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.
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; email@example.com.
Event Location: Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, February 26, 2016 we will be celebrating Founders Day at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. The Superintendent LTG Caslen will be our featured speaker.
** More details to follow in the coming months.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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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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
- $30 per person
- $15 for children age 6 through 12
- Children age 5 & under – No Charge
Registration must be received by December 8th