Extracted from Chapter 7....Annapolis Climate and Culture
Summer training events are individually sequenced into the Naval Academy’s four-year education and training plan and reinforce your experiences in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in Bancroft Hall. My Third-Class summer was spent aboard the USS Midway stationed at North Island, San Francisco. The USS Midway (CVB/CVA/CV-41) was an aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. In 1972 the Commanding Officer, Captain S. R. Foley, Jr. was a graduate of Annapolis.
The Midway had just returned from Vietnam due to an unfortunate aircraft accident and was undergoing a re-haul in port upon my arrival. I was assigned to this ship along with First Classman Charlie Smith, Defensive Football Captain. Since this was a major overhaul of personnel and crew, the USS Midway was required to go through Refresher Training Operations (RTO). I was assigned duties as a deck mate during the morning performing enlisted duties and then in the evenings changed uniforms to perform duties as Junior Officer of the Day while in port and at sea. The Midway was a floating city, and the food was exquisite. I personally removed the non-skid from the forward elevator during that summer. I can remember watching the movie “Super Fly and “Shaft” with Charlie during our liberty days. My favorite movie of all times is Midway since that Third Class Summer. I had “surf and turf” otherwise known as steak and lobster about the USS Midway while at sea during the summer of 1973.
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.