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    The "Class That Stars Fell On"
    Important Collection from the West Point Class of 1915, United States Military Academy

    Collection of Brigadier-General John Nicholas Robinson, 1915 U.S.M.A., West Point Classmate of President Dwight Eisenhower and General of the Army Omar Bradley, including: a copy of The 1915 Howitzer signed by Cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower and most members of the Class of 1915; a large class photograph (14" x 11") taken at Gettysburg, May 3, 1915; Five Year Book, Class of 1915. U.S.M.A., West Point; an embroidered silk armband from the Class of 1915, 15.5" x 3.5"; photograph of the 30th reunion of the Class of 1915, Cap D' Antibes, France June 2, 1945; two photographs from the reception President Eisenhower hosted for the Class of 1915 at the White House, May, 25, 1953; a large (11" x 14.25") illustrated program and two photographs from the 40th class reunion, West Point, 1955; photo & menu from the 50th class reunion, West Point, 1965; printed materials and a photograph from the 55th reunion, West Point, 1970; and the USMA Class of 1915 sterling four piece coffee service with each piece bearing the unique crest of the class, Bailey, Banks & Biddle. Each class of the United States Military Academy purchases one sterling coffee service to be given as a present to the bride of the first cadet to marry after graduation. This is the coffee service for the Class of 1915.

    The United States Military Academy Class of 1915 is known as the "Class That Stars Fell On". Fully 61 of the 164 men in the West Point Class of 1915 attained general's rank, including two generals of the army, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, plus two generals, seven lieutenant generals, and 50 major generals and brigadier generals.

    This unique collection of the Class of 1915 belonged to Brigadier-General John Nicholas Robinson (1893-1978). General Robinson commanded the 201st Regiment (1940-1943), was the commandant of Fort Richardson (1943-1944); and, Commanding General 89th Division (1944-1945) before retiring in 1949.

    It is interesting to read the entries in The 1915 Howitzer. Cadet Omar Bradley's class biography is particularly prophetic, "...if he keeps up the clip he's started, some of us will someday be bragging to our grandchildren that 'sure, General Bradley was a classmate of mine'"

    Bradley writes in the Five Year Book, Class of 1915, "Now, if I had only stood high in B.S. like [Clesen Henry] Tenney, Ike Eisenhower and some others, maybe I could write something worth reading, but being a goat in B.S. my attempt will be rather poor." Another classmate, Frederic William Boye asked, "How did Ike Eisenhower get to be a Lieut. Colonel?" A temporary rank Eisenhower held from October 1918-June 1920.

    Omar Bradley (1893-1981) became a General of the Army serving as commanding general, lst Army, 12th Army Group European Theater in World War II; Army Chief of Staff (1948-1949); and first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-1953).

    Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) also became a General of the Army serving as Supreme Commander Allied Forces Europe (1943-1945), Army Chief of Staff (1945-1948), and President of the United States (1953-1961).


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    June, 2008
    12th-13th Thursday-Friday
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