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Old 11-10-2010, 03:54 PM   #1
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My Father in Law, the Master Chief

Another amazing man, Master Chief Bob Vaughn USN Ret, went to his well deserved rest and reward this past week and was honorably buried at Quantico yesterday. He was my Father in Law the last 23 years.

I need to brag about him a bit.

32 years of naval service, WWII, Korea and Vietnam veteran. DDay. Lied about his age at 16, days after Pearl Harbor. A strong chief, teacher, taskmaster, counselor, jokester and friend to countless people. Met alot of them over the last week

4 amazing daughters, one I am glad he entrusted to me.

But his best legacy wil be the years since retirement. He suffered a severe stroke 23 years ago. Ann, the most amazing woman ( my mother in law) was his constant companion and caregiver the last 65 years now. That is love!

Their unyielding faith in God and commitment to serving others made them the best example of love many would ever experience.

You should have seen the smile on his face as he opened his eyes, took his last breath and went to his reward!!!!

Lots of tears and smile over the last few days. What a privilege to have them both as my in laws.

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Old 11-10-2010, 04:42 PM   #2
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Isn't wonderful when a person lives his life in the world so that no speaker has to embellish him at his service. I hope folks remember to live like-wise
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I'm sorry for your families loss. Be comforted with the knowledge the Master Chief is with THE Commander-In-Chief. Matthew 5:4 tells me “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
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jack, I am sorry for your loss. I hope that he got to tell you of some of his experiences during his service.

My Dad went in the Navy in 1939 and was on a destroyer escort in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hel left the Navy in 1946 as a chief after having his DE torpedoed. His stories really made me appreciate the sacrifices he made for the later generations.

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Fair Winds and Following Seas Master Chief.
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He was not one to tell too many stories from those times. Lots of sad memories for a real emotional guy.

But he always teared up when Silent Night was playing. Reminded him of rolling depth charges on Christmas Eve while it played over the ship's speakers. Tough as nails but a huge heart.

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May God bless him for his service to this country.......
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Fair Winds and Following Seas Master Chief.

Big time DITTO.

I ran into my 1st Master Chief from 79 at the grocery store the other day.he retired in 80 I retired in 99. It was good to talk to him. Enlisted Khakie are the real leaders of the U.S. Navy.
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You are a blessed man. How wonderful for you to be able to share such a great family. I'm so sorry for your loss. From what I read I bet you are anxious to see your father-in-law again.

It is good for me to remember what my momma's doctor said to her as she too went on to her reward. He said, "I'll see you soon, Bonnie." I hope that you feel the same way about your father-in-law.
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