429 (c) The Secretary, to the extent he considers proper, may delegate the authority conferred by this section to any person in the Department of the Navy, with or without the authority to make successive redelegations. §6953. Midshipmen: appointment Midshipmen at the Naval Academy shall be appointed by the President alone. §6954. Midshipmen: number (a) There may be at the Naval Academy at any one time midshipmen as follows: (1) 40 selected in order of merit as established by competitive examination from the sons of members of the armed forces who were killed in action or died of wounds or injuries received or diseases contracted in, or preexisting injury or disease aggravated by, active service— (A) during World W a r I or World W a r II as defined by laws providing service-connected compensation or pension benefits for veterans of those wars and their dependents; or (B) after June 26, 1950, and before February 1, 1955. The determination of the Veterans' Administration as to service connection of the cause of death is binding upon the Secretary of the Navy. (2) Five nominated at large by the Vice President. (3) Ten from each State, five of whom are nominated by each Senator from that State. (4) Five nominated by each Representative in Congress. (5) Five from the District of Columbia, nominated by the Commissioners of that District. (6) Five from each Territory, nominated by the Delegate in Congress from that Territory. (7) Six from Puerto Rico, five of whom are nominated by the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico and one who is a native of Puerto Rico nominated by the Governor of Puerto Rico. (8) One nominated by the Governor of the Panama Canal from the sons of civilians residing in the Canal Zone or the sons of civilian personnel of the United States Government, or the Panama Railroad Company, residing in the Republic of Panama. (b) I n addition there may be appointed each year at the Academy midshipmen as follows: (1) 75 selected by the President from the sons of members of regular components of the armed forces. (2) 160 nominated by the Secretary of the Navy from enlisted members of the Regular Navy and the Regular Marine Corps. (3) 160 nominated by the Secretary of the Navy from enlisted members of the Naval Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve. (4) 20 nominated by the Secretary of the Navy, under regulations prescribed by him, from the honor graduates of schools designated as honor schools by the Department of the Army, the Department of the Navy, or the Department of the Air Force, and from members of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (c) The President may also appoint as midshipmen at the Academy sons of persons who have been awardexi the medal of honor for acts performed while in the armed forces.