Few writers have had as much help as I have been given during the last four years. Every individual on the following list has contributed to my efforts. Some have assisted my research; some have provided material support by long and objective oral interviews; others gave advice and moral support. Several have read my manuscript and given me astute and positive comments. Others gave me materials from their personal files. To each and every individual I give my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.
My work has been made incalculably easier by the help of many individuals. Thomas K. McManus has given me complete support and advice and has served more or less as my father confessor; without his help and encouragement this work probably would not have been started, let alone completed. Lieutenant General Dave R. Palmer while Superintendent assisted in every possible way, including submitting to an extensive series of oral interviews. His successor, Lieutenant General Howard Graves, has continued Dave's support.
Brigadier General Paul Berrigan; Lieutenant General Garrison H. Davidson, former Superintendent, USMA; Thomas K. McManus, and Colonel Arthur Roth, all Class of 1927, were my advisors, "murder board," readers, and energetic supporters. General Berrigan and Mr. McManus made it possible for each member of the West Point Class of 1992 to recieve a copy of my history from the Class of 1927 in observance of the sixty-fifth anniversary of its graduation.
Colonel John K. Robertson has been a blessing. He has been one of my readers, provided computer support and advice, shared his own research in early West Point history and his in-process catalog of officers stationed at the Academy, Who Was Who, 1802-1990. During his own research in the National Archives,