Highland Falls in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Army Mule
Hannibal (249-183 B.C.) was one of the greatest military leaders of all time. “Hannibal” was an exceptional West Point mascot. He served the Corps of Cadets faithfully from 1947 – 1964.
Erected 2004 by Company M, 2nd Regiment, West Point Class of 1954.
Location. 41° 22.38′ N, 73° 57.833′ W. Marker is in Highland Falls, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on West Point Hwy, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is on a median between West Point Hwy and Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Highland Falls NY 10928, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Iranian Hostage Reunion (here, next to this marker); Abrams Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Molly Corbin (within shouting distance of this marker); Warner Sisters (within shouting distance of this marker); Andre Cavaro Lucas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); USMA Iraq and Afghanistan Deaths (about 500 feet away); The Long Gray Line (about 600 feet away); Buttermilk Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Highland Falls.
1. Hannibal's Fifth Birthday Bash
The West Point graduates of Company M-2, Class of 1954, who erected the monument of Hannibal, in conjunction with The Village of Highland Falls and The West Point Thayer Hotel, will celebrate Hannibal's fifth birthday. This gala event, dubbed "HANNIBAL'S FIFTH BIRTHDAY BASH", will get underway at 2:00 PM on Saturday, 25th of April 2009.
This celebration will be a part of the West Point Class of 1954's fifty-fifth reunion. Jan LeCroy of Dallas TX, and George Perrin of Miami Fl, both Class of '54 Mule Riders, will be there. Steve Townes of Irving TX, Class of '78 Mule Rider and donor of the current Army Mules, is also expected. Also expected is Mr. J. David Nunneley, the sculptor from Broken Arrow OK, who created this heroic monument of Hannibal.
Current Mule Mascots "George", "General Scott", and "Raider" will be at the bash along with Cadet Mule Riders Micah Lockhart, Keri Anderson, Jacob Haag, and Oakland McCullough.
Highland Falls Mayor Joe D'Onofrio and Thayer Hotel manager Don Sagaria are working on many details to make "HANNIBAL'S FIFTH BIRTHDAY BASH" a grand event. Mule Cookies and Mule Punch will be served.
2. The vet for the mules during Hannibal's time
My father was the fill-in veterinarian for the West Point mules during the early 1960's. He was stationed in NYC and was driven to West Point a couple of times a week when on duty to look after the mules. I have a photo of my mother pregnant with my older brother sitting upon one of the mules and when I went there for a football game in the late 1990's, I visited and also took a photo with the mules.
My father is now recovering from brain cancer (he is 75 and still practiced veterinary medicine until June), but I will tell you, those were the best days of his life. He was an Army Officer and he often spoke of the Sgt. Green, the army man who drove him there weekly, with great fondness. I do wish I could meet Sgt. Green some day. Sgt. Green was an African American man and my father was a caucasian Kentucky Boy, and this was in the 60s, and my father often said he met a friend for life, teaching me at a very young age great respect for the civil rights movement. The
As a side note, my mother is an identical twin and her twin sister ended up marrying a a West Point graduate. Robert McConnell. The second greatest man, besides my dad, I know. Small world.
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