David Vaught grew up in southern Illinois and attended West Point, graduating in 1969, but not before he became involved in a major controversy over mandatory chapel where he and several other cadets challenged its constitutionality. The issue was finally resolved in his favor in a law suit after Vaught was a commissioned officer. David served for two years in the Regular Army, resigning his commission in early 1971 to attend law school at Southern Illinois University.
Vaught recalls mandatory chapel attendance at West Point
Interview Session 1
Early life, West Point cadet experiences and challenge over mandatory chapel
Interview Session 2
Early Army career, conclusion of chapel challenge & Dan Walker campaign
His full interview in Illinois Statecraft-Governor Quinn
Dave Vaught wears his West Point uniform while at the Evansville, Indiana airport in 1966. His girlfriend at the time, Alice Chapman, often dropped him off and picked him up at the airport.
June Week at West Point caps a cadet’s four years at the Academy. David was walking punishment tours that day, but still made graduation dinner in the mess hall. With him were his roommate, Dennis Moen, Dennis’ future wife Nancy and Dave’s sister Dixie.
West Point, New York