Mass. Maritime Academy cadet shows up to breakfast wearing ‘Nazi costume’

Cadets walked at The Mass Maritime Academy.
SARAH BREZINSKY GILBERT for the Boston Globe/file 2005
Cadets walked at The Mass Maritime Academy.

Officials at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy have launched an investigation after a student at the Cape Cod school arrived at breakfast wearing a Nazi costume this week.

Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, president at the academy, said in a statement that the student was wearing the outfit during what’s known as “Dress Down Day,” when cadets are allowed to shed their uniforms in favor of different clothes, including civilian clothing. The cadet in question wore the Nazi outfit, which the school confirmed had swastikas on it, on Halloween.

McDonald sent an e-mail to the entire school community denouncing the behavior, and said the school is investigating the incident. He said that it was outraged students who alerted officials about the costume, leading to a quick response from the Commandant’s Office prior to the academy’s morning formation.


“As all of you know — and as I have stated in the past — this is not the type of campus for that type of behavior,” McDonald said this week. “I applaud the cadets for being outraged and for immediately bringing this to the attention of staff. Moreover, I am proud of our staff for taking swift action.”

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The statement did not say what disciplinary action will be taken. A spokesman reiterated that the incident launched an internal investigation at the school. That investigation is ongoing and could take a few days, he said.

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy is located on Buzzards Bay, at the mouth of the Cape Cod Canal. The Regiment of Cadets and regimental-style uniforms play an important role on campus, according to the school.

The four-year state college offers bachelor and master’s degrees and caters to students hoping to learn about emergency management, energy systems engineering, facilities engineering, marine engineering, and marine transportation, according to the school’s website.

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