U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: Acta Non Verba

Deeds Not Words. Those three words have been the guiding light by which I have lived my life. It is the motto of the United States Merchant Marine Academy located at Kings Point, New York, of which I am a proud graduate. From the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy looking out on Long Island Sound, you can see a panorama of every marine activity imaginable.

Since its inception the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has been of service to the nation in peace and war. In fulfillment of its mission the Battle Standard of the Academy bears honored testimony to the 142 cadet midshipmen who paid the ultimate price during World War II. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is the only federal academy to have a battle standard.

In 1974, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was the first of the five federal academies to admit women. Eight such women became the first female graduates of any federal academy in 1978.

All graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy receive BS degrees and U.S. Coast Guard merchant marine officer licenses. In addition, graduates are commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

It is said that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouths. I was born with an anchor in mine. For that reason there was never any doubt—it was going to be the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy or nothing! The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is where notable personalities and maritime events would be celebrated going back to the days of Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci.

In business and pleasure it has been about my fascination with ships, boats, and the sea. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has always been an integral part of that fascination.