Religion: Underwater Parish

Brown-haired, blue-eyed John Laboon is a tall man for a submarine—6 ft. 5½ in. But the subs are what he picked when he graduated from Annapolis in 1943, and he fought the war in a slightly stooped position on board the Peto, was awarded a Silver Star for "gallantry and intrepidity in action" off Japan when he swam through the shelling of shore batteries to rescue a downed airman.

The Peto was decommissioned in 1946, and Pittsburgh-born Lieut. Laboon turned to the career he had decided on in his cramped bunk under the Pacific: the priesthood (one of his brothers is a...

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