President Bush paid tribute 1STLT Nate Krissoff ’03, USMC and his father, a combat surgeon on his way to Iraq, in his presidential farewell address.

We see America’s character in Bill Krissoff — a surgeon from California. His son, Nathan — a Marine — gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old — 18 years above the age limit. But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America’s wounded warriors — and uphold the legacy of his fallen son.

In citizens like these, we see the best of our country – resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there’s more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter, and never fail.


We first reported Nate’s death here and remembered him a year later. Read, and think of those in harm’s way tonight. In a few days, we will have a new President and Congress, but the missions and responsibilities of America’s warrior class transcend our petty politics. God bless them all.

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