What ’62 Gave

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Steve Pierce

Steven D. Pierce 
We Lost him 3 Feb 1962.  He never had the opportunity to give back to America.  A Star Man, he could have added so much to our Class Lore. “I was in the hospital bed next to his at West Point. He was a very great man!” Larry Amon In that moment a part of each man changed — each man became a little of Steve Pierce in his heart.  Tom Johnson ’65


President Kennedy & General Westmoreland

In 1962 our West Point Class of just over 600 strong, accepted their commissions into the armed forces of the United States and swore to support and defend the Constitution of our great nation.

Here is an attempt to assess the contributions of a single West Point class to the nation.
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The Day We Lost Our President

Conceived and Consolidated by Roy Degenhardt


Project Development

Cliff McKeithan
Deputy Program Manager for Military Applications for the XV-15.

Larry Mengel
Developed and ran simulations for the M1 Tank and the Apache Helicopter.

George Telenko
Activated Lima Tank Plant and built first year production of M1 Abrams Tanks
It will still be his Abrams in the future design.

Duke Meceda
6595 Areospace Test Wing, OSAF Space Systems 

Ed Brown
The Air Force Systems Command is an inactive United States Air Force Major Command. It was established in April 1951, being split off from Air Materiel Command. The mission of AFSC was Research and Development for new weapons systems.

Wayne Willis
Program Development nuclear warhead for the Pershing II missile 1978-1982.

Al Robb
Deputy Director, Space and Weapons Army War College, 1986 to 1992

Dick Wylie
Dick designed both Eisenhower Hall and the Stony Lonesome Duplex Housing. The funding for Stony Lonesome was side tracked toward Vietnam. When funding was restored there was insufficient money to complete the desired plans for both projects. Redesigning both of the original plans was one of the most painful work Dick never had to do. He also worked on several other Areas at West Point. (Material prepared by John Wagner)

Additional Gifts by our Class

The Hockey Rec Room

Corps Squad Locker Plaques Honoring Classmates

Wayne Downing
The General Wayne A Downing Scholarship program offers select Army Officers, from all commissioning sources in the Maneuver, Fires, and Effects branches, the opportunity to attend a fully funded graduate education program at top-tier universities around the globe

Wayne Downing
The Combating Terrorism Center was created in February 2003 thanks to the vision and generous support of Mr. Vincent Viola, former Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange, ’77; the vision of General Wayne Downing, ’62; and the leadership of Brigadier Generals Russ Howard and Cindy Jebb, ’82

The Buffalo Soldiers Memorial guided to completion, assisted by our Classmate
Buffalo Soldiers

’62 Publications, Writings and Papers

The 1930 game was played at Soldier Field in Chicago before 110,000 shivering fans. Every seat in the huge lake front stadium had been sold in anticipation of a capacity attendance of 126,000, putting the crowd on track to be the largest ever to witness a college football game. However, the raisn, sleet and cold on game day dampened the ardor of some fans, reducing the number of those attending. 

The Irish came into the game with eight straight season victories following their nine game winning streak from the preceding year. Army, under dynamic new coach Major Ralph Sasse, would not be a pushover. He had rebuilt the team after the loss of many starters from the 1929 team. The heart breaking loss of the previous year was also a major motivator for the cadets. 

Rockne was ill for this game as well. However, unlike in ’29, he attended the game, coaching from a wheelchair on the sidelines. The game was another hard fought Army-Notre Dame defensive battle with neither team able to score in the first three quarters. With five minutes to go, Notre Dame quarterback, Frank Carideo, and halfback, Marchmont (Marchy) Schwartz, combined to move the ball from the Irish 46 into the cadets’ end zone and take a 6-0 lead. Carideo added the extra point increasing the lead to 7-0  with now less than four minutes remaining in the game. 

After receiving the kick-off and failing to move the ball, the cadets punted, pinning the Irish deep in their own territory. After being stopped for no gain the Irish elected to punt the ball away on third down. Frank Carideo standing on his own ten yard line carefully wiped the slippery ball on the referee’s towel before handing it to the center. Signaling for the snap, the waiting Irish quarterback received the ball cleanly. However, Army’s substitute left end, Dick King, crashed through the Notre Dame line and blocked the kick. The ball bounded to the Irish goal line where cadet guard Harley Trice fell on it in the end zone. The Army fans were ecstatic while the Notre Dame fans sat in stunned silence by the sudden turn of events. The frozen fans who had endured a scoreless game  for 55 minutes had now witnessed two touchdowns in less than two minutes.

With the clock ticking down, all eyes now turned to a frail, blond, Yearling (Sophomore) who trotted onto the field. At  5’ 7” and 140 lbs, Russ Broshous was too small to compete in the rough and tumble contact aspect of Army collegiate football. He was, however, Coach Sasse’s choice to attempt the tying extra point.  His preferred method of kicking was the drop kick, a  common but not reliable technique at the time. * The football in 1930 had a more round shape than today’s ball, making the bounce for the kicker more predictable. ** Sasse had some confidence in the young kicker since Broshous had kicked the tying point on a wet field against Yale a month earlier in a 7-7 game. 

The Irish loaded the line with nine of their biggest players. Broshous wiped his hands on his jersey and then signaled for the ball to be snapped. The ball never got off the ground as the Notre Dame linemen broke through the Army front and smothered Cadet Broshous and the ball. The game was another heartbreaking loss for the Army, 7-6. 

Knute Rockne sought out the despondent young kicker in the Army dressing room after the game. He put his arm around the cadet’s shoulder, trying to console him, telling him not to allow one failure in a football game to get him down. (The Big Game-p. 133) 

The win over Army helped to propel the Irish to a second consecutive National Championship, shared with undefeated Alabama. Tragically, Rockne’s involvement in the Army-Notre Dame series would end after the 1930 game.

*When I asked Russ Broshous Jr., the son of the Army kicker and my classmate from West Point, how his Dad felt about his skills as a drop kicker, he told me that his Dad said results from this type of kicking were pretty much ‘hit or miss.’ He also said that he felt that his results were a little bit better than ‘random.’ Russ Broshous became a Brigadier General and the Head of Earth, Space and Graphic Sciences Department at West Point.

**On January 1, 2006, Doug Flutie of the New England Patriots, kicked what may have been the last drop kick in the NFL against the Miami Dolphins, the first such successful kick since 1941. Richie Cacioppe

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General Officers

Regular ArmyArmy ReserveNational Guard
Dave ArmstrongDick Chegar
Gary BrownLarry GundermanThomas Buck (CO)
PY BrowningThomas KilmartinThomas Moore (CA)
Nick HurstDon Woodman ( USAF)
Jim Kays
Carl Morin
Howie Prince
Frank Horton
John Landry
Joe Rigby
Steve Arnold
Denny Benchoff
Walter Bryed
Chuck Dominy
Jim Ellis
 Bob Ord
Ted Stroup
Wayne Downing
Dennis Reimer
Bob RicksBob had a temporary grade


Can DoWinter Track and Field Men
Class of 1962 – Can DoRon Zinn
Army/Navy 1961-1962 Winter Sports

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Team Captains

Go to Can Do every Classmate will be listed, along with what we accomplished as a Class.

150 Ronnie Brown

Track Gary Brown

Football Mike Casp

Soccer Art Brown

Lacrosse Butch Darrell

Basketball Stu Sherard

Baseball Al Dejardin

Wrestling Al Rushatz

Hockey Paul Dobbins

Cross Country John Jones

Gymnastics Phil Costain

Swimming Barry Thomas

Rifle Ed Brown

Tennis Pete Peterson

Golf Rep Dick Sklar

Squash Rep Jim McQuillen

Pistol Dave Swick

John Taylor
Inspired by John coached by Rick with the nucleus of Tank, Russ,
Bob, Bill, Dave, Paul, Dennis, Wayne and Mike, ’62 gave West Point Rugby, a team that has dominated the sport since its inception. Both Women’s and Men’s Rugby are now Corps Squad

  1. Art Brown’s 7 or 8 stories about Army Soccer.
  2. Marty Bilafer’s Comment about Mack Howard’s Greatest shot
    Marty had ever seen.
  3. Dale Kuhn’s comment to Roger Staubach.


  11/14/1967 Mike Casp 
To get through the line I depended especially on three teammates and Classmates, Mike Casp (our team captain) – at Right Guard, Bill Whitehead – at Center, and Barry Butzer – at Left Guard. They were great Army football players. Bill and Mike were Killed in Vietnam.  Barry was Killed in an auto accident several years ago – – Al Rushatz

11/18/1967  Mike Crabtree Wife Lynne and Daughter Chris 

  8/12/1965  Bob Fuellhartt  Army’s Lonely End in 1960 and 1961 upon the Graduation of Bill Carpenter. In ’61 Bob was banged up with injuries but was still a hard nosed defensive back.  Killed in Action 12 August 1965 the same day his Daughter was born.

Purple_Heart_Medal.png  1/17/1965 Thurston A.  Turk Griffith
Starting guard and key contributor on Army’s 150-pound 1961 football team, earning 2 Army As.

2/14/1966 William Hoos & Barbara Calabrese
William Hoos

Purple_Heart_Medal.png 11/2/1968 Robert Hufschmid & Suzy Weisman  Unknown-1
Bob Hufschmid

Killed in Action Republic of Vietnam 2 November 1968

8/2/1966 James & Lucy McDonough
Jim McDonough

medal-of-honor copy 2.jpg   Purple_Heart_Medal.png 7/12/1965  Marine emblem copy Frank Reasoner & Sally NordstromFirst Marine.jpeg
3d Recon Bn, 3d Mar Div Frank once told me that he wanted 3 things – 30 Years in the Marine Corps, own a bar outside the Main Gate of a Marine Base and Earn the Medal of Honor. Frank was Killed in Action 12 July 1965. He was Awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions – – by a Wrestling Teammate

6/29/1965 Douglas Wauchope   A-6.jpeg 
3d Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Pilot.

 6/30/1968 William C. & Mary Ann Whitehead  
Bill Whitehead
To get through the line I depended especially on three teammates and Classmates, Mike Casp (our team captain) – at Right Guard,Bill Whitehead– at Center, and Barry Butzer – at Left Guard. They were great Army football players. Bill  and Mike were Killed in  Vietnam.  Barry was killed in a car accident.    – – Al Rushatz

Purple_Heart_Medal.png 7/7/1965  Ronald L. Zinn USMA Shoulder Patch
Ron Zinn

First Cadet to be selected to a USA Olympic team; competed in race-walking at the 1960 Olympics and was top American finisher in the 20K race. Also a key contributor on the Academy cross-country and track teams. Ron was Killed in Action Vietnam 7/7/65 – –  John Easterbrook

Our Experience

In 1960 the West Point Class of 1915 returned for their 45th Reunion.
Jerry Garwick I remember how old those guys looked.

President Kennedy Graduation Address to the Class of 1962
The Day We Lost Our President

Duty, Honor, Country. General Douglas MacArthur Thayer Award Acceptance Address
If you go to Douglas MacArthur and work your way down, you will find Comments by the Class – for example

Stu Sherard ’62 was moved by the reaction of his roommate, Frank Reasoner, a former Marine sergeant who returned to the Marine Corps after graduation and was killed in action on 12 July 1965 in Viet Nam, receiving the Medal of Honor posthumously. Hard core Marine Reasoner had tears in his eyes several times during the speech.

Leslie Groves
One of the things I remember from his comments to us, was the incident where someone told General Groves that Heavy Water could only be found in a specific location. (A Guy trying to make money) General Groves knew – “Heavy water can be made using hydrogen sulfide-water chemical exchange, water distillation, or electrolysis. Hydrogen Sulfide-Water Exchange – In a mixture of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and water at chemical equilibrium, the concentration of deuterium in water is greater than the concentration in H2S” Phil

Of Interest to our Class
Stories we tell

Prior to being escorted out of the Port Said, a NYC bar featuring belly dancing (Mike Crabtree balked at paying the cover charge), Jim Andress asked one of the dancers if she would be his date for the Ring Hop. She wisely declined. Out in the street, a passerby chatted us up and gave us $20 for no reason at all. Jim had to wait for the trip to Ann Arbor for the Michigan football game to meet his future wife, Lyn, via the blind date route.

Bob & Kathy Douglas
An attempt to improve on his first couple of days as a Cadet – Bob reported in as a new Cadet several years after Graduation.  He upset the Beast Cadre,   HE REALY, REALY UPSET THE CADRE

John & Barbara Fagan
First in the Class of 1962. First to shake President Kennedy’s hand. Hope John was a Democrat for those few seconds.

David & Barbara McLaughlin   
As Plebes Dave asked Lee Taylor “Will you teach me” – two years later when they placed winning certificates on General Stillwell’s desk, he said “Do not do that again”.  They did it again and General Stilwell approved Judo as an Academy Club.

Don Snider
Don & Caroline Snider

Harry Hagerty                       
“You Man Halt”   Twice he heard it, Harry halted for one ran at the other – he had well over 200 hours on “The Area”  No one ever had a better Ranger Buddy – Phil

George Handy & Marilyn Handy 
M2 Honor Rep, Soccer – A Friend who will stand with you.  George continues to be a part of teams – currently involving East Europeans and Americans in economic growth and stronger security.

George & Diana Schein  Doctor serving the Pittsburg community
George Schein Chairman of the Honor Committee

Jim Ellis Our Bridge Commander and future 3 Star – said of George “I was impressed with the manner with which he led the Honor Committee.”

Chairman of the Cadet Honor Committee. .
During June Week 1962, at the corner of Grant Hall,  John Selby and Jim Kays bumped into George Schein as George was headed out to meet his soon to be wife Diana.  George asked how I was doing, studying for an Ordnance Department Turnout.  John said something like – He is in the rack and has not been studying.  George immediately turned around running back into South Area, asking which Room?   I was in the rack when the door crashed open and I heard the leather soles hit the concrete floor as I pretended to be asleep – maybe he would go away.  Suddenly my bed was lifted and I was thrown against the wall. I got up saw who it was laughed and said “George!”.  He said get over at that desk and study.  He returned once and I was at the desk. The Turnout was easy.  To this day whenever a woman with spikes hits a concrete floor, I flinch.  Because I was the lowest ranking member of the Honor Committee, I stayed after the meetings sweeping up the floor. (Note – there was no dust pan so I swept the dust under Col Blazey’s Rug. George never asked me where I put it. Note it was my 5th Turnout and I could not believe they would do that to me.)

220px-Military_service_mark_of_the_United_States_Air_Force.svg   Michael & Judy Schredl   
Founding Member of Army Rugby; an aggressive Tiger on the playing fields, while involved in 15 different Clubs. The 24178 Undistinguished  Graduate  – 362 below the 1st man in the Class and 238 above the last man in the Class; The Army sends you to hot places in the muddle of nowhere and the Air Force sends you to cold places, in the middle of nowhere.

Duane & Janet Slater 
At Buckner I had good looking boots.  Duane asked me to shine his.  I said “Sure”.
I gave his boots back just before inspection – one shined beautifully, the second with the mud still on.

Pete Wuerpel
With Jim Ellis, Responsible for the recording of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur‘s Duty Honor Country Farewell Address to the Cadet Corps – on 12 May 1962.  Created the Wuerple Roll to ease our efforts during summer Class Trips.

Don Snider’s accomplishments and writings.

Bob Carrol’s Book, Larry Crane’s Book, Ty Cobb’s Book

But it’s still ancient. Charlie Bernitt, whilst cleaning out his man cave, stumbled on a newspaper article surely read by millions of NYC residents so long ago. The article features local boys who made good at Alma Mater: Charlie Shaw, Frank Scharpf, Bill Dworsak, Al DeJardin, Roger Andrews, Jim McCrorey, Steve West, Dick Kent, Steve Sperman, Paul McNamara, Al Girardi, Phil Browning, and Charlie his own self. Outing these men occurred on June 3 and that’s prior to our actual graduation. Plenty of time remained for one or more of the men to disqualify themselves.

A listing of every Classmate who returned to West Point as an assignment.

Jim Kays Dave Phillips, Al Rushatz, and Barry Butzer, Nick Hurst 74-75, Dick Chegar Eng Des 69-72, Larry Gunderman 69-72, Howie Prince, Fred Bothwell, Art Brown, Wayne Willis: Physics P 1971-1974. Dave Phillips None attended more Athletic events than Dave while also involved in 6 Clubs. Master of Science RPI, West Point Math 69 – 72, Dean Office77-88; Don Snider Will Meade Physics

Reason for Bob Ricks Star

When we collected for our million plus for the ’62 Room – what % of contributions did the Class finally achieve.

Inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame

Al Rushatz
Stu Sherard
Dale Kuhns

Please Note: We are working to have Jim Kays and Ron Chisholm Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Graduate

Ted Stroup

Marsh Carter

Dennis Reimer

Jim Kimsey

Wayne Downing

Howie Prince


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

May 5, 2012

The Corps, And Core Values

By David M. Shribman

Where to start with Douglas MacArthur? To say that he was general of the Army? To note that he was superintendent of West Point? To recall his famous exit from the Philippines and his even more famous return? To cite his role in the occupation of Japan? To refer to his time commanding U.N. troops in the Korean War? To reflect on his firing by Harry Truman? To quote his remarkable “just fade away” speech, interrupted numerous times by applause, on Capitol Hill?

We may not know where to start, but we surely know where to end — where MacArthur effectively ended his public career, 50 years ago this coming Saturday, when he appeared among the ghosts and memories of West Point and spoke to the sparkling young men who could have known only vaguely on that day in May 1962 how Vietnam would shape and, in some tragic cases end, their lives.

On the surface, he was there to accept the Sylvanus Thayer Award, a coveted honor named for the father of the military academy. But in truth he was there to take his leave, to share the perspective of a man who was forged in the fire of battle, who thrived on military, moral and political conflict, who had grown weary of war and impatient with the conventions of diplomacy that led nations into armed confrontations that seemed ever more senseless and remorseless.

MacArthur was there to say goodbye to the world stage and to the millions whose lives he touched and commanded and whose spirits he lifted — or repulsed. He did so with his customary flourish and flair and in the florid language that was as much a hallmark of his personality as his corncob pipe, always jutting from his teeth at a crisp 90-degree angle:

Duty … Honor … Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.

These are the three words most commonly associated with MacArthur, but they trace their provenance back to Sylvanus Thayer himself, and thus when MacArthur chose to make these words the leitmotif of his acceptance speech, he was identifying himself firmly with the grandest traditions of West Point.

Let civilian voices argue the merits or demerits of our processes of government; whether our strength is being sapped by deficit financing, indulged in too long by federal paternalism grown too mighty, by power groups grown too arrogant, by politics grown too corrupt, by crime grown too rampant, by morals grown too low, by taxes grown too high, by extremists grown too violent; whether our personal liberties are as thorough and complete as they should be. These great national problems are not for your professional participation or military solution.

This is, in many ways, the most remarkable element of this remarkable speech, for MacArthur is the best-known violator of the most sacred element of the relationship between the military and civilian lives of our nation — the notion that policy is made by civilians and prosecuted by soldiers. It was MacArthur’s criticism of Truman, in a letter read on the floor of the House, that led to his dismissal and here, in the late autumn of a life that would end two years later, he presented an unmistakable critique of his greatest failure as a general.

The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here. My days of old have vanished tone and tint; they have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

He spoke this passage without notes, leaning and bobbing in his customary fashion, deliberately creating the impression that he was no longer speaking from his head, but instead from his deepest sentiments. This was MacArthur showmanship at its greatest, for he had worked for days to memorize these words.

“No one could improvise such rhetoric,” wrote biographer William Manchester. “The awed cadets thought that he was coining the phrases as he trod the platform before them, but what they had actually witnessed was the last performance of a consummate actor.”

Today marks my final roll call with you, but I want you to know that when I cross the river my last conscious thoughts will be of the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.

These are the final words of the speech, set up by his remark that in his dreams, “I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.” To our ears this sort of rhetoric is antiquarian, more suited to the days of Rudyard Kipling than to the era of Norman Mailer.

But there remains something intoxicating about the final passage: “the Corps, and the Corps, and the Corps.” It possesses a martial rhythm, echoing like shots in the very night that occasioned MacArthur’s dreams of guns crashing and musketry rattling.

Glenn Edward Schembechler was 33 years old and still an assistant football coach at Ohio State when MacArthur delivered this West Point valedictory. In 1969, five years after MacArthur’s death, he would ascend to the top coaching job at Michigan, where he would coach for 21 seasons.

It cannot be a coincidence that the remarks for which Schembechler is most famous — indeed some of the most enduring words ever uttered by a football coach — carry eerie echoes of MacArthur. Some 21 years after the West Point speech, Schembechler spoke of “the Team, the Team, the Team.”

MacArthur now is a figure of history, his life remembered by few, his achievements studied by fewer. But this speech, given 50 years ago this week, deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest delivered on these shores, and revered beyond West Point and by more than the Corps, the Corps, the Corps.