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In Memoriam

 
 
Deaths in Captivity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
1. Deaths in Captivity Marker
Inscription. This portion of the overlook is dedicated to the memory of our classmates who have gone before us and whose names are engraved on our hearts.

The names of those of us who made the supreme sacrifice and who were killed in action, or who died or wounds, or in captivity, are contained on the surrounding plaques.

May their souls rest in peace, and may their spirit reside forever in the natural beauty and serenity of this our Highland home.

The Class of 1938

Deaths in Captivity       1942 – 1945
Class of 1938

The ultimate in torment and adversity was endured by our classmates who were captured during the fall of the Philippines. Before their deaths, they suffered untold anguish and abuse. In addition to the privations of Japanese prison camps, an asterisk indicates those who survived the infamous Bataan Death March. Some lived through other horrors only to be killed in the sinking of prisoner of war ships enroute to Japan or to die of disease. Several survived more than one sinking.

Died in Prison Camps
Coral M. Talbott              7/21/42
Edgar H. Dale                  2/16/43
Edgar S. Rosenstock        1/31/45
Earle M. Smiley                2/2/45
Lawrence L. Barbour, Jr.  2/13/45

Executed
Joseph R. Barker II       11/1/43
Ralph
Battle and Service Casualties Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
2. Battle and Service Casualties Marker
B. Praeger          12/31/44

Killed or Died in POW Ships
   Frederick J. Gerlich           10/24/44
   James R. Holmes               10/24/44
   George Kappes                 10/24/44
   Frederick A. Miller            10/24/44
   Collin B. Whitehurst, Jr.    10/24/44
* William A. Gay                  12/15/44
* Robert A. Barker                1/17/45
   Louis N. Dosh                   1/20/45

“Duty, Honor, Country”

Battle and Service Casualties
Class of 1938

We served during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and in Vietnam and experienced the hazards and uncertainties of wartime service. As a class, we suffered deaths from air and ground accidents. Some of us endured disabling injuries, only to die later. Bareheaded, we salute those who have preceded us into the Long Grey Line.

Our honor roll listed below contains the names of our classmates who were killed in action. Each was a leader, not only in character, but also in position. Five were Battalion Commanders in the Ground Combat Arms; Four were Group Commanders or their Deputies in the Army Air Corps. They died fighting in Italy, France, Belgium and Germany in the European Theater, and in New Guinea, the East Indies and China in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. They fell during the Normandy landings, at Bastogne, on the islands of
In Memoriam Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 27, 2009
3. In Memoriam Marker


the Pacific and in air combat.

No finer tribute can be paid than: “They died in the line of duty, with honor, for their country.”

Arthur F. Gorham           7/14/43
Gordon M. Clarkson       1/28/44
Morris F. Taber               4/8/44
Walter S. Gray                 5/23/44
Robert L. Wolverton       6/6/44
Barry D. Browne           12/25/44
Joe R. Brabson, Jr.            1/1/45
Milton E. Lipps               3/9/45
John B. Herboth, Jr.        4/7/45

“Duty, Honor, Country”

 
Erected 1988 by USMA Class of 1938.
 
Location. 41° 23.754′ N, 73° 57.346′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the Class of 1938 Overlook of Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sherburne’s Redoubt (here, next to this marker); The Great Chain (here, next to this marker); Constitution Island (here, next to this marker); West Point in the American Revolution
View from the Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. View from the Markers
There are several markers at the Class of 1938 Overlook on Trophy Point. This photo, taken from the marker, shows the Hudson River and Constitution Island, the site of defensive works during the Revolutionary War.
(here, next to this marker); Our National Heritage (a few steps from this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred E. McAniff & John R. Parker (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in West Point.
 
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