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:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hf1154d4#he0fece1
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The enlisted barracks:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#hcd2f25a
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#h111d9993

The old guard house:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#ha9c7521
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#h6ab5f32

The view across the parade field toward the Theodore Roosevelt School’s boys dormitory and the Adjutant’s office:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#h993d1c8

The school:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#h764dcb
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#h74c8808

The new guard house:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#hc2c327b
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/he0fece1#h1593e312

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.

http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#hf364f5e

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:
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#h70c54de

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.
http://outrider.darrows.org/fortapache/hc2c327b#h1b0d83c7

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.

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.