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View a eulogy for Charles Thomas Connatser, USMA '70, who passed away on October 24, 1970.

Charles Thomas Connatser

West Point, 1970

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Col. Genous S. Hodges III on July 15, 2008:

Everyone in A-2 knew Charlie's address--Cittico st. in Tenn. 38 years later I still remember. He loved his heritage and was best known for his upbeat personality. He always found the best in every situation. While we were all trying to get through airborne and ranger schools, living 2 to room, all of us had our hands full, yet Charlie was living his dreams. He bought two things he had always wanted, a bass electric guitar w/amplifier and a Suzuki motorcycle. Always the generous cadet, Charlie would let me ride his cycle whenever I wanted. As we were all planning our future careers, it came as a grievious shock to the entire class when we learned that the motorcycle and the highways around Columbus, Ga. were the demise of one of our happiest West Point graduates.

The Army never got the chance to embrace an innovative leader and vivacious officer. I think of him often and miss him always.......

Genous S. Hodges III Col (ret)
company A-2 USCC
Asheville, N.C.

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