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View a eulogy for Arthur George Bonifas, USMA '66, who passed away on August 18, 1976.

Arthur George Bonifas

West Point, 1966

Be Thou At Peace

Posted by George Chester Chao, MS, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Class of 2009 on October 11, 2009:

Dear Sir: Major Arthur Bonifa, Class of 1966:

I will always remember you! When I was a teenager, I grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY. I will always remember clearly when I saw the NY Times and the CBS News on television,when you did perform your Duty well in Korea back in late summer 1976. I talked about you with other: US Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force Officers. It was the cherry tree clearing incident, when that ambush occured. I also remembered that you were an Instructor at USMA. I saw your pictures in the Howitzer and the Book:" The Long Gray Line."

Back in 1976, it was only about a week, my late Mom and Dad sent me to Carson Long Military Institute, a boys military school in central Pennsylvania in small rural town named: New Bloomfield, PA. This is just like NY Military Academy.

I always told Colonel Carson ER Holman, (RET), USMA Class of 1953: the Headmaster of Carson Long,about you and the USMA Class of 1966. Again, you were in the news before I departed Pougheepsie,NY for Carson Long. I am sorry for this tragedy and what was done.

I always knew that the DMZ area between North and South Korea is a very hostile area between the soldiers of North Korea and the Republic of South Korea Army Military Police. I also met your classmates. This is at both Carson Long and as a college undergraduate: William S. Otto, MD a former artillery officer and Robert Ramsey, a former Air Force pilot who later became a professor.You and the Class of 1966 USMA class, left a legacy in my life.I guess it can be a small world at times!

I appreciate your military service and the sacrifice you gave to the country. and others.I thank-you kindly! You performed your DUTY well, firm in your HONOR, and HONORABLY served your COUNTRY. The Military Concepts of: DUTY-HONOR-COUNTRY all came together. This is indeed!

Years ago, when I lived in the Hudson River Valley. I visited West Point often. I made sure that I came to your grave site by the Egbert Viele pyramid as well as visting Major Harry DeMetropolis, USMA 1939, the author of: The Cadet Prayer. Thirty three years went by quickly. However, my memories of you and the Long Gray Line will be unwaivered for the rest of my life.

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