Truckee native posthumously awarded for Iraq duty |

Truckee native posthumously awarded for Iraq duty

Courtesy imageMarine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff on the right.

Truckee native and Reno resident Marine 1st Lt. Nathan Krissoff who died Dec. 9 of wounds sustained in a roadside bombing in Iraq has been posthumously awarded another medal for meritorious achievement.

Krissoff 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 al-Anbar province.

“(Krissoff) established himself as a first-rate counter-intelligence 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.

Krissoff died from injuries sustained when the Humvee he was riding in during a routine patrol was bombed in al-Anbar province.

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

Born in Truckee March 29, 1981, the son of orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Krissoff and his wife, Chris, Nathan Krissoff excelled as a student and an athlete. He sought adventure in life. Growing up at Northstar, the two brothers loved skiing the backside of the mountain on powder days, and shared a passion for whitewater kayaking, camping and other outdoor sports, his brother Austin Krissoff said.

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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