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It is said by all midshipmen that their Plebe Summer was the last "real" Plebe Summer, that all others pale in comparison to theirs.
 

It is trus -- absolutely true.
 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

Chapter 1:
 
Blur Summer
 
1845-
 
The First of Its Kind
 
Quick LInk
 
Chapter 2
 
1814-1845
 
1814-1845
 
The "Old Nyvee"
 

 
Chapter 3
 
1845-1850
 

 
The New Land School
 

 
Chapter 4
 
1850-1855
 

 
Regulations and Organization
 

 
Chapter 5
 
1855-1861
 

 
"Don't Give Up The Ship"
 

 
Chapter 6
 
1861-1865
 
The Civil War
 
Devastation
 

 
Chapter 7
 
1865-1871
 

 
Self-esteem
 

 
Chapter 8
 
1871-1882
 

 
From "running" to "hazing"
 

 
Chapter 9
 
1882-1899
 

 
Two Plebe Summer
 

 
Chapter 10
 
1899-1920
 
Spanish-American War
 
Reef Point arrives
 

 
Chapter 11
 
1920-1941
 
World War I
 
Plebe Summer - first of its kind
 

 
Chapter 12
 
1941-1976
 
World War II
 
"I do solemnly swear . . ."
 

 
Chapter 13
 
1976-2001
 

 
"Kinder and gentler"
 

 
Chapter 14
 
2001-present day
 
War against terror
 
Today's evolutions
 

 
Appendix 1
 

 

 
Plebe Slang
 

 
Appendix 2
 

 

 
What a Parent Needs To Know
 

 
Appendix 3
 

 

 
If You Were a Fly
 

 
Appendix 4
 

 

 
Plebe Rates
 

 
Appendix 5
 

 

 
Discipline
 

 
Appendix 6
 

 

 
Manners
 

 


 



 

 

FORWARD
 

This book is dedicated to my father who participated in Plebe Summer in 1935. He had to separate form the Academy in November because he was "physically unsound." He died 20 years later of cancer at the age of 39, when I was 10. He would have graduated with the Class of 1939.
 

This project has given me the ooporunity o "discover" more anout my father that I did not know. I hope the book helps the reader with her/her own discovery.
 

It is also an opportunity to "share" the knowledge and incredible creativity that is displayed in The Lucky Bag, especially in the early 20th century.
 


 

 


PREFACE
 

Plebe Summer is an experience that could benefit every young adult. Having taught in a high school for over thirty years and photographed/videotaped Plebe Summer since 1980, I have seen how Plebe Summer to inculcates in the youth of today many important values.
 

Plebe Summer is a tapestry. It is a transformation from civilian to military life -- and by no means an easy task. For over 150 years the Naval Academy has been weaving a tapestry that is the Naval Acdmey and Plebe Summer. As such, it has had to change to reflect the times, a fact that the Academy well recognizes.
 

The resources for this book are the Library of Congress, The Lucky Bag, articles and books written about the Academy, interviews with graduates spanning 75 years, and my own personal experience serving the Acdemy and parents over the last forty years.
 

Photographs from Plebe Summer 1980 through the present day are included, as are personal anecdotes from Plebe SUmmer. The chosen photographs and anecdotes are intended to illustrate and support the Academy and the life-changing work it does with midshipmen.
 


 


 

 


PLEBE SUMMER TIMELINE
 

1845: Academy founded
 

1859-1863: CDR Stribling is Superintendent, Discipline, regulations and organization.
 

1857: William Louis Herndon goes down with his ship, the SS Central America. A monument is erected in his name.
 

1861-1865: Civil War affects Academy.
 

1865-1869: David Dixon Porter stresses Honor Code, pride, physical conditioning, recreation education and physical plant.
 

1871: Hazing occurs
 

1882: Congress passes two loaws:
 

1) Cadets must be "physically sound."
 

2) Entrance exams given in May and September
 

1899: Spanish-American War
 

1906: John Paul Jones' remains broght to the Naval Academy. In 1913 they would be buried in crypt below chapel
 

1908: Last USS Sante Squad enters the Academy
 

Circa 1924: Strength tests begin
 

1933: Congress issue Bachelor of Science Degree for midshipmen
 

1935: Navy Blue and Gold movie released marks the beginning of Naval Academy self-promotion and the midshshipman as a hero
 

1939: First YP (Yard PAtrol) boats arrive at Academy
 

Circa 1943: Obstacle Course introduced at Hospitasl Point
 

1945: Academy celebrates one hundred years.
 

Circa 1950: Hazing reemerges
 

Circa 1955: Parents' Weekend begins
 

1959: Time for climbing Herndon first recorded. Time was twelve minutes.
 

1968: PEP (Physical Education Program) under the tutelage of Heinz Lenz begins
 

Circa 1970: First modern day Plebe Summer instituted
 

1976: Women arrive
 

Circa 1978: First Oath of Office in T Court in civilian clothes
 

Circa 1990: Longest recorded Herndon Monument Clim. Time was 4 hours, 5 minutes and 17 seconds
 

1995: Sea Trials begins
 

Circa 2000: Climbing Wall and Tarzan Assault Course introduced
 

2002: Anti-terrorism evolution introduced.
 


 


 

 



 

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