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U.S. Army ~ Ranger, Class 9-74

Ranger Class 9-74I earned my Ranger Tab in 1974, following the Infantry Officer’s Advanced Course–finishing as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of my class.  Aggie-Tough as LTC (US Army Ret.) Hubert T. Wagstaff described it at our ROTC Reunion this past weekend.

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Anniversary ~ Entered Active Duty, September 22, 1968–46 years ago…

2LT James A ArtisArrived at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Olson Hall, on this date 46 years ago, to attend the Infantry Officers Basic Course [IOBC].

I drove my 1968 Cougar XR7 from Fayetteville, North Carolina to Ft. Benning. Interesting drive into the deep-south in 1968, although uneventful,

I left my wife, Ann, behind. She was carrying our first child , who would be born in February and be named Sherry Monique.

I think of this day because it set my date-of-rank and because next month [10/25], several of us will gather in Greensboro, NC at NCA&TSU, to reminisce about our ROTC and active duty experiences. That gathering will also be 46 years since we were commissioned lieutenants.

High School Graduation ~ From the past [Diploma & Pic]

High School Graduation ~ From the past…

20th Reunion Celebration & 40th Reunion Celebration

Complete 1964 Commencement Program & Complete 40th Reunion Celebration Program @