West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
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
Joseph R. Barker II 11/1/43
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
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
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