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Anchors Aweigh: 1917

Annapolis, Maryland, 1917. "Graduation exercises, U.S. Naval Academy." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

Annapolis, Maryland, 1917. "Graduation exercises, U.S. Naval Academy." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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Future (lesser) admirals

The class of 1917 that graduated on March 29 also included the following:

Vice Admiral Clifton "Ziggy" Sprague and (no relation)
Vice Admiral Thomas Sprague (both heroes of the Battle of Leyte Gulf)
Vice Admiral Homer Wallin
Rear Admiral Andrew McKee

Admirals Forrest Sherman and Jerauld Wright were members of the "other" USNA class of 1917 - that is, the class of 1918 whose graduation was also expedited to June 26, 1917 to respond to the U.S. entry into World War I.

Future Admirals

Congratulations Sailors

I can't help but wonder if there's a future Admiral in amongst the throng.

The very last one

Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, died Sunday, Feb. 27, at home in West Virginia at the age of 110.

Bon appetit

The north end of Dahlgren Hall, foreground in this picture, is now a restaurant.

Dahlgren Hall

This is Dahlgren Hall, it was only 14 years old when this picture was taken. Little has changed over the years, though while I was there a removable staking and hockey rink occupied the space during the winter months. We had all our dances there as well. Plebes were required attend some of these dances as social learning experiences with girls bused in from area schools. Those dances had a not so politically correct name. On the weekend the upper deck was usually filled with midshipmen and their dates before or after an evening out. Brings back a lot of memories.

It made the papers

"183 NEW ENSIGNS RUSHED INTO NAVY; Annapolis Class of 1917 Graduated Three Months Ahead of Time and Detailed to Duty. DANIELS WELCOMES THEM Holds Up Naval Heroes of the Past and Advises as a Motto, "What Would Dewey Do?" Nation's First Reliance Vindication of Civil Law"

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Running off to war

This was taken on March 29, 1917. The Class of 1917 was graduated two months early, in preparation for the coming war. It came a week later, on April 6.

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