AP coverage of the funeral for Nate Krissoff.

A former Reno man who suspended his career to enter the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks was praised at his memorial service as a “modern-day knight” who made a difference.

Nathan Krissoff, a native of Truckee, Calif., where his father is an orthopedic surgeon, died Dec. 9 from wounds received in a roadside bombing in Iraq’s Anbar province. The first lieutenant was a Williams College graduate who put his international affairs career on hold to join the military.

“He would not and could not stand idly by,” Marine Corps Capt. Michael Dubrule said Saturday during a memorial service for Krissoff in Reno. “The Marine Corps was a place where Nate could give back to his country and make a difference.”

The standing-room only crowd filled Nightingale Concert Hall on the University of Nevada, Reno campus Saturday, where Krissoff was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. Law enforcement motorcycles escorted the hearse carrying the flag-draped coffin to Mountain View Cemetery.

I have been unable to locate any pictures from the event. Are any available? We would be happy to post them here.

During the 90-minute memorial, Krissoff was remembered as a charismatic leader and a “modern-day knight” dedicated to protecting the Constitution.

After college and while working in Washington, D.C., Krissoff interviewed with the CIA but was told by the agency he was too young.

Old editions of the Record are not on-line so I can’t easily document that, back in the day, campus radicals actively protested when the CIA came to campus to recruit. The lowlight of these activities came when these students performed a “citizen’s arrest” of the recruiter.

That all seems a long time ago.

Commissioned as a second lieutenant in August 2004, Krissoff was with the 3rd Marine Division, where he served as a counterintelligence officer.

Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons noted to mourners Saturday that Krissoff was sent to Iraq on the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Acting on intelligence not long before his death, Krissoff helped save the life of an older Iraqi man from insurgents, Gibbons said.

See here for the full story.

Stories like this from Iraq rarely make it into the mainstream media, said Gibbons, a combat pilot in Vietnam and both Persian Gulf wars.

The Marines credit Krissoff with coming up with pinpoint intelligence information against “an enemy that hides behind civilians.”

This resulted from fact-gathering “up close and personal and often in the most dangerous places,” said Dubrule, the Marine captain who read comments from soldiers serving with Krissoff.

Are those comments available anywhere? Many Ephs who could not make the service would like to read them.

“Nate knew the danger, and he stepped in readily. His efforts helped save the lives of Marines, sailors, soldiers and innocent Iraqis.”

Krissoff was the son of Dr. and Mrs. William Krissoff and attended elementary and middle school in Reno and Stevenson prep school in Pebble Beach, Calif.

He graduated from Williams in Massachusetts, where he earned a political science degree and was captain of the men’s swim team. He took a job with an international studies institute in Washington before joining the Marines.

“I think the thing that is most telling about his character is the fact that this is a young man with a whole lot of options available to him, and he wasn’t looking to learn a trade or a skill,” Dubrule said after the memorial.

“He wanted to serve and give back to his country. That should be pointed out whenever you talk about Nathan Krissoff – that he was there for the right reasons.”

Indeed. If any EphBlog readers were at the funeral, we would appreciate knowing your thoughts on the service.

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