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TERRY CRISWELL, 54, Dacula, GA, died 01-03-2011.

Arrangements: Gendron Funeral & Cremation Services Inc..

Published in The News-Press on January 5, 2011



Dottie Selander called and told Terry Fessner that MM2 Terry 'Turk' Criswell passed away from stomach cancer in early January this year (2011).   He was onboard the Bates in A-Gang from 1975-1981.

  • Turk was at first glance the consummate A-Ganger...strong, bold, assertive...maybe even brash. Early on I regarded him as someone I didn't want to cross, mainly due to the size of his biceps. Toward the end of my career aboard BATES, however, I got to see a different side of the man when he roomed with my friend Frank Allen in an apartment in Bremerton. He was quiet and contemplative. It jolted me the first time I saw him with a cup of tea, which soon became a familiar sight. So, in all, he was an enigma to me, but definitely a friend...I still see him smiling and hear his voice. One of many characters aboard the Billy B, but an indelible one. Though I haven't seen him in 30 years, I miss him more now knowing he is no longer with us.

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