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Gsniper 31 October 2019 16:05

Got this from a non-SOCNET source. I'll post any pertinent info that I should get.

[B]The service will be at Fayetteville NC on Monday the 4th 11:30 Rogers and Breece Funeral Home for viewing and service then Military honers will be at grave site Cumberland memorial gardens[/B]

mdwest 31 October 2019 16:11

Catch you on the other side Chris..


Purple36 31 October 2019 18:22

Here is his obituary

The Fat Guy 31 October 2019 19:18

Here is info on his funeral
Chris's funeral
will be on Monday the 4th 11:30 in Fayetteville NC at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home for viewing and service then
Military honers will be at grave site
Cumberland memorial gardens

Dangerous 31 October 2019 20:19

For the lost brothers. There have been a bunch this year and decade.

[URL=""]Drink a beer[/URL].

Baildog 31 October 2019 21:35


Hawkeye 31 October 2019 21:39

Rest East Tripod......

Zamir 1 November 2019 05:58

I met Chris 10 years ago at BFFOC, he was struggling to get up off the deck after we qual'd at the 100 meter line. I went over to help him up and hold his rifle, he said, "Thanks...non of these other cock suckers would help a one legged mother fucker off the ground." We became friends right away, and continued to work together for quite some time.

In fact, he was actually the driving factor for me to start my own company. He and I were on the range one day bitching about pay, instructor benefits, etc. I said, it can't be that hard to pay a fair wadge and treat dudes with respect. I said, hell...I might just start my own gig, to which he replied, "You aint got a hair on your ass if you don't just start your own company."

My company is going on 7 years up and running and I owe a large part of that to him pressuring me to step outside of myself and make it happen.

Rest easy brother...

CPTAUSRET 1 November 2019 14:38

That's a nice tribute to a good man, and Warrior.

bobmueller 1 November 2019 15:37

[QUOTE=Purple36;1058822980]Here is his obituary[/QUOTE]

That's a hell of a memorial to someone.

Rest easy, sir.

Grace and peace to family, friends, and comrades-in-arms.

CTA 1 November 2019 16:52

[QUOTE=bobmueller;1058823128]That's a hell of a memorial to someone.

Rest easy, sir.

Grace and peace to family, friends, and comrades-in-arms.[/QUOTE]

Agree... and wanted to post it.

Ret. MSG. Christopher David Kluck

Oak Island, NCóChristopher David Kluck, 57, of Oak Island, North Carolina, was assigned his final Permanent Change of Station on October 29, 2019.

Chris was born January 9, 1962, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The oldest, and wildest, child of Donna (Griswold) and Tom Kluck. It was obvious from an early age that he would always love a good challenge, and would often be one.

Chris was also a true fighter and he won most of his fights (except that one in college that resulted in a blown out eye socket). He had better luck during his 23 years in the US Army; 17 of which were spent in the Special Operations community. As a Green Beret, or as he liked to call himself, "a steely-eyed barrel-chested freedom fighter", he operated mostly throughout Central and South America. Chris was qualified as an Airborne Jumpmaster, Military Free Fall (MFF), Special Operations Sniper (SOTIC), Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC), and Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE-C), among others. He earned too many awards for us to name (or remember), so suffice it to say, he was an all around badass.

In addition to his military career, Chris worked in the US Counter Narcotics program, as a High Threat Protection/Third Country National (TCN) Instructor for Blackwater, and as a Senior Lead Instructor and Training Manager for O'Gara Training and Services. After leaving all that risky business behind, he owned and operated VonTucks Bar in Oelwein, Iowa.

Spending nine months a year away from home can take it it's toll on your personal life, as Chris found. As they say, the third time is the charm, and that is the number of times it took for Chris to find his perfect wife, Angela Macias Kluck. She was the wife he never deserved and her loyalty was unmatched. Chris made sure to stick around long enough to celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary on October 25th.

Chris was very proud of his children, Stephanie Harrington of Raleigh and Tyler Harrington of Wilmington. He was thrilled to officiate Tyler's wedding to Jocelyn Henry one year ago, and spent weeks insisting everyone call him Reverend. The only thing he enjoyed more than having Steph, Ty, and Joc come for a visit and taking them out on a boat ride, was playing pranks on them. By the way, if you are looking for a boat, you should wait the appropriate amount of time and get in touch with the family. Tomorrow would be fine.

Chris had several claims to fame: he and Angie were extras in several movies and TV shows (his favorite being his death scene in Sleepy Hollow); he made it to the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right; he claimed he invented the "Guess what? Chicken butt!" joke (FYI, he didn't); and he wrote several books and screen plays (all unpublished). His writing is actually quite good (hint hint if you are in the publishing business).

He was wicked smart and didn't suffer fools. He would often say, "People are stupid and they disappoint me everyday." He never met an argument he didn't like and was never wrong; if you asked him he would have told you so. Chris was certainly a character, and while we won't tell you he lit up every room he walked into, he did light up many faces with laughter. Although he had a crusty exterior, he had a soft heart, especially when it came to kids. Probably because he loved to teach the younger generation "his" chicken butt joke.

When he lost his leg to cancer in 2008, he joked that he was going to open an IHOP. He battled cancer for 11 years and beat it for much longer than expected. We are grateful that his fight is over and that God is now his Commanding Officer.

In addition to his wife and children, survivors include his two younger sisters (aka the first victims of his pranks), Lisa (James) Cashman of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Michelle (Nancy) Roberts of Burlingame, California; niece, Katie (Jake) Fish; nephew, Luciano Vitale; great nephew, Jaxson Fish; fur baby, Feebee; and many in-laws, extended family, and friends. He was their protector and faithful supporter. If you were in his circle, he would do anything to help you.

Waiting for him on the other side were his parents, Tom and Donna Kluck; his niece, Susanna Roberts; and his four legged best friends, Baxter and Tucker.

The family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to Dr. Riedell at the Duke Cancer Center and Lower Cape Fear Hospice for their amazing care of Chris.

Services at 1:00 PM on Monday at the Rogers and Breece Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Entombment with full military honors to follow at the Cumberland Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 11:30 AM on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Children's Cancer Center at Duke Hospital or Lower Cape Fear Hospice.
In rememberance of Chris, please go on a boat ride, tell a dad joke, help someone who needs it, or just be an all around badass.

Published in Fayetteville Observer from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, 2019

Balls 1 November 2019 16:56

RIP Tripod.

Forestboy 1 November 2019 20:33

R.I.P. Warrior...

justamedic 1 November 2019 22:40

RIP Tripod.

Football Batt 2 November 2019 10:58

RIP Chris, peace be with you and your family and friends!

Mars 2 November 2019 22:19

I was sincerely sorry to hear of Chris's passing. May he rest in peace. His wisdom will be missed.

The Fat Guy 3 November 2019 19:47


Some info on Tripod's Memorial.


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Ace 6 November 2019 00:58

Rest easy warrior, see you when I get there

J.P.26 7 November 2019 02:30

Rest In Peace

johnnylaw 17 December 2019 13:54

Damn... I can't believe that I just now saw this. RIP sir.

pyrrhic0369 21 March 2020 20:16

I just saw this. We met up when I was running a training cell in NC, he came and gave a talk to the command staff about mentoring indigenous forces. RIP brother.

billdawg 24 March 2020 08:21

How in the hell did I miss this?
RIP Brother.

Armitage12 26 March 2020 00:05

R.I.P. I think of Tripod often.

Charlie Waite 1 April 2020 03:44

FWFS. After recently seeing his target avatar it reminded me of Tripod. Sad to see this.

DCH 1 April 2020 11:05

Rest Peaceful Sir.


1RiserSlip 28 April 2020 20:31

[QUOTE=billdawg;1058850076]How in the hell did I miss this?
RIP Brother.[/QUOTE]

I just run across it. Damn.

Rest Easy Warrior

Boyo72 2 May 2020 14:32

I also missed this. Rest easy brother, you are not forgotten.

Denny 6 May 2020 14:12

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cdutchess78 22 June 2020 13:51

Damn, this is late but I am hardly on here anymore. Chris was one of the lead instructors when I went through WPS in Virginia. He knew a lot and was a wealth of knowledge. He was always cracking jokes and making the time easier than what it needed to be. On of the funniest times was when we had to do our presentation a principle advance. Well, on one of the presentations,one of the other instructors had slipped in something a little "extra". It was the video of Chris when he was on "The Price is Right". Low and behold, they call out his name and he jumps up from the audience, all while wearing a fricking pirate shirt, and hobbles down and onto the stage. He ends up guessing the item correctly and makes it on stage with Drew Carey where he ends up winning! What did he win? A darn cotton candy machine! HAHAHA! The entire room was rolling in laughter. Chris thought it was the funniest thing ever and it made whatever nerves we had of presenting just go away. We had a great group of instructors,but Chris definitely stood out.Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. R.I.P.

bobofthedesert 25 June 2020 00:04


magician 25 June 2020 04:03

What a loss.

Godspeed, brother.

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