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PTHS NJROTC Takes Naval Orientation Trip

On April 19 NJROTC cadets traveled to downtown Philadelphia where they toured Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.  The group also toured the Liberty Bell Pavilion, where they saw the nation’s Liberty Bell.   They then visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War.

That afternoon, the PTHS cadets toured the historic USS Olympia, a museum battleship that saw service in the Spanish-American War in the late 1800’s.  Afterwards, the cadets and their chaperones toured the World War II submarine USS Becuna before traveling to Seaside Heights, New Jersey where they enjoyed a few hours on the boardwalk and beach of the popular resort community on the Atlantic Ocean.  

On Friday, April 20, the Paducah Tilghman NJROTC cadets toured the famous “Hanger One” building and the crash site of the zeppelin, Hindenburg, which was destroyed during its arrival, at the Naval Air Station in Lakehurst, NJ.  The disaster was broadcast live on the radio, making it one of the most famous events in broadcast history.

The cadets then enjoyed the afternoon and evening at Six Flags Great Adventure and Wildlife Park, in Jackson, NJ.

The NJROTC students toured the World War II / Korean War  / Vietnam Conflict / and Middle East conflict era battleship, USS New Jersey, now a museum ship berthed at Camden, NJ.  The nearly 900 feet long ship is one of the most decorated ships in our nation’s naval history.  Following the ship tour, the group enjoyed several hours at Adventure Aquarium, also in Camden, NJ.  The NJROTC cadets saw exotic marine life, including many varieties of sharks.  That evening they completed their trip with a visit to Cherry Hill Mall, a shopping center that houses over 130 retail stores.  

Paducah Tilghman’s NJROTC unit is in its seventeenth year and has previously taken naval orientation trips to Charleston, SC, San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Jacksonville and Pensacola, FL, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Annapolis and Patuxent River, MD, New York City, Boston, MA, New London, CT, Pascagoula, MS, Jacksonville, FL, and Mobile, AL.  
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Paducah Tilghman High School Navy Junior ROTC cadets recently toured the battleship USS New Jersey on their Philadelphia area Naval Orientation Trip.  Cadets pictured are, (left to right) TraShaun Mays, Brennan Rouse, Seth Smith, Armando Lopez, James Littlemyer, Alexzander  English, Jovan Lopez, Nikolay Roof, Michael Staskiewicz, Sebastian Hammers, Christopher Crouch, Carrie Houser, Melissa Alvarado, Noah Hollar, Kevin Hobbs, and Ethen Hinson.


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