A Day to Remember

Colors at MOFO VETS DAY

Veterans Day…a time to reflect and to thank those who’ve honorably served and sacrificed for our country, both in times of war and in peace. Service today is synonymous with selflessness and a degree of heroism not often found in day to day life. There are many for whom the term hero can be applied in different ways…and for different reasons.  MMA had occasion last Thursday at its Veterans Day - Morning Formation to honor its own...cadets who have committed to service at MMA and throughout the wider community, who through actions and deeds have defined their own brand of heroism. These are those stories.

THE PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY TAKES PLEASURE IN PRESENTING THE ADMIRAL’S AWARD TO

                                              CADET DOMENIC VACCARI - 7 CO             CADET MATTHEW CONLEY - 6 CO                 

FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING CITATION: ON THE EVENING OF AUGUST 23, 2019, AS A MEMBER OF THE CADET CADRE PARTICIPATING IN ORIENTATION, SECOND CLASS VACCARI AND SECOND CLASS CONLEY CAME TO THE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE OF A CADET CANDIDATE WHO WAS CHOKING AT DINNER AND CLOSE TO UNCONSCIOUS. THROUGH PRESENCE OF MIND AND SOUND JUDGMENT BOTH REALIZED THE CADET WAS IN SERIOUS DISTRESS AND THAT IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE WAS WARRANTED. WORKING TOGETHER, BOTH SQUAD LEADERS WERE ABLE TO CLEAR THE CADET CANDIDATE’S AIR WAY AND PROPER BREATHING WAS RESTORED. HIS MEDICAL CONDITION WAS STABILIZED. SWIFT AND EFFECTIVE ACTIONS WERE INSTRUMENTAL IN AVERTING A POTENTIALLY LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION FOR THAT CADET CANDIDATE. THEIR ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON THEMSELVES AND UPHOLD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE REGIMENT OF CADETS AND THE MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY.

 

THE PRESIDENT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY TAKES PLEASURE IN PRESENTING THE ADMIRAL’S AWARD TO

                                                       CADET TIMOTHY LOONEY - 1 CO            CADET ROBERT MCGRANN - 6 CO

FOR SERVICE AS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING CITATION: ON SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 AT 1840 HOURS THE ONSET FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS NOTIFIED OF A BOAT SINKING IN ONSET BAY IN THE VICINITY OF THE CANAL. THE ONSET FIRE RESCUE BOAT WAS DISPATCHED AND RESPONDED JUST AHEAD OF A WAREHAM DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES BOAT.  CADET TIMOTHY LOONEY WAS A CREW MEMBER ON THE ONSET BOAT AND CADET ROBERT MCGRANN A CREW MEMBER ON THE WAREHAM DNR BOAT.  UPON ARRIVAL AT THE VESSEL, SECOND CLASS LOONEY PERFORMED THE RESCUE OF BOTH PARTIES WHO WERE IN THE WATER AND ASSISTED WITH THE TRANSFER TO THE ONSET BOAT OF TWO ADDITIONAL PARTIES WHO WERE STILL ABOARD THE SINKING VESSEL.  FIRST CLASS MCGRANN, WORKING ON THE WAREHAM DNR BOAT HAD ALREADY TRANSFERRED TWO PARTIES OFF THE SINKING VESSEL ONTO THE WAREHAM DNR BOAT WHILE THE RESCUES WERE BEING MADE FROM THE WATER.  SEA CONDITIONS MADE THE OPERATION EXTREMELY CHALLENGING.  ALL SIX PARTIES FROM THE SINKING VESSEL WERE TRANSPORTED TO THE DOCK AT MMA TO AWAIT AMBULANCES FOR MEDICAL EVALUATION.  

CADETS LOONEY AND MCGRANN PERFORMED ADMIRABLY AND WITH GREAT DISTINCTION UNDER PERILOUS CONDITIONS IN A SITUATION THAT CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF AT LEAST TWO, IF NOT ALL SIX OCCUPANTS. THEIR ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON THEMSELVES AND UPHOLD THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE REGIMENT OF CADETS AND THE MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY.