Category Archives: Photos

2nd Bn, 1st Regiment – JFK Inauguration Parade

Battalion Staff and Cadet Companies E1, F1, G1 and H1 US Signal Corps Photo

Selected Items for framing

1. Col Blaik leaving the field

2. Bob Mischak’s Tackle

3. Team photo with player signatures

4. Page 5 Sports Section of the Philadelphia Sunday Bulletin Nov 29, 1953 – 1st Touchdown – Bell, Lodge, Uebel, Vann, Chesnauskas, and Sisson – identifiable. 5 photos showing all blocks executed correctly. It will be 14 x 21 – nearly the entire page is devoted to the Game. A photo of Bob Mischak pushing Navy’s Perkins out at the 9 (after a 51 yard run down) – a play which occurred later in the 1st quarter will be inserted into a blank space of the page.

5. New York Daily News – Sunday October 28, 1953 – Duke Game with photo of Jerry Barger in the arms of Mike Zeigler and Ralph Chesnauskas while Don Holleder closes for a punishing hit. 2nd photo of article is of Mike Zeigler breaking up a pass to Joe Hands.

6. The Corps swarming the field, lifting team members up after the Duke Game. After much discussion with the Associated Press, (they could not find the photo) a License was purchased allowing the Thayer to display the photo. It was a must for Room 405.

7. Cheerleader, Tumbler, and Mule Rider, Billy, and Cadet & Middie before game with Stadium Crowd in background photos will be on the wall above the head of the bed.

8. The Roster will be printed and added once all is ready in the Room.

9. The leather books containing photos and articles of that season and what each of the 4 Classes did as Cadets and did for the Academy after Graduation are well on the way to completion. ’54 and ’57 have provided their hard cover Reunion Books and the 1954 & 1957 Howitzers. We will be seeking similar items from the other 2 Classes. In addition we need Class write ups for the Thayer home page, and a listing with details of the gifts to the Academy by each Class. These will go into the Leather Books covering the 4 Classes.

The 1953 cheerleaders, standing, for the Army team, with tumblers in
the first row.
Cheerleaders, left to right: Ed Moses, ’54; John Clayton ’55, Al
Worden ’55, Billy McVeigh ’54, Jay Edwards ’54, Bill Robinson ’55;
Tumblers: Peter Jones ’54, Dan Ludwig ’55, Jack Charles ’54, Charles
Glenn ’56.

Photo of Tumblers (one in the air flipping)when secured

Vinegar Joe Stilwell – 2

Vinegar Joe Stilwell

Vinegar Joe Stilwell – 2





Editor’s Note – Col Ernest Easterbrook Class of 1931, is the father of “John Easterbrook” Class of 1962. John Easterbrook prepared the material honoring General Stilwell.































































































































































United States Military Academy at West Point

Note New Library Under Construction

Taken from the 1919 AOG Report

The Academy December 1960

Looking North up the Hudson taken in mid 60s. Constitution Island is center right.

Early 1960

As much as West Point changes — it remains the same.

It appears that the South Wing of Central Area is under construction
south wing of C A not complete

Probably the Encampment

West Accademic bld

Original Riding Hall
old riding hall

Thayer Hall prior to conversion to AcademicsCadets -now Thayer

Post Headquarters
Post Hq

53′ Football, 52′ and 47′

Dick Shea breaks the tape in his second successive two-mile
championship, Penn Relays, 1951.

Al, Ben, and the driver, right after the Navy Mascot’s unveiling in
Washington Hall (Photo courtesy Willis C. Tomsen, ’54)

Gerry Lodge grinds out yardage against North Carolina State, in
Michie Stadium. In the background is Bob Mishcak (87).

Al Rupp ’55, the getaway driver and Ben Schemmer ’54 pose with Bill
XII and Mr. Jackson, the Senior Army Mascot, at the Mule Pen. (Photo
Courtesy of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.)

The Army Victory Cannon, first time fired outside Michie Stadium at
the Duke game, is fired after an extra point against Columbia, at
Baker Field, 24 October 1953..

Deliriously happy Army players and cadets celebrate their stunning
14-13 upset of Duke University Blue Devils at the Polo Grounds in New
York City’s Polo Grounds, 17 October 1953. Identified players are
Lowell Sisson (83), right end; Bob Mischak (87), left end; Bill Cody
(11), quarterback; Ed Zaborowski (58), center; Joe Franklin (facing
Ed Zaborowski; Frank Burd (33), fullback; Peter Vann (10),
quarterback. (Photo courtesy of Associated Press.).

Tommy Bell drives for yards against Penn, at Franklin Field in

Freddie Attaya moves for yardage against Duke, after taking a hand-
off from Jerry Hagan. New York Times Photo..

Retired General James A. Van Fleet ’15 at the Washington Hall rally
prior to Army-Navy 1953. (Photo courtesy of USMA Archives).

Pete Vann (10) prepares to throw downfield against Columbia. In the
right foreground is Tommy Bell (46), with Pat Uebel (34), Melnick (70) is on the ground

Ben and Al parade Billy XII through the dining hall. (Photo courtesy
of Willis C. Tomsen, ’54).

Tommy Bell (46) prepares to lunge for more yardage. Pat Uebel (34),
in the foreground..

Navy fumbles attempting to return the opening kickoff. The photo,
taken by a photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, incorrectly
identified the Army player recovering the ball, as Howard Glock, when
in fact it was Lowell Sisson (83) who is on his feet facing the
camera lens as the ball squirts past his thighs. Glock (71), Bell
(46), Mischak (87), Farris (55) and Uebel (34) are identifiable.
(Photo courtesy of Urban Archives, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.).

The Corps assembled in battalion mass, Philadelphia, prior to Army-
Navy 1953.

A chloroformed Navy mascot, Billy XII, sleeps soundly on the back
floor of a convertible on the way back to West Point, the Sunday
prior to the 1953 Army-Navy game. “Borrowed” by Ben Schemmer ’54 and
Al Rupp ’55, with the kind assistance of the car’s owner, a soldier
(unidentified) in the Academy band.

Inducted into the Collegiate Football Hall of Fame.

Arnold Tucker was an assistant coach working with the Army Plebe team in 1951, and was a TAC in company F-1 ’52-’54, thus was there the season of 1953. His classmate, then-captain Herbert O. Brennan, was TAC in K-1. Herbie Brennan, a Korean War fighter-bomber pilot and destined for great things, but was tragically shot down and killed over Vinh, North Vietnam, in about October 1967, when his F-4 took a direct hit from AAA. He and Mary had five children..

Dick Inman ’52 clears his hurdle in the 4X120 shuttle hurdle relay,
Penn Relays, Saturday, 26 April 1952. Note the race was run on the
infield grass at Franklin Field, due to heavy rain. Army placed
second in the event, though they were given championship watches
because the Air Force service team placing first was ineligible to
compete in the college division, but was trying for an berth on the
1952 U.S. Olympic team. Other Army shuttle hurdle relay team members
were Ed White ’52, Bill Purdue ’54, and Larry Johnson ’52. (Photo
courtesy of the Penn Relays’ Director.)

Dick Shea and runner-up Smith of Penn State, after Dick’s third
successive championship two-mile run, Friday, 25 April 1952. (Photo
courtesy of the Penn Relays’ Director.).

Dick Shea ’52, captain of Army’s track team, breaks the tape in his
third successive two-mile run championship, in the 1952 Penn Relays,
Friday, 25 April 1952. Note the muddy track and a victory in
difficult weather conditions. (Photo courtesy of the Penn Relays

Army team captain Leroy Lunn receives the Lambert Trophy, symbolic of
eastern football supremacy, in a ceremony in Washington Hall, Sunday
evening, 20 December 1953 – the first time in the trophy’s history it
was awarded outside New York City, and the first time to a team AND
its student body. The two brothers Victor and Henry Lambert first
awarded the trophy in 1936. (Photo courtesy of the USMA Archives.).

An ecstatic Earl Blaik leaves the field after Army’s 1953, 20-7 win
over Navy. Cadet well wishers in the foreground next to Blaik are,
left to right, Clyde W. La Grone, Roman J. Peisinger, Ira Coron, and
Leonard Griggs. In the background is Rox Shain, the Army player whose
game-opening diagonal kickoff preceded Navy’s fumble. (Photo courtesy
of Willis C. Tomsen, ’54.).

Pat Uebel races for the end zone, running back a Navy punt for a
touchdown. There are some errors in identification of the Army
players. In the upper left, Odom is in fact Norm Stepen (51), Burda
is in fact Lowell Sisson (83), and the numbers of the player
identified as Sisson keeps him unidentified. (Photo courtesy of Urban
Archives, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.).

Tommy Bell prepares to take a pass thrown by Pete Vann. From left to
right, Lowell Sisson (83), Gerry Lodge on the ground (32), Pat Uebel
(34), Howard Glock (71), Leroy Lunn (60), and Norm Stephen (51). The ball is seen against the man standing with the long coat,just over the 40 yard line, while just left of Tommy Bell, Billy (the Navy Goat) remembers the fine treatment he received as guest of The Corps of Cadets.
(Photo courtesy of Urban Archives, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.).


Corps March On, pre-game at the Polo Grounds, 17 October 1953.

Pete Vann takes to the air against Dartmouth in Michie Stadium. Gerry
Lodge in the foreground giving pass protection..

Army’s Tommy Bell takes a handoff from Peter Vann. Army-Navy 1953.
(Photo courtesy of Urban Archives, Temple University, Phildelphia, PA.).

Milton Caniff, Steve Canyon cartoonist, prepares the Corps for No. 7
Duke at the Thursday rally in Washington Hall..

The 1953 cheerleaders, standing, for the Army team, with tumblers in
the first row.
Cheerleaders, left to right: Ed Moses, ’54; John Clayton ’55, Al
Worden ’55, Billy McVeigh ’54, Jay Edwards ’54, Bill Robinson ’55;
Tumblers: Peter Jones ’54, Dan Ludwig ’55, Jack Charles ’54, Charles
Glenn ’56..

Quarters 104

Kosciuszko Monument

Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko – Polish Patriot – Designed the Fortifications of West Point

He faces East Guarding the Hudson – ensuring no passage of British Man of War.

His Monument is located at the Northeast Corner of the Plain, above the location where the The Great Chain from the Revolution crossed the River.

Kosciuszko’s Garden as it was in 1962. It is located below the Plain behind the Officer’s Club at the South end of Flirtation Walk

The History of West Point

Washington’s Letter recommending establishing West Point

Fort Putnam

The North Gate 1860

Fort Clinton is in upper right

Central Area with Original Washington Hall in background



Monuments of West Point

Given by The Cadets Corps in Honor of the Cadets killed while undergoing flying instruction during the 2d World War

The Soldier Statue given by the Classes of 1935 & 1936 in Honor of the American Soldier

Given by the Class of January 1943

Cadet Barracks

Pershing Barracks – with Class of 15 Memorial in front.

Pershing Barracks

Lee Hall

Central Area with Cadets marching to meal.

Grant Hall as it was in 1962 with Barracks above. Jim Kays and I lived in the corner room on 2d floor Cow year. Know as South Area at the time, it was the Barracks of 1st Regiment Runts (I,K,L, and M Companies) – but with the Class of 61 the assignment of Cadets by height was in the process of change. Still South Area was not a place to enter unless you stood less than 5′ 7″. There was a Runt Complex, a Napoleonic Complex — a general distrust of tall people. Cadets would come to our room, climb out on the roof of Grant Hall and sit in the sun — that is until a Tac found out.

The Young Ladies who came to visit Cadets would sit on the rail outside of Grant Hall awaiting us.

Corps of Cadets

This page is under development.

Today’s Cadets already know what is below. This one page is for both Graduates and individuals who may be interested in attending the Academy. If as a Graduate you believe the Corps “has”, at least take a minute and look at the first 3 pictures. If you have an interest in attending West Point look below to see what Cadet life is like.

As much as it changes — it remains exactly the same.

If as a Grad you are seeking Attention to Detail, Adherence to Orders and Precision, Check the fingers of the right hand of each Cadet. This photo was not taken in the 70s when Male Cadets were allowed to have sightly longer hair.

When Jim Ellis Class of ’62, asked General Omar Bradley what his reaction was to Female Cadets at West Point – –

General Bradley said “Congress passed it, the President signed it, I Support it”.

Although some physical requirements had to be changed, life at West Point remains Spartan.

Returning from Chapel – – thoughts immediately return to Infantry Tactics

As Firsties our grades were posted along the Sally Port Walls. The French Statue is beyond.

Quarters 102

Home of the Dean

Pictures taken in 62 & 63

The Oaths we took

We would march to Trophy Point to be sworn in.

Forts of the Hudson

Plebe Year we were not allowed to escort on Flirty — we were allowed to hold hands with the our young Ladies when we were in the vicinity of Fort Putnam.

Jefferson Hall

The Old Library – as it was until 1962. A portion of the Library which replaced the Old Library can be seen in the 13th picture.

Note — Some may remember the small statue on the spiral stair case which when rubbed properly insured a Proficient Grade

The new Library at West Point

Photos of new Library by Casey Madrick – USMA Library Staff

Thomas Jefferson

Quotations by Jefferson

Ring Case — 3 in center are from the left – MacArthur’s, Eisenhower’s, Bradley’s

President Kennedy’s Ring

Looking North

3d Floor Room

5th Floor Ceiling

Library with Eisenhower Statue on right

Circulation Desk

The Plain Looking North

The Old Library started in 1962 can be seen on left. When renovation is completed it will house Physics, Chemistry, and the Archives & Special Collections Division of the West Point Library

Outside Wall


Study Area

Practice Parade – selected Cadre only


old L as it once stood

Alma Mater

We have changed our Alma Mater along with several other West Point Songs to reflect the fact that our Women Graduates have also given their lives serving this Nation. It is only right.

Continue reading

March Back

Thank you for the Honor of Marching with you. The Class of 62 – Can Do.

2012 Class Crest

From Craig Mitchell, X-’62

An ex-cadet in the class of 1962, found in academics, a parent of a ’04 cadet, I want to share with other parents some thoughts on leaving West Point. These are thoughts about what I missed by not staying and what I endured after leaving.

From grade 2 to grade 12, I shared the same classroom with a boyhood friend whose Dad was a grad who survived Bataan to be killed in the mistaken sinking of a Japanese POW ship by U.S. aircraft. His passion for WP and its motto duty, honor, country affected me from an early age and by grade 9 became my goal as well as his. We both gained competitive nominations from our congressman and reported to WP on the appointed day. During the train ride to WP we shared an oath that WP would have to throw us out because neither of us would ever quit. I suspect that many others made a similar oath that day and countless new cadets have done so since.

I was a good plebe, shy, a little short of ‘spoony’, never in trouble, never on the area. I attribute all that I am to the good Lord and my Beast squad leader Ty Wilson ’60 and his roommate Bill Carpenter ’60. Surrounded by truly great role models in company like Peter Stromberg, Charlie Tennant, Bob Anderson,
Al Nordgren, Paul Miles and many others I couldn’t avoid being inspired to do well. Roommates Dan Buttolph and Dave Windom were my very best friends. I don’t recall there ever being angry words among us. We cooperated fully against the system and the of course, the TAC.

At mid-yearling year I was found in calculus. I had been is the mid-sections throughout the term and really wasn’t expecting to take the turnout exam. Seeing my name on the turnout list was like a direct hit in your foxhole.

It is the worst day of my life. Supe LTG ‘Gar’ Davidson had all ‘turnouts’ report to the east academic building for a briefing. Gar chewed on us for what seemed like an hour about our wanting out and purposely doing poorly so as not to quit. He assured every one of us that while we were ‘hot stuff’ in the present, we would be very sorry someday for our irresponsible behavior. I wanted to interrupt him to say “Sir, I’m sorry right now!” On my worst day, I never wanted to be anywhere else. On my worst day, I could look around at the gray stone and gray uniforms and thank God to be here. I dearly loved West Point.

February,1960 began a long dim period of regret. The ride home in the car with my Dad was silent. I had disappointed him only once before. I had the means to visit WP many times after leaving but it was too painful to even contemplate. A good friend and classmate in an adjacent company who was found at the same time had a different reaction. He couldn’t bring himself to leave: living alone in Highland Falls for months after his separation.

I had missed an entire scrapbook of experiences, beginning with two and half more years with my classmates, MacArthur’s address to the Corps, John Kennedy’s graduation address to our class, the postgrad weddings, shipping off to Vietnam, doing all the things with them I had started to learn how to do, being part of the LGL, being there for the return of my fallen friends and classmates. I missed 7 reunions. Yes, I did eventually master calculus, earn an engineering degree, serve 4 1/2 years in the active reserve, marry a loving woman and raise four marvelous children. But I missed that which was dearest to me and can never, ever be replaced.

I learned to carry with me two WP’s. One filled with memories of priceless friendships and endless challenges, the real one that I could no longer experience. The other WP I carried deep inside me. That WP consisted of the honor code, D-H-C, courage developed in those 19 of a possible 47 months, and a desire to serve my country in some meaningful way. The inner WP would be tested many times in the next 20+ years by a daughter born with a serious birth defect, my wife’s illness, two career changes, the savage murder of a close friend. This WP carried me through the best and worst of times.

In 1982 while living in upstate NY I met the famous, now departed, Hal Walker of the NY Society. Hal worked tirelessly at helping grads find quality employment after leaving the service at a time when to even think such things was considered by some to be seditious. A graduates role was to keep WP’s grads in WP’s army. Hal helped me not just learn but master and perfect the skills to make a major career change. Hal saw me as a fellow west pointer, graduate or not, and gave of his time and experience because there was still a bond, absent graduation, absent officership, absent class ring, the common bond was love for WP.

While I didn’t know it at the time, WP had provided the foundation for me to be a generalist. This is a distinct difference between WP and its sister academies that focus on producing specialists. Some see a generalist as someone who knows a little bit about many things and not enough about anything. Others point to the generalist as one who can explain the connection between two seemingly unrelated events. Hal taught me what I needed to know to make the switch from office technology to nuclear weapons and become senior program manager.

I was privileged to work directly with senior AF commanders and high level DOE managers on development, flight and underground testing and deployment of the MX reentry system and reentry vehicle. These RS and RV products house, tend, launch and deliver what is euphemistically referred to as the ‘physics package’ planting it directly on top its intended target at the end of very fast ride thru space. The objective was to make useless the best of the soviet ballistic missile fleet housed in its nuclear hardened silos hidden across the USSR. I needed everything I ever learned and more to succeed in this environment. The body of knowledge and experience came from many teachers and sources. The tenacity, the initiative, the ability to follow challenging directions, to take beneficial risks, to lead, develop and respect teammates all came from 19
months at WP. A graduate I respect once told me, ‘You know, you really get it all in Beast and Plebe Year.” I took as an enticing idea, but really too good to be true and therefore, not to be actionable intelligence.

I am ever thankful to then Cpt. John Costa, Instructor of Russian (later to become Col. Costa, Foreign Language Dept. Head) for teaching me just enough in three semesters to recognize and forever savor the essence of feverish como chatter that broke out and went up from the Soviet trawlers on our Pacific missile range when the first flight test of our new RV came in directly on top of the target after a 5,000 mile, 20 minute ride from Vandenberg. Loosely translated, I heard ‘Holy crap, our silos are toast!’ Similar transmissions followed the second test flight that removed any support for ‘The Yanks got lucky on the first shot’ theory.

In the end, a not quite ‘spoony’ plebe, deficient in calculus and unremarkable in most other things received the extraordinary pleasure of a significant event in the bringing to closure of our 40-year war. For this I thank the good Lord, WP and, of course, my Beast Barracks squad leader.

1982 also gave me the strength to return to WP. The AOG was beginning its outreach to the relatively small number of independent societies and to embark on a program of mutual understanding and support that has made unimaginable progress. A non-grad in the midst of the AOG was not the unobtrusive return to WP I was seeking. But there were needs to be met there. Our old ‘knife and fork’ society in Boston was being reborn at the hands of young, energetic, creative grads from the late ’60’s and ’70’s.

There were conferences and programmatic experiments to be implemented.
Parents as an organized support force hadn’t been invented yet. The AOG was in transition from a retired flag officers’ domain into a new coalition of movers and shakers from industry and commerce, and grads from almost every class year. And believe it or not, a lost sheep foundling of 20+ years was as welcome in the ranks as any grad. Why?, because of that bond and the belief that our academy needs all the wisdom, altruism, courageous leadership, and occasionally a few generalists to ensure its commitment to excellence and its very survival. The source of our leadership to win the nation’s wars cannot fail its people. The outcome of such a failure is unthinkable.

WP has been extraordinarily good to me. It permitted me to become an associate member of the AOG and to serve on the alumni support committee. In 40+ years it has become a vastly different place. But beneath the surface the core values persist and are stronger than ever. The support systems for cadets at risk are effective and multi-layered. The qualities that made John Costa stand out among P’s are now expected of everyone charged with instilling knowledge into the Corps. Dynamic, caring, available 24/7 sponsors have replaced the well meaning ‘Plebe Pop’. Cadets are saturated with available choices by which they learn to make responsible decisions affecting their time management and development. My era learned to choose between studying something and polishing something.

The point of all this is to give one man’s example of what just a small dose of the WP experience can manifest in a lifetime. The object is to suggest that no one should settle for the small dose when there is the opportunity for the complete treatment and a plethora of support to help one be successful. I believe that there is nowhere where one can go to experience a better training ground for one’s own life and for the service to the lives of others than West Point. There are no better people than the incredibly capable instructors and mentors who give selflessly to every cadet who indicates that they have a gap to be filled. There is no more fulfilling job than to serve one’s country in the United States Army, followed if circumstances permit in some other capacity in the defense of this great nation.

If you are considering leaving WP because you think the Army is not diverse enough to provide avenues of service in your specific area of interest, you are substantially misinformed.

If you think that the country does not adequately reward selfless service to the Nation, you do not understand the currency of reward that comes from doing the harder right for a grateful people.

If you think that some aspects of service life are too hard, you do not understand that it takes especially strong individuals of courage to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

If you think that the nation will be just fine without you, you play into the hands of our adversaries who celebrate every report of weakness in our resolve to defend our freedom.

If you think that defense of freedom is just another one of the many lifestyle choices facing young Americans today, spend 30 minutes with CNN.

In my humble opinion, young cadets who are seriously considering giving up on the building blocks of skills, experience and wisdom they are assembling within their individual personalities risk losing far more than they will ever find on another pathway. Yes, I made some use of the values that were given to me by dedicated people at the academy. But, I am fortunate to have received those opportunities. Having demonstrated the accomplishment and potential to be admitted, and having been confronted with manufactured adversity introduced solely to enable your own growth, to elect not to finish the journey so carefully planned and competitively secured may very well presage a continuing pattern of abandonment of mission that can be your inseparable companion to ones last days.

I make no argument for the partial WP experience. There is no doubt in my mind that more responsible and better decisions affecting my performance, resulting in the full 47-month dose would have been the infinitely more desirable outcome.
Beast and Buckner teach that you can exceed your limits to do far more than you ever imagined. Graduation opens the doors of opportunity and responsibility to exceed your limits as a way of life to the benefit of yourself, your loved ones, the sons and daughters entrusted to your stewardship, and the citizens of a grateful nation in a dangerous but promising world.

Be All You Can Be.

Craig S. Mitchell ‘x62’ Editor’s Note — Craig is a Classmate I never met, but the Cadets he refers to are names I do know. He is coming to our 50th?

Washington Monument

The Monument as it is now in front of Washington Hall

Arvin Gym

The Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center is actually six buildings constructed between 1910 and 1975. The facility’s six stories and 30 floor levels currently have a footprint of approximately 455,000 square feet. The center is currently undergoing a five-year, $85 million phased renovation which is needed to ensure facilities keep pace with developments in programs. West Point has one of the world’s best physical development programs, and facility modernization is necessary to keep pace in this critical area.

See Herman J. Koehler Master of the Sword.

Note Old Central Barracks on the left

old Gym

original Gym