Letters have been received about “anchormen.” It refers to graduates who ranked at the bottom or near the bottom in their class.
One writer pointed out that the late Sen. John McCain was near the bottom of his graduating class at the U.S. Naval Academy. Yet he became famous as a Navy pilot who survived more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and became a highly respected U.S. senator.
His father, who became an admiral in the U.S. Navy, graduated from the Naval Academy and also ranked in the lower level of his class.
In the Korean War, we knew a second lieutenant in the infantry who was the “anchorman” in his OCS class at Fort Benning, Ga. When the company he was with as a platoon leader was overrun by the enemy, and the company commander was killed, this “anchorman” took command, reorganized the company, attacked the hill they had been driven off of, and recaptured it. For his leadership under fire, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, our nation’s second highest medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor.
His classmates, some of whom were serving nearby, were awestruck by his bravery and leadership under fire.
You never know . . .