Harry E Bohm
Crossed the Bar
May 1, 2015

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 Notice of Harry Bohm's death

From:  Chris Oberst on 12/16/15...see Chris's complete email below:

     This afternoon after reading the emails, I thought of calling Harry and thanking him for what he had done for me and for his friendship.  This time, however, instead of a phone number I found an Obituary notice dated May 1, 2015 for Harry E. Bohm.

From: David Engan
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 8:40:52 AM

    I've got a quick story to share about Harry. We were both on the Chincoteague for 3/C cruise to the Med.  Most of us were berthed in the upper handling room and let's just say quarters were tight. Harry and I were both on the starboard side aft and Harry got the bottom bunk inboard and thought that was fantastic because he wouldn't have to climb up. It turned out a little differently.

   We were stacked 4 or 5 high and much to his dismay everybody climbing up the upper racks used his rack for a step. He was not happy about that and let everybody know, in a good natured way.  I remember him as a guy with a great sense of humor.

From: Wayne Ogle
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 5:57:17 PM

Bohm's law.  "If the minimum wasn't good enough, it wouldn't be the minimum." Another term for Bohm's law was "a gentleman's C". At times I used to try to justify my lack of academic effort by subscribing to that philosophy. Not a great long term beneficial strategy.Wayne O.

From: Tony Stimatz
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:31:55 AM
Subject: Re: [Objee72] Memories of CGA and Harry Bohm

    Harry and I played Frisbee the coke can at the break nearly every night 3rd class year. Great guy. I also remember him taking Friday night liberty for the Sabbath but I’m not sure he really went to Temple.

From: William Wittmeyer
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:16 PM

Bohm's law. 
"If the minimum wasn't good enough it wouldn't be the minimum." 

From: Joe Kyle
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:42:17 PM

   Obie, great to hear from you, but the news on Harry confounds me. He was my
roommate second semester swab year, when he was intentionally trying to
flunk out because his father would not let him quit. I'm sure everyone
remembers him turning in "blue books" during finals as soon as the prof
said, "Begin".

   Harry was a great guy, and we read comic books instead of studying that
semester. I pulled in a cool 1.59 and was on AcPro 1st semester 3/c year.
Always wondered how life went for Harry. I never knew the story you
related, from him or you. But, it doesn't surprise me. Harry was solid.
Anyone who could tell a domineering father at 18 or 19, "fine, can't quit,
I'll flunk out" had more guts than I ever did. I admired Harry's courage.

From: Chris Oberst
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 4:28:36 PM
Subject: [Objee72] Memories of CGA and Harry Bohm

   In reading through the various memories of CGA posted on theclass website,  I decided to try to make contact with a classmate and friend that helped me get through the first two and a half years. After Swab summer, I was assigned to Echo company and roomed with John Synovec and Harry Bohm.  Next door was Dave Belz.  I am not sure why I attracted so much of Belz’s personal interest. I suspect it was because I was hardly shaving at the time, I was of relatively small stature, and I spoke with a New York accent.  He came after me with an absolute vengeance, making me buy him cokes, newspapers, pizzas, cigarettes and hazing the living hell out of me.  In his efforts to manipulate people he recruited a classmate (I’ll leave the name out) to put together a group in order to bilge me.  Standing in his was way, was Harry E. Bohm, son of a Jewish Army sergeant that had fought his way across Europe during WWII and a European Jewish mother that had walked out of Hilter’s death camps barely alive.  Harry told him that if he wanted to get to me he was going to have to go through him. That individual backed down, reporting back to Belz that wasn’t going to be able to bilge me out. 

   A number of years ago when the internet first started, I was able to make contact with Harry. He was living in his home town of Laurel Maryland and a search of Harry Bohm + Laurel Maryland came up with his phone number.  I called him, starting the conversation with “This is Dave Belz and I have been looking for you”.  We talked for about an hour catching up on each others lives and when the conversation was over I told him how much I enjoyed the talk.  Harry responded with “I’ve had a smile on my face from the minute I picked up the phone and realized it wasn’t Dave Belz”. 

    This afternoon after reading the emails, I thought of calling Harry and thanking him for what he had done for me and for his friendship.  This time, however, instead of a phone number I found an Obituary notice dated May 1, 2015 for Harry E. Bohm. 

    What kind of system would accept over 400 students and only graduate170+.  Simple answer is a failed system from top to bottom.  Officers that never even tried to get control of the barracks and reinforced the negative measures of leadership such as demerits, restriction and tours.  20 and 21 year olds, with no training, that were empowered with the ability to haze, punish, and steal.  I may be wrong, but I do not remember one time where I personally experienced or witnessed an upper classman or an officer providing positive reinforcement as a motivational tool.  Classmates may argue with that observation, but 170+ out of over 400 reinforces my position.  By any standard the results were pathetic.

    Harry E. Bohm was a casualty of that system.  He would have made a fine officer.  Now that I am finished, I’ll wipe away the tear for Harry out from one eye and the tear for Charles from the other.  They were both the finest of men.