A NOTE TO YOU FROM OUR VENERABLE PROFESSOR/OCS HISTORIAN/ AUTHOR AND
14 YEAR BOARD MEMBER DR. MILTON M. MCPHERSON
Released On:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
A NOTE TO YOU FROM OUR VENERABLE PROFESSOR/OCS HISTORIAN/ AUTHOR AND
14 YEAR BOARD MEMBER DR. MILTON M. MCPHERSON

Some of you may remember the appeal I made for donations to the OCS Alumni Association several years ago, which involved my story of a priest and a wine cask.  To spare our overworked part-time secretary additional work, I rented a P.O.box at the Fort Benning Post Office with an easily remembered number—our office address was hard to remember.  Some members relayed to our Secretary-Treasurer; “McPherson must be planning to steal the money!”  Because of my faux pas only about 300 of 1500 members (at that time) responded, but the total donated was more than $19,000!  As I was reflecting on this the other day, I began thinking about if every current member were to kick in generously like those 300 faithful; along with the income generated by our Executive Director Kathy Malaney Herculean 24/7 efforts to raise operating funds through commissions on sales of distinctive clothing and class memorabilia to OCS Classes; new member dues; and finally, the sale of the OCS History book “The Ninety-Day Wonders”, we could meet our annual operating requirements for the future.

Soon after joining our association in April 1997, I learned that there was no book-length history of OCS.  I decided to write a history of OCS, which was a critical factor in the allied victory in WWII.  Most of what I’ve accomplished in life, which is considerable, I ascribe to the pluck and discipline OCS gave me.  That is likely true for each of you.  The least I could do was to write the best history of OCS I could write.

I was widowed in 1984, retired as an American/Military History professor at Troy University, Troy Alabama, in 1989 and enjoyed a considerable income from my patrimony.  I was free to travel as necessary to do research on the book.  Research for the OCS History required almost three years and cost about $19,000.  I gave the copyright of the book and 1,000 (paid for) copies of the book (value $13,200) to the Alumni Association.  This OCS History written and upgraded by a qualified Military Historian can be a significant source of income for the Association for decades to come.  A revised 2nd Edition is now available.

It is my dream that every OCS graduate and alum will purchase a copy of the history to benefit the U.S. Army Officer Candidate Schools Alumni Association.   You can order the book from the office.  If you and possibly an OCS friend—would very much like to have a copy but would rather pay for it/them later just write or call me and I will autograph pay for and mail you a copy.  You can pay me later.  That’s how important I think this book is to an OCS graduate.

From the organization of the Alumni Association in 1987 until 2003 our administrative work was done in Columbus, GA on the “kitchen table” of LT (Ret) Chet Aldefer and his legally blind wife.  Because of his wife’s death and his health, Chet had to give up his volunteer “job”.  We had to transition into renting and equipping an office and hire a secretary.  About 80+% of our members are life members and pay no annual dues.  Until 2005 our annual dues were only $20 per year.  Our current operating expenses are about $50,000 a year (you know, rent, utilities, telephone, awards, and a salary, etc).  Only Ms. Kathy Malaney, our Executive Director, is paid by our association.  Volunteer Officers and Directors who live in other states and locally are usually required to meet in Columbus/Ft. Benning four to six times a year at considerable personal expense.

I said all that to say this!  I encourage you to purchase the OCS History as a part of developing operating funds for your association.  The entire purchase price, less a modest printing cost, goes to the Alumni Association.  You can be a part of the fine OCS tradition (that is now in its 70th year) and help USAOCSAA serve its Alumni and the young men and women who carry on the OCS tradition of the future.  Thank y’all.  


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