Yale history meets ROTC excellence at President’s Review

Each year, the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) units at Yale showcase the skills they've learned throughout the year, award prizes to exceptional students, and honor the graduating seniors. Yale's Naval ROTC and Air Force ROTC — which includes cadets from nearby universities — have grown to train dozens of cadets and midshipmen since the programs returned to campus in fall 2012.

Cadets and midshipmen in Yale’s Air Force and Navy ROTC programs donned their dress uniforms and their best military manner as they paraded in formation before friends and family members at the President’s Review held on May 3 in Lee Amphitheater of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. President Peter Salovey served as “reviewing officer” at the event.

After the ceremony, Yale’s military past and its present came together for a brief moment when Midshipman Curran Boyce ’17 of Silliman College, who received the Admiral David S. Ingalls Leadership Award at the President’s Review, met with Redmond Ingalls ’98, grandson of the award’s namesake.

Curran Boyce ’17 and Redmond Ingalls ’98 (Photo by Michael Marsland)

David S. Ingalls ’20 was one of the original 12 members of The First Yale Unit, which became become the country’s first naval aviation unit in World War I. The group played a critical role in the war, spotting enemy troops and landmines, chasing U-boats and zeppelins, and engaging enemy planes in battles.

Watch a video about the unit created to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I.

Ingalls, the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace, went on to attain the rank of rear admiral. “The Whale” — designed by Eero Saarinen in the 1950s — is named in his honor. Ingalls’ son, David Jr., also attended Yale, graduating in 1956.

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