Charles Keith Springle
Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, age 52, of Camp Lejeune, formerly of Beaufort, was killed Monday, May 11, 2009, while deployed to the Army 55th Medical Company Combat Stress Center at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq.

He served in the U.S. Navy for 21 years as a clinical social worker, serving his country in Alaska, Japan, Spain, Tennessee, Germany and North Carolina. His undergraduate and graduate work was completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he received his Ph.D. in social work from the University of Alabama. The primary focus of his work involved counseling service men and women suffering effects of stress from battle, multiple deployments and family issues. Before his tour in Iraq, he was deployed for one year to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. While there, he treated service members wounded in combat. He volunteered for deployment to Iraq in January of this year because he felt the greatest need for his services was there at the heart of the battle.

He is remembered by family and friends as a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed travel, music and sports, and although he was fully dedicated to his work, he also loved his family immensely.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, of 25 years; his son, Corporal Charles K. Springle Jr., USMC; his daughter, Sarah Monday, and son-in-law, Sgt. Michael Monday, USMC; parents, Charles E. and Ruth B. Springle; sister, Tammy Mahouchick, and husband, Dennis; brother, Thomas Springle (CDR, US Navy, Ret.) and wife, Marilyn; sister, Donna Lynn Smith; and grandson, Joshua Phillip Monday.

Family and friends have established the Charles Keith Springle, Ph.D. Memorial Scholarship Fund for interested donors. The scholarship will support military-dependent students in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, who are working with military families or have an interest in mental health care for veterans and their families. Contributions may be made to the UNC School of Social Work (payee) c/o UNC School of Social Work Development Office, 325 Pittsboro St., Campus Box 3550, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3550. Contact: Mary Beth Hernandez, 919-962-6469, or [email protected]

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Munden Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service at Munden Funeral Home, Morehead City. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Published by Sun Journal from May 17 to May 20, 2009.
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I am a better person because Keith crossed my path. I really miss laughing with him.
Charlotte Wilmer
August 3, 2014
I worked with and enjoyed Charlie company. Enjoying the band or just talking I served with him in Rota. I have been to his grave site and have placed flower along with my wife this Christmas 2013. Never forgotten. CDR David Bachand
February 15, 2014
As always, Christmas is hard without you. We miss you and we think of you with smiles and laughter every day.
Susan Springle
December 14, 2013
I worked with Cmdr Springle; he took my place as a clinical social worker at Landsthul. I remember him as a pleasant person. I also got to meet his wife. Then, when deployed to Iraq I saw him at a behavioral health conference in Feb 2009 and had lunch with him. A little over 2 months later I was shocked to hear the news of his death. He was a good man. I will never forget him. LTC Jeff Hunter, USAR, RET, Salt Lake City, UT
December 13, 2013
We did it baby. I'm sorry it took so long. You are vindicated. I miss you every day.
May 20, 2013
RIP Commander. You are missed.
Gene Monroe
May 17, 2013
To the family and friends of Commander Charles K. Springle:
Always remembering Charles. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
May 12, 2012
To the family of Cmdr. Springle: Please accept my condolences, and apologies for not having expressed them sooner. Time passes but the wonderful memories of our brave heroes will never fade. He is forever in our prayers. Godspeed.
Tim Houseal
September 20, 2011
Another year without you, baby. Every day I think of the love we shared, the places we've been, things we've done, what you'd say about something, how you'd laugh at some absurdity, how much I wish you were here to enjoy your grandson, and how very much we miss you.
Susan Springle
May 13, 2011
To the family and friends of Commander Charles K. Springle:
Please accept my remembrance of Charles on the anniversary of his passing and know that he will never be forgotten.
Peggy Childers
May 12, 2011
We remember with sadness, fondness and gratitude those that we lost. We remember and keep in our prayers Cmdr Springle and his family along with my brother Matt who was killed that day, and his family.
Steve Houseal
June 9, 2010
It has been a year. My love, my life. Life continues and all our memories are warm & funny & grand, but there is an emptiness in my soul and my heart that no one and nothing but you and your love can fill. I still miss you desperately, and feel that you are "just around the corner" waiting.
May 31, 2010
To the family and friends of Commander Charles K. Springle:
Remembering Charles on the anniversary of his passing. May our fallen heroes never be forgotten!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
May 13, 2010
I just now found about Charlie's death. I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope you and the kids are doing well. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis Friend, Rosemark Tn.
December 5, 2009
On this day and with each day that we enjoy our freedom, I would like to give thanks and let you know that I do not take our troops for granted. May you experience God when you feel your loss.
Donna Gillette
December 3, 2009
I just found out about your loss. I am shocked. I will always remember Keith as a kind and open hearted fellow student at the U of A. It is a tribute to him and you as his family that you established a Scholarship fund in his name, so that something positive can come out of this tragedy. Ute Orgassa, Chandler, AZ
November 30, 2009
My heartfelt sympathy to the Springle family and friends in the loss of Charles. I did not know Charles, but my heart is broken and I am saddened for your loss of such a fine young person and hero. May God bring you peace in your heart as you reflect on all the wonderful memories you hold so close. Please know that you are in my heart and prayers. My heart was touched by the many wonderful/beautiful things written about you. Charles you are my hero and you will NEVER be forgotten. I visit Section 60 at ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY frequently. On each visit I will visit and honor Charles.
I send each of you a hug from the most inner part of my heart.
Love and Peace

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November 19, 2009
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November 11, 2009
Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family! I lost my husband this past March so I know what you are going through.
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To the family of Commander Charles K. Springle:
Charles gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers
June 22, 2009
Words are inadequate to express the sorrow I feel for your loss and pain. I had the pure pleasure of working with Keith at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Together, we co-founded a weekly process group for soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Keith, as I knew him, was most passionate about 3 things: His family, helping others, and doing the right thing because it was the right thing to do. I remember that he watched family videos sent to him over and over again. Keith was a wonderful professional because he was a wonderful human being who approached life and others with warmth, genuineness, and humor. I feel enriched for having known him. This world is a poorer place without him.
Sharon Stewart
June 21, 2009
I am sorry for your loss. Read about him today in The Washington Post (following his burial at Arlington). Golly, was his heart in the right place !!! He "walked the walk" as the saying goes. I am a retired military social work officer. I stand in awe of his dedication to duty; his commitment to help those who have served; and, to his love for his family.
Don Tartasky
June 17, 2009
First and foremost, I would like to extend my sincerest heartfelt condolences to the family of Commander Charles K. Springle. I had the honor of working under his leadership at the Community Counseling Center, Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. He was the leader that we longed for and was a greatly admired sailor who led with zeal and served with pride.

I can still see Commander Springle in my mind’s eye, walking toward me in the main hallway of the Community Counseling Center, smiling and armed with a kind word of encouragement or a quirky comment that would elicit a chuckle. As I bid him “farewell and following seas,” I hear his reply, “Carry on!” and I am reminded of the chorus from a song by Boys II Men:

“And I'll take with me the memories
To be my sunshine after the rain
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.”

Commander Springle was a man who demonstrated his true worth through his relentless pursuit to serve his shipmates and country in the best way possible. I am humbled by his outstanding example of character, resolve and integrity. We owe it to his memory to remember not only his tireless dedication, but rather the extraordinary way in which he approached life and service.

God bless you, Sir… We will forever miss you.
Hiza Newby
June 10, 2009
On this day we remember all of our fallen veterans of D-Day. I remember Keith, my brother-in-law. Really, he was much more like my brother. It is impossible to sum up a life well-lived in only a few words. He lived his life fully, with zest and he was passionate about life, his family, and his work. Since he was deployed overseas for so many years, it is really hard to accept this new reality. These last few weeks have been like walking through a heavy fog. We will never get "over" it, but we will come through it. I pray for each and every member of every military person and their families--past, present, and future. It is a story that cannot be adequately described, but we are forever in your debt even if we don't openly acknowledge it. I sit here tonight looking at 2 family photos made at Thanksgiving and Christmas, just before Keith left for Iraq. We were all smiling, never once dreaming it would be the last time we were all together. Never leave anything left unsaid to your loved ones. We are never promised tomorrow.
Marilyn Springle
June 5, 2009
So sorry to hear of your lose.

Mick Aitken
June 4, 2009
To the parents and family, I offer my heartfelt sorrow for the death of your loved one. So many times we don’t understand why this has to happen to us but know that you aren’t alone. There are many who have also suffered the death of their loved ones and we know that you will get through the day one minute by minute. When my son was killed in action I thought the world would end but through connection with others who had gone through this terrible tragedy I found that I wasn’t alone. When and if you would like to reach out and talk, vent, cry or just know how to get through each minute of the day please contact me. You are now a Gold Star Family and as such you should know that many of us are here to help and listen. May God bless and comfort you each and every day.

In memory of my son
SPC Harry (Buck) Winkler III
KIA 11/12/2006 Samarra, Iraq
CO-A 2/505th PIR 82nd Airborne
June 1, 2009
Always remembered and honoured.

My thanks to ALL the Springle family for your service.

Brat in Vancouver, Canada
May 29, 2009
I had the pleasure of becoming a member of a wonderful family. In times like this, a family must come together and support one another, which is exactly what this family has done and will continue to do.

My Father and Keith's Sister, Tammy, grew up together, so I grew up knowing him, but did not truely know him until I started dating and eventually married Tammy's son, Lewis. Apart from Tammy, Keith and Susan were the first members of Lewis' family that accepted me for who I was. They welcomed me with open arms. I could never thank them enough. I remember watching them dance at my wedding, you could see so much love and happiness. I told my husband that I wanted that; I wanted to look at him years from now and be even more in love with him then when I married him.

I am honored to have known Keith as the wonderful Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Uncle that he was. He touched so many with his passion for music, life, and helping others. He will be missed, but always remembered as the fun loving man that everyone loved.

'Bye Uncle Keith...I'll see you again someday...We miss you and love you.
Kimberly Bergeron
May 27, 2009
A lifetime of selfless service to others -- there is no higher compliment to be paid to a Sailor, man, father, husband, relative or friend. Keith passed that sense of service to his family and all who knew him. He was a good friend of our family during a great tour in Japan in the early 90s. Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.
CDR Bill Spann, USN (Ret.)
May 26, 2009
We were stationed with Keith and Susan in Japan in the early 90s. I knew Keith more as a father and husband than a sailor/soldier. He was a wonderful and devoted dad who was so proud of his kids and spent lots of quality time with them. We were shocked to hear of this loss but are so proud of the work Keith was doing, not just in this last tour but in his whole career. It takes a special person to do social work in the military as it can be gut-wrenching but Keith was the right man for the job. His dedication to service and country was admirable. Thanks for serving on our behalf Keith.
Judi Spann
May 26, 2009
Charles, I just wanted to say thank you for your brave and honorable service to a grateful nation, a nation in mourning for our fallen hero’s. You like so many other soldier’s chose to serve our nation when needed most and with your life you protected the very core of what America stands for. My nephew PFC Aaron J. Ward also made that sacrifice on 5/6/2008 when he was killed in action in Iraq. As I mourn for my nephew I mourn for you and so many other brave soldiers and please know that you all will forever be in my thoughts and prayers, we as a nation will never forget you. I stand tall and salute you Charles and from the bottom of my heart I thank you for the nights we at home could sleep without fear and know that we are safe. To the Springle family, words cannot express the pain we now share, but our families will forever have a bond and we will be thinking of Charles and your family and will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Since the loss of my nephew I have written on every single legacy page of every fallen soldier and included a photo of my nephew. I encourage you to do the same to Aaron's page. I have done this to honor my nephew but to let you know your loved one is not alone and my nephew is with him and they are now in God's gracious hands waiting for us to join them one day. From the bottom of my heart please except my sincere condolences and may the memories of your Hero carry you through each day for he will never be forgotten!

In Memory of my Nephew
PFC Aaron J. Ward (MP-US Army)
KIA 5/6/08 Al Anbar Province,Iraq
Gary Tolle
May 25, 2009
I first met CDR Spingle at Ft Jackson, during our NIACT Training. His humor made it a memorable experience. I was with him all the way to Kuwait, where we went off to our individual assignments.

Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate.

"The many men, so beautiful!

And they all dead did lie:

And a thousand thousand slimy things

Lived on; and so did I."

Rime of the Ancient Mariner
CDR K. "Lumpy" Sudbeck
May 24, 2009
I served with Keith at Yokosuka in the early 90s. Keith was a sportsman; he loved to play-- basketball, and softball. I still see him getting the rebound and driving to the basket. He was fun, kind hearted, and very well-liked. I admire his dedication and commitment at work. Thank you very much for your service.
Ador Yabut
May 24, 2009
May 24, 2009
With the deepest regret, I have just learned of the death of Commander Charles K. Springle. As a Vietnam Veteran and the State Chaplain of the Georgia Society, Sons Of The American Revolution, I speak for our President, Terry Manning and the more than 1,400 SAR members around the State of Georgia in humbly expressing the condolences of a grateful Society. Wrapped in the integrity of service to our nation and the inestimable values of duty, honor and country, your American hero stood on a wall of freedom for us all. This precious life, lived and lost in love of America, epitomized every attribute of patriotism the Sons Of The American Revolution hold dear. And, as Americans, we could never repay the debt we owe ..!! Nor the debt we owe you. the family of one of America's best ...!!!
Chaplain Dan Gates
May 23, 2009
CDR Springle,

I thank you for the short time we spent getting to Iraq and the friendship we developed. May God bless your family.

LCDR Billy Campbell
Billy Campbell
May 23, 2009

...For you every single soldier
Those who served so honorable
Your life was forever altered
While I’m home safe and free
I stand with grateful admiration
I stand respectful and so proud
I know I’m only a civilian
And I don’t even know if it’s allowed.

But I salute you; allow me the honor
to salute you with permission let me say
Even though I hold no rank know that from my heart
My humble gratitude comes from the deepest part.
I salute you.

Suzanne MacDaniel
A Proud Aunt
Sgt. David M.Fisher
KIA 12/1/04
Suzanne MacDaniel
May 23, 2009
To the Springle family we extend our deepest sympathy on the loss of Keith -- your husband, father, son, brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and we pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you to comfort and guide you through this very difficult time.
Rev. Mike and Donna Parrott
May 22, 2009
May 22, 2009
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Springle family. I served with Keith in Yokosuka Japan for nearly 2 years. As a young Ltjg going to my first duty station the then Lt. Springle was the first person I met. He came to Narita airport to transport me back to the base. I was so grateful. He was my supervisor and friend. Thank-you Keith for your service and dedication to the men and women who serve this country.
Amy (Dalrymple) Carter
May 21, 2009
You are my hero may god keep you in his arms forever.
Gary Allain
May 21, 2009
When trouble comes, your soul to try,
You love a friend who just stands by,
Perhaps there's nothing he can do,
The thing is strictly up to you,
For there are troubles all your own,
And paths the soul must tread alone,
Times when love cannot smooth the road,
Nor friendship lift the heavy load,
But just to know you are a friend,
Who will watch over me until the end,
Who's sympathy through all endures,
Who's warm hand clasp is always yours,
It helps some way to pull you through,
Although there's nothing he can do,
And so with fervent heart you cry,
"God bless the friend who just stands by." Kieth was a friend to so many. He is missed.
Tony & Sharon Sebbio
May 21, 2009
Although i didnt know Cdr Sprinlge personally i knew his son with whom we went to high school together in rota spain. It's unfortunate that this had to happen to this family. My condolenses go out to the family.
Maria Rodriguez(Garcia)
May 21, 2009
We remember you most as that young, energetic Medical Service Corps Officer that always has a smile when you were in Yokosuka, Japan.

Be not burndened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow,
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.

Perhaps, my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Mike & Peggy Blome
May 21, 2009
While deployed to Germany in 2007, CMDR Springle and I met several times and he was very helpful to me. My thoughts and prayers for his family and their loss.
LTC Jim Renna, US Army
May 21, 2009
Chad and I just wanted to say we love you all and how much of a pleasure it was knowing Cmdr. Springle(Keith)- They just dont make 'em like him anymore and this world has truly been robbed of an incredible individual, husband,father,grandfather,sailor,Cmdr.,coach,band member/rock star,friend and someone we should aspire to be more like. You will be missed but NEVER FORGOTTEN! -
Chad & Autumn Sinclair
May 21, 2009
To: Susan, Sarah, Charlie, Michael and Joshua
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you and I am so deeply sorrowed for the loss of your loving Husband, devoted Father and the proud grandfather of little Joshua. I first met Keith at the wedding of Sarah to my Grandson Michael. He was wonderful person. We are all Thankful for the service and sacrifice he made for our country and our freedom. May God be with you and bless you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. His spirit lives on in our hearts and May the Peace of the Lord be with his family
Gayle Monday
May 21, 2009
Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Stephanie Rafoss
May 20, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Linda Norris
May 20, 2009
It was a great pleasure to work with Keith. He was so passionate about baseball and went to great lengths to bring it back to Rota. It was a pleasure to work with him as coach, especially because he was just as passionate about our athletes performing just as well in school. In spite of his love for baseball, he made it very clear that school came first. It was also interesting to watch a man who was normally very calm, become so, .. what would be an appropriate word...,animated as soon as he set foot on the baseball field. I will miss him.
Michel Schadt
May 20, 2009
I will always think of Keith because he has left so many set pieces built by his own hands, here at TA, that we continually use for plays! :-) I admired him then and appreciate his talents even more now. God bless you all. May his spirit live on in our hearts and may a small piece of him be found in his precious grandson!
With love to all,
Emily von Redlich
Emily von Redlich
May 20, 2009

Our heartfelt sympathies extend to you and your family during this time. Phyllis and I have fond memories from our time spent serving together at Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan. May God's blessings and comfort manifest itself in a powerful way to your entire family during this difficult time. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Clint & Phyllis Chain (LCDR, NC, RET)
May 20, 2009
Our thoughts are prayers are with the family--thank you commander springle for the sacrifice you made for our country and freedom--
kenny and leisha mace
May 20, 2009
From our military family to yours, we would like to thank Commander Charles Springle for his service and sacrifice to this grateful country, as well as send our deepest condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Shelley Jones
May 20, 2009
There are no real words to take away the pain you are feeling right now. Try to focus on the wonderful memories that you all have and remember how much he loved you and was loved. Keeping your family in my prayers.
Brenda Austin
May 20, 2009
I offer my condolences to you and your family. Sarah, keep you head high and always know that your father and God above are with yall.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. -Matthew 5:4
Naomi Grimaldo
May 20, 2009
To the Springle and Monday families: There are no words to express how deeply sorry I am to hear of the passing of your devoted father, your loving husband, and the proud grandfather of little Joshua. My prayers and thoughts are with you and may God bless you during this difficult time.
Christina Frey
May 20, 2009
Ms.Susan,Sara,Charlie and Michael,I would like to express my deepest symphathy to your family and to the world for having lost such a great man.I only met him at Sara and Michael's wedding but what a dancer,when him and Ms.Susan were dancing it was very obvious how much in love they were and how happy they were.My heart goes out to everyone and may God comfort you in your time of need.We all love you very much. Aunt Paula,William and Colby
Paula Tedders
May 20, 2009
Ms. Susan,Sara,Charlie, and Michael, Im sorry to hear about our recent loss but I wanted to give my condolences. If there is anything I could possibly do please let me know
PFC Dustin Cogburn and Emily Turner
Dustin Cogburn
May 20, 2009

I am writing to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family over the loss of your HERO Commander Charles K Springle. I lost my son in Iraq on May 6/2007, so I can well understand your pain of losing a loved one so dear.

I pray you will be guided by a higher power to give you peace, comfort and strength in this time.

Psalm 34:18
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit
GOD Bless you and your family. Your soldier was a true American Hero and we are all very proud of his service. He will not be forgotten!

(Proud mother of Sgt Joel W. Lewis, 5/20, 3-2 SBCT /Ft Lewis
KIA 5/6/07, Baqubah, Iraq)
Gale Poindexter
May 20, 2009
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
margaret harper
May 20, 2009
I write this down as a record of what I have all ready told The family of Keith. As I sit here on Tuesday night I still can not believe that tomorrow I will see you only beneath a flag. A flag you proudly gave your all for and for the men and women who defend her still.
I call him Keith because I did not know CMD Springle. I knew Keith. I grew up in his house, He grew up in mine. Charles and Ruth his Father and Mother were mine .. And My Mom and Dad were his. There wasn't two families only one. No I did not know CMD Springle .. I knew Keith who made me laugh.. A 12 year old boy playing football in old man Huntleys Back Yard. A thousand Sunday nights watching Championship Wrestling from Florida while our parents played rook in the kitchen. The BB gun fights and Tommy's Palm Ball in little league. Keith brought the gift of band music into my life. Taught me to fear Arnold Adams the ECHS Band Director.
No I did not know CMD Springle..
I knew Keith , he was more than my friend. close as one of my own brothers.

I will miss him.. and I am lucky to have had him in my life.
Rusty Mace
May 20, 2009
Susan, Charlie, & Sarah: We were fortunate enough to be your next door neighbors in Rota. We were shocked and saddened when we read the Navy Times tonight. Words can not appropriately express our sadness. We know Keith is smiling down on all of you. He lived his life doing what he loved and made the ultimate sacrifice. Our prayers are with you.
Karl & Triss Holland
May 19, 2009
Mrs. Springle, Sarah, Charlie,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great loss. I know that the abundance of love from your great family and friends will comfort you. Today and everyday, we should honor the memory of your husband and father for his service to those in need. May we also not forget the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrafice. So I thank you.
Rachele Villafuerte-Gardner
May 19, 2009
I am saddened by Dr./Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle's passing. I only met him briefly at the wedding of his daughter, Sarah, to my grand nephew, Sergeant Michael Monday. Fond memories are of Keith dancing with his wife, Susan, and with his daughter, Sarah. Most of the Springle family members were in attendance and there was such joy and love among them. I'm certain that love will now comfort and sustain them. Many are honoring his service to our Country and the caring work that he did. It is my honor to say thank you to his family and to all those who serve. May God bless and keep each of you and may you find comfort in a life well lived and now passed to the Lord. God bless.
Sue Meadows
May 19, 2009
I only knew Keith Springle for a short time while I lived in Rota, Spain, but it was obvious to all who met him that his family and his work were foremost in his life. I can't ever remember seeing a couple as happy as Keith and Susan, and I know he was proud of Sarah and Charlie every day. It is impossible to think that such a great man was taken away from us all. Although his life was ended much too soon, Keith definitely left his mark on the world, and made it a better place.
Anne Marie Coughlin (Manalansan)
May 19, 2009
I am so heartbroken about the loss of this great man. He sincerely cared for the families and serivce members he came in contact with.
I served on a committe with him and sat beside him from the 1st day he started at the CCC on Camp Lejeune. He always made me feel welcome. He was a great man. I am proud to say I spent time in his prescence. He will be missed but never forgotten.
Denna Smith
May 19, 2009
To know and work with (DR.)CDR Springle for me has been a great honor. My thoughts and prays go out to you and your family. I know that he truly will be missed by all those that knew him. He has touched the lives of everyone that he has met . Although I have only known him a short time, I considered him a friend. I had the pleasure of saying I served with him.
HM2 Jennifer Hodgson
May 19, 2009
Commander Springle was a wonderful person to work with. He was a strong advocate for military families. In his job he knew first hand the challenges faced by those left behind and was ready to help those returning reunite with their families. As I wipe away tears I remember his smile, his compassion, and his gentle demeanor. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I wish them peace.
LCDR Denis Diaz
May 18, 2009
No words can express the loss of Commander Springle. From my family to yours with deepest sympathy.
Tony Akins
May 18, 2009
Dear Springle family, my deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. I was blessed to know Keith some years ago at Naval Hosp Rota Spain. He is one of those rare and special people I feel very lucky to have met who I will always remember fondly. Southern gent, nice, funny and, above all, caring, compassionate and truly concerned with the well-being of others. Whether standing duty together, trading fun-spirited barbs on the golf course, or simply passing in the halls, in every encounter he gave something positive of himself. His goodness continues to inspire me. As I reflect on happy memories of Keith, a smile fights through my deep sorrow. I wish you the same as you grieve. Though not as good as he, I am most certainly better for having known him. - John Kneitz
John Kneitz
May 18, 2009
To the Springle family you have my heart felt sympathy and prays,as a army veteran i really appreciate his service and dedication not only to his family but the military also. I have never met him but in my heart any man that will give his life for his country his a hero in my book
Willie Hunt
May 18, 2009
Commander Springle was a beautiful person with a smile and a kind word for all. I shall always be blessed for having known him as a co-worker. He could always be counted on at staff meetings to put things in the proper perspective! Heaven's angels are surely rejoicing at his arrival. He was truly a hero. Peace to his beloved family whom he loved much and spoke of often.
Marla Talley
May 18, 2009
Every time I spoke with CDR Springle he was always upbeat and smiling. I will miss those short conversations. Please accept my greatest sympathy for your loss.
Steve Schmitz
May 18, 2009
My name is Drill Sergeant Prillman. CDR Springle was assigned to my platoon at Camp McCrady (Fort Jackson, SC) prior to his deployment to Iraq. What I remember most about him was his great attitude. My sympathy to the Springle Family.
Lesley Prillman
May 18, 2009
Susan, you and Keith were the first to welcome us to Adak. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to your family.
Kathleen, Brant and CDR Michael Brantley USN (Ret)
Michael Brantley
May 17, 2009
you are my hero may god keep you in his arms forever.
gary Allain
May 17, 2009
Dear Susan, Sarah, & Charlie, I worked with Keith at NHRota from 1995-1998--I remember him very fondly--he was the DJ at a 50's party my wife & I hosted at our home in La Mannitial & we helped coach the softball teams in Rota--our deepest sympathy is extended to your family, Love, Kevin, Peggy, & Katie Pidkowicz
Kevin Pidkowicz
May 17, 2009
To the entire Springle family: You have our most heartfelt sympathy and prayers for your solace in your loss of Keith. We hope that you may be comforted in knowing that Keith bettered thousands of lives in his service, and undoubtedly saved lives among Marines, Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen suffering profound distress of having served in combat in defense of our Nation. Moreover, he touched many more people as a model Navy officer and mental health professional by his selflessness, passion, and excellence in fulfilling his mission – in this way he will live on in those whom he inspired. Keith is and always will be held in the highest esteem professionally, and loved personally here aboard Camp Lejeune as a shipmate or coworker, leader, and citizen of the Base community.
Col Rich & CDR Marcia Flatau
May 17, 2009
Words cannot express my condolances. I will always remember the good times I had at LRMC with the CDR. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
CDR. Marie Corsino
May 17, 2009
Dear Susan, Sarah, Charlie, and family, What a wonderful man Keith was. Wherever he was, he always made his community a better place to live. Keith is an American Hero! My prayers are with you all during this difficult time. Love, Bish
Bishop Godwin
May 17, 2009
It was a privilege to know Keith Springle. He was a lovely caring man and a wonderful neighbor. We were shocked when we read about Keith in the Tuscaloosa News. God Bless you.
Sandy & Jim Guin
May 16, 2009
I had the honor and privilege to work beside CDR Springle while stationed in Rota, Spain. What a full spirited individual. He was a devoted family man that was always active in the community.

I had the opportunity to assist Charles when he founded the Rota Admiral high school baseball team. Although I only new Charles for two years while stationed in Rota, working with Charles coaching baseball was one of the most memorible times of my military career. Watching Charles expressions evertime Charlie, his son, hit a home run was priceless. He always wanted the best for Charlie... Always..
Susan my thoughts and prayers go out to you. This all still seems unbelievable to a lot of us. Miss you guy's

-Coach Justin Bailey "Ball"
Justin Bailey
May 16, 2009
Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, you have served all and now run with the Lord in his Field. My condolences to your lovely beautiful family and loving friends. You will hold a place in our hearts and I will remember you as I pass by the Lafayette Hill of Crosses Memorial in Lafayette, CA, where a cross is planted for each of our beloved Fallen. Our Son serves in the Army as a Ranger. My Father passed away many years ago but was Lt. Commander out of Annapolis in 43/44; Our Grandfather, laid to rest served in all theaters of WWII, we are proud of you and salute you until the end of our days and then again. Amen.
Kathleen Lind
May 16, 2009
To all who Served

The sailor stood and faced his God which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you sailor, how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"

The sailor squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who stand the watch can't always be a saint.

I had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent, because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place among the people here,
They never wanted me around except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll understand.

There was a silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod
As the sailor waited quietly, for the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you sailor, you've borne your burdens well,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets. you've done your time in Hell."

Thank you Commander for your service and your leadership.
Liz Johnson
May 15, 2009
Final Roll Call

Did you hear the sad news today?
Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle, a brave American Naval Officer has passed away.
Called by the Supreme Commander over all.
Today he has made his final roll call.

Come Brothers-In-Arms; let us reverently bow and pray
For our valiant comrade, who has fallen this day.
We’ll drape his casket with a banner of beautiful hues,
Those glorious American colors: red, white and blue.

That star spangled banner he gallantly fought to defend,
Unyielding and undaunted, he fought to win.
He fought bravely and he fought his very best.
Now the Supreme Commander grants him, “eternal rest.

With dignity and honor, we’ll commit his body to the ground,
The bugler will sound “Taps” and we’ll fire the volley rounds.
The final military honors we’ll render somberly and ever so sadly;
“Old Glory” we’ll solemnly precisely fold and reverently give to his family.

Each Memorial Day we will recall Keith’s name,
And attest that his supreme sacrifice was not in vain;
For this lasting legacy he gave to all generations;
“It’s honorable to respect our flag and to defend our great nation.”

So close ranks fellow warriors, for our ranks are thinning.
We must keep on fighting and keep on winning.
With pride and honor we’ll march and stand tall,
And we’ll proudly - proudly - salute “Old Glory”
‘til we join Keith at our final roll call.

Farewell Cmdr. Charles Keith Springle - Be At Ease; Rest In Peace
Carroll R. Michaud, USAF Ret'd
May 15, 2009
I was lucky enough to have known and worked for CDR Springle. He was a genuinely kind and gracious individual. The legacy of his service to his country and his dedication to helping improve the lives of his fellow Sailors and Marines will serve as a reminder of the tremendous priviledge enjoyed by those of us lucky enough to live in this great country, where we "live free because of the brave"
Kevin Colligan
May 15, 2009
May 14, 2009
Keith was a great friend, superb Naval Officer, and wonderful father. He brighted our lives from Adak to Rota and he died doing what he always did....helping people. He took the tough road because he knew he could make a difference....and he did. Our world is a less bright without his smile and our great Sailors and Marines will miss his caring hand. May the Lord bless and keep the Springle family during these very difficult days,

Our thoughts, prayers and love to Susan, Charlie and Sarah
The Lumpkins
May 14, 2009
The Final Salute

“Brothers in Arms”, Military men and women down through the centuries, have traditionally exchanged “Hand Salutes” as a sign of recognition and as a way to render courtesy and respect one to another.

This “Hand Salute” is the last that we shall render to Commander Charles Keith. Springle our Brother in Arms. To his family it symbolizes the love and respect that we have for Keith. And to Keith it is rendered as a symbol of honor and gratitude to thank him for the ultimate sacrifice he made while serving his country in Iraq. No greater love is shown than a man lay down his life for another. Keith, you are a brave Naval Officer, a Patriot Warrior and true Hero. With your passing, our Country has lost a National Treasure. We bid you a sad farewell. You will be dearly missed from among our ranks. Be at ease. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of the 1,409 members of Lowe-McFarlane Post 14 of the American Legion in Shreveport, Louisiana, I extend our sympathies and our condolences to Keith’s family and loved ones.

Dennis N. Engdahl, Commander, American Legion Post 14
5315 S. Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA 71109
For the Commander, Carroll R. Michaud
May 14, 2009
"Life brings tears, smiles, and memories. The tears dry, the smiles fade, but the memories live on forever" Thank you Cdr Springle for your service, warmth, and gratitude. He will always be an angel that crossed my path and made a difference in my life and others. My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends. It was a pleasure to work under his leadership at the Counseling Services Branch, MCB Camp Lejeune. Keep singing Commander!!
Stephanie Edwards
May 14, 2009
Commander Springle always looked out for his staff and made sure clients was receiving the best services possible.

Commander Springle has touched the lives of the people he came in contact with in ways he will never know or realize, and will never be forgotten and is a real inspiration for all.

I salute you Sir.

Rest in Peace Commander Springle.

You will be truly missed.
Dwayne Johnson
May 14, 2009
My sincere sympathy to the family.CDR Springle was the Director of the Community Counseling Center prior to deployment. He was a great man. He will be missed. He was a man who enjoyed and loved life and he loved the staff at the Community Counseling Center. May the Peace of the Lord be with his family.
Vanessa Lewis
May 14, 2009
Commander Springle was an outstanding leader while occupying the role of Director at the Counseling Services Branch aboard Camp Lejeune, NC. When I first met him, he had away of making you feel comfortable enough to talk about anything freely. He had build a family type atmosphere within the agency. I can truly say that he will be missed by all that had any type of relationship with him. So to me this is a sad and happy time. I'm sorry to lose a brother and friend; however, it is a joy and comfort of knowing that his spirit has return to the Heavenly Father who created him. So brother Springle go on and take your rest because your race has been completed. For those of us who are still here, be not weary concerning this tragedy, know and believe in your hearts that our dearly departed brother labor wasn't invain. There is laid up for him a Crown of Righteousness, that God will give to those that loves his appearence.
Gayloyce Willis
May 14, 2009
I worked with CRR Springle while he was the Director with MCCS Counseling Serivce Center at MCB Camp Lejeune. What an awesome individual! This was a man who not only was a Social Worker in title, but truly lived the life of one as well. Always a kind word can be expected from him. Always willing to give of himself in any capacity possible. My heart goes out to his family and although he has gone to a better place, he will live on in the hearts of the many that he touched. To the family, please remember we are all mourning the loss, but knowing CDR Springle in the short time I did let us also celebrate his life. And what an awesome life it was! God bless!
Will Artis
May 14, 2009
I worked with Keith at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, SC. Keith was an excellent Social Worker. He had a friendly personality that made all the people he came in contact with feel comfortable. He had a strong commitment to his profession. He wanted to help people. This is what he was doing when he died. Our family is thinking of his family and others that will miss him. He will be remembered.
Scott Frederick
May 14, 2009
Father we entrust our brother Charles to your mercy. You loved him greatly in this life: now that he is freed from all its cares, give him happiness and peace forever. Welcome him now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May God hold Charles in the palm of His hand. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My deepest sympathies.
Michael Iezzi
May 14, 2009
I served with CDR Springle in Rota Spain. He always made time for others. He was a great mentor to the junior officers. When not working, he was the drummer in a local band, his son plays guitar and his wife and daughter ran the sound board. He was a joy to be around and I will all miss him greatly.
Eric Barnes
May 13, 2009
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