US Naval Academy

Physically fit, mentally strong, dedicated, patriotic. All characteristics one would use to describe midshipman at the US Naval Academy. Getting in is tough; students must have strong academic achievement, demonstrated leadership skills and a recommendation from a Congressman or Senator. 19,000 applied this year, ~1200 were accepted. We spend many hours on their campus and take a walking tour with our friends David and Vickie Cochran. Stops in the massive gym, dormitory room, chapel, John Paul Jones crypt, and museum were interspersed with pleasant, though hot, walks across the grounds. I’ve had the opportunity to visit the campuses of many major universities and the Academy is most impressive. The history embodied here is palpable. Its graduates include dozens of Congressmen and Senators, two Heisman Trophy winners, two Nobel Laureates, and one President, nuclear engineer Jimmy Carter. The highlight of our tour was a viewing of the freshman class of 1200 young “plebes” marching to their noon lunch to the sounds of the Navy Drum & Bugle Corps. An impressive, and stirring, sight. The following iPhone video provides a glimpse of the event; other YouTube videos provide a more complete picture of life as a freshman at the Academy.

A day well spent.

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