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Father follows son's footsteps, enlists in the Navy Medical Corps at 61

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Monday, hundreds across the country gathered on Memorial Day to honor and remember those who have served our country. 

At Mt. Soledad's memorial service, one Marine was recognized for his ultimate sacrifice, nearly nine-years-ago.

Counter Intelligence Officer and Marine First Lt. Nathan Krissoff was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He was only 25-year-old. 

"He was a man of service because he believed that the needs of the many out weighed the needs of a few," said Col. Bill Seely. 

Inspired by his own son, Dr. Bill Krissoff decided to close up his lucrative orthopedic practice and enlist at the age of 61. He enlisted with the Navy Medical Corps. 

It took presidential intervention to get an age waiver, but it happened. He served as a surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

"It's one thing for a son to follow in his father's footsteps, but how many times do you see a father follow in the footsteps of his son," said Maj. General Lawrence Nicholson. 

Much like his son Nate, the retired Lt. Commander is humble about his service.

"I know for a fact in Afghanistan, his medical skills saved the lives of Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers," said Maj. General Lawrence Nicholson. 

Lt. Commander Krissoff said Memorial Day is not about him, but rather about his son. In fact, service runs deep for the Krissoff family. Nate's younger brother Austin is also a retired Captain for the United States Marine Corp.

Memorial Day was more than about inspiration, it was a day to honor, remember and to never forget that our freedom comes at a price

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