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View a eulogy for Rodney Lee Waterstrat, USMA '55, who passed away on February 20, 2001.

Rodney Lee Waterstrat

West Point, 1955

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Lynn Waterstrat on July 9, 2010:

Rod was a very important part of my life growing up. He was 6 years older than me but, as the years passed, we became closer together. Rod would regale me with stories about cadet life. He was the first to wish me well when I was drafted into the Army. He also gave me advice. Some of which I used and some of which I knew he was pulling my chain. He could do that with a straight face. That is what I admired about him. His dry sense of humor,

Growing up with a role model like Rod was hard to do. He was a super achiever and that is where I tried to emulate him with little success I must admit.

Rod was not only my big brother, he was my friend. I very often think of the times we had together when he was on leave and in later life when we both retired. There are many stories I could tell but they shall be part of my life with Rod. I know that this eulogy is long over due, but I miss my big brother.

I shall never forget the words of a member of "The Club", a retired Admiral, as he presented the flag to Elaine, at his memorial service. "There is a saying borne on The Plain at West Point that old soldiers never die they just fade away, and Rod has just faded away."

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