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Karl G. Bergstrom, AWC(SS)(AW) (ret)

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Perch Base Life Member and Holland Club Member Karl G. Bergstrom, AWC(SS)(AW) (ret) departed on Eternal Patrol on August 5, 2019.
Our condolences to his wife, Susan, and the rest of the family.
Karl enlisted in 1952 and was assigned to his first boat, the USS Segundo (SS-398) from June 1953 to March 1954.
Karl then rode the USS Bashaw (SSK-241) in 1954 and the USS Catfish (SS-339) which was his assignment in November 1954 when he Qualified in Submarines. After qualification, Karl was assigned to the USS Tilefish (SS-307).
Karl left active duty and continued to serve in the US Naval Reserve until 1985, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator in anti-submarine operations. Karl retired from the Navy in 1985.

Services were not announced.

Karl Bergstrom's qual boat, USS Catfish (SS-339)

Karl Bergstrom's qual boat, USS Catfish (SS-339)

Karl's other boats:

USS Segundo (SS-398)

USS Segundo (SS-398)

USS Bashaw (SSK-241)

USS Bashaw (SSK-241)

USS Tilefish (SS-307)

USS Tilefish (SS-307)

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

Eternal Patrol Dolphins

Additional details from the Thompson Funeral Chapel notice:
Karl G. Bergstrom, of Goodyear, AZ, died August 5, 2019. He was born March 23, 1934, in Boise, ID. Karl served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1954 on submarines and continued to serve in the US Naval Reserve until 1985, achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
Tall, confident, and courageous, Karl was quite a presence. He worked for 23 years as a detective in the Seattle Police Department and in the King County Sheriff’s Office for an additional 11 years. He met his wife Susan in 1985.
Karl loved the ocean, boating, and sailing. After retirement, Karl took a job as the first American security officer hired by Holland America Cruise Lines. Though he traveled to exotic ports of call, being the patriotic guy he was, he most enjoyed coming home to the United States.
Karl loved to read while sitting on the deck in the sun and the fresh ocean air. He was an avid reader, who enjoyed playing cards, working out, and a good game of golf.
Karl is survived by his wife, Susan Bergstrom; daughter, Lisa Bergstrom; sons, Michael Bergstrom, and Timothy Bergstrom; brothers, Paul Bergstrom, John (Karen) Bergstrom; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, all of WA State; brothers and sisters-in-law: Tom and Sheila Snyder, Goodyear, AZ; Tim and Danette Rector, Tom and Jeanine Moore, Burt and Peggy Geiger all of Montana, and numerous nieces and nephews.

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