In Memoriam

On October 11, 2009 the Steel Sharks received word that one of our own passed away today.

Charles David Morgan, known to us as Nagrom became the latest casualty of the VietNam War, succumbing to the effects of Agent Orange 3 days before his 60th birthday.

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In his own words, written earlier this year we read:

I am a Vietnam Veteran 100% disabled From Agent orange and from wounds received.  I know war is not just war, but it’s death. No glory.  No thrill.  No rush,  but just death.  When it happens someone stops being a husband,  a father,  a son,  or wife or daughter.  Stops being a teacher or a provider.

I did three years in Viet Nam from the start of 1966 to Oct 1969 I walk every day with what I did and with what others did and its the price I pay for WAR.  But if my going let people walk their homelands safe and free,  then I would go again.

I am A Marine Sniper, Its all I Know. It’s what I am.

I have walked with many solders from many different lands and I’m proud of all of you.  I am your Brother.  I Have shared your pain and joy, and I swear I will NEVER forget you.
Ricky Tick

1st Marine scout Sniper team delta

vvmc

Hill 55

aka Nagrom


Nagrom was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans Motor Cycle Club, where is was known as Coyote, and was a Federal Chapter Associate Member of the Australia Chapter to whom he wrote:

Keep the Faith and never forget the ones that gave it all and the ones still giving it all to you and yours from a Nam Vet Semper Fi and I salute you all from downunder.


Nagrom was quite a character.  He had a love for the Silent Hunter 3 game, and the Steel Sharks in particular,  and in fact, his family told us that he was talking about the Steel Sharks to the end.

He played several different roles in his time with the Steel Sharks. He had been the FC of the 2nd Flotilla before a prolonged hospital stay took him out of action. He came back as the FC of the newly formed Betasom Italian Flotilla. He ran a boat in the 2nd Flotilla under the name, Kapitan Heller, named after a great uncle. He played the roll of the dreaded SS officer General Major Herrmann. And if you were wondering where the convoy was you could always call on Condor for an overhead view.

There are many here that knew him better and I encourage everyone to share their memories. Personally I would like to express my appreciation for his service to the United States.

der Metzger


A SAD DAY INDEED, NAGROM SHALL BE MISSED NOT ONLY BY HIS FAMILY BUT BY THE FEW OF US THAT KNEW HIM HERE, AS ” NAGROM”.  HE WAS ” CONDOR” ALWAYS READY TO ASSIST THE WOLFPACKS IN THEIR HUNT FOR TOMMY CONVOY’S.HE WAS ” NAGROM” ALWAYS QUICK WITH A JOKE OR REMARK, WHETHER HE WAS HUNTING OR BEING HUNTED.HE WAS MY FRIEND, AS FRIENDS GO OVER THE INTERNET.  HE WAS A HERO IN MY EYES, GIVING HIS ALL IN THE VIET NAM WAR.

HE SHALL BE MISSED.

I STAND AND SALUTE YOU, CHARLES.

ACT6963


Home is the sailor, home from sea:

Her far-borne canvas furled

The ship pours shining on the quay

The plunder of the world.

Home is the hunter from the hill:

Fast in the boundless snare

All flesh lies taken at his will

And every fowl of air.

‘Tis evening on the moorland free,

The starlit wave is still:

Home is the sailor from the sea,

The hunter from the hill.

My deepest regards to Nagrom’s family and my sympathy to the Steel Sharks. We have lost a dear friend and a comrade in arms, may we all take solace that Nagrom is on eternal patrol and at peace.

So long mate.

Salute

Downunder

FC Klaus Petersen

3 Unterseebootsflottille


Nagrom,

You will be missed, The Steel Sharks are so much poorer without you among us. Rest in peace, we all will drink one in your honor.

Drummer


Thank you Nagrom for all you’ve done for our country and freedom. You will be missed. You’ve done your duty…I’m glad you were able to enjoy this game later in your life. Now may God watch over you wherever you are….

I lost my Uncle, Leroy Fromelius, a number of years back to the effects of Agent Orange from Viet Nam also.

Barry Cech (SGT215)

SALUTE


“If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.”

Nagrom will be missed.

ColdSteel


I’m so sad to hear this news.  Nagrom and I made many online voyages together on the virtual North Atlantic. We will all miss him.

Beerman


It is sad news.  I had the occasion to play with him on two wolfpack attacks.  You will be missed Nagrom.  Rest in peace.

Anamir


I SALUTE YOU NAGROM, GOD SPEED MY FRIEND….I KNOW IN MY HEART THAT A U.S MARINE NOW GUARDS THE GATES OF HEAVEN….I LOOK FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN I CAN SHAKE YOUR HAND MY FRIEND…IT WILL BE A WORLD FAR BETTER THAN THIS ONE….

WHEN OUR LEAGUE GETS TOGETHER NEXT YEAR, WE WILL BREAK OPEN THE BEST WINE I CAN FIND IN TENNESSEE AND TOAST ONE TO YOU….

TO THE LEAGUE:

DURING A TRIP I MADE LAST YEAR TO MY PARENTS HOUSE I WAS TUNING IN THE RADIO AND CAME ACROSS GLEN BECK’S RADIO PROGRAM….IT JUST SO HAPPENED HE WAS GIVING A MEMORIAL DAY ESSAY HE HAD WRITTEN TO ALL THE MEN THAT FELL DURING BATTLE IN VIET NAM. TEARS WERE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE AS I LISTENED.  I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO LISTEN TO IT NOW…

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I ASK YOU DO THIS FOR NAGROM….IT HAS EVEN MORE MEANING FOR ME NOW THAN EVER BEFORE….

HORNET

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It was with great sadness to hear that one of our own has passed away my deepest sympathy goes out to Nagrom’s family.
I did not know him very well but Nagrom will be missed by us all.
Let us never forget Nagrom and what he has done.

Tavis


It is sad to hear of a persons passing but we all know,not when, but one day it will happen. I never had the honor or chance to play the game with Nagrom or ever speak with him but maybe once. I know he was a good man and payed the ultimate sacrifice for all of us….THANK YOU NAGROM AND REST IN PEACE

Joseph (Subhunter)


I was sad to hear of our friends passing, i have spoken to him on occasions and really liked him.

And though we are all many miles apart we share the lost of a friend and fellow shipmate and that in real life when he was called to service he went and asked nothing in return and when i next past a church i will remember him.

Farewell friend.

Ron (MerchantRaider)


Well I don’t know what to really say but he was a good man….He helped Wildchild an me out when we first came on youncks ago

I became his XO. Yes he wanted things right and in the chats and
emails and P’M’S also I got from him said it all…

He will be missed my friend NARG…I Salute you my friend my
thoughts are with you and your family….

AKA your XO Fenski…Mally……………
…….Good Night..REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND…….

Well it has taken me a while to write this.

When I joined the Betasom Flotilla I was still green here at The Steel Sharks. Nagrom was my F C and he helped me with paint and other things. We hit it off and he was always on me about my radio reports. They had to be just right and of course I started giving he grief over them. I sent him a PM saying I was going to give him a hard time and he said it was going to be fun.

He called me a Flower Cart vendor with a monkey one time. He was so funny. But we had fun doing this. I was his rough commander doing what I wanted. The last convoy we were in it was a lot of fun for Ray myself and Nagrom killed them all.

I will miss him as a friend and also as my FC of BETASOM ITALIAN FLOTILLA. May you rest in peace.

Dano


I joined our TS server one night and found myself smack dab in the middle of one of Dano’s and Nagrom’s patented discussions.  I was impressed with Nagrom’s quick wit and humor and how he invited me into their little debate as if we were old friends.  That was my one and only contact with him and it saddens me to hear of his passing.

Periscope depth;  Rudder 15 degrees port;  Flood tubes 1 and 4 and ahead one third.
Rest in peace

Terry (TDR)

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07 Nov 2005, Nagrom wrote this:

Terry Lee Adkins was my cousin from West Virginia. I was on leave from Viet Nam when I was told he had died and was asked if I wanted to go to his services.

I was honored to go as a Marine and as a Vietnam Vet home on leave… We were both born in the same year, 1949, him in July, me in October. Our Moms knew each other and as kids we grew up around the same farms.

I am comforted that he’s home, I’m still not… I salute you, my brother Marine    – Semper Fi…

I shall meet you in heaven for some day my duty will be up here on earth and I shall know peace as you do.

From a cousin,
Cpl. Charles David Morgan
USMC 1st Recon

Nagrom, our friend, now you are home and  finally at peace.

u41

eternal

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