Joseph Claude Neuman
West Point, 1970
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Jim Sullivan on August 3, 2014:
Big Joe Neuman,
Who can forget the 190 pound down lineman fighting 260 pound semi-professionals at the line of scrimmage, and who can forget the Navy game where Joe played the whole game with BOTH wrists broken and casted. That sums it up.
I served next to Joe on the border in 3rd ID, 30th Infantry - he was famous for firing a .45 in the orderly room during paycall when somebody tried to sneak a 20 out of his stack of bills. He was also famous for his remarkable stamina and toughness in the field, his excellence as an Infantry officer and his ability to lead a fractious and intractable sort of soldier, during the darkest days our Army has seen in some time.
When Big Joe was around, things were better.
When the cancer got him, he was brave and serene, and Jo Ellen stuck right close to him, all the way.
I miss Joe to this day, and think of him now and then when I think I am facing something tough. Nothing scared him.
Thank you, Brother. You are a good friend and a fine officer.
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