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View a eulogy for Earl Robert Kelton, USMA '64, who passed away on April 5, 2006.

Earl Robert Kelton

West Point, 1964

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Kay Henning Hopkins on May 29, 2020:

My dad was USMA Class of 1950. My granddad was Class of 1920. In 1961-1964, my dad was stationed at West Point as a Portuguese instructor, and we lived on the Post. Those were the best years of my childhood (ages 8-11). My mom resumed her love of acting and the theater, and I think she may have participated in one of the 100th night shows with Buddy.

As a "brat" living at West Point, I attended parades, and graduations. Many know that at the end of the graduation ceremony, the cadets throw their hats in the air. For some reason, as a kid, I was allowed to be at the ceremony, and I couldn't wait to go home with a cadet's hat. I somehow came upon Buddy who was holding his hat, and 2 young boys were pulling at his hat, and so I joined them. At this point, Buddy had 3 kids pulling on his hat, all hoping to "win" it. I remember him saying. "Hey, boys. Let the young lady have it!". So I came home with Buddy's hat, and I kept it for years. I no longer have it (I'm 67!). I wish I did, so I could give it to his family. Over the years, when I would visit my dad, I would look at his "Assembly" magazines and see if the Class of 64 would have a post about Buddy, and where he was. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. Blessings to his family.

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