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For Lt. Cdr. William B. Krissoff, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) orthopedic surgeon and a father of two Marine officers, the inspiration to join the Navy Medical Corps at age 60 stemmed from his sons’ bravery and commitment to duty. In particular, his service is a legacy to his oldest son, 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff, a counterintelligence/human intelligence officer with the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion who was killed in Iraq on Dec. 9, 2006.

Both of Krissoff’s sons, Nathan and Austin, were deeply affected by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Like many Americans, they wanted to show their support for the thousands of lives lost that day, but they didn’t simply raise an American flag on their lawn or put a bumper sticker on their car showing support for the troops. Instead, the Krissoff brothers took it one step further when they decided to join the Marine Corps, knowing that going to war may be inevitable. Krissoff knew very little about the Marine Corps then, but he knew that he could not be prouder of their decision to serve their country.

“In the natural order of things, sons are inspired by their dad,” Krissoff said. “In our family, I’ve been inspired by my sons and their commitment and dedication to service and Marines.”

Krissoff’s final push to join the Navy Medical Corps came from a visit their family received from the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion commanding officer, Lt. Col. William H. Seely, and battalion sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Kenneth C. Pickering. Both traveled across the country visiting the families of fallen Marines and those recovering from wounds, when they stopped in Nevada to visit the Krissoff family. They discussed the possibility of Krissoff serving as a doctor in a Marine unit and that’s when the future Navy doctor was convinced that he wanted to pursue his commission.

“I’d like to do that,” Krissoff thought. “That was the moment that I got in my head that was something I could do.”

Kudos to Lt. Col. Seely and Sgt. Maj. Kenneth C. Pickering. They make me proud to have worn the same uniform. The article concludes:

Aside from seeing patients, Krissoff has also had the opportunity to teach orthopedics to young Navy corpsmen, as well as battalion surgeons and flight surgeons.

“This has been very fulfilling for me to work with the staff at TQ Surgical,” Krissoff explained as he nears the halfway point of the deployment.

Krissoff didn’t join for the glory. He didn’t join for the fame. He did it as a tribute to his son and all of the service members who have and continue to go in harm’s way serving their country in forward-deployed environments.

“I’m just a doc doing what I’m trained to do,” Krissoff emphasized.

True and, yet, just a part of the larger truth.

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