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12B -June9.1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail Charleston, "ieit Virginia-. CIVILIAN Not All West Pointers Cut From Army Cloth .·Iny West l*«inf graduate worth his suit leant x to be a general, says Joseph Hartman, class of '43. Today he's a priest, but he says the change wasn't drastic. Some academy grads do not find fame in the Army, but others change ambitions in start linn u-ayx. By Jon Halvorsen WEST POINT, N. Y. -Hf- The U. S. Military Academy graduated 840 men this month and. if tradition holds, many s o m e d a y w i l l j o i n West Point's Long Gray Line of priests, traveling salesmen. lawyers, judges, ballet instructors, corporation presidents and math teachers. This year's crop of Army second lieutenants was graduated Wednesday. Decades from now they may learn who among them was a budding Eisenhower, MacArthur or Westmoreland and who a budding civilian. Since the a c a d e m y was founded in 1802. 32.000 men have been graduated. Many spent their lives in military service and a few found fame. But others saw their hopes die. their desires turned aside, or their ambitions change in striking ways. William W. Lapsley, ranked 18th in the class of '35. retired from the Array as a major general in 1967. Today he's president of Consolidated Edison Co.. New York's controversial utility. James H. O'- C o n n o r f i n i s h e d n e a r t h e bottom of the class of '44 and left the Army as a captain three years later. He went to law school, settling finally in Phoenix. Ariz. Last summer he represented Herbert W. Kalmbach. President Nixon's former personal attorney, when Kalmbach testified before the Senate Watergate committee. ·* » * FOR THOSE WHO remained in the Army, few be- came four star generals in recent years if they did poorly at West Point. The Register of Gradutes. based on information provided by the alumni, shows that the graduating classes from 1924 to 1933 -^ the men in retirement or near retirement today -- produced 47 four-star generals. Twenty- four of them graduated in the top third of their classes. 15 in the middle third and eight in the bottom third. The best known from the '24-'33 decade included Gen. Earl Wheeler, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force Gen. Lauris J. Norstad, supreme allied commander in Europe from 1956 to 1963. Both graduated in the top third, but were not among the top 50 in their classes. In fact, no one in the top or bottom 50 of the classes from 1924 to 1933 made four-star general. Astronaut Frank Borman graduated No. 8 in his class of 670 in 1950. Going into final exams this year, his son, Fred, was No. 841 in a class of 850. No matter where graduates r a n k e d i n t h e i r a c a d e m y class, a bit of West Point remains with each of them. Jeptha C. Tanksley, a Georgia country boy. longed to become "a soldier like Gen. Omar Bradley" when he left West Point in June 1943. That goal ended 16 months later on a mountain in Italy when the. r e t r e a t i n g G e r m a n a r m y hurled a mortar shell his way. He lost both legs and an eye. "I knew when I was hit, sir, I was hurt very badly because the shell almost fell in my lap." Tanksley recalls. During his two years in a hospital, he nurtured another boyhood ambition -- a legal career. And now the 53-year- old Tanksley. who still peppers his conversation with West Point-learned "sirs." is serving his third term as an elected judge in Atlanta -- the first two as a Democrat, the current term as a Republican. A classmate. Jospeh W. Hartman. wanted to become a general. "Anybody who goes into the Army and doesn't want to rise to the top isn't worth his salt." he declares. * w tt HIS FATHER AND a brother were West Point graduates before him. but Hartrnan left the Army in 1947. a f t e r a "confrontation with God," to become a Roman Catholic priest. Today he is Msgr. Hartman. a chaplain for the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C. "Actually the change was not that drastic," he says. "You change uniforms, and the lifestyle is not so different. . . I loved the service. I felt I was called to do something better." John H. Wohner, 58, of Norfolk, Va., and his wife operate a school for classical ballet -drawing on his experience as a West Point gymnast who performed stunts on the Army mule during football games and her experience as daughter of a Russian ballerina. Wohner. a retired colonel, h e l p s teach b a l l e t to the school's boys and young men, especially how to lift a girl "without hurting themselves. .. how to lift with the leg muscles and their arms without hurting their backs." When he graduated in 1940, he dreamed of being Army chief of staff. "I just wasn't good enough to make it," says the decorated World War II veteran. Samuel M. Strohecker Jr. was the West Point "goat" of 1924. graduating at the bottom of his 405-man class. Because of a glut of officers left over from World War I, he found another second lieutenant was not exactly in demand and resigned after a few months. "Hundreds more could have resigned with great happiness on the Army's part." he says. Strohecker returned to the Army during World War II and then resumed his job with a company in Seattle, Wash., selling "dynamite and stuff" for its explosives department. Wherever they wind up in life, most graduates remember where they finished in the General Order of Merit. The GOM, based largely on a cadet's academic performance but also counting his leadership qualities and physical fitness, ranks each class from top man to "goat." Statistics to the contrary, West Point grads insist class rank has little to do in the long run with professional success. In t h i s c e n t u r y , Douglas MacArthur was No. 1 in his class, but Dwight Eisenhower. George Patton and Wil- · liam Westmoreland finished in the middle third. And some distinguished military men. like retired Gen. Alexander Haig, President Nixon's top aide, finished in the bottom third of the class of '47. "West Point is a five-year curriculum which some complete in four years," said Patton, who took five years to graduate. "It was a horse race, you know, and it's nice to win it," says John D. Bristorn, a retired civil engineering professor in Vero Beach, Fla., and the No. I man in his 1935 class. "But it isn't anything that gives you a material advantage after graduation," the former colonel adds. * * * A C C O R D I N G TO West Point legend, a handful of seniors who know they'll finish near the bottom anyway compete for the dubious honor of class "goat" by deliberately slighting a course or two, figuring the bottom man will at least be r e m e m b e r e d by classmates. Besides, the "goat" collects Taxiing Plane || Hits Concourse!! KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (/PI - A chartered DCS jet with 252 passengers headed for a vacation in Hawaii struck the south concourse at Knoxville's new $14 million air ter" minal Saturday. There were no injuries, but damage to the plane and the c o n c o u r s e was r e p o r t e d heavy. Officials said a wing of the four-engine plane struck the concourse as the pilot, John Rogers, was taxiing. Rogers blamed a failure in visual communications with the ground crew. A wing of the plane broke a wall-sized window in holding room No. 6 at the concourse. The room was e m p t y , al- ihough passengers were waiting in the holding room directly across the corridor. Airport officials said the plane, owned by Saturn Airlines, had been chartered by Travelmaster Inc. The flight originated in Knoxville. a dollar from every other graduating senior. William J. Bennett, 59, son of a West Point janitor, grew up in the school's shadow and served two years in the Army before he won appointment to the academy. He finished last out of 449 graduates in 1940, retired as a colonel in 1964 and hoped to find a job near West Point. Instead, he settled in Hat- Jke roe happy -- as the saying goes, 'three squares and a flop'." Bennett still cherishes his West Point years. Echoing many other graduates, he proudly points to the cadet honor code as the most valuable part of his experience. The code says simply: "A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do." S. M. STROHECKER JR. Sells Explosive* boro, Pa., where he tutors high school and college students in math and physics. He saw combat in the Pacific MSGR. J. W. HARTMAN Lifestyle Similar during World War II and later commanded a post in Germany, but after 24 years he grew dissatisfied in the Army. SLEY Trial Judge "I can't put my finger on it, for heaven's sake. . . .1 just wasn't happy anymore, although it doesn't take much to OleTimeMeetin' Tent Revival 1 st left past Rt. 35 Starting June 10 7:30 p.m. nightly Rev. Avis Hill Welcomes All Special Singing Nightly "1 kaew tJtiat honesty was not a matter of convenience as it is today," Bennett says. "I still live by the honor code." INVENTORS! I INVENTIONS/IDEAS! EARN CASH AND ROYALTIES IN INDUSTRY FREE EVALUATION! NO IDEA IS TOO SMALL 1 FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. WRITE OR PHONE COLLECT MR. POOLE (312) 827-2170 INNOVATIONS 2250 E. DEVON AVE. - SUITE 322 DESPLAINES. ILL60018 TO ANYONE WHO BOUGHT CARPET SOMEPLACE ELSE: PITY. To anyone who bought carpet from someone else: PITY. Oh, the shame of it all! At Custom, we're offering some pretty substantial reductions on some pretty elegant carpet. Why? Prices are increasing every day due to the yarn shortages, (Acrilan, Kodel, Dacron, come fronvpetro-chernicals). Custom's 15 store buying power enables us to buy in quantity, we have over 1,000 rolls of carpet in stock and we want your business. Quality on a budget from Custom .. . it's a straight story. 12x19'6" 12x18 12x16 12x19'?" 12x18 12xl7'3" 12x21'9" 15'xl8'6" 15xl4'9" 15xl4'6" 15x15 15x14 15x16 15xl3'4" m 9x4'11" Ilx7'9" 12x7'3" 15x6 Il'6"x4'3" 3x19 6'2"x3'4" 2'9"x7'9" 12x5'6" 7x7 6'3"xll'6" 15x5'2" ' 5 x 6 12x3 10x3 15x4 12x7'2" 15x5'3" KING SIZE REMNANTS CHARLESTON STORE Cactus tones heavy Kodel III Pumpkin tones 100% nylon shag Gold and green tip sheared nylon Light olive embossed Kodel Misty blue nylon shag plush Terra Cotta sculptured kodel Ivory nylon shag plush SAINT ALBANS STORE Rust tones deep and thick polyester plush Blue and olive embossed polyester scroll Moss green rubber-back commercial nylon Wheat sculptured nylon scroll Tabasco textured nylon tweed Two tone russet rubber-back nylon shag Gold and moss heavy weight nylon scroll SHORTY REMNANTS CHARLESTON STORE Sapphire and emerald carved nylon Spring melon commercial nylon Tortoise tones heavy stand-up shag Blue/Green embossed 501 nylon Brown and gold commercial nylon Peacock tones carved DuPont 501 nylon Blue and white heavy shag plush Curry gold corvee 1 DuPont 501 nylon Aqua and Olive commercial Acrilan SAINT ABANS STORE Candy stripe nylon rubber-back shag Moss green nylon sculptured Alpine green heavy weight nylon scroll Deep blue commercial nylon tite gauge Peach heaviest weight nylon plush Skipper blue deep sculptured nylon Deep gold heavy weight textured nylon Blue and green embossed nylon Wheat keep and thick embossed polyester.... .$208.00 .$ 99.00 .$105.00 .$159.00 .$215.00 . $139.00 .$139.00 .$169.00 .$135.00 .$125.00 .$ 99.00 $119.00 .$129.00 .$110.00 $25.00 $49.00 $79.00 $59.00 $25.00 $29.00 $18.00 $ 9.00 . $49.00 12x15 12xl4'3" 12x15 12xl5'6" 15x12 12x13'8" 15x11 12x18 12x15 12x15 12x15 12x15 15x11'3" 12x15 $29.00 $35.00 $25.00 $15.00 $19.00 $10.00 $22.00 . $32.00 $35.00 12x40 15x46 12x44 12x62 12x84 15x39 12x51 12x37 12x31 12x59 12x50 12x44 12x75 12x82 12x60 12x62 12x69 12x87 QUEEN SIZE REMNANTS CHARLESTON STORE Celery tones heavy nylon shag 5119.vw Red apple commercial antron nylon $ 9D.U.U Blue/Green luxury nylon shag $1 ISj.UU Spring melon DuPont 501 shag $ 9 9.00 Lipstick red luxury nylon plush $119.UU Frosted yam carved nylon shag -plZtKUU Olive and gold carved Acrilan $145.00 ST. ALBANS STORE Deep purple velvety nylon plush pl 19.UU Sautern short twist nylon shag · 5J9.UU Summer gold heavy weight nylon plush *p O v.vu Azalea cut piled nylon plush $119.UU Aztec gold plush-shag nylon $119.Uu Cortez gold deep embossed nylon p OJ.UU Real red deep piled nylon plush $119.UU PARTIAL ROLLS AVAILABLE AT BOTH LOCATIONS October leaf Nylon shag $5.99 SQ. yd Forrest Green tones carved 501 nylon $5.99 SQ. yd Domino nylon mini shag $4.99 SQ. yfl Radiant blue/green embossed 501 nylon.... $6.99 SQ. yd Surf green commercial nylon rubber-back.. *4.99 SQ. yfl. Whisper blue Carved DuPont 501 nylon . .. $4.99 SQ. yd. Blue and olive tones carved Kodel $6.99 SQ.yd. Autumn tones heavy stand up shag $1.99 SQ.yfl. Blue spruce commercial nylon )j.99 SQ. yd. Green olive nylon mini shag $5.99 SQ.yd. Status green heavy nylon loop $0.99 SQ. yd. Colony arts Gold patterned kitchen carpet. $5.99 SQ. yd. Red on red embossed 501 nylon $6.99 SQ. yd. White grape carved DuPont 501 nylon $4.99 SQ. yd. Aqua mist short polyester shog $6.99 SQ. yd. Cosmir/blue tones DuPont 501 nylon $6.99 SQ. yd. Gold dust level loop501 nylon $3.99 SQ.yd. Harvest green twin tones polyester shag .. . $7.99 SQ. yd. LUCKY SIZE RUGS CHARLESTON STORE 12x11'6" Heather rust luxury nylon plush $59.00 12xl2'6" Paprika tones commercial nylon $j ". »U 12x9'9" Cameo blue tones polyester shag $v!),UU 12x12 Martini nylon shag plush $95.00 12xl0'9" Avocado superweight Kodel plush $95.00 12x12 Harvest tones nylon mini shag !p/3.UU 15x8'6" Grecian Olive carved 501 nylon .pOtl.UU SAINT ALBANS STORE 12x9 Sautern short and thick nylon shag $62.00 12x8 Pure white plush shag nylon po3.UU 12xll'3" Black and green Artificial astroturf $75.00 12x9'3" New gold deep embossed polyester scroll 5DO.UU 12xl2'6" Sky Blue sculptured nylon shag $98.00 12x9 Rust and avocado heavy weight nylon scroll «pi Z.UU 12xl0'9" Beige tip-sheared loop all wool $59.00 ROLL ENDS OF ROLLS! | AVAILABLE AT BOTH LOCATIONS f| 12x40 Celery heavy nylon shag $5.99 SQ. yd. :$| 12x72 Avocado sculptured DuPont 501 nylon .... $4.99 SQ. yd. ·$£ 15x95 Moss tone on tone Carved DuPont 501 nylon $5.99 SQ. yd. X-X 12x76 Mood Indigo heavy nylon stand up shag .. $7.99 SQ.yd. x-X- 12x90 Style tile rust Patterned Kitchen carpet $5.99 SQl yd. -$X; 12x55 Floridian Sunset Carved Polyester shag ... $7.99 SQ.yd. :·:·:·:· 12x66 Tabasco embossed DuPont 501 nylon $4.99 SQ. yd. v'lg 12x53 Mosaic gold patterned kitchen carpet $6.99 SQ. yd. §£ 12x52 ' Serene red mini polyester shag . $0.99 SQ.yd. :·:·:· 12x65 Spring melon tite gauge commercial nylon . Jo."" SQ.yd. X;X; 12x39 Copper Bronze heavy nylon shag $5.99 SQ. yd. :$£ 12x97 Glory gold carved DuPont 501 nylon $4.99 SQ. yd. SS 12x51 Pineapple luxury nylon shag $8.99 SQ. yd. $·:·: 15x72 Sapphire blue embossed DuPont 501 nylon $4.99 SQ.yd. :*X: 12x67 Green pepper carved polyester shag $7.99 SQ.yd. : : X* 12x57 Spanish accent heavy nylon loop .' $6.99 SQ.yd. v:j 12x97 Lagoon Mist nylon mini shog $4.99 SQ.yd. i-i-S 15x42 Nile green carved Kodel plush $8.99 SQ. yd. $ m 1 m I Handsomely styled for budgets We stick our "knows" in your business when it comes to carpet. We get right on yourteam as a carpet advisor. We want to put our know-how to work for you, that's why we've selected some of our best carpet to offer at a special price to save money. Choose from: a subtle, swirling pattern made of lustrous and regular continuous Nylon, a new look carpet "stain-resistant", wear resistant in 8 scenic stealing colors (12 15' widths) or a multi-colored Nylon twist handsomely styled for young budgets. Nylon for long, long wear and practical easy maintenance. Available in 9 decorator colors (12' width). Witness Circuit Conference Due J e h o v a h ' s W i t n e s s e s of Charleston will be host to a two-day circuit conference of ministers June 22-23. The conference, to be held in Municipal Auditorium, will bring together 23 congregations from western and central sections of West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. More than 1,500 are expected to attend. The program will f e a t u r e talks, discussions and dramatizations. Speaker will be Paul A. Allen, district overseer from the world headquarters of the Watchtower Society in Brooklyn, N.Y. Recipe for a Beautiful Kitchen Exciting kitchen prints, some with Scotchgard ... our lowest. price ever! How to make an investment in carpeting you won't regret, this beautiful 100% DuPont Nylon, colorset in 6 colorations with rubber loc bac. Need more... this tough carpet has Scotchgard Brand Carpet Protector. Or an exciting print we call "kitchen aid" and what makes it so exciting is the easy care and great good looks. Choose fcorn: Buckskin, Ginger Bark, Charcoal Bronze, Mayan Gold and Aztec Copper. Something to shout about from Custom at such a tiny price. BANKAMERICARD. Great style at a Great Price In this sophisticated world, it's hard for people to believe that anything really good can be a bargain. At Custom, we've got something we're really proud of, an exciting pattern nylon in 11 solid or tweed colorations to spark your decorating imagination. Durable, easy to clean-hi-lo loop pattern (12 15' widths). Or a DuPont 501 sculptured Nylon in 5 natural colors: Eternal Fire, Brass, Skipper Blue, Avocado, Capri Green, Tobasco. (12* width) Great style for a great price from Custom. 1 ·x-x It's good to hear from you! Just give us a call we'll let you "Window Shop" carpet at home. Our "professional salesmen -will bring samples of these Big Savers to you for easy selection in the comfort of your home. Charleston Store Ph: 9 2 5 - 4 9 3 1 4 2 1 8 MaeCorkle Ave., Kanawhti City Open: Mon., Thurs., Fri. 9A.M.-9P.M. fues., Wed., Sot. 9 A.M.-5 P.M. St. Albans Store Ph: 727-2948 St. Albans Plaza Open: Men. thru Fri 10:00 A.M.-9 P.M. Sat. 10-5 Sun, 1-7 PITY. At Custom, we stand behind what we sell. So think about where you're going to shop before you shop. Look around town. Visit. Get the feel of a place. Shop shops. Try us on. We think we'll fit your needs very nicely. No matter how many carpet stores you try on. You s e e . . . we want your business. Charleston Store Ph. 925-4931 4218MaeCorkleAve., Kanawha City i V.V. 1 m INC. St. Albans Store Ph. 727-2948 St. Albani Plaza

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