Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

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Homecoming at West Point.  Driving in the gate elicits such vivid emotion for me.  Strange irony…I spent four years here, surviving and trying to ‘escape’…now I am constantly drawn back to my ‘Rock-bound Highland Home’.  A photo from space of the Hudson River north of New York City.  You can see where the river narrows and makes a sharp bend around the ‘commanding plateau on the west bank of the river’.  General George Washington considered this place to be the most strategic position in America…’Fortress West Point’…

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near,
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let duty be well performed,
Honor be e'er untarned,
Country be ever armed,
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, 'Well Done;
Be Thou At Peace.'
E'er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day,
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

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1084 days ago

Homecoming at West Point. Driving in the gate elicits such vivid emotion for me. Strange irony…I spent four years here, surviving and trying to ‘escape’…now I am constantly drawn back to my ‘Rock-bound Highland Home’. A photo from space of the Hudson River north of New York City. You can see where the river narrows and makes a sharp bend around the ‘commanding plateau on the west bank of the river’. General George Washington considered this place to be the most strategic position in America…’Fortress West Point’…

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near,
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let duty be well performed,
Honor be e'er untarned,
Country be ever armed,
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, 'Well Done;
Be Thou At Peace.'
E'er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day,
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

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lindaleigh 1080 days ago

You are an example of this alma mater Commander Wheels...TY 4 your inspiration and virtue...

FavillaP 1082 days ago

Thank you for your memories and your wisdom. We always learn something new...

HimeIshida 1082 days ago

I think it's a unique experience, and if it's a good one, it's nice to remember and think about it sometimes. As always, your words arouse my curiosity, so that I can learn something more each time. Thank you! :)

STfangirl 1083 days ago

Happy Bday! :-)

Kikucchi 1083 days ago

love the majestic Hudson river, rocks, forest... happy to see astro_w tweeted on oct 1 \(^o^)/ my birthday 51st (^_^;) so proud to be generation of 60's :-)) 1960 rocks!

STfangirl 1083 days ago

More memories... please... :-)

Geshiela 1084 days ago

I love catching up with old friends during homecoming...memories of things that will never be the same...