History Makers & Grammar

May 21, 2013

I believe I’ve posted on here some of the history of women graduating from academies and state schools. Captain Deborah Doane Dempsey holds the distinction of being the first female to graduate from one of the state schools. Interesting to note she only spent two years at the school and was not part of the regiment. That was in 1976.

USMMA has the distinction of graduating the first females from a federal academy, becoming co-educational two years before the other academies. Eight women graduated with the class of 1978. The latest issue of the Kings Pointer has a “Where are they now?” article about these women.

There are some other interesting articles to read in the issue, especially concerning the recent battles between the AAF and the Superintendent and MARARD.

I just wish an official publication would use correct terms … “My father was a merchant marine…” Her father was a MEMBER OF the Merchant Marine, but he was a merchant MARINER.


/ˈmærənər/ Show Spelled [mar-uh-ner] Show IPA

1. a person who directs or assists in the navigation of a ship; sailor.

Now I will give you that the second definition of marine (no r) is very similar.


/məˈrin/ Show Spelled [muh-reen] Show IPA

1. of or pertaining to the sea; existing in or produced by the sea: marine vegetation.
2. pertaining to navigation or shipping; nautical; naval; maritime.
3. serving on shipboard, as soldiers.
4. of or belonging to the marines.
5. adapted for use at sea: a marine barometer.


6. a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
7. one of a class of naval troops serving both on shipboard and on land.
8. seagoing ships collectively, especially with reference to nationality or class; shipping in general.
9. a picture with a marine subject; seascape.
10. naval affairs, or the department of a government, as in France, having to do with such affairs.
But when one thinks of a Marine, usually it is the 3rd definition. Not to mention #6 & #7.
But for crying out loud, your school nickname is the Mariners! (Same for Maine Maritime according to the Mascot List.) The mascot is Salty the Seagull.
And remember, boys and girls, there is no “s” on the end either of U.S. Merchant Marine. No “s”.

Yes, I know, this is trivial. Much of life is.


One comment

  1. Well said!

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