NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A cadet graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut has a special connection to the guard.Orlando Morel was only 6 when he and his mother left Haiti on a crowded small wooden boat destined for America. He remembers the blue of the ocean everywhere. And the hunger.Nor will he forget when the Coast Guard showed up in a white boat and rescued him, his mother and other passengers.His mother died shortly afterward of cancer, but he was adopted by her hospital translator and wound up living in the United States.Morel, of Rockville, Md., is now 24. He is graduating Wednesday from the Coast Guard Academy.Eternally grateful, the rescue led Morel to join the guard. He's excited at the prospect of saving lives.