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View a eulogy for Harold A. Jenkins, USMA '65, who passed away on September 26, 2020.

Harold A. Jenkins

West Point, 1965

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Bob Frank on October 2, 2020:

Even in the First Regiment, Hal's speed and sense of humor were legendary. I never got to socialize with him as a cadet. That all changed when we got to Ft. Campbell. Hal was a fellow 'Geronimo,' that is, a member of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. We were proud of our unit's heritage first as an airborne test bed, then as a storied WWII combat unit. And, as Art Mark noted, Hal became the battalion commander of 1/501 as a second lieutenant!

I was lucky enough to make up for the missed opportunities at West Point. Somewhere around Labor Day, Hal and I were at the Hospital Annex O-Club celebrating his upcoming wedding. Actually, I was doing the imbibing while Hal was drinking soda. After over-indulging, I was strongly invited back to Hal's BOQ room to sleep it off. Next morning, I awoke on the floor and found that Hal was already gone - headed for South Carolina and a wedding. The next time I saw him, he was a married man. And to what a lovely partner!

On my way back to Vietnam in 1969, I stopped at Ft. Benning. Laverne and Hal gave me shelter and kept me on the straight and narrow. Their generosity and hospitality was most appreciated. I would see both of them again at West Point when I joined the faculty. It was then that I learned Hal was one of the most admired Tacs, a distinction that came as no surprise.

Hal was always a 'class act,' but he upped his game when he married Laverne. They were a great team, and I am deeply saddened that the team is down a man.


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