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Michelle Daniel, of Indiana, hugs her son Hunter
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Michelle Daniel, of Indiana, hugs her son Hunter after the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy welcomed 237 "plebe candidates" for the Class of 2017 Regiment of Midshipmen during the acceptance day ceremony at the campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 7, 2013)(Credit: Steve Pfost)

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Merchant Marine Academy acceptance day

Ceremonies welcomed 237 "plebe candidates" of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2017 into the Regiment of Midshipmen during the acceptance day ceremony held on the campus in Kings Point. (Sept. 7, 2013)