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I have a Tiffany & Co. United States Military Academy (West Point) pin that's dated 1928 with the initials J.W.B. on the back. It's a long shot but anyway you could I.D. those initials? Any input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Brian

It's good to hear from you Brian.  Thanks for your interest in West Point.

You have a great find in that pin.  Fortunately I am able to help you.  My search began with graduates from the Class of 1928.  My primary reference is the "Register of Graduates and Former Cadets of the US Military Academy," published annually by the West Point Association of Graduates.  Per the "Register" there are actually seven graduates with first initial "J" and last initial "B" in that class!  The very last one is likely your man.

James Wilson Brown Jr was born in Louisiana and appointed from Arkansas.  He graduated with the Class of 1928 on June 9th and was commissioned in the Infantry.  Later he changed branch to the Army Air Corps.  He was Chief of Staff of the 2818 HQ Squadron in 1945-1947 where he was awarded the Commendation Ribbon. He  later served in the Headquarters at Bolling Air Force Base in Wash, DC.  He retired in 1958 as a Colonel and passed away on February 23, 1985 in San Antonio, TX.

So, it looks like you have a connection.  Enjoy the pin!!

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I can answer questions about admissions to West Point; about the history of West Point; about how to travel to West Point, where to eat, where to stay, etc.; and about West Point`s alumni organization, the West Point Association of Graduates.


I am a 1970 Graduate of West Point. I served six years on active duty and another 8 years in the active reserve. I have been actively involved as a Field Admissions Representative for over 20 years and have participated on my Congressman's Academy Selection Panel for over 25 years. I am actively involved in West Point Alumni affairs, serving in roles both with the West Point Association of Graduates and the local alumni chapter in Annapolis, MD. I also have two sons who graduated from West Point in 1995 and 2001. Both are veterans of the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. The 1995 Grad continues to serve on Active Duty in the Army.

Bachelor of Science, US Military Academy, 1970 Master of Science (Computer Science), The Johns Hopkins University, 1980

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