Getzfred, Lawrence Daniel, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
132X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Naval Flight Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1997-2001, 132X, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
Service Years
1963 - 2001

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Elgin, Nebraska
Last Address
Arlington, Virginia

Casualty Date
Sep 11, 2001
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon
Location of Interment
Hillcrest Memory Gardens - Morton, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

Joint Chiefs of Staff

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
September 11, 2001 Fallen
  2001, September 11, 2001 Fallen [Verified]

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Naval Flight Officer Wings
Air Crew Wings
Command at Sea

 Duty Stations
VP-46 Grey KnightsVP-6 Blue SharksVP-31 The Genies/Black LightningsCNO - OPNAV
COMPATWING 10 (CPW-10)VP-40 Fighting MarlinsJoint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)COMPATWINGSPAC
Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
  1968-1969, AX-0000, VP-46 Grey Knights
  1974-1977, 132X, VP-6 Blue Sharks
  1977-1980, 132X, VP-31 The Genies/Black Lightnings
  1980-1983, 132X, PEP Administrator UK
  1983-1984, 132X, COMPATWING 10 (CPW-10)
  1985-1987, 132X, VP-46 Grey Knights
  1987-1989, 132X, VP-40 Fighting Marlins
  1990-1993, 132X, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS)
  1993-1997, 132X, COMPATWINGSPAC
  1997-2001, 132X, Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC), CNO - OPNAV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon
 Colleges Attended 
Santa Clara University
  1968-1972, Santa Clara University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
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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.
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