Doctor who joined the Navy after his son's death in Iraq returns from deployment
When his son was killed in Iraq, Dr. Bill Krissoff decided to honor him by enlisting in the Navy medical corps and seeking an assignment in a war zone. At age 60, he needed an age waiver.
With some push from the White House, the waiver was granted. Now at 63, Krissoff is back from a deployment to a military hospital in Anbar province, not far from where his son, Marine Lt. Nathan Krissoff, was killed in December 2006.
Bill Krissoff said the assignment, with a medical unit from Camp Pendleton, gave him with a sense of what Nathan had experienced in Iraq. He said he had no regrets about closing up a lucrative practice in Northern California to join up.
"If anything, I wish I had joined the Navy five years ago," he said last week at his new home in Rancho Santa Fe.
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-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Austin, Christine, Nathan and Bill Krissoff. Credit: Krissoff family