Posted by lex, on January 18, 2007
One Naval Academy midshipman will receive a medal * for running – towards the sound of gunfire:
A midshipman will receive the Navy Achievement Medal tomorrow for displaying heroism during the November shootings at Westfield Annapolis mall, the Naval Academy announced yesterday.
Instead of running away from the gunfire, Midshipman 4th Class Roarke Baldwin, a 19-year-old freshman, ran toward the fray and rendered aid to a Secret Service agent who was on the floor after being shot in the thigh.
While one recently discharged midshipman just received a large bill * for failing to run very well:
A top Navy official has rejected the appeal of a local Naval Academy midshipman who was kicked out for failing a running test by 20 seconds, exhausting his options for readmission and forcing him to repay the $127,000 cost of his education.
Waiving Frank Shannon’s financial obligation “was not in the best interest of the United States,” Navy Assistant Secretary William Navas wrote in a Jan. 4 letter.
College: It’s just not free any more.
09-23-20 – Original links gone; substitutes found – Ed.