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USN (Ret.)  

Beloved husband of Kathleen M. Monahan, passed away February 8, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Captain Krekel was a career Naval Surface Warfare Officer who served in a number of ships over his 24 year career. His sea duty included command of two ships, U.S.S. Force (MSO-460) and U.S.S. Manley (DD-940). He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was decorated with the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and numerous other personal, campaign and unit awards.
Captain Krekel served in the Pentagon under two Chiefs of Naval Operations. The highlight of this tour was duty in the Office of Systems Analysis, where he established his reputation as a gifted analyst, thinker and writer, receiving much praise from his Seniors for his insightful and important staff work.
Captain Krekel settled in the Washington D.C. area in 1976. After retirement his time was spent between McLean, Virginia and Islamorada in the Florida Keys. In 2012, he and his wife Kathleen moved to Islamorada permanently. In his retirement, he enjoyed fine wines, tending to the orchids in his garden and travelling internationally with his wife. Captain Krekel was a true leader of superior intellect and a gentleman of the finest sort. It is a testament of his guidance and mentorship that several of his subordinates went on to achieve Flag Rank in the Navy. Much loved by his family and friends, he will be sorely missed.
Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at 1 p.m. at the Old Post Chapel on Tuesday, August 12. A celebration of Capt. Krekel's life will be held in the Campaign Room at Fort Myer Officers` Club immediately following the gravesite honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mariners Hospital Foundation, 91500 Overseas Highway, Tavernier, FL 33070 in memory of Lyman Krekel.

Published in The Washington Post on July 27, 2014
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