National Geographic : 1952 May
© National Geographic Society " She Admires a Birthday Medallion West Point's sesquicentennial shield bears the helmet of Pallas Athene, goddess of wisdom and learning, over a Greek sword, sign of the military profession. The emblem symbolizes the Academy's aims. The cadet flag in background shows its reverse side; the eagle's head and helmet face the staff on both sides. 618 hoaacnromes uy no\h tel aaier + Plebes Sit Stiffly at Table Torsos rigid, not touching chair backs, plebes (fresh men) speak only with permission, or if addressed by superiors. Eyes stay fixed on plates. Ten cadets fill each of some 240 tables in Washington Hall. The mural depicts 20 great battles and 20 great generals. The chef tours tables to see whether food pleases.