View a eulogy for Arthur George Bonifas, USMA '66, who passed away on August 18, 1976.
Arthur George Bonifas
West Point, 1966
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Brig. Gen. Ramon M. Ong (Ret) Philippine Army on May 9, 2002:
From 1987 to 1989, I was the Military Attache to Korea and the Philippine Liaison Officer to the United Nations Commission Military Armistice Command (UNCMAC). As such, I used to visit Camp Bonifas several times a month to attend conferences or to meet with the "bad guys" - our counterparts from North Korea and the Peoples Republic of China. And I actually got to sit across the negotiating table from those guys and trade accusations and denials! It was really amazing to see how the Armistice was orchestrated by both sides. I got to know every nook and cranny of Camp Bonifas and the wide stretches of the Demilitarized Zone. I learned very early the story of the brave CPT Bonifas and the controversial tree. We were Cadets together at West Point for one year, but I do not recall meeting him.
I enjoyed my life in Korea and my experiences at Camp Bonifas. This name will forever be a part of U.S. Military History and my personal memories.
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