About the Ship’s Name, about Captain John Francis Laboon:
|Fr. "Jake" Laboon, S.J.|
The Naval Academy has honored Father Laboon by renaming the Chaplain's Center in his honor. When he retired in 1979, Captain Laboon was the Fleet Chaplain, Atlantic Fleet. When his naval career ended, Father Laboon returned to Annapolis as the house manager for the Jesuit retreat facility, Manresa-on-Severn.His final tour of duty was as pastor of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church in Woodstock, Maryland. When he passed away in 1988, Father Jake left behind countless service members and their families whose lives he had touched with his compassion and understanding. His courage and genuine concern for all his shipmates was then, is now, and will forever remain an extraordinary example for young sailors and marines everywhere.
Read more about Fr. John Laboon, S.J. (do not miss this link) (here) in the article entitled, The Underwater Parish in Time Magazine (May 4th, 1959)