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Navy football will honor recent graduate who died in Florida air base shooting at Army-Navy game

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Posted at 9:03 PM, Dec 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-12 21:03:29-05

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy went to Facebook to announce how they will honor a fallen Midshipman for the Army-Navy game.

On Saturday, Navy's football team will sport 1960's inspired uniforms on the gridiron as they take on age old rivals, Army in Philadelphia. The helmets will feature the numbers 12 and 27 to honor the academy's two Heisman Trophy winners, Roger Staubach and Joe Bellino.

On Thursday, USNA made an addition to the timeless jerseys, to honor another Navy alum. A patch will be worn the honor recent-graduate Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson.

Watson and two others were killed on December 6 by an active shooter at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

According to the USNA, Watson’s shipmates from 10th Company will be wearing red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels and Defensive co-captain Midshipman 1/C Nizaire Cromartie will be wearing a memorial patch from the Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, Florida, where Watson, Haitham and Walters were assigned.

Watson was a mechanical engineering major and a member of the Naval Academy's 10th Company.

He was temporarily assigned to the Naval Academy’s Physical Education department until he reported to Pensacola to begin the aviation training pipeline last month.