“Several alumni wrote emails to the association starting last week, asking the Annapolis-based organization to rescind the Distinguished Graduate Award planned for Webb, a 1968 graduate, because of his decades-old essay questioning the decision to admit women into military service academies. The award ceremony is set for Friday at the academy.”
"From conversations with the Alumni Association, including information passed down from top Navy leadership in the Pentagon, it is clear that those protesting my receipt of this award now threaten to disrupt the ceremonies surrounding its issuance," Webb said in the statement.”
"I am being told that my presence at the ceremony would likely mar the otherwise celebratory nature of that special day, and as a consequence I find it necessary to decline to accept the award."
“Webb, who also served as secretary of the Navy, wrote the 7,000-word essay "Women Can't Fight" for Washingtonian magazine in 1979. He wrote that that presence of women "at institutions dedicated to the preparation of men for combat command is poisoning that preparation."
After protest, Jim Webb declines to accept Naval Academy alumni association award
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