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Doctor who joined the Navy after his son's death in Iraq returns from deployment

October 26, 2009 |  7:15 am


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