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I've never met another person in my entire life that has had as much integrity as my father. In his life, he was wronged by many people that he helped out - and never held a grudge. He never lied. He never cheated. He never tried to short anyone for his own gain.

My father found a relationship with God after he lost everything - and has gone to Church every Sunday for over 25 years since to pay back the prayers that were answered. He served his country with pride and retired from the US Navy.

He's one of those quiet champions that constantly helps other people - and never brags or shares it with anyone. He's quick with a joke and would open his door to anyone. People meet him and feel like they've known him for years. He's a good man, and a person that I aspire to measure up to.

"Chief" Karr helped me start NavyVets.com and has been the man who has added the reunion data that you all see on the home page. NavyVets.com wouldn't be here without his help. He loved the Navy and loved the idea of preserving his (and your) history.

Honesty, integrity, caring. Through it all, he and my Mom fought and succeeded in life and now he's challenged with illness that could rob his kids, grandkids and future great grandkids from spending more time with the greatest man I know.

He'll hate that I wrote this - but I love him and would appreciate if you kept him and my Mom in your prayers.

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Comment by Michael Hammer on July 17, 2013 at 11:09am

Doug,

You have my condolences. Your family will be in my families prayers.

Comment by Leonard Lewis RM1 on February 24, 2013 at 8:30pm

Doug, will be an honor to drop a prayer or two for the Chief.  Not only for the chief but for the entire family.  Everyone I am sure, will need a little extra help going through difficult times. 

Comment by Jim Decota on February 24, 2013 at 7:49pm

Just like a Chief to not want the attention! But, you tell the Chief that he would be doing us all(Navy vets) a disservice if he didn't allow us to know where our thoughts and prayers are needed! I have seen folks faced with terrible health adversities loose their battle and others win! I am convinced that if the mind(and soul) is willing, the battle can be won! It has always been the Chief's that set the example! It's time for him to do it again!

Comment by Al Lieberman on February 24, 2013 at 7:42pm

Doug,  May you and your family carry on during this difficult time.  I'll keep your dad, "the chief" in prayer and hope your family finds peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Comment by Alva Cotter Shell, IV on February 24, 2013 at 6:51pm

Amen Doug.. You should be proud of your Dad.   May God be with you and your family.

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