To commemorate 50 years post-conflict, the Society gathered with 118 members of the Atlanta veteran community to share a meal and reflect on service in Vietnam.
Sharing an inspiring keynote, “So Who Won?”, BG Dan Kaufman, '68 offered examples of how countries that were once our foes may become allies, through engagement and the passage of time.
77 Atlanta USMA Grad and Spouse attendees worked together to make a special video tribute, narrated by COL Don Reinhard, '69, of their experiences and remember the 333 USMA Alumni who died as a result. The coin below was presented to each Veteran and surviving spouses.
Rob Swartwood '01
Decatur Capital Management
Degas Wright '85
Georgia's Own Credit Union
Pete Morrissey '85
Trophy Point Investment Group
Samir Patel '08
West Point Parents Club of Georgia
In honor of: USMA 1966 and USMA 1967 graduates who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Ray Drummond '71
Jim Eberle '71
Jonathan Forest '71
Ken Konstanzer '80
Brad Reid '83
Lorie Blount '86
Dennis Maier '95
Don Byerly '12
Jan Heath, (Exec. Director, WPSA)
On November 2, 2022, the West Point Society of Atlanta gathered for a luncheon at the Buckhead Club of Atlanta to honor those West Point graduates and others in attendance who had been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal in recognition of their service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This video was a part of that special event. The narration is a remembrance by Colonel Don Reinhard, U.S. Army (Retired), a member of the West Point class of 1959, of his time in Vietnam and of that which inspired him during the conflict. Pictures were submitted in advance by those Vietnam veterans who attended the luncheon and were presented as a visual remembrance of the days when [we] they were soldiers once - and young.
Three hundred thirty-three graduates of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York, died as a result of their service during the Vietnam War. These 333 graduates were members of the class of 1941, the class of 1943, and every class from 1945 through 1970. For a few, Vietnam was the third war they had served in; for several more, it was their second war. The classes of 1959 through 1969 suffered the most deaths in Vietnam. This video serves to recognize and honor those 333 graduates and seeks to ensure that their sacrifice – the ultimate sacrifice a soldier can make – has not been and will not be forgotten.
Song "Mansions of the Lord" performed by the West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club.
West Point Band and West Point Glee Club perform "Mansions of the Lord" from the film We Were Soldiers, composed by Nick Glennie-Smith. West Point Band Bicentennial Gala, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, New York City, October 29, 2017
"To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord
No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, Eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord
Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord"
Special Thanks to Jonathan Forest, US Military Academy Class of 1971 for producing these videos. For questions or similar requests, his email is: email@example.com. Creative Commons "Honoring West Point Grads Who Served in the Vietnam War" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gNi7...) by Jonathan Forest (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLBm...) is licensed under CC BY NC 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode) Song "Mansions of the Lord" performed by the West Point Band and the West Point Glee Club (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jccNo...). Reuse is allowed and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License. The West Point Band YouTube Channel is found at https://www.youtube.com/@BandWestPoint/ The West Point Band YouTube Channel is found at https://www.youtube.com/@BandWestPoint/