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    Dick Landgraff was one of the first people I ever met online, back in the old Warships1.com days, 20 years ago.

    RIP Herr Landgraff
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    A great loss, his knowledge was retention of facts was amazing. I am proud to call Richard my friend. I am told that there will be a service, Monday October 23rd in Whittier, Ca but no details as of yet. Will post when I know more. Sue Schmidt, Iowa's volunteer coordinator tells me that Rusty's daughter said everyone is welcome. Craig
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    Craig, with all that Dick was and did, would the ensign on Iowa be at "half staff"?
    It would be appropriate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlaterDoc View Post
    Craig, with all that Dick was and did, would the ensign on Iowa be at "half staff"?
    It would be appropriate.
    We will do a flag raising service for Richard's family, tentatively October 25 where we present the flag to his family. We do this for all staff & volunteers. But I agree, Rusty was an extra special volunteer and a great feeling of loss is felt on-board the Iowa by all. A bronze plaque commemorating Richard and all the founding board members is on permanently display in the wardroom of the USS Iowa. Craig
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    Very sad, I didn't have a lot of interactions with Rusty but he passed on a couple of wise words via the odd personal message. I hope our condolences are being passed on to his family. It would have been a privilege to met him in person and even more so to count him as friend.

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    RIP. My prayers are with his family.

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    RIP. damn, i thought he was on the mend.
    There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "My ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."- Isaac Asimov

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    RIP, Mr. L.
    My prayers, too, are with his family.
    I consider myself honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to converse with him.
    I shall miss the anticipation that came with seeing his "Rusty Battleship" under "Last Post", and the smile it always brought, finding he had been here since my last visit.

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    RIP, Mr. Landgraff.

    So sad to learn of his passing.

    I live in the same neighborhood, and drive past his house regularly, and I noticed a few weeks ago that his flag pole was now bare. I hoped to come here and find a post of his, explaining the missing flag due to some kids stealing it, but feared that would not be the case.

    I too shall miss the anticipation of seeing his posts here, and all the knowledge and wisdom he so graciously shared. They just don't make'em like that anymore...

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    Sad to hear. But celebrate the lives he touched, the knowledge he imparted and the ships he loved that he was able to save. His legacy will live on for a very long time.

    Farewell Rusty
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    Kristina Underhill, Rusty's daughter passed this along.

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    Damn It!

    Not another one.

    Rusty, I loved to interact with you. You taught me so much about naval architecture and the great battleships. I did enjoy stumping you with the questions on Civil War vessels...always drove you nuts!

    And the absolute joy and pride you had "talking" to me about your times in M41s & M48s. I think you were a tanker at heart.

    Fair winds and following seas, Dick.
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    RIP, Rusty.

    You were a fountain of knowledge that touched a lot of people both here and in your volunteer work aboard the Iowa.

    Rest easy

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    Rest in Peace, Mr. Landgraff.
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    RIP Rusty. You were a treasure to this community and enlightened and delighted many with your knowledge.

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