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


1962 Status in 2002

Forty years ago, the West Point graduating Class of 1962, 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
Test pilot on 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

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.

Dick Wylie
Dick designed both Eisenhower Hall and the Stony Lonesome Duplex Housing. Dick worked on several other Areas at West Point. (Material prepared by John Wagner)

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, was the incident where someone told General Groves that Heavy Water could only be found in a specific location. 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”

Of Interest to our Class

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 Schein
George & Diana Schein 

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Chairman of the Cadet Honor Committee.  Doctor serving the Pittsburg community.
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 General 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
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

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

Dave Phillips
Dave & Sharon Phillips None attended more Athletic events than Dave while also involved in 6 Clubs. Master of Science RPI, West Point Math 69 – 72, Dean 77-88

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

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.