In response to the letter from John M. Robb (SI, Sept. 26), a former Army football team captain, I would like to say that during the terrible days of December, it was not just Ryan and the other football players who demonstrated strength of character. The men and women of the Academy rallied around the bereaved families, in spite of the pressures of preparing for exams and enduring grief over the deaths of their friends and schoolmates. They attended funerals and memorials (some even giving up a precious weekend to come to Lisa's funeral in Ohio), called and wrote letters to grieving family members and even planned and raised money for a memorial garden to be planted on a hill overlooking the Academy in the girls' honor.
I am proud my daughter was a member of the Naval Academy's class of '94, and I hope to see her brother Mike accepted as a member of the class of 2000.
BETTY WINSLOW, Bowling Green, Ohio