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RADM Lunney presenting his personal experiences during WWII in the Pacific to the NJROTC cadets at George Washington High School in Upper Manhattan

NJROTC Cadets at George Washinton High School listening to RADM Lunney's presentation

The New York Council is proud to support and promote the work of our Youth Programs participants and the Youth Committee members who advise them. This page highlights recent events held by and for our Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps units. More JROTC and other Youth Programs events are documented in our photo gallery. 

Youth Programs including Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) are a primary focus of support for Navy League Activities. NJROTC builds tomorrow’s leaders through a focus on citizenship, discipline and respect. In addition to supporting Sea Cadet Programs, the New York Council of the Navy League provides significant support to several NJROTC programs serving over 500 youth. One of these programs in Upper Manhattan, George Washington High School NJROTC, recently hosted RADM J. Robert Lunney, NYNM (Ret.), a past President of the New York Council.

Admiral Lunney was invited by the unit to relay his personal experiences in the Pacific Theater of operations during the Second World War. In December 1944, soon after his 17th birthday and as a high school student in the New York City School System, Admiral Lunney enlisted in the Navy and began a 43-year career of military service. Admiral Lunney successfully related his experiences to these cadets by adeptly catering his remarks to similar experiences these cadets share today.

His presentation was the culmination of several months of work the unit had dedicated to exploring the Second World War in the Pacific. The emphasis of the unit’s study was the brutal nature of the island-hopping campaign and the high casualties, both military and civilian, that led to the decision to deploy nuclear weapons. Admiral Lunney tied the program together by conveying his experiences during the transition to Japanese surrender and his personal contact with Japanese soldiers. His continued relationship with one of these officers during his later service in the Korean War mirrors the evolving nature of our relationship with Japan as an ally.

The George Washington NJROTC unit benefits greatly from our extensive relationship with the New York Council of the Navy League. League members attend inspections and award ceremonies, and in this case provided priceless insight into the experiences of a young sailor in the Pacific. The Council has also provided resources that have allowed this unit to flourish. We expect the Navy League New York Council will continue to develop and strengthen its relationship with future leaders of New York City.

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