Michael William Pettit
West Point, 1969
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Bill Bahr, USMA '69 on March 5, 2012:
I didn't know Michael at West Point, but I did have occasion to communicate with him several times this year on the West-Point.org USMA69 Forum.
Here is his debut email, just the second that greeted us that auspicious 2012 New Year's Day:
"On this beginning of what is hoped to be a wonderful year and the start of a trend of Beating Navy... There are so many learned minds on this forum and we mostly disagree or agree to disagree. I offer a subject that perhaps we can mostly all agree upon.
What followed were the following words with appropriate, accompanying pictures:
"Age 4: My dad knows everything.
Age 6: My dad doesn't know everything.
Age 8: Things were different in my dad's time.
Age 14: Dude, my dad's antique.
Age 21: My old man doesn't know $%^#.
Age 25: Dad knows some about this matter, but given his age, that's just normal.
Age 30: I think I should ask my dad's opinion about this matter.
Age 35: I'd never do anything without asking my dad's opinion first.
Age 50: What would my father do?
Age 60: My father was such a wise man. Wish he was here now. I'd learn a lot from him."
Wish you were here now, Michael. I/we could learn a lot from you!
And from the "Howitzer" -- 1969
"Michael William Pettit, Cincinnati, Ohio. G-4
"...he was a tremendous person and an everfaithful friend."
"Swimming 4, 3, 2, 1. Infantry."
USMA classmate, fellow Forum correspondent, and new-found friend, may you rest in peace....
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