***TO ANYONE WHO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SERVING WITH CAPT LARRY GETZFRED***
If you have any information that will make his profile more complete then please send it. CAPT Getzfred was a fine officer and good man and deserving of such recognition and remembrance.
CAPT. LAWRENCE D. GETZFRED
A Navy Man, Bottom to Top
Lawrence D. Getzfred saw a lot of the Navy in his 39 years of service. He saw it from the bottom, when he enlisted out of high school in 1963. And he saw it from the top, as a commander of aircraft squadrons over the Pacific and as an officer in the Navy Command Center at the Pentagon.
''He had a tremendous perspective and insight for dealing with people in the Navy because he started out as an enlisted man,'' said Jess Hernandez, a retired rear admiral who knew Captain Getzfred for more than 20 years. ''Larry had a great feeling for those who were junior to him. He had been there, and he knew how important it was to offer his ear.''
Captain Getzfred followed his older brother, Robert, into the Navy. Three other brothers -- James, William and Ronald -- enlisted after he did. Combined, the five brothers from Elgin, Neb., have more than 100 years of service. A sixth Getzfred brother, Mark, works for The New York Times.
''He loved the Navy,'' said Capt. Richard Tenga, who worked at the command center with Captain Getzfred. ''His goal was to get to 40 years of service.''
Friends said Mr. Getzfred, 57, cherished his daughters, Larissa, 12, and Kristina, 11, and his wife, Patricia, who live in suburban Maryland. He carried his daughters' pictures on his keychain and spent his free time building doll houses for them.
And he loved his orange Corvette. He bought the car in the 1970's, friends said. It is still parked in the barn on the family farm in Nebraska.