View a eulogy for Gerald George Chikalla, USMA '55, who passed away on June 7, 2008.
Gerald George Chikalla
West Point, 1955
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by James E. Drummond on June 18, 2008:
Chik quickly became the most recognizable member of our Class that initial summer of 1951. He had a distinctive rugged, tough appearance that told all who came in contact with him, "that here's a soldier". He maintained that strong physical appearance throughout his career. He simply looked the part of a leader; he inspired confidence in his soldierly abilities from first-meeting; and certainly his distinguished combat record and decorations bore that out.
As we never had the opportunity to serve together on active duty, I only learned another side of Jerry after we had both retired ... and from a young Air Force Captain at Langley AFB in the early 1990's. This young officer was a Norwich University graduate during "Colonel Chik's" days as PMS&T. I was treated to at least 100 tales of Chik's exploits as a teacher, a mentor, a coach and supporter and a friend of emerging young professionals. Jerry was indeed legendary at Norwich and he put his brand of leadership in each of associates there.
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