Tom Gotterup veteran page

Crystal River resident and United States Marine Tom Gotterup holds a photograph of himself taken in the early 1960 prior to being deployed in Vietnam. Following his years of service in the Marine Corp, Gotterup spent 17 years working as a New York City police officer.

Service Above Self. That’s a motto of Rotary International and it’s also a key to what makes Vietnam veteran Tom Gotterup of Crystal River tick.

The 74-year-old Marine combat veteran is president-elect of the Rotary Club of King’s Bay in Crystal River. He not only credits Rotary, but also the Marine Corps, the New York City Police Department, the United Church of Christ, his family and open-water diving for contributing to his service-oriented life.

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Tom Gotterup, left, works with 15-year-old Ethan Reed Ingram in June 2018 at the Crystal River Dive Center. In the coming school year Gotterup, a PADI master dive instructor trainer, along with other dive trainers, will work on certifying students at the Academy of Environmental Science who wish to learn to dive.

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