Shipmate Marks 80 Years of Publishing for Naval Academy Alumni and Friend

Although the Association of Graduates (AOG) was formed in 1886, it took more than 50 years to publish the first Shipmate magazine. Plagued with financial woes and little staff to run the organization, the AOG had a rough start. In 1931, the organization was incorporated and renamed the Alumni Association. Their primary goal was to make the organization financially able to produce a magazine. The alumni around the nation had formed active branches and chapters, but the Association did not have a good way of communicating all of their activities and share news from the Academy. With an endowment fund of $5,000 and $4,000 in an operating fund, the fledgling Alumni Association launched the first issue of Shipmate magazine for members in 1938.

Eighty years strong, the magazine has reported on the activities of alumni, classes, chapters and the Brigade of Midshipmen— and so much more. While the printing process and means of communications have certainly shifted and changed, the goal of Shipmate—to tell the story of the Academy through its alumni— has remained.

Check out these stories and more. Every page of every issue over the last 80 years is available to members of the Alumni Association. Thank you for being a part of Shipmate’s history.


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