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    Dad joins Navy to honor fallen son


    November 28, 2007

    Former East Grand Rapids resident Bill Krissoff never figured to be in a position to look President Bush in the eye and ask a favor.

    But there he was, sitting in a room in Reno, Nev., with Bush and several other families who had lost soldiers in Iraq or Afghanistan.

    His son, Marine Lt. Nathan Krissoff, 25, had been killed in a December 2006 roadside bomb explosion in Iraq.

    Months later, Krissoff came to a carefully considered decision: He would honor his son by leaving a flourishing orthopedic practice, a comfortable life, to join the Navy as a combat surgeon.

    But his application for an age waiver was mired in paperwork.

    So, on that August day in Reno, when Bush went around the room and asked if there was anything he could do, Krissoff spoke up.

    "I said, 'Yeah, there is one thing. I want to join the Navy medical corps and I gotta get some help here,'" recalled Krissoff, 61....

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    Jun 2004
    What a nice story. Thank you!

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