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View a eulogy for Michael William Pettit, USMA '69, who passed away on February 17, 2012.

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:

1/1/2012 12:42PM

"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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