2012 Beach Naval History Award: Midshipman Zach Schwartz

Beach Award 2012

Left to right: USNA Vice Academic Dean Dr. Boyd A. Waite, Naval Institute’s Lieutenant Commander Tom Cutler, USN (Ret.), Captain Beach’s widow Mrs. Ingrid Beach, Midshipman 1/c Zachary D. Schwartz, NHF Executive Director Captain Todd Creekman, USN (Ret.), and Division of Humanities and Social Sciences Director Captain Mark R. Hagerott, USN.

Continuing a 10-year tradition, the Naval Historical Foundation on 24 May 2012 presented the Captain Edward L. Beach, Jr. Naval History Award to Midshipman First Class Zachary D. Schwartz, for his contributions to the study of naval and military history during his four years at the U.S. Naval Academy. Assisting NHF Executive Director with the presentation was Mrs. Ingrid Beach, widow of Capt. Beach for whom the award is named. Ned Beach was a highly decorated World War II submariner; noted author of “Run Silent, Run Deep” and many other Navy-related fiction and non-fiction works; commanding officer of USS Triton during her 1960 circumnavigation of the earth while submerged; and long-time NHF director. Capt Creekman and Mrs. Beach were joined by Tom Cutler of the U.S. Naval Institute, recognizing the long association between USNI and Captains Beach senior and junior–manifested in the naming of the Naval Institute’s headquarters building at Annapolis, “Beach Hall.” Award winner Midshipman Zach Schwartz hails from Olney, Maryland and will be commissioned as a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant on May 29th with the Class of 2012. He will report to Marine Corps Basic School at Quantico, VA in July to begin his career as an infantry officer. Schwartz, a marathon runner, spent his final semester at USN working on an independent study project with Dr. Craig Symonds on Civil War naval officer William B. Cushing, noted for his daring attack on Confederate Navy ironclad CSS Albemarle in October 1864. Lieutenant Cushing’s innovative raid presaged the special operations approach to warfare that would develop 100 years later. In addition to an engraved plaque, Schwartz will receive lifetime membership in the Naval Historical Foundation and a selection of books from the Foundation and the Naval Institute – including one authored by Beach himself.

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