CWO Christopher Edward Nohe

CWO Christopher Edward Nohe

Death 17 Jan 2000 (aged 56)
Burial Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3 Plot 993
Memorial ID 58412096 · View Source
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Chris was my roommate for part of his time at the Academy. If we were evaluated on dedication alone, Chris would have ranked very high in the class, among the best. Chris was from the Baltimore area and his lifelong dream was to attend West Point. When not admitted the first time he applied, he attended college and tried again. That cycle repeated several times until he was admitted with our class. Some of his time at WP was legendary but never was his dedication to the Academy or the Army in question. His misfortunes led to his departure but rather than giving up, he enlisted and headed for Germany. Before we graduated, I got a letter from Chris with a simple request. His first sergeant's son had a patch collection and didn't have a West Point patch. He simply asked if I could get one and send it to him. I accomplished that mission.

Several years after graduation, I was TDY at Fort Belvoir for a course before going to VN. Ran into Chris in the mess hall one evening. At the time, I recall that he was a WO1 working in the mapping business. He told me his plan for the future which included getting the Army to send him to get his masters degree (a first at that time for a WO in the Army). Once he got his degree, he planned to petition the Army to get his commission and his hope was to get a date of rank with us. At the time, I remember thinking to myself that it was a nice dream but not going to happen. Several years later, I noted in a Corps of Engineers newsletter that CWO Nohe had been awarded his masters degree, a first for a CWO. The rest of his dream might have come true if the 70's had not brought the end of the war in VN and reductions in force.

Chris continued with the Army and I believe he served a 20 year career. When I was attending the Advanced Course at Belvoir, Chris was stationed there with the topo folks. He was married and I recall had one child.

I left Belvoir after the course and didn't see Chris again until years later when he attended one of our class luncheons in the DC area. Don't remember the year but it was not too long after that when I saw the notice that he had passed away.

As I said earlier, Chris was a truly dedicated soldier. He loved the Academy and the Army. I think his career as a CWO was a perfect match for his dedication and knowledge. His little bumps in life served only to strengthen his resolve. He knew what he wanted to do and went about doing it the best way he could.

Fritz Ernst
Class of 1966, USMA

Chris stayed in the Army and retired as a W-4 with a little over 22 years of service in 1987. He spent the bulk of his career at the Defense Mapping School at Ft. Belvoir in Northern Virginia, although his last duty station was in Hawaii. He then had a private sector career primarily in Northern Virginia until shortly before his death on 17 January 2000. Marty Nohe is Chris's son; email:

From Ron Meier, Class of "66 USMA, Contributor #48151559

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  • Maintained by: Peyton Ligon
  • Originally Created by: John Boyd
  • Added: 9 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 58412096
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