The men listed in this section were enrolled in the U.S. Maritime Commission Cadet Corps (USMCCC) between 1937 and 1941. Nineteen of the twenty- five men were classified as Cadet Officers after they received their USCG officer’s license following graduation from a state Maritime Academy: six from Pennsylvania Nautical School, five from Massachusetts Nautical School, four from New York Merchant Marine Academy, and three from California Maritime Academy. One man came up through the hawsepipe, studied for his license, became a company Cadet and later a Cadet Officer. Some of the other USMMCCC men did not obtain a Coast Guard license. Among the other USMMCCC members, one went on to become a Chief Mate and two became a Second Mate. See Index C for a list of the Cadet Officers and the reference to pages where they are named.
Six of the men died serving as U.S. Navy Officers: a Lieutenant died on his Submarine when it was attacked by Japanese forces; an Ensign died when his aircraft crashed in Iceland; another Lieutenant died when his Submarine was sunk by Japanese forces off the Japanese coast; an Ensign died while in charge of a landing craft that was shelled and demolished by a German 88 during the amphibious assault on Salerno, Italy (he was awarded the Silver Star for his actions that day); a Lieutenant died when a Japanese shore battery shelled his ship; and another officer died of an illness near Pearl Harbor.
A Cadet Officer served as an Army Air Corps Second Lieutenant died when his aircraft crashed in England following bombing raids on Germany. Another former Cadet Officer serving as a civilian crew member on a U.S. Army mine planter died when a storm sunk his ship. While delivering an aircraft to China for the government in 1944, another former Cadet Officer, serving as a civilian navigator, died following the crash of his aircraft in Cuba. In 1943 after signing off his ship where he served as a First Assistant Engineer another died in an automobile accident.
The remaining men died serving as officers on merchant ships; two died in aircraft attacks; five died when their ships were torpedoed; one while serving as an Able Bodied Seaman died following a torpedo attack. Another died as a POW, when the Japanese ship carrying POWs was torpedoed. A Chief Mate died in a storm; another Chief Mate died in a shipboard accident and a Second Mate died in as storm when his ship broke up. Two of the men died just before the United States entered the WW II; one in an automobile accident, and the other was apparently a suicide.
All but two of the twenty-five men are listed on the 1946 Kings Point War Memorial and the Alumni Association’s Kings Point Log as graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. One man not on the War Memorial is R. N. Simmons, who entered the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman on November 22, 1940, and died as a Navy Officer. He is included since there is evidence that for a period of time in 1939, he was in the USMCCC. The other man was not known of until recently.
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