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xchefmike

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Midshipman dies in motorcycle accident

By Chris Amos - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Jan 28, 2008 17:31:57 EST

A Naval Academy student died Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle on the exit ramp of a Gaithersburg, Md., highway.

Midshipman 2nd Class Anthony J. Valliere, of Palatine, Ill, was 21.

A Maryland State Police spokesman said preliminary indications were that the accident was caused by excessive speed.

“The Naval Academy is deeply saddened by this sudden and tragic loss,” said academy superintendent Vice Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler. “Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family.
 

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My deepest sympathies go to the family. Such sad news. My thoughts are with his mates as well.
 

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Wow, so in the last few weeks we have now had a cadet from WP and a midshipman from NA pass away. So very unfortunate. I guess AFA, CGA, and MMA better watch out as they might be next.
 

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Yes, always very sad to hear of the needless death of such a young person.

Wow, so in the last few weeks we have now had a cadet from WP and a midshipman from NA pass away. So very unfortunate. I guess AFA, CGA, and MMA better watch out as they might be next.
Although I believe your supposition is preposterous (that each of the other Academies need to "watch out" as if the deaths of current cadets follows some predisposed order), Air Force Academy 3/C Lindsey Brown was killed in a car accident in Florida 4 weeks ago.

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I agree with Luigi....we are a captive audience here only ,looking at the academies. Unfortunately, accidents are happening and affecting students at college campuses across the country. Let's not start rumors or panic of an "academy curse." :eek:
 

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I think kp2001 was just simply refering to a common superstition that bad things happen in three's .......
superstitions are of course preposterous but are readily found in the military and baseball.

My hearts go out to these families - these tragedies are heartbreaking.
 

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My prayers to the families and friends of the midshipman and cadets lost. I am always sad to hear of the death of such a young person whether or not they are at an academy.
 

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This is sad, especially for the families and friends. At CGA motorcycles were forbidden for cadets. They were forbidden to ride, drive or own one. Even in the fleet the Coast Guard lost too many shipmates to motocycles accidents in FY07. I'm all for banning them for active duty personnel, but I also don't own one, so I can understand how my stance might differ from others.
 

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Same restriction at USAFA, no motocycle use/ownership/or otherwise. Same for ATVs without explicit permission too.
 

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KP that is a very unfortunate and irresponsible statement on your part, no matter how well-intended.
 

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KP that is a very unfortunate and irresponsible statement on your part, no matter how well-intended.


Wow, couldn't disagree with you more there boss. I see nothing unfortunate nor irresponsible in my statement.

Please point what part of my statement is so wrong????
"Wow, so in the last few weeks we have now had a cadet from WP and a midshipman from NA pass away. So very unfortunate. I guess AFA, CGA, and MMA better watch out as they might be next. "

Maybe a rash of incidents is a sign that it's time for the Academies to evaluate themselves and make sure they are doing everything they can to keep their cadets/midshipmen safe. Even if at first glance none of the incidents seem to have a common thread there may be one if a closer look is made.
 

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kp2001 is right - kids think they are invincible. even into their 20's - they just think that nothing will ever happen - their actions get ahead of their brain and tragedy strikes. Being a cadet or mid doesn't prevent this - they are still "kids" and still in their teens or early 20's. They forget. They live in the "moment". All it takes is just a moment.
The accident happens, tragedy strikes and lives are forever changed.
Be careful out there.
 

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Perhaps it would have been more correct to say "every college may want to watch out."

I agree, kids think they're going to live forever, but that is across the board. It's no different at Ohio State, Harvard, Virginia Tech, McGill, or UC Berkeley.

There is only so much you can do to protect cadets and midshipmen on leave, some of that involves rules that extend into their private lives, and some depends on pure luck. There isn't much an academy can do to protect their students from a drunk driver or a gun loving crazy, but that's life in today's day and age.
 
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