The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)—also known as Kings Point— marked the 75th anniversary of its founding as a federal service academy on 30 September 2018. Kings Point alumni from the classes of 1943 to 2018 came to celebrate homecoming weekend and remember the wartime sacrifices of the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. At a dinner that weekend the Academy held a candlelight service honoring the 142 Kings Point midshipmen who died in action during the war and a restored stone relief titled The Last Full Measure, engraved with their names, was unveiled in the school’s dining hall.
With their sacrifice in mind, Kings Point alumnus and U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Johnny R. Wolfe, Jr., delivered a call to action:
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