West Point Ring is
found belonging to
LTC Edward Clement Mack, USMA 1925
Quote in italics
is by Class Scribe Marty Ganderson
Class Notes" in the ASSEMBLY Magazine, December/November 2006.
('61) has a story to share that stirs increased respect and gratitude
to those "who have pointed the way."
First, his words of appreciation to the Ring Recovery Committee: "I
received my father's class ring. Thank you so much for all of your efforts!
My children are as stunned and delighted as I am. What an unusual set
of circumstances! I am only sorry my mother did not live to see this
(she died in 1992). Please give my sincere and heartfelt thanks to all
who assisted you."
Now, the circumstances. A Class of '25 ring with the engraving that
appeared to be "E.C. Mack" was one of the two rings
that the committee acquired from the effects of a man who had been a
civilian contractor on Wake Island. After this man's capture, he ended
up in POW camp in Japan where the records show that John's father was
imprisoned as well. From that point the trail of events is uncertain.
What is certain however, is that the committee diligently traced the
ownership through the manufacturer Tiffany & Co. Tiffany's records
show that only one person in '25 purchased a sized 10 1/2 ring with
a faceted garnet stone, Edward C. Mack '25, John's father.
One committee member who carried out this mission explained. Both
graduates died in the POW camp only after unspeakable horrors of
the Bataan Death March, and then were transported to Japan aboard POW
ships which were sunk by our own aircraft. Yet they survived for another
POW camp in Japan before dying within a matter of months before the
May it be said, "Well done; be thou at peace."
Source: The Assembly
Magazine, December/November 2006, "1961 Class Notes", http://www.westpointaog.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1088
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