July 1972 - Induction Day Photo
The nice Red Afro that I had groomed on a daily basis will soon be a memory at my feet. I joined the United States Navy as a Midshipman Fourth Class in July 1972.
Time passes because we are busy with no time to rest. We receive instructions on how to march as a unit as we prepare for the swearing-in ceremony scheduled to begin at 6 PM this evening. July 6, 1976, was my first day as a midshipman starting with taking the following oath of office:
“Having been appointed a midshipman in the United States Navy, do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that you will support and defend the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that you will take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you, God,?”, SO HELP ME GOD.....
The ceremony is over, and I now have only a few moments to say my goodbyes to my family members in attendance. My mom started crying and saying that “I don’t want you to go to Vietnam, I do not want you to die.”
Dr. Jordan B smith jr.
I attended the U. S. Naval Academy from 1972-1976 earning a B.S. in Mathematics. Served 20 years both active and reserve in the US Marines. Veteran of the Desert Shield/Storm. I earned a MAED and Ed D. specializing in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2015. I graduated from CBC High School in Clayton, MO in 1972.