I have spent time in Aurora, not because I grew up in Colorado, but because I have received Navy related training there, as a Cryptologic Officer at Buckley AFB and as an enlisted Calibration Technician (in the early 1990’s) at Lowry AFB back when I was a CTM.  When I heard that a Sailor had been injured, I knew he certainly had to be a Cryptologist as well.  I heard this afternoon, that the Sailor, CTR3 John Thomas Larimer was among those taken too soon. I did not know him personally, but I most assuredly know someone who does.

Today the Commanding Officer of Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Denver, CDR Jeffrey Jakuboski, gave the following statement:

I am incredibly saddened by the loss of Petty Officer John Larimer. He was an outstanding shipmate. A valued member of our Navy team, he will be missed by all who knew him. My heart goes out to John’s family, friends and loved ones, as well as to all victims of this horrible tragedy.

CTR3 John Larimer was 27 years old, and was from Crystal Lake, Illinois.  He had only been in the Navy less than a year.  It is my understanding that he will receive full military honors.

One final salute to you shipmate, rest in peace…

Eternal Father, strong to save,

Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

Its own appointed limits keep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard

And hushed their raging at Thy word,

Who walkedst on the foaming deep,

And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!



6 Replies to “Hitting Closer to Home: A Navy Cryptologist was One of the Victims”

  1. I just learned that a CTR was killed in the Aurora massacre. I wish I could send a message of condolence to his family, but I’ll leave one here anyway. What a shock. And he was only in the Navy about a year. I was a CTI2 after four years in the Navy, 1973-77. The Navy years were the best of my life, and the experience, especially the amazing people I worked with, helped me survive some terrible struggles that lay ahead in my life. The whole Aurora thing is horrible, but this news about Larimer strikes home with me. Here is my prayer for him: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mausheimer/6326592996/in/set-72157614944548314

    Here’s me in my Navy day: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mausheimer/3845098122/in/set-72157619423307513

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