This iconic piece of stone has graced the Academy’s grounds since 1860, and it has symbolized the completion of “Plebe Year” for almost one hundred years. Erected as a memorial to remember the heroism of one of the Navy’s early leaders, the monument has become the site of an ever-evolving set of traditions and customs held dear to the Brigade of Midshipmen. Jim Cheevers goes more in depth into its history, and the background of the plebe recognition ceremony.




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  • chris perrien

    The monument honors the captain of the SS Central America, William Lewis Herndon, brother in law of Matthew Fontaine Maury (Maury Hall) the Father of Modern Oceanography. MF Maury wrote the words that are inscribed on the monument. Despite his valor amidst the sinking of his ship, I don’t believe that Captain Herndon could be considered an early naval leader. After all, the sinking occurred in 1857 (and just before MF Maury joined the Confederate Navy). A lot of California money was lost with and when that ship went down (Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea).

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