Sea Cadets graduate from grueling training
Family and friends watched proudly July 2 as members of the David McCampbell Battalion of Sea Cadets, Navy League, graduated from a course of training designed closely along the lines of boot camp.
Battalion commander Lt. Harold Johnson congratulated the Cadets, standing at attention in the gymnasium of the Florida Preparatory Academy in Melbourne, telling them “you can be justly proud of your accomplishments.”
The two-week training included core Navy elements like physical exercises and drill and ceremony, and specialty courses like culinary arts.
The Cadets were on the go from reveille at 5 a.m. until lights-out at 9 p.m., and long thereafter, polishing boots and brass and studying for lessons.
They stood in ranks at graduation in spotless whites, as Army Vietnam veteran pilot David Miller, author of “The 90 mile-per-hour war,” gave the keynote address.