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Thread: In memoriam: (desertswo) Captain Michael M. ("Mike") Eagen, USN (Ret.)

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    I don't know of anyone that took more joy in sharing knowledge than the good Captain. And what a vast source of knowledge he was.

    I'll miss him

    Fair winds and following seas Sir
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    The good Captain was with us for far too briefly and yet he earned my genuine respect and admiration almost from the start. I was educated by the knowledge he shared. For that and for the service he gave to our country I will always be grateful. He left this good earth at much too young an age. It saddens me to think what more he could have accomplished and the good company we are going to miss in the years ahead.

    My sincere condolences to his loved ones. RIP good sir!

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    Personal loss ....

    The good Captain befriended me via the Fletcher thread.
    He shared his knowledge and delightful humor.
    My sincere heartfelt loss and thoughts go out to his family.
    The helm stands vacant .......
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    Geez, I had been wondering where he was, too.

    RIP, and he will be missed.

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    Attention on deck! Hand salute! Rest in peace Captain

    I am sure that all agree that this news deserves it own thread here in Naval Warfare.
    I am shocked and saddened in discovering this. Many of us not only enjoyed his presence here, many learned much! I wish I had the chance to serve under his command. Though I never met the man, I
    was grateful for the coms I had with him.

    Captain, fair winds and following seas sir!

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    MODERATORS: If possible, could one of you post the Captains picture that he used in his profile here.
    Thanks
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    A dedicated thread has been started for the Good Captain.

    http://www.worldaffairsboard.com/sho...22#post1003622
    Chimo

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    The Captain had alluded to tenuous health in a few comments. First rate mariner, obviously. Incredibly knowledgeable rocker too. Added a lot to the music thread while engaged.

    I'll genuinely miss him here and my prayers to his family and friends. They've lost a good one.

    So many of late. Damned shame.
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    Damn Damn DAMN...too much of this.

    Captain, you will be sorely missed.
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlaterDoc View Post
    I am sure that all agree that this news deserves it own thread here in Naval Warfare.
    I am shocked and saddened in discovering this. Many of us not only enjoyed his presence here, many learned much! I wish I had the chance to serve under his command. Though I never met the man, I
    was grateful for the coms I had with him.

    Captain, fair winds and following seas sir!

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    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/san...?pid=176873394


    MODERATORS: If possible, could one of you post the Captains picture that he used in his profile here.
    Thanks
    It was just a few months before that he came out to visit the Iowa and offer some advice on a very slow leak we have in one of the shaft glands. He was a very congenial person who was Navy all the way. I'm glad I had the pleasure of meeting him and his family and even had him piped aboard.
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    RIP sir, you will be missed but never forgotten.
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    Fuck!!!! FUCK!!!! FUCK YOU, DEATH!!!!

    You keep taking the great ones way too early.

    Skipper, you taught this grunt cum logistician cum historian a LOT!

    Thank you for your service, your mentorship and your life!!!

    Fair Winds and Following seas, Captain.

    DINGDING DINGDING USS DESERTSWO....DEPARTING!
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    I too miss the Captain.

    I hope his family sees these post to witness the the joy he brought to the WAB. The high regard he was held in by members of WAB and also a little insight into his US.Naval Career. Which he was rightly proud of. From his post I had a sense he was an excellent teacher, especially with the knuckle heads.

    RIP
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    I would have loved a story when the Captain chewed someone out.
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    As someone who never had the opportunity to converse here with the Captain, I hope I'm not being presumptuous.

    I have visited this forum frequently over the last year or so, and have joined up just yesterday. Desertswo was a major reason for my visits. I had intended to join several times, in part to converse with, and ask questions of, him (and some other members here). I now find myself deeply saddened by the fact that it will not be. And angry at my own procrastination.

    I suspect that I'm not the only (former) visitor here who has enjoyed the Captain sharing his experience and opinions.

    He will be incredibly missed.
    I find myself struck by the fact that I have a lump in my throat over the passing of someone I've never met...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    As someone who never had the opportunity to converse here with the Captain, I hope I'm not being presumptuous.

    I have visited this forum frequently over the last year or so, and have joined up just yesterday. Desertswo was a major reason for my visits. I had intended to join several times, in part to converse with, and ask questions of, him (and some other members here). I now find myself deeply saddened by the fact that it will not be. And angry at my own procrastination.

    I suspect that I'm not the only (former) visitor here who has enjoyed the Captain sharing his experience and opinions.

    He will be incredibly missed.
    I find myself struck by the fact that I have a lump in my throat over the passing of someone I've never met...
    Welcome aboard, no presumptuousness found. Glad to have you with us.
    Far better it is to dare mighty things, than to take rank with those poor, timid spirits who know neither victory nor defeat ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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