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Saturday 29 October 2016: West Point Parents Club Of Washington:

Hey Folks:

Just a quick reminder that our Fall Meeting will be held on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 from 10am – 2pam at the Ballard Elks Lodge, located at 6411 Seaview Ave. N.W, Seattle, WA 98117. This is the same location we used last year that has a large parking lot and a beautiful water view.

The assignments for the potluck lunch will be:
Plebe Parents: Desserts
Yuk Parents: Main Dish
Cow Parents: Salads and the like
Firstie Parents, Grads and others: Please attend as our guests or bring whatever you like.

The club will provide coffee, tea and the abundant left over beverages from the picnic event!

There will be West Point merchandise for sale; a couple raffles; updates from the Field Force and the Association; a report on the Leadership Conference from Gasper Gulotta; a little bit of club business; a lot of fellowship and reports about the activities of our cadets.

I hope you all can attend. More announcements and details will be forthcoming but for now just mark it on your calendars! Have a great weekend!

Best regards,

Jeff Ramsdell
Parent of Joshua (2018)
President 2015-16
West Point Parents Club of Washington
Web: http://www.wppcwa.org/
Email: wppcwa@gmail.com

Sunday 06 November 2016: West Point Admissions Information Meeting, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101, 1000 – 1400 Hours (?).  POC: Joe Brillante

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; More details TBA.

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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

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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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.

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