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    4 Generations in the US Navy: This Family Has Seen 100 Years of Submarine History

    4 Generations in the US Navy: This Family Has Seen 100 Years of Submarine History

    , Va. — The grooves of the Will family's gold-plated dolphins have tarnished. But the submarine warfare insignia, having been pinned to the chests of four generations, shines nonetheless.

    The dolphins have been handed down from Will to Will for 100 years, bearing witness to major conflicts and events — World War II, the Cold War, the fall of the Wall, the War — and the U.S. Navy's shift from diesel ships to nuclear powered warfighters. That century of Naval submarine history is mapped out on walls of the family's Buckroe home in Hampton.

    “This is submarine history, but it is our history too,” said Alex Will, a retired captain and third-generation submariner.

    Photos and memorabilia sit on display in the Will family home in Hampton, Va. on Thursday, July 6, 2023. The Will family is currently on the fourth-generation of family members to serve as submariners in the U.S. Navy. (Kendall Warner/The Virginian-Pilot/TNS)

    Alex was pinned with the dolphins in 1988 when he was 26. The insignia, which is given to qualified submariners, belonged to his father and his father's father.

    More than three decades later, those same dolphins belong to his son. Adam Will, 27, was pinned in May 2021 while assigned to the Norfolk-based USS , a Virginia-class fast attack submarine. Although the Navy can't confirm it, Adam may be the only fourth-generation…

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