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The Engineer Officers Candidate School Reunion Group



On Tue, 22 Sep 1998
Updated: 24 Mar 2008
Thorpe Mealing Email address wrote:

Looking for alumni The Engineer Officers Candidate School, Fort
Belvoir, VA, SEP 1951 - JUN 1954 (TEOCS, 51-54).

Reunion '08 to be in Nashville, Tenn




The Engineer Officers Candidate School



"Alumni of ENGR OCS, US Army, Fort Belvoir, VA, and of other branch
OCS who became Engineer qualified, your stories of OCS lessons learned
are wanted for a history of the program.

(The stories ultimately to be housed by Historian, The Engineer Center,
Fort Leonard Wood.)


Please contact:
E. T. Mealing, CL7, TEOCS (52)
TEOCSA
PO Box 14847, Atlanta, GA 30324-4847

Phone (404) 231-3402
Email: TEOCSA@comcast.net




Engineer OCS Information



Fwd: FEB 99 NEWSLETTER ARTICLE]

Information is being solicited from Army Engineer Officer Candidate
School graduates, as well as from other OCS graduates, who ultimately
served in the Engineer Branch.

Specifically, comments relating to all aspects of the program are
desired. This includes, but is not limited to historical information,
an evaluation of the training received, lessons learned, anecdotes, and
boigraphical sketches of Engineer OCS alumni.

Information and/or questions should be submitted to Col. E. Thorpe
Mealing, USAR, Ret., 729 Summit North Drive, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30324.
Tel: (404) 231-3402; e-mail: TEOCSA@comcast.net

Mealing is a 1952 graduate (Class 7) of The Engineer Officer Candidate School, Ft. Belvoir, VA.

Material collected will eventually be provided to Dr. Larry Roberts,
the Historian at the Engineer Center, Ft. Leonard Wood. It is expected
that the information will become a part of engineer history, and will
be used to the extent practicable for future training. The information
will also be shared with the Corps of Engineer Historian at Ft Belvoir,
Dr. Paul Walker.

In related issues, Colonel Thorpe would also like to hear if there is
interest in forming an Engineer OCS Association. Further, he would like
to determine the level of interest in holding periodic reunions of
Engineer OCS graduates, the first of which is being planned for October 1999 at Fort Leonard Wood.

End article




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Entry: 85709
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OCS ASSN. MINI REUNION

JOHN BOWLES SR. wrote on March 14, 2013


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: FORMER 575TH EBC, 92ND EBC, 1649 EN.

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Former Members of the The Engineer OCS Assn. (Ft.
Belvoir) are holding a Mini Weekend Reunion at the
Crystal City Marriott, DC, on April 19-21, 2013.
Email John Bowles (Engineer OCS Class 10-70) at
for details, ESSAYONS!!!


Keywords: N/A


Entry: 84479
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OCS CLASS 108-66

ARLYN ALESHIRE wrote on October 22, 2012

Email Update Needed

City and State: COPPELL TX

Unit: OCS 108-66 - SEVERAL AFTER THAT

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I have initiated a serch to locate my OCS Class 108-
66 classmates. Sixty-six graduated but so far I've
only been able to locate eight others. Three were KIA
in RVN and two are known to have passed away. I am
looking for any information that will assist in
finding the rest. Should you be able to refer me to
an organization that may assist or perhaps you know
of one of our graduates I would be happy to hear from
you.

Thanks in Advance


Keywords: Although I graduated from OCS as a Combat Engineer I
never had the opportunity to serve as one BUT I was
the HQ Company CO of the 593d GS Group in Vietnam and
served as Post Facility Manager at several locations
in Europe and the US.



Entry: 81627
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGR OCS MERGES WITH INFANTRY OCS

JOHN BOWLES SR. wrote on January 5, 2012


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: RETIRED

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The former TEOCSA has now merged with the USAOCSAA;
to join, go on-line. The next reunion is in April
2012 in Columbus, Ga. Hope to see you there.
ESSAYONS!! John Bowles


Keywords: Engineer OCS, 575th ECB, 92nd ECB, 159th Engr. Gp.
29th Engineer Bde (Combat) Viet Nam; The Engineer
Officer Candidate Association (TEOCSA), USA OCS
Alumni Assn.



Entry: 81626
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGR OCS MERGES WITH INFANTRY OCS

JOHN BOWLES SR. wrote on January 5, 2012


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: RETIRED

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: The former TEOCSA has now merged with the USAOCSAA;
to join, go on-line. The next reunion is in April
2012 in Columbus, Ga. Hope to see you there.
ESSAYONS!! John Bowles


Keywords: Engineer OCS, 575th ECB, 92nd ECB, 159th Engr. Gp.
29th Engineer Bde (Combat) Viet Nam; The Engineer
Officer Candidate Association (TEOCSA), USA OCS
Alumni Assn.



Entry: 79851
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL GRADS

JOHN BOWLES SR. wrote on August 2, 2011


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: 575TH EBC, 92ND EBC 1649TH ENGR DET

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: For all those interested,The Engineer Officer Candidate School Assn.(TEOCSA)Exec. Director COL(Ret) E.T.Mealing recently passed. TEOCSA has now merged with and became part if the US Army OCS Alumni Assn.in 2010.USAOCSAA was a predominately an organization of former Infantry OCS Graduates. The Association has a full-time Executive Director and an office located in Columbus, Ga. Any former Engineers from EOCS, Staff, Cadre or Tac Officers are eligible and are encouraged to go "on-line", fill out an Application and join with us. We're now planning a three-day, action packed reunion that will be held in Columbus/Ft. Benning on April 25th thru April 29th, 2012. Reuinon Registration can be done on-line. The Double Tree is the primary Hotel and is out near the Airport;it has 177 rooms. Reservations can be made by calling 706-327-6868 and mention the Group Name "OCS 2012" for the $110.00/ night room rate.The overflow Hotel will be The Hyatt Place in downtown Columbus, the phone number is#706-507-5000#; rooms there will be $159.00 per night but it has limited space#72 rooms#.This will be the first ever Reunion that will include all of us that were commssioned through EOCS at Ft. Belvoir; WWII, Korean War, and Viet Nam Era Grads.A draft Reunion Itinery is now available on-line thru USAOCSAA. There will be various skill demonstrations and equipment displays out at Ft. Benning; Golf will be available for those that can still play; side trips will include a visit to the new 100 Million Dollar, National Infantry Museum; a tour of the Civil War era Prison and National POW Museum at Andersonville, and a bus trip over to President Roosevelt's "Little White House" at Warm Springs, Ga. We're also planning on several "Mini-Reunions" for various Classes and, a larger "Mini-Reunion" for all the Engineers that will attend! Make your applications and reservations early; don't depend on finding accomodations out at Ft. Benning, since the Armor School recenty relocated from Ft. Knox, rooms/quaters are scrace and hard to find. Bring your spouce and join us for for what should be an outstanding Reunion...... ESSAYONS!

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Entry: 79849
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL GRADS

JOHN BOWLES SR. wrote on August 2, 2011


City and State: ORANGE PARK FL

Unit: 575TH EBC, 92ND EBC 1649TH ENGR DET

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: For all those interested,The Engineer Officer Candidate School Assn.(TEOCSA)Exec. Director COL(Ret) E.T.Mealing recently passed. TEOCSA has now merged with and became part if the US Army OCS Alumni Assn.in 2010.USAOCSAA was a predominately an organization of former Infantry OCS Graduates. The Association has a full-time Executive Director and an office located in Columbus, Ga. Any former Engineers from EOCS, Staff, Cadre or Tac Officers are eligible and are encouraged to go "on-line", fill out an Application and join with us. We're now planning a three-day, action packed reunion that will be held in Columbus/Ft. Benning on April 25th thru April 29th, 2012. Reuinon Registration can be done on-line. The Double Tree is the primary Hotel and is out near the Airport;it has 177 rooms. Reservations can be made by calling 706-327-6868 and mention the Group Name "OCS 2012" for the $110.00/ night room rate.The overflow Hotel will be The Hyatt Place in downtown Columbus, the phone number is(706-507-5000); rooms there will be $159.00 per night but it has limited space(72 rooms).This will be the first ever Reunion that will include all of us that were commssioned through EOCS at Ft. Belvoir; WWII, Korean War, and Viet Nam Era Grads.A draft Reunion Itinery is now available on-line thru USAOCSAA. There will be various skill demonstrations and equipment displays out at Ft. Benning; Golf will be available for those that can still play; side trips will include a visit to the new 100 Million Dollar, National Infantry Museum; a tour of the Civil War era Prison and National POW Museum at Andersonville, and a bus trip over to President Roosevelt's "Little White House" at Warm Springs, Ga. We're also planning on several "Mini-Reunions" for various Classes and, a larger "Mini-Reunion" for all the Engineers that will attend! Make your applications and reservations early; don't depend on finding accomodations out at Ft. Benning, since the Armor School recenty relocated from Ft. Knox, rooms/quaters are scrace and hard to find. Bring your spouce and join us for for what should be an outstanding Reunion...... ESSAYONS!

Keywords: N/A 


Entry: 75797
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
MESSAGE FROM A NON-GRADUATE

JAMES WILLIAMSON JR. wrote on August 14, 2010


City and State: CANTON NC

Unit: TEOCS CLASS 41

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: I did not make it through OCS (missed by one week), so it's possible that
no one will want to contact me, but I'm trying anyway.
After OCS, I got separated from active duty in 1953. I served in the active
reserves for six more years while attending first The Citadel, where I
graduated in three years with a BS in chemistry, the attended graduate
school at Clemson, where I got an MS in Organic Chemistry. I went to
work as a research chemist with Du Pont, retiring 33 years later as a
senior research chemist.

This is probably of little interest to my former OCS classmates, but I
thought I'd try anyway.


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Entry: 74877
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
SEARCH FOR CLASSMATES IN OCS

JAMES WILLIAMSON JR. wrote on May 30, 2010


City and State: CANTON NC

Unit: TEOCS CLASS 41

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Would like to contact former classmates

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Entry: 66593
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
UNIT ADDITION

RICHARD DANIEL wrote on July 21, 2008


City and State: AURORA CO

Unit: 151ST ENGR (C) BN, 1169 ENGR (C) GP

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Request the addition of the the two units that I served in during my tour in Korea during the period of Jan 1952 to April l953
Regards
R. Daniel


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Entry: 58811
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
MEMBERS OF CLASS #31 TEOCS, FT. BELVOIR, VA

C.J. BEYSSELANCE JR. wrote on September 8, 2006


City and State: SILVER SPRING MD

Unit: CLASS # 31, 2D BATT., COMPANY G

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: This is CJ Beysselance, "Bessie." Looking for my old friends from OCS. I'd like to hear from any of my company, but specially interested to hear from or about Al Agud or Joe Pazarella.

Keywords: C.J. Beysselance, aka, "Bessie."


Entry: 52415
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGR OCS (WWII TO PRESENT)

GEORGE BINSWANGER wrote on August 2, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: SARASOTA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Engr Div 1, CBI
990th Engr Bn (Topo)
484th Engr Bn (Const)
DOD, ACSFOR
HQ US Army Materiel Command


Keywords: Binsy

Enlisted - CE - 06/15/1941 (Pvt to S/Sgt)
Commissioned - CE - 5/12/43 (2LT to COL)Retired 06/30/1980 (Engr OCS - D12 -1942/43)
84th Engr Bn(CAM)
601st Engr Bn(CAM)
605th Engr Bn(CAM)



Entry: 34327
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OCS REUNION '03

THORPE MEALING wrote on May 22, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: ATLANTA GA

Unit: ENGINEER OCS, ALL YEARS

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Engineer OCS Reunion '03 will be in Reno, NV, 16 - 20 October. Please see Engineer OCS web page as additional information posted: http://www.teocsa.org

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Entry: 26146
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
MEMBERS OF CLASS #9 TEOCS-

CHARLES WAITE wrote on June 9, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Any members of Class #9, TEOCS ......
Ft. Belvoir ... 1951-52 out there????
Best known phrase and name in that class
was ....... Pull your chin in Mister Wolfmyer!!
Anybody remember that one ???????


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Entry: 18395
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
ENGINEER OCS, KOREAN WAR

THORPE MEALING wrote on August 1, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: ATLANTA GA

Unit: ENGR OCS AND 434 ENGR BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: ENGR OCS alumni, commanders, staff, faculty will have reunion in Arlington (DoubleTree Hotel) and at Fort Belvoir, VA, 12th - 15th October '01. For information contact The Engineer Officer Candidate School Association, PO Box 14847, Atlanta, GA 30324-4847 or email ENOCSA@earthlink.net

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Entry: 18124
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
CLASS 55A TEOCS

WILL R. CLACK wrote on July 21, 2001


City and State: WEATHERFORD TX

Unit: 811 AVIATION ENGINEER BN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I attrended OCS after I served in Korea.

I was a Teague K2 when I traded two loads of gravel for a ried in a T33 jet. It was quite a thrill and a lot better that the tournodozer that I was accostumed to flying.

I was promoted from Cpl to SFC while in Korea and was in charge of the equipment Platoon. The Pltn Officer was in Japan in the hospital and Bars.
I remember working around the clock to put down PSP at Tague. ON July 4, 1952, the were 700 sorties from Kimpo (K14). we were reworking the Runway and had half the runway under construction.
we worked at night and the Sabre Jets used it during the day.


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Entry: 16571
THE ENGINEER OFFICERS CANDIDATE SCHOOL
TAC OFFICER-TEOCS

ED H. (BILL) BERRY wrote on May 15, 2001


City and State: AUSTIN TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I was a Senior Tac Officer for 3 OCS classes from January 1952 to June 1953. I think I had Class 12 in B Company, then another class in B Company, and finally Class 55A in D Company. We were very proud of the graduates, most of whom went directly to Korea. Their training was very practical and the competition was intense. We were merciless in boarding out any who we thought might not be ready to hit the ground running. Does anybody remember the lively song "Double Timing" sung at the graduation party of one of the classes?

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