Strength and Drive

Strength and Drive

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The Class of 1965 entered the Military Academy in July 1961. As cadets, they received a traditional West Point education but also studied new fields such as computers and nuclear physics. Upon graduation, members of the class received numerous national scholarships, including one Rhodes scholarship. During the Vietnam War members of the class received no less than one Medal of Honor, four Distinguished Service Crosses, one Air Force Cross, 94 Silver Stars, 5 Soldiera€™s Medals, 175 Bronze Stars with V device for valor, and 129 Purple Hearts. In later years, members of the class served with distinction in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and elsewhere. They became leaders in transforming the army after the Cold War into a much leaner, more agile, technologically advanced force. Those who left the service, whether after four years in uniform or more, contributed to the nation in a similarly impressive manner. As civilians they excelled in numerous fields and exhibited as much patriotism and a€œStrength and Drivea€ as those still in uniform. Whether in uniform or not, members of the class of 1965 served their communities and nation and never lost sight of the meaning of West Pointa€™s motto: a€œDuty, Honor, Country.a€Inone ofthe Ranger classes, John Seymour, Don Parcells, and others conspired to make Ron Walter, theshortest man ... became aware of the rabbit, and at graduation they presented himwith a Ranger tab mounted ona plastic hospital bracelet.

Title:Strength and Drive
Author:Robert A. Doughty
Publisher:AuthorHouse - 2014-12-18


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