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Stories for Naval Academy company commander who inspired

Members of the United States Naval Academy’s Class of 1959 gathered in Groton, in Annapolis and in front of computers across the country Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, to celebrate the launching of a book about their careers and to honor the officer, retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, who inspired them.

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Retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, right, becomes emotional after the presentations and shares a moment with Fred Yeatts, top left, of Bedford, Mass., and Jim Collins, bottom left, of Mystic, with his wife, Sue Volgenau, center, looking on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Members of Volgenau's 8th Company of the Naval Academy Class of 1959 visited him at his home in Groton Long Point to present him with a copy of the book "Sea Stories from The Color Company," a collection of sea stories from the USNA 8th Company of the Class of 1959, during the visit the group participated in a ceremony via Skype at the Naval Academy.

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Jim Murphy, center, of Centerville, Mass., says a few words to Retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, right, with his wife, Barbara Murphy, looking on after arriving at Volgenau's home in Groton Long Point Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Wednesday members of Volgenau's 8th Company of the Naval Academy Class of 1959 visited him to present him with a copy of the book "Sea Stories from The Color Company," a collection of sea stories from the USNA 8th Company of the Class of 1959, during the visit the group participated in a ceremony via Skype at the Naval Academy.

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Jim Murphy, left, of Centerville, Mass., retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, front, extreme right, and Fred Yeatts, background, right, of Bedford, Mass., watch via Skype as the Naval Academy prepares for the ceremony that they and fellow members of the 8th Company of the Naval Academy Class of 1959 wait to participate in while at Volgenau's home in Groton Long Point Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

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Jim Collins, left, of Mystic, left, works to improve the computer audio while he and Fred Yeatts, center, of Bedford, Mass., and retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, right, along with fellow members of the 8th Company of the Naval Academy Class of 1959 and their wives and family watch via Skype a ceremony at the Naval Academy that they are participating in from Volgenau's home in Groton Long Point Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013.

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Retired Rear Adm. Doug Volgenau, right, becomes emotional while listening to his wife, Sue Volgenau, read his speech for him during the ceremony at the Naval Academy that they are participating in via Skype from the Volgenau's home in Groton Long Point Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. Members of the 8th Company visited Volgenau to present him with a copy of the book "Sea Stories from The Color Company," a collection of sea stories from the USNA 8th Company of the Class of 1959, and to participate in the ceremony.

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