First Honorable Mention, 1937
"To secure respect to a neutral flag requires a naval force, organized and ready to vindicate it from insult or aggression. This may even prevent the necessity of going to war..."—President Washington
How to preserve our neutrality peacefully during the next great war abroad, without submitting to serious economic or political injury, is among the greater questions which now concern earnest Americans. We are greatly perturbed by the growing evidence of coming conflict on a vast scale in both Asia and Europe. We fear the traditional menace of being drawn into a quarrel between foreign belligerents because of grave damage to our just rights and general interests, arising incidentally from their methods of warfare against each other.