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Old 19 July 2016, 16:18
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Cass, long time SOCNET member, has passed

On July 4th America lost a great man and we lost a friend, mentor and one hell of a Team Guy. Rest in peace Ken Garrett, Class 0.

Kenneth Garrett

March 19, 1929 - July 04, 2016

Kenneth (Blackie) Garrett was born to Rosa Barnes and Samuel Garrett in Fresno, CA. on March 19, 1929. Mr. Garrett moved to Visalia, CA. in 1936. Mr. Garrett graduated from VUHS in June 1946. He immediately joined the Navy. His service included, among other naval assignments, the Navy Frogmen, forerunners to the Navy SEALs. Mr. Garrett performed 3 combat tours in Korea earning 6 combat engagement stars. Following a brief break from the Frogmen at the end of the Korean War Mr. Garrett was assigned to a series of Special Assignments and ultimately to the CIA while still on military roles. Mr. Garrett performed for 9 years with the CIA as a Military Detailee and upon accruing his 20-years of Military Service he retired from the military and immediately joined the CIA in a Civilian capacity advancing to Chief of Station.

Upon Mr. Garrett's Retirement from the military in 1968 he soon married Mary Jane (Leonardo) Renzi in 1969. At that time the Garrett's resided in San Bernardino, CA. Upon retirement from the CIA the Garrett's returned in 1978 to Visalia, CA., where they resided until Mr. Garrett's death. A graveside service will be held at San Joaquin National Cemetery in Santa Nella, CA on August 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. A memorial tribute may be offered by logging onto
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:20
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A great and wonderful American. Rest in peace.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:24
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Oh, damn.
RIP, sir.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:25
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Damn, just damn. Cass was a hell of a guy from what I knew of him on here. He is a legend in my book and one of the most prominent members IMO.

RIP Cass, the world is a lesser place without you.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:25
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Ken lived a life few could even imagine. Our Nation is a better place because of him.

RIP Brother.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:31
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"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!"

Fuck yeah. Cass embodied the above and then some. We have truly lost an American Hero that many will never know about.

Godspeed old Warrior.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:35
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An amazing man who led an amazing life. Rest easy, brother, you earned it.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:38
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An amazing man who led an amazing life. Rest easy, brother, you earned it.
My thoughts exactly. RIP Cass
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:38
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My favorite picture of him - he posted in 2008:
"Me and my friend Tommy Udo (aka: Richard Widmark) at the pre-showing of the movie "Frogmen"; 1951. I am sitting 3rd from Tommy's left."
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:41
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RIP Cass... A life well lived.
Hearts and minds? -- that's two to the chest and one in the head, right?

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Old 19 July 2016, 16:46
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A great American. RIP Cass.
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:47
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I never met Cass but had several long PM conversations in the past. I will miss his posts here on the board.

Fair winds and following sea to the original Frogman!!!
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:52
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Damn. Besides being one of the first Frogmen, Cass was a superb human being. Keeper of "The List" for a very long time, he was my go to guy for verifications. The wife and I were just talking last week about linking up with him again on our next trip to SF, CA. You will be missed sir. Fair Winds Warrior......
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Old 19 July 2016, 16:56
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RIP sir.
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Old 19 July 2016, 17:01
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RIP Cass
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Old 19 July 2016, 17:02
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A humble and class person. Rest easy Cass. God bless you. Thank you.
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Old 19 July 2016, 17:07
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Wow. Whenever Ken posted something, I knew it was time to shut up for a second and listen close. His humor always caught me. RIP.

Fair Winds sailor.

FYI: I found these links to Ken's "photo album".
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Old 19 July 2016, 17:13
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We have lost an American Hero.

"The deed is all, not the glory."

You lived this. RIP sir.
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Old 19 July 2016, 17:14
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RIP Cass,

I really enjoyed our private conversations via PM.

He was incredibly intelligent.

He was truly a National Treasure.

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Old 19 July 2016, 17:16
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Rest In Peace, Warrior! What a legacy for us to follow!

You Sir, will be missed greatly!
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