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Chris Pipkin, ET2(SS), Nav ET - Operations/Electronics, served with us on the Bates from 79-83. I was just informed by his step-son, Christopher Radke, that Chris passed away on the evening of September 22, succumbing to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier that morning.

Fair winds and following seas, Chris. You were our brother. You will be missed.

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I will post funeral service information for those of you in SoCal that might want to attend, and Chris’ Honors page will go up shortly.

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