Education: June in December

The Regiment stiffened slightly; the flutter of programs stopped. Midshipman Isaac Campbell Kidd Jr. marched quietly up the ramp, saluted smartly, grasped his commission as an ensign in the U.S. Navy from Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox.

The U.S. Naval Academy and its guests broke into a thunderous cheer— an unprecedented demonstration in honor of Ensign Kidd and his father, a rear admiral who commanded a division of the Pacific Fleet, was killed at Pearl Harbor.

The class was eager for action; most of them will soon get it. Certain changes in assignments will be necessary: a few men had been...

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