West Point director personally delivers admission letter to the son of Army officer killed in Iraq

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The Gold Star son of a fallen US Army Soldier has been accepted into the United States Military Academy- and the individual presenting the acceptance award was no stranger.

Rance Lee, Deputy Director of Admissions at the United States Military Academy at West Point, presented an Offer of Admission to Jonathan Weikel last week.

Weikel is the son of the late Captain Ian Patrick Weikel, who was killed in 2006 after a fatal encounter with a roadside bomb in Balad, Iraq.

At the time, the 31-year-old captain was assigned to the 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Last week, Lee -who served alongside Weikel in Iraq- got to pass the tradition on.

“Yesterday evening I had the distinct honor of personally presenting a West Point Offer of Admission to Jonathan Weikel,” he wrote in a statement on LinkedIn. “Jonathan’s dad, Ian, graduated from West Point with me in 1997 and was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. Thanks to Jonathan’s parents Wendy and Carson, as well as my classmates Sean Mullin, Bob Glass and Mason Wimberly for making this a truly special event! It’s events like this that reinforce the fact that I truly have the world’s best job!”

Master Weikel never got to know his father very well, as he was killed when the young man was still a small child.

Despite this, Weikel appears to have a bright future ahead of him, and it seems rather fitting that an old comrade of his father was able to provide him entry into the same institution his father graduated from.

Captain Weikel was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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