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Reflections on Vietnam and the West Point Class of 1966

Reprinted with permission from the Kansas Bar Journal

The iconic Class of 1966 at West Point, featured in Rick Atkinson‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam War saga “The Long Gray Line,” included Atlanta of counsel William M. “Bill” Poole, a Wyoming native who declined a Notre Dame scholarship offer to attend the military academy. At graduation, he chose the Infantry branch, attended Airborne and Ranger schools, and then was a platoon leader, company commander, and aide de camp to the commanding general of Berlin, Germany. He spent a year in the Mekong Delta advising local leaders on democratic elections, among other roles. Click here to read the Kansas Bar Journal’s profile of Mr. Poole and two of his classmates from the Class of 1966.