West Point ’41 follows the lives of a close-knit group of officers that graduate from West Point together in 1941 and are then catapulted from one conflict into another — World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War and for some, Vietnam. The officers struggle with the tumult of wars and early command, with godforsaken places and forgotten comrades. At times they rely on rigid training to survive, but in other instances it is their unorthodox approaches and experimentation that prove the critical difference between life and death — and in their successes in war and peace. In eras of unheralded military latitude, they are permitted to be entrepreneurs, “gazing unfettered into the future,” able to make indelible marks on America. All the while, they cling tightly to moral courage that is often tested and hold firm to the bonds that are so paramount to those of the “Long Gray Line.”
West Point ’41 is driven by first-person recollections of about a dozen key officers still alive today, many who reveal never-before-disclosed incidents of historic importance. Highlights include:
Over the decades, setbacks among the class are many, but the successes are greater still. They create the first computer command center, help develop nuclear energy, experiment with drones, and parlay military advancements into civilian life. Those that remain, now all in their 90s, come together once more to share their tales of “Duty, Honor, Country,” the West Point creed by which they have tried to live their lives. Through the saga of this group of military friends, readers are carried through the transformation of America as it struggles over more than half a century for its identity and for peace.
Anne Kazel-Wilcox has 20-plus years of writing and journalism experience. She’s roamed the world writing travel articles for over a decade having authored nearly 100 features published in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun and Miami Herald. She’s covered spice markets in Morocco, tracked jaguars in Costa Rica, partaken in “extreme driving” adventures in Canada, and infiltrated Stalin’s hidden bunker in Moscow, among other exotic adventures about which she’s written.Her passion in recent years, however, is teaming with he...
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