From the Library Of Congress:
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.
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.
A Remarkable Man And West Pointer
September 22, 1879 – May 27, 1966
For scaling and raising The Colors above this wall to the City of Peking:
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.
WPSWPS celebrates Founders Day this year with a visit from Superintendent Caslen at Hotel Murano in Tacoma, WA.
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.
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:
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:
The view across the parade field toward the Theodore Roosevelt School’s boys dormitory and the Adjutant’s office:
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.
The identities of many of the individuals who remain buried in the cemetery are now lost to time:
Navajo Bill was one of the Apaches who worked for George Crook:
There are reminders of the unique quality of Army life on the frontier:
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.
Not far from Fort Apache are the Kinishba Ruins:
The top link for all these photos and more is here.
Dempsey Darrow, ’75, offers this West Point-related historical edification:
Mary and I drove over to the Ft. McDowell Cemetery today; it’s only ten minutes from the house. It’s now under the purview of the Yavapai Nation.
As a lot of you know, when George Crook addressed the “Indian Question” in Arizona Territory he used friendly Apaches as “scouts” to follow the trails of the hostiles. Some of these men are buried there. Also interred there is Carlos Montezuma, a remarkable Apache who was born in the area and went on to become a doctor.
Then there are the Indians who died in Skeleton Cave. Their remains are in the cemetery in a mass grave. If you’re not familiar with this fight on the bank of the Salt River you probably should be because as West Point graduates it’s part of our legacy.
I’ve provided a couple of pertinent links. Here is a little of what we saw.