Yes, the ceremonial Sword you described is the type sword that cadet officers were issued once promoted to a cadet officer of rank. During my eight years at OMI from 1951 thru 1958 I was promoted to being a cadet officer and I actually purchased my sword from a graduating cadet officer I believe in the class of 1954 and or 1955. In fact back during our founding of the OMIHA group who developed the website you signed onto, that very same cadet we found in our search of OMI Ole Boys and I returned his sword back to him because he regretted selling to me after years had passed.
There also was a ceremonial Sword, we called them Sabers, that was given out each year to a Cadet Officer who was elected by the faculty as being the Best Drilled Cadet Officer for that year. That particular Saber was always returned after presentation to be awarded the next year to the next recipient of this honor..
This Saber and the award were established back in 1932. When the school closed after my graduation I was able to acquire that Saber and we have it stored with Jay Gatchett in hopes that some day we may be able to establish a museum. OMI was in existence for 66-years.
The student enrollment came from all over the United States as well as some during my enrollment came from South America.
Please feel comfortable with contacting me directly and or Jay Gatchett Class of 1955 on any questions you may have. We are pleased to share any information that may be of interest to you Sir!
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