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View a eulogy for Richard Allan Puckett, USMA '64, who passed away on February 4, 2017.

Richard Allan Puckett

West Point, 1964

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Dave Stepek on February 10, 2017:

Dick Puckett and Ralph Corley were my roommates during Yearling Year. I spent a lot of time lifting weights and working out in order to try to make the Army Football Team. I nearly flunked out owing to my lack of love for yearling calculus. I managed to recover and was proficient by nine tenths following the WGRs. Dick and Ralph didn't offer to help, because I didn't ask for help. They did, however enjoy harassing me. I slept on the top bunk, over Corley on one side of the alcove wall, and Dick was on the other side. Owing to a couple of broken noses, I snored like a train. When it got too bad, Ralph would kick straight up under my mattress to wake me, but that was only the beginning and I was not aware of what they were doing for a couple of months. Apparently, partially awake, I would sit up in bed, leap to the alcove railing, swing to the floor (like an ape), and walk around the desks to look out the window at the clock tower in the middle of Central Area, satisfy myself that there was still time for more sleep, leap up and grab the alcove railing and swing back up into the top bunk and go back to sleep. They finally told me that this used to happen a couple of nights every week for several months. Dick finally told me that it was some of his and Ralph's favorite entertainment. Dick had a very acute and sophisticated sense of humor, and he was a great friend. Be thou at peace, roommate.

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