U.S. Merchant Marine Academy to Mark 75th Anniversary at Homecoming
KINGS POINT, N.Y. — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point (USMMA) will celebrate 75 years since initial dedication in 1943 at homecoming this weekend. Events scheduled include a 75th anniversary dinner, the season’s first home football game for the 2-0 Mariners, a parade by the Regiment of Midshipmen and the ceremony of Beating Retreat.
“We are pleased to welcome alumni classes, families and friends for a jam-packed homecoming weekend at USMMA, especially the 75th anniversary events,” said George Rhynedance, Academy spokesman.
The 75th anniversary dinner will be highlighted by remarks from distinguished speaker, Vice Adm. Johnny R. Wolfe Jr., from the Navy’s Office of Strategic Systems Programs. In addition, Rear Adm. James A. Helis, academy superintendent, and Dr. Josh Smith, curator of the American Merchant Marine Museum, will unveil a refurbished tribute to the 142 Cadet-Midshipmen who lost their lives in World War II. The artifact, which is located in the dining hall at the academy, has been covered for 73 years.
The parade will feature the Regiment of Midshipmen, including the Regimental Band, George M. Cohen’s Own and the Regimental Color Guard. The reviewing party for the parade will include Helis and Maritime Administrator retired Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby.