Louis T. Tebodo
West Point, 1955
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by James E. Drummond on June 25, 2008:
Lou, you have been a treasured friend since Beast Barracks where we first met during C Squad football screening. With a pedigree that featured "South Bend, Indiana" as a home-town, and your play on the freshman team at the U. of Indiana, you were a lock-in to make the squad. The rest of us had to work at it.
Our four years as cadets drew us closer togother ... I'll never forget you stepping in and filling out Co. F-1 with file-closers when we went to Washington to march in the funeral of General Charles B. Summerall in May 1955. We often laughed in later years as you had spent the weekend at West Point entertaining Kate; Bill Hadly and I had spent that Sunday, as all good firsties should, at Sullivan's, just ouside the 25 mile mile limit. Bill and I rolled in just prior to supper formation to find you had already done all the work.
After graduation, we were both assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg, Germany ... I was in Howitzer Battery; you went to Fox Troop. Kate was delayed due to quarters availability while you quickly became the #1 lieutenant, ARMOR, in the battalion. Your platoon spent a lot of time in Kronach patrolling the Chzek border and your work there further strengthened your reputation for professionalism.
We contacted Todd and Sue Graham in September 1956 when they arrived and were stationed just outside of Nurnberg and we had some memorable weekends.
About that time, I was introduced to the sister of our Bamberg-dentist by Kate. Helen Hillman, just completing her sophomore year at Wm. and Mary, became my wife December 1958.
In two plus years, we gyro-ed home to Fort George G. Meade, MD in early spring 1958 ... enabling me to court Helen and to propose in your quarters living room in July of that year. You stood up with me in December as my best man, and Kate was one of Helen's bride's maids in Norton, Va.
That fall, you had left the 3rd Cav and had become the Aide to the Deputy Commanding General, 2nd US Army, there at Fort Meade. The following spring, you made the decision to resign your commission and follow a civilian career. Tough loss for the Army!!!!!
You went to work for General Motors and had a distnguished career in their foreign automobile manufacturing plants ... in Great Britain, then in Argentina, and later somewhere in Europe. You became harder to track during these mid-career days although infrequently we would hear from you. You came back to West Point for the graduation of Chipper Rice and Sam Johnson in 1982 where we saw you ... and then again you disappeared.
I heard from Charlie Johnson that you were in Saudi Arabia. Alas, I didn't hear from you again until Helen died in 2001.
God Bless you! You and Kate asked me down to visit with you in Puerto Rico, and your thoughtfulness helped me through that rough period.
You joined me again when I re-married four years later and Jeanne was welcomed with the same warmth and love as when you were with me at my first marriage.
We were together at the 50th and after 54 years, our friendship was as warm and close as it been during our early days together. Lou, I could not have hoped for a better, more loyal friend over the years ... unless it could have been one who kept in better touch. But then, no one is perfect.
Rest in Peace, dear friend and honored soldier.
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