A Father's Day Remembered

Meredith Wisner 5 years, 3 months ago

Fatherly Pride: Anapolis bound Nicholas LaDuca Jr. and Andrew Zagayko are honored by Admiral Schuyler Neilson Pyne for their soon-to-be midshipmen status as their fathers look on.

For Father's Day we found this charming little story of two Navy Yard employees whose sons earned acceptance into the Naval Academy in Annapolis.  Their graduation fittingly took place on Father's Day 1962, and both proud papas were fortunate enough to have been in attendance. We just loved the tone of the story, and how the editorial staff of the Shipworker seemed just as enthusiastic about the young mens' achievements. The story speaks eloquently of the family atmosphere that characterizes Navy Yard throughout its history.

Digging a little deeper it turns out that the fathers in question were no slouches themselves. Vladimir Zagayko made front-page news as one of the Yard's more reliable blood donors - earning him a membership in Admiral Pyne's "Gallon Club."  Nicholas LaDuca Sr., a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves, served as leader of the Junior Nautical Brigade alongside his son - who was also a reservist.  They are pictured below (first two on the right-hand side) with their young charge on a visit to the USS Maury. The Junior Nautical Brigade was part of the Sea Scouting organization, which was established in 1912 and is now a part of the Boy Scouts of America.

The announcements posted in the Shipworker detailing the young boys acceptance are the most heartwarming.  Each of them conveys the sense of pride these fathers felt as their sons began their journey to become Naval officers.  The announcements are posted below for your enjoyment. Happy Father's Day!