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  1. Linda Goodwyn
    January 23, 2021 @ 7:20 AM

    Wow this was such a great life story filled with a little fear, great courage and good humor. Thanks for your service Dave, I didn’t realize the Navy had so much to offer. Also, beautiful picture of you and Charlena.


    • davidegrogan
      January 24, 2021 @ 2:46 PM

      Linda – thanks for your comment and for taking the time to read Dave’s story.


  2. Mark Sugarman
    January 25, 2021 @ 1:29 PM

    Having grown up in Marblehead, “Birthplace of the American Navy”, near Peabody (and Beverly), I am especially proud of my cousin Dave’s accomplishments.
    He has served his Nation admirably.
    I’m also proud-but not surprised-at his “hutzpah” at getting that photo with the President and First Lady!!


  3. Ronda Blank
    January 26, 2021 @ 5:32 PM

    This is a great article. Mr. Leafer’s achievements and life are impressive.

    One thing, not about David at all, but accuracy. While Peabody is small as municipalities go (743 of about 788), we are, in fact, a city – not a town. In fact, we have been a city since 1916.


    • davidegrogan
      January 30, 2021 @ 9:20 AM

      Rhonda – thank you for reading Master Chief Leafer’s story. Also, thanks for your note on the City of Peabody. I made the correction to the story.


  4. Marion Schultz
    January 30, 2021 @ 12:45 PM

    Thank you for your service Master Chief Leafer. Your sacrifices, accomplishments and life experiences are an inspiration. You exemplify what hard work and simple good intention can produce. I repeat, you are an inspiration.

    Thank you for taking the time to write this Dave.


  5. Vanessa Vache
    January 31, 2021 @ 2:28 PM

    It’s so interesting to read these Veteran stories. They are all so different from one to the other and from my experience, but yet I could still relate with some of it, especially the yelling in basic training. Thank you to both Daves.


    • davidegrogan
      January 31, 2021 @ 2:32 PM

      Vanessa – thanks for taking the time to read the stories!


  6. Chris morin
    March 17, 2021 @ 6:57 PM

    I’m way late posting this, just read this piece today. Thanks for publishing this, Dave. Master Chief Leafer was my CMC at NLSO Pacific. I’d never before, and never have since, met a more grounded, inspirational leader and just plain old fashioned decent person. Your article does a terrific job catching the essence of what makes Master Chief Leafer so very special.

    V/r Chris Morin


    • davidegrogan
      March 17, 2021 @ 9:27 PM

      Chris – thanks for taking the time to read Master Chief Leafer’s story. He’s simply a top-notch leader through and through! Thanks for the comment and I hope you are doing well.


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