In the December 1968 Proceedings, Lieutenants Alexander Monroe and Thomas Lane wrote: “There was an inescapable sense of history. . . . This ‘sense of the place’ will undoubtedly prompt many of these men to recall, in later times, that, among their first days in the Navy were those spent as ‘students at the U.S. Naval Academy.’”
This acknowledgement of the Academy’s unmatched atmosphere comes as no surprise to those familiar with the hallowed grounds along the banks of the Severn River, where naval heritage is nearly as ubiquitous as the mortar that binds the bricks of the many walks that crisscross “the Yard” in a combination of apparent rhumb lines and great circle routes. What makes this attribution unusual is that it comes from two officers who were not Naval Academy graduates themselves, and those “students at the U.S. Naval Academy” were not midshipmen.