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Frank Kroetch & Daniel Pinna at the Missouri

The Missouri is on the right, a destroyer on the left. My father (Frank Kroetch) carrying my son (Daniel Pinna) when he was about 2 1/2 yrs old. My Dad was on a destroyer in WW2 (the Killen) and I love the generational/history feeling of this photo.

The Missouri was in Bremerton Washington when this was taken - where my mother grew up and where the Killen was first commissioned. My father was a plankholder, being on the Killen from commissioning to decommissioning in San Diego. ... show more

About Frank Edward Kroetch

Dad was never baptized (as far as I know) and has no burial site because he was cremated and his ashes distributed between his wife and two daughters. He was a very smart man (with an IQ that tested between 165 and 185) and good looking - charismatic! He was a life-long entrepreneur, having attended the University of Washington (after serving in the Navy in World War Two) and graduating from San Jose State University. He lived in both California (where his daughters were born) and Washington (where he was born and died). He was quite a human being and we all miss him every day! ...more info

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Frank Kroetch & Daniel Pinna at the Missouri

Frank Edward Kroetch

Mini-biography
Born: Mar 26, 1927 in Hoquiam, WA
Died: Jul 11, 2001 (age 74) in Bellingham, WA
Cause: Heart Failure

Also in this photo: Frank Edward Kroetch at 56 years old  ·  Daniel Joseph Pinna at 2 years old