Worth of A West Point Class

Class of 1962
Can Do       

mac-death3In May General MacArthur told us what to expect and what he expected of us.  Many of us have his DUTY, HONOR AND COUNTRY farewell address to the Cadet Corps hanging on our walls.

We Graduated 6 June 1962, the 18th Anniversary of D-Day. President Kennedy gave us his expectations of us at our Graduation.

We gave President Kennedy a Class Ring, which now is displayed in the
West Point Library. 

Class of 1962’s Gift to the Corps of Cadets

Kimsey Athletic Center
Given by
Jim Kimsey


With in ’62, we also have a Very Generous Classmate who has given for our Class Gift to the Cadet Corps, the Kimsey Center, The Team he played on and his Coach.
At his request his name is not listed.


Frank Caufield Crew and Sailing Center
Given in Honor of his Father BG Frank Caufield Class of 1934
by Frank Caufield Class of 1962
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    Founders of Rugby

In the closing days of World War II, Brigadier General Charles Canham, then assistant division commander of the 8th Infantry Division, was about to receive the surrender of a German Unit. 

“I’m here to receive your surrender,” he told the three- star German commander, who replied “I won’t surrender until I see your credentials”.  Canham gestured to the Riflemen accompanying him:
“These are my Credentials”. 

One of those first “The Can Do” Class of 1962 Rugby players was to become Army Chief of Staff. He understood the profound significance of General Canham’s response …. and the sacred and inherent obligation officers have to the soldiers under their command. 


The John L. Taylor First Team Brotherhood Annual Award recognizes the Cadet who each year demonstrates the highest ideals and values of the Army Men’s Rugby Program and USMA Cadet culture.


A statue of the Rugby player is given to the Cadet who is recognized each year.


Founders of Judo
Lee Taylor & Dave McLaughlin 


Created the Department of Systems Engineering
By Jim Kays – First Department Head

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Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department
Howard Prince Department Head

General Downing was appointed as the first Distinguished Chair of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

The Wayne Downing Scholars Program offers Army officers a fully funded Graduate Education at top tier Universities around the Globe.

We raised $100,000 among ourselves when we were least wealthy and distributed it to the widows of their fallen classmates to help with the education of their children.

Room 405  The Thayer Hotel
Honoring the 1953 – 1954 Corps of Cadets and their Football Team