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PHOTOS: Sudsy Naval Academy Freshmen Mounting Rigid Pole Deserve Full Salute

by Dan Tracer May 24, 2016

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What better way to mark the culmination of a year of intensive training than by scurrying to the top of a 21-foot-tall oil-slicked obelisk with your nearly-naked peers?

For the roughly 1,000 freshman at the U.S. Naval Academy, wrapping up the year by climbing the Herdon Monument is a rite of passage.

Some traditions should never be broken.

This year they accomplished their task of knocking off a cap on the tip and replacing it with a new one in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 30 seconds, which we hear is quite fast.

We give you the class of 2019:

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