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Grit: January 22, 1961 – Midshipmen From City Look Forward to Service With United States Navy

Careers in the United States Navy will begin soon for three former Williamsporters, all of whom are presently Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. They are Harold E. Spooner, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Nathan Spooner, of 1314 Park Avenue, John F. Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Morgan, of 1109 Packer Street

Careers in the United States Navy will begin soon for three former Williamsporters, all of whom are presently Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

They are Harold E. Spooner, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Nathan Spooner, of 1314 Park Avenue, John F. Morgan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert Morgan, of 1109 Packer Street and James H. Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Stewart of 1441 Faxon Parkway.

On Friday, the three men took part in something they will remember for a long time. They marched in the inaugural parade of President John F. Kennedy at Washington.

The young men joined thousands of midshipmen, West Point cadets (five from here), other military school and regular service personnel, who paraded in the jam-packed capital.

Midshipmen Spooner is probably the best known of the three because of his performance as starting quarterback on the Middies football team.

It was his athletic and scholastic ability, which attracted the attention of Navy scouts and led Spooner to Annapolis.

The 21-year old Spooner, a first classman and platoon commander at Annapolis, will be graduating on June 7. Three days later he will return to Williamsport to wed Miss Ellen Grove of this city.
Getting similar experience is Jim Stewart, 20, a third classman at the Naval Academy. Jim, a 1958 graduate of Williamsport High School, entered Annapolis in July 1959.

Like Spooner, he is a member of the Naval Academy’s varsity football team. He saw limited action last season as a third starting halfback but stands a good chance of moving up to a starting role this year.

Third Classman Stewart will join other classmates this summer in flight training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station.

The other local Midshipman, John Morgan also aims to make the Navy a career.

That dream came true for the future officer while attending Penn State University. He was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps when he was appointed to Annapolis in July 1959.

Midshipman Morgan, 20, a 1958 Williamsport High School graduate, completed one year of electrical engineering studies at Penn State before switching to Annapolis.

Complied by Lou Hunsinger Jr.

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