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View a eulogy for Richard Allen Boerckel, USMA '65, who passed away on July 7, 2018.

Richard Allen Boerckel

West Point, 1965

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Harry Joyner on July 11, 2018:

I was so saddened to hear of Rich Boerckel's death. Rich and I were plebe year roommates in L-2. I was from Texas, and a long way from home; Rich was from Feasterville, PA. Since he was much closer to home, his parents visited often, and soon made me an adopted member of their family. I visited their home several times and grew to love his parents. Rich was a member of the gymnastics team; I remember his events were the rings, and free floor exercise. We had a great year together, but subsequently lost track of each other. After I had left the Army, comleted dental school, and joined the Air Force, I was stationed at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. I somehow found out that Rich was stationed at Ft Sam Houston. We managed to get together, and had a great evening catching up on what each other had been doing - it was as though we were back in plebe year. Rich and his family made my plebe year so much better; I will be forever grateful for the friendship. In my experience as a dentist I am well aware of the pain and agony associated with throat cancer. Therefore, my fervent prayer for Rich is that he knew Christ, and that he is now in a much better place!

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