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Marine 1st Lt. Nathan M. Krissoff

Died December 9, 2006 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

25, of Reno, Nev.; assigned to Headquarters and Service Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan; died Dec. 9 from wounds sustained while conducting combat operations in Anbar province, Iraq.

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Former Reno resident killed in Iraq honored posthumously

The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. — A former Reno resident who died Dec. 9 of wounds sustained in a roadside bombing in Iraq has been posthumously awarded another medal for meritorious achievement.

Marine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff has received the “Navy and Marine Commendation Medal with the Combat Distinguishing Device for Valor.”

The 25-year-old Krissoff was serving as a counterintelligence officer when he was injured in the blast in Anbar province.

“[Krissoff] established himself as a first-rate counterintelligence officer,” the military said in awarding the medal. “He frequently exposed himself to dangerous situations in order to facilitate intelligence driven raids.”

In December, Krissoff was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart.

Survivors include his parents, Bill and Christine Krissoff of Reno, and his brother, Marine 2nd Lt. Austin Krissoff, also of Reno.

A Truckee native, Nathan Krissoff was a Williams College graduate who put his international affairs career on hold to join the Marines in 2004. He attended elementary and middle school in Reno before attending a California prep school.


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