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View a eulogy for Donald Eugene Appler, USMA '65, who passed away on April 12, 2018.

Donald Eugene Appler

West Point, 1965

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by Hank Sterbenz on May 17, 2018:

Don Appler, Bob Bedell, Ed Armstrong, and I were all Beast Barracks (now, New Cadet Barracks) roommates in 6th New Cadet Company beginning 5 July 1961. Don had the foresight to bring a camera to West Point and the gumption to ask our First Beast squad leader (Wendy Gideon) to pose with our squad. That photo captured the 10 of us squad members who would later boast as being members of the "longevity squad" because all 10 of us graduated on 9 June 1965. Don remembered that 1961 photo and got the rest of us to pose for a photo as Firsties in the same relative positions as we stood together as New Cadets--both photos are on p. 272 of the 1965 Howitzer.
Our Army careers diverged, but we reconnected at several class reunions--we last stood together at the end of the reviewing line of the Alumni Review in May 2015.
Godspeed my friend--may God bless you.

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