We Watched Army Beat Buffalo

Go Army!  Beat Navy!

What a great comeback to win in the 4th quarter.  Way to go Army!!!

You would never know it from the heads down, but doing pushups are: Harlene Coutteau (’82), Chuck Coutteau (’81), Kent Troy (’81), Mike Clidas (’81) and Jeff Allen (’86).

Group picture and some candid shots.  One with Kent Troy leading a rocket this week.  Who is next week’s leader?

Next week’s game against THE Ohio State will again be celebrated at THE Fan Club, but game starts at 1330hrs.  Can you believe we are taking on the #2 team in the nation?

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017

Army Vs. Buffalo, 09 September 2017


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:

The Adjutant’s office:

The enlisted barracks:

The old guard house:

The view across the parade field toward the Theodore Roosevelt School’s boys dormitory and the Adjutant’s office:

The school:

The new guard house:

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.

Fort McDowell Cemetery

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.