Groton - Chief Machinist's Mate William L. Griffen, USN, 32, of 77 Orion Ave., Groton, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, following a courageous battle with cancer.
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Chief Griffen was born Jan. 19, 1980, at Fort Campbell, Ky., the son of Jerry D. and Sandra (Adkins) Griffen of Swainsboro, Ga.
He married Danielle (Ramirez) Griffen in St. Marys, Ga., on Nov. 13, 2010.
Chief Griffen joined the U.S. Navy in June of 1998 and most recently served aboard the USS Miami.
In addition to his wife, Danielle and his parents, he is survived by his sons, Kamden and Aiden Griffen, both of Groton, Kyla Griffen of Groton, and Riley Griffen of Woodbine, Ga.; brother, Robert Tyndal of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a sister, Frances Griffen of Swainsboro, Ga.
A military funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel on the Thames at the U.S. Submarine Base in Groton. Non-military guests for the funeral are asked to park at the Nautilus Museum parking lot, just outside the base main gate where there will be a shuttle to the chapel. Proper identification is required. Burial will be in Avery Stoddard Cemetery, Gales Ferry, where military honors will be rendered. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London.
Please visit www.Byles.com for directions, to sign the guestbook, or share a memory about Chief Griffen.
Published in The Day on Nov. 12, 2012