Lynne Rydalch remembers that when one of her sons was 8, he told her that he would go to college somewhere far away. Sister Rydalch raised her nine children in Rexburg, Idaho, so she thought he might mean California. In fact, she has now sent three sons to the highly competitive United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. They are Andrew, Fletcher and Wilson Rydalch.
The Rydalch brothers are empowered by a determination and commitment to character that is typical of those who undertake to serve both God and country, said Sister Nancy Richardson, a senior missionary who is assigned to support the 38 LDS soldiers at the naval academy.