ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man is about to set out on a journey his dad and grandpa did years ago.
“I am trying to make my dad proud and make my family proud,” said Wyatt Perry.
Wyatt Perry, 21, said his dad, Doug, is his hero.
“He’s just been a great leader,” said Wyatt.
Doug is a former Navy chief. He served as a sea air rescue crewman for five years and was in the reserves for 15 years.
He said the military taught him a lot.
“Honor, serving your country, family tradition, stuff like that,” said Doug.
The Navy roots go back even further. Doug’s dad and Wyatt’s grandpa was also a sailor in the 1950’s.
That’s why when Wyatt enlisted to become a Navy diver his dad teared up.
“That’s why I’m emotional. Third generation sailor, same boot camp,” said Doug.
For the last year or so Wyatt has been training at the Sandia pool in Albuquerque doing push-ups, water pull-ups and treading water carrying a brick.
When he’s not training at the pool, Wyatt’s dad is prepping him for boot camp at home.
“One night was shoe polishing which we just did and another night was how to do the sheets so you could bounce a quarter on them,” said Doug.
The goal is for Wyatt be a successful sailor just like his dad and grandpa.
“It’s honor. It’s family, you know. It’s my father before me. I kind of want to lead in his footsteps,” said Wyatt.
Wyatt is set to leave for boot camp on Sunday.
While Doug said he’s sad to see Wyatt go, he couldn’t be more proud of him.
“He’s honest hardworking. I’m going to miss him,” he said.
Wyatt will be at boot camp for 30 weeks.