How 1963 Army - Navy game helped nation heal from death of President John F. Kennedy




Nov. 22, 2013

By Hank Gola / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Roger Staubach was in Bancroft Hall at the Naval Academy 50 years ago today, preparing to go to his thermodynamics class. Up at West Point, Rollie Stichweh was making his way across campus to his electrical engineering class. Together, the two opposing quarterbacks were moving toward the following Saturday's Army-Navy game.

Then something got in the way.

"A cadet leaned out of a barracks window and screamed, 'The President has been shot.' I think he said it two or three times," remembers Stichweh with the same clarity of the moment that everyone alive then and now still has. "We knew immediately this was very serious. This was not someone fooling around.

"We continued on to class. Forget the class. Everyone was overwhelmed with this news. I was in shock. I could not believe it, and everything seemed to come to a stop at that point."

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