James Patrick Darcy Memorial Training Fund
James Patrick Darcy, Jr., or “Pat” to everyone who knew him, was a Petty Officer First Class in the United States Navy. As an Intelligence Specialist First Class, he worked at various times in his career as an interrogator, human intelligence collector, database engineer, translator, maritime operations manager, and served as the lead petty officer for tactics aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. At other times in his career, Pat served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Whidbey Island, Washington; and Fort Meade, Maryland. He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal in 2009, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in 2010, and was also the recipient of various citations for good conduct and excellent service.
Pat was an intense individual, with numerous interests, including music, geology, mountain climbing, travel, and teaching him-self new languages. He was an incredible musician, and played banjo in bluegrass bands. He also played cornet, upright bass, and cello. He spoke Russian fluently, and used this often in his Navy career. He was devoted to his rescue dogs, and to his friends and family. A conversation with Pat was an event. He was widely read and could converse on almost any topic. Pat was tragically killed by drunk driver on March 29, 2014, just a few days after his twenty-ninth birthday.
As a former U.S. Naval Sea Cadet, he was a huge proponent of the Sea Cadet program. In his honor, the Darcy Family is proud to sponsor The James Patrick Darcy Memorial Training Fund for cadets enrolled in the Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division. Each year, one cadet if selected will receive $500 towards advanced trainings of their choice. Applying cadets must demonstrate devotion to the Sea Cadet program, show initiative in completing the correspondence courses, maintain drill attendance, and honor the memory of Intelligence Specialist First Class Darcy by writing how they hope to advance themselves in the Sea Cadet program in his memory. All winners will be determined exclusively by the Darcy family.