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Bradley J. Johnson


Important Note – in the last 150-lb Lightweight printed program I have (1991)…a “J Metzger” was listed as the Captain of the team; and the correct team captain, Bradley J. Johnson, was not. 

J.H. Metzger was in fact a Captain, but apparently serving as an assistant!

If one looks closely at the photo roster on the 1957 page, as shown below; they can see where the mistake was made.

The online 2012 Sprint Football guide shows that this problem was “caught” after the 2011 guide, thus the benefits of online scrutiny!

Nevertheless, It is sad to think that the “first captain of the 150-lb, Lightweights, Football team” was not correctly identified and recognized all those many years in official publications.


1957-150-roster - Captain error


Ralph Robert Wensinger

Army 150 pound Football – 1957

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1957 Plebe Team Large

Class of 1957’s Plebe Team

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Mead, D. G. 10

Dunn 11

Boivin 16

Shepherd 18 ’58

Munger 21 ’58

Reynolds 22

Murtland 23

Collins 24 x

Smith, J. F. 25

DeVincent 30 x

Allen, G. H. 31

Thomas 37

Dunning 38

Kyasky 42

Martina 44 x

Cudmore 45

Cygler 46

Theibert 48

Bishop, J. A. 51

Buckner, R. 52

Cortez 54

Ray, J. W. 55

Szvetecz 58

Stephenson, R. E. 59

Shuff 60

Fadel 61

Saul 62 x

Goodwin 63

Robinson 64

Cross 65

Wilhelm 66

Bullotta 67

Haupt 69

Goodenough 70

Kilpatrick 72

Hobson 73 x

Erickson, D. J. 74

Politis 75

Petruno 76

Ledbetter 77

Elder 78

Kehoe 79

Scott, J. C. 80

Fisher, E. A. 81 ’58

Preletz 82

McCoy, R. P. 83

Veal 85

Ewanus 86

Jordan 87

Johnson, A. D. 89

Arnold 90

Yates 91

Olson, T.E. 92

Ensign 93

Teale 94

Hicklin 95

Fitzpatrick 96

Ley 97

McCaffrey 99 ’58

Error in Cadet Lore

To whom it may concern,

I am a proud member of ’57 and was the roomie for four years on Wally Summers, referred to as the Company Commander of L-1 at the time of our Graduation P-rade in the following material extracted from your site. (Note: There was also a long-lived myth that Wally kept our company in line at the time the wave of chaos arrived on our right flank by saying he’d run anyone thru with his saber who broke ranks.

“The Class of 1957 was referred to as the Black Class and were not allowed to return to the Grounds of West Point for a number of years. I was told as a Plebe that the ’57 Company Commander of L-1 ordered his Classmates to remain in formation when the other companies broke and ran across the Plain. I do not know if it was fear or respect that held L-1 ranks, I do know that I was Proud to be a L-1 Plebe summer of 1958 (Attitudes change as one adjusts to Academy Life).”

In the interest of correcting the record and providing full disclosure, I’m providing the following comments:

1.The comment that our Class was not allowed to return to the Grounds of West Point is erroneous. Sounds like one of those cadet folklore myths. I, in fact, personally returned twice within the month of graduation to have some major dental work completed which had begun shortly before Graduation.

2. L-1 was one of four companies, along with I-1, L-2, and M-2) which maintained their formation during that parade. To help give you a fuller understanding of the events of that parade and subsequent fallout, please see the attached article. I prepared this article at the request of our Class Scribe, Max Kovel, to provide a definitive review of the P-rade “that will live in USMA infamy” for our 50th Reunion Yearbook. Material for the article was garnered from many ’57 Classmates, other Class members, Tac Officers, and archival research. (BTW – it was rewarding to read that whoever provided the material in the article on your site indicated that he was Proud to be a L-1 Plebe summer of 1958)

Hope you enjoy the attached.

Regards, Nick Monaco ’57


57’s Graduation Parade

Dick Stephenson

When he picked up his shirt and sock roll, Roy Cooper handed him an orange and white jersey with number 32 on it. As a Plebe he was not eligible to play varsity ball so he was surprised to be told to report to the A Squad. He was going to be Jim Brown of Syracuse. On his first play from scrimmage, behind B Squad blocking he took the handoff and ripped off 8 yards. Returning to the huddle, he was feeling good, until Colonel Blaik uttered those words dreaded by every Army B Squad Player– Run it again. This time he barely took the handoff when he was smashed to the ground by Dick Stephenson. Years later as an All American and member of the NCAA Hall of Fame he would still remember that hit. (Page 5 of Army Lore)

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Black ’57

Broke Ranks at Graduation

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1957 Football Season

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