip numerous times for Veterans Day. The gathering focuses only on one company from the 173rd ABN, and for the first year of the Vietnam deployment. But, we invite all members of the company from modern deployments as well.

We started at Section 60 where recent 173rd KIAs have been buried, then to where MG Williamson and his wife are buried. He brought the brigade over from Okinawa. Roy stayed in touch with them for years, and told stories about how he went from playing the trombone to Brigade CG. Next was a walk over to the Brigade Memorial at the foot of the hill where Robert E Lee’s mansion sits. The memorial is small, just off the side of the path.

Spouses, friends, children, grand-children, gathered around the flowered tripod with the foam backing and flowers. Small American flags were passed out, and as the names of our KIA were read, we all pushed the flags into the ground around the memorial, and into the foam backing. It looked like a butterfly convention at a watering hole. When 2 Jan 66 came, I placed my flag.

Afterwards, we reported to Roy’s favorite restaurant down on the old town Alexandria waterfront to decompress and catch up on each other’s lives.

When Sam and I returned home there was a voice mail from Kris Keggi. Every Veterans Day, it happens. Kris was a young Latvian boy in the backwash of WWII when he escaped from a train bound for a concentration camp. He ended up in post war Paris, then America, where he entered Yale at 16. I was shot on 2 Jan 66, and we met when he was the Brigade orthopaedic surgeon at the MASH hospital where our Dust Offs landed. I was looking up at the nurse who had a name tag “Crist” and he was looking down at a shattered left arm. Christ? And a WOMAN? Boy! Is THIS confusing! About that time, Kris is explaining Plan A and B. “A” was take the arm off below the elbow, and save the elbow. “B” was try to save arm, maybe lose elbow. Make a decision, Lt!

Those of you who have been hugged, or shaken hands with me, know we went with Plan B and it was successful. Kris has been a life-long friend, and has spent the last decades as the Elihu Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine. I tell him the only reason he rose to such prominence is that he had all those young paratroopers to practice on. He does admit that it was much easier working on those skinny troopers with just muscle, sinew, and bones, than today’s more portly patients.

So what is the purpose of this story? It is to remind you of the importance of relationships across the span of half a century. These relationships are fragile, and can wither away if not nurtured. WP-ORG has provided the structure to maintain these for over twenty years now. We need your donations to continue to provide service. You need the service for your own good measure.

Reach out to a classmate, join one of our many forums, donate!


Checks: WP-ORG INC 3800 Buffalo Mountain RD SW, Willis VA 24380

“Beeman Buffalo Jack” Price ’64 CFO WP-ORG INC on Buffalo Mountain

Before Phelps, This American Brought Home 24 Gold Medals

Remember this!:

General Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur

The man who won 24 Olympic gold medals for the United States isn’t Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz or even Jesse Owens.  In fact, he didn’t compete in any Olympic sport.  Yet he swung America’s attention to the importance of the Olympic Games as no other American had ever done — and turned Olympic gold into a rebirth of the American spirit.

He was General Douglas MacArthur.

Historian Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institution Washington, D.C.  He is author of eight books, including New York Times bestseller How the Scots Invented the Modern World (2001); the Pulitzer Prize Finalist Gandhi and Churchill (2008); To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World (nominated for the UK’s Mountbatten Prize); and the highly acclaimed Freedom’s Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, which The Economist magazine picked as one of the Best Books of 2012, as well as The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization (Random House 2013).  His latest book, Douglas MacArthur: American Warrior, was released by Random House on June 14.  A Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, he can be reached on Twitter @ArthurLHerman.

Calvin Pearl Titus

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


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.