Report on the U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps

Straus - Maritime 797

 PR 2459 (W)


Tuesday Afternoon Papers
November 20, 1945

Ninety-two percent of the 7,000 graduates off the U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps and its Academy at Kings Point are serving as officers of ships. This is believed to exceed the record of any other Federal sea service academy, Captain Edward Macauley, USN (Ret'd), Deputy Administrator, War Shipping Administration, announced today.

More than 1,700 graduates are on active sea duty as officers with the U. S. Navy and 4,800 are attached to merchant vessels.

Less than 2 1/2 percent off the graduates of the nation's newest service Academy are on shore duty and they are attached to War Shipping Administration Training and Foreign Service units, according to a report made to Captain Macauley by Commodore P. P. McNulty, USNR, Supervisor, U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.

One and one-tenth percent off the Academy graduates have been lost or missing in action, prisoners of war or physically disabled as a result off the war.

The report showed that since the U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps was established in 1938, 7,085 officers have been graduated. A breakdown of information available on 6,800 graduates shows 6,550 at sea, only 170 ashore and 80 war casualties. The Cadet Corps can account for 96 percent of all its graduates since 1938.

Ninety-one graduates are now ships' masters and 77 are chief engineers. Grace Line, Inc., leads with 15 graduates serving as masters, American Export Lines with 14 as chief engineers. Of the 1,700 on active duty with the Navy, 61 hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander or higher.

An additional 150 Cadet-Midshipmen, before graduation, lost their lives or are missing in action.

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Report of the War Shipping Administrator (January 15, 1946)
U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps History

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