View a eulogy for Earle Howard Helgerson, USMA '70, who passed away on April 2, 2003.
Earle Howard Helgerson
West Point, 1970
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Bob Crigler on September 23, 2016:
Earle and I were competitors!
We started in grade school on the football team. He was offense and I was defense. My first competitive block with him resulted in a chipped front tooth that I carry with me today. He helped me realize that football was not my forte.
Next we had girlfriends that we always were comparing. He did good, so did I.
Grades - that was a hard one. Earle was one smart SOB and trying to keep up with him was impossible. Bob Miller and I tried but some how Earle always got the right answers!
Good looks. - Miller had the girls and Earle and I coasted. You would think otherwise but wiley Miller was a ladies man!
Best Friends - Definitely, Earle and Bob Miller were bestie, no getting around that. Lived close by and always hung out. I was a third wheel and proud of it. We had some good times.
Moving On - Earle deserved West Point more than anyone! Top in academics, ROTC and character! To hear of his loss is a tremendous loss to my memories. I may have not been his best friend growing up (aka Roberto Miller) I felt I was damn close and so proud to know him!
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