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||WHAT A PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW
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
||The First of Its Kind
||The "Old Nyvee"
||The New Land School
||Regulations and Organization
||"Don't Give Up The Ship"
||The Civil War
||From "running" to "hazing"
||Two Plebe Summer
||Reef Point arrives
||World War I
||Plebe Summer - first of its kind
||World War II
||"I do solemnly swear . . ."
||"Kinder and gentler"
||War against terror
||What a Parent Needs To Know
||If You Were a Fly
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.
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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