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The Corps

 
 
The Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
1. The Corps Marker
Inscription.
The Corps!   The Corps!   The Corps!
The Corps bareheaded salute it, with eyes up thanking our God – that we of the Corps are treading where they of the Corps have trod. They are here in ghostly assemblage, the men of the Corps long dead, and our hearts are standing attention while we wait for their passing tread.

We sons of to-day, we salute you, you, sons of an earlier day, we follow, close order, behind you, where you have pointed the way. The Long Gray Line of us stretches thro’ the years of a century told, and the last man feels to his marrow the grip of your far off hold.

Grip hands with us now through we see not. Grip hands with us, strengthen our hearts – as the long line stiffens and straightens with the thrill that your presence imparts. Grip hands, tho’ it be from the shadows while we swear, as you did of yore, or living, or dying to honor the Corps and the Corps, and the Corps.

Herbert Shipman, Chaplain U.S.M.A., 1896-1905

CADET PRAYER
    O God, our Father, thou searcher of men’s hearts, help us to draw near to thee in sincerity and truth. May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural.
      Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretence
Cadet Prayer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
2. Cadet Prayer Marker
ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy. Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life. Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service. Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our country. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of Men.             Amen.
Clayton E. Wheat, Chaplain U.S.M.A. 1919 – 1926

ALMA MATER
Hail, alma mater, dear,
to us be ever near,
help us thy motto bear,
through all the years.
Let duty be well performed,
Honor be, e’er untarned,
country be ever armed,
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
teach us by day, by night
to keep thy honor bright,
for thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
serving on land
Alma Mater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
3. Alma Mater Marker
or sea,
may we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
our course on Earth is run,
may it be said, “well done,
be thou at peace.”
E’er may that Line of Gray,
increase from day to day.
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

Paul S. Reinecke, Class of 1911

 
Erected by USMA Class of 1919.
 
Location. 41° 23.43′ N, 73° 57.625′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on DeRussy Loop, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Cadet Chapel at the United States 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. To the American Soldier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cadet Monument (about 600 feet away); Flight Memorial (about 600 feet away); Air Cadet Memorial (about 600 feet away); Constitution Corner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Arnold (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Putnam (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sherburne’s Redoubt (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a granite monument
Marker at West Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
4. Marker at West Point
The West Point Cadet Chapel can be seen behind the marker.
with text on three sides.
 
Categories. Military
 
The Corps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
5. The Corps Marker
Dedication Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
6. Dedication Marker
Presented to
the Corps of Cadets
by
the Class of 1919
West Point Cadet Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 4, 2012
7. West Point Cadet Chapel
The Corps Marker is located near the Cadet Chapel at the USMA.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 369 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on March 5, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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