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Memories Class of 1961

Jane Friday

Jim Friday and I were both 1961 graduates of Wheeling College. Life was good - we became engaged at graduation
and I pinned Jim's 2"d Lieutenant Marine Corps bars on that same day along with Pete May, pinned by Pat Cipoletti,
and Denny Keogh, pinned by his Sister. We were married that December and were immediately immersed in military
life - Supply School at Camp Lejeune, SC and then on to Camp Pendleton CA. We were fortunate in that Pete and Pat
were also stationed at Pendleton so we were not totally without support even though 3000 miles from families. Life
was really good! We promptly were expecting our first child to be born in November of 1962.

Life was still good! That is until the Cuban Crisis in November of 1962. Jim and Pete were deployed from San Diego,
CA, through the Panama Canal, to the Caribbean to enforce the blockade. Our child, Colleen arrived on Thanksgiving
Day, 1962. Life was not so good then - alone, with no family around. Thank God I had Pat May there. She came and
stayed with me when I brought Colleen home even though she herself was pregnant and green with morning sickness.
She was indeed a good friend. The Marine Corps would not send a notification to Jim about Colleen's birth (they were
only sending death notices). Fortunately Pat was resourceful - she went through Western Union and the announcement
of her birth is forever on the log of the USS Okanogan.

Life became good again because by the time the ships arrived at Cuba, the Crisis was over and the only contact Jim
had with Cuba was a drink in the Officers Club at Guantanamo Bay. Life became even better when Jim and Pete final-
ly returned to Camp Pendleton in January and we became an intact family again.

So with the help of a sense of adventure, commitment, and good friends, Life was good starting out -military style!!

Dennis Keogh by Jim Friday (original published June 2011)

After 50 years most of my heroes of notoriety have been tarnished by time and the truth. Could it
be time to look closer at our own circle of friends and acquaintances for those that might qualify as
"Hero"? A 1961 classmate of ours, Denny Keogh certainly qualifies as a hero to me and on reflec-
tion I hope may join your list of "hero worthy" special people. .

Denny was a straight-up guy; friendly to all, bright, serious, and honest to a fault. He was to be-    Dennis Keogh
come a class officer and Student Council President. During our sophomore year we were ap-
proached by the USMC recruiters to join their officer candidate PLC program after graduation. It
involved two six week summer boot camp programs between our sophomore and junior years. It
was in these sessions that we (Pete May, Denny and I) separately came face to face with reality. It
was earth shattering, trauma and pain, yet rewarding to each of us going forward.

Times and careers were molded. Families were started and cultivated. Denny, who had joined the state department,
was on assignment in Africa and we lost touch for a few years. When he returned to Washington Jane and I com-
mitted to get together with Denny, his wife Sue and children, Miles, Molly and Kate. We met on Super Bowl Sun-day
1984 at their home in Falls Church, VA. On April 15, 1984 Dennis was on a special mission by the State Department
to head a U.S. mission monitoring the disengagement of armed forces along the Namibian-Angolan border. in Africa.
It was to be a short term mission of less than 30 days. He was killed by an explosion at a fueling station. All sides to
the issue claimed innocence as to reason and responsibility for the occurrence. Most believe that it was done by those
not interested in the success of their peace making mission.

Denny, along with his military aide Lt. Col. Kenneth Crabtree who also was killed in the same attack, was returned to
the U.S. via Andrews Air Force Base on April 18th. Jane and I along with John Egan McAteer attended the very so-
bering military experience with comments directed by Lawrence Eagleburger, Under Secretary of State for Political
Affairs. Later that same day Dennis was buried with military honors including a horse drawn caisson and an 18 gun
salute at Arlington National Cemetery. George Shultz, Secretary of State and Chester Crocker, then Assistant Secre-
tary of Africa attended and contributed to the ceremony. It was solemn and moving. “Denny Keogh’s life was one of
service and love,” according to Chester Crocker in Denny's eulogy. “He was a profoundly religious man who knew
that we ennoble our-selves by a life of work to resolve the conflicts that are so much a part of world politics. Dennis
was a patriot, the best we breed in this country.”

Denny was all of that and “a friend.” He was dedicated to his family and country. He was a man of courage and prin-
ciple. He is rightfully a hero to all who knew him. His life still shines brightly.
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