Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Next Year, Why Not Just Give Them an OSHA-Approved Ladder

Navy plebes have smooth climb up lard-free Herndon Monument
"A plebe reached the top of the obelisk Monday afternoon in two minutes, five seconds. No one was injured. No one even got particularly dirty. The sense of collective letdown might have been captured best in the words scrawled onto one midshipman's T-shirt: "Where's the grease?"

"Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, the departing academy superintendent, instructed the midshipmen not to grease the obelisk this year."

As a Naval Academy graduate, Adm. Fowler should know better but then again, he also later earned a Masters Degree from...Harvard.

Side Note: "Herbert McMillan, a 1980 graduate, put it this way in a 2008 account in The Washington Post: "We're going to send these guys to war but they can't climb a monument because they might get hurt? Come on."

Herb is also an excellent Republican candidate to represent the Annapolis area in the Maryland House of Delegates.
HerbMcMillan.com and on Facebook

...and yes, that was his son Hall playing football at Holy Cross a few years back.

As a USNA graduate, my first thought upon seeing the pictures and PR article about the "challenge" was, they may as well just give them a ladder.

I'd rather do away with it than let another class go through it with no other obstacles.
thanks - my father was Academy and I was NROTC at HC...hate to see Navy traditions die.
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