Tribute by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Seventh Anniversary of Merchant Marine Cadet Corps


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Tribute to the Cadet-Midshipmen of the United. States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, Long Island, N. Y., which is celebrating its seventh anniversary today, was conveyed in a letter from President Roosevelt to Vice Admiral Emory S. Land, USN, retired, War Shipping Administrator.

Since its founding in 1938 the Academy has graduated. 6,000 young Americans as merchant ship officers. More than 140 have lost their lives in war service as the result of enemy action.

President Roosevelt's letter, read, to the Cadet Corps at the ceremonies this afternoon at Kings Point by Capt. Edward Macauley, USN, retired, Deputy War Shipping Administrator, follows:

"On the seventh anniversary of the founding of the United. States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, I extend my congratulations upon the service the Cadet Corps is rendering the Nation by adequately and efficiently training young men as officers of our Merchant Marine.

"I know that the young Cadet-Midshipmen of the Cadet Corps have gone to sea in the face of peril and that many have sacrificed their lives. They and the price they have paid toward maintaining freedom shall long endure in the memory of a grateful nation. I know of their love for the sea, their loyalty to their ships, and I am confident of their continued success in the ultimate peacetime commerce in which this country must surely engage.

"To the United. States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps and to the Training Organization of the War Shipping Administration, of which it is a part, I send my congratulations and best wishes."

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