A Group Photo Brings Back Memories
Vice Admiral John Nyquist, U.S. Navy, Retired
My father, Walfrid Nyquist, was a 1921 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a destroyer sailor. On 6 December 1941, he took command of Destroyer Division 1 at Pearl Harbor and fought in the South Pacific until late summer of 1943 when he was ordered to the Naval Academy as head of the Electrical Engineering Department. We lived on Porter Road until the summer of 1945 when he was ordered back to sea as commanding officer of the USS Atlanta (CL-104). He later commanded the naval station at Green Cove Springs, Florida, until a heart attack in 1947 forced his retirement. He was promoted to rear admiral, having been awarded two Bronze Stars with combat Vs.