Kenneth H. Goodsell
Kenneth H. Goodsell, my hero, my dad.
A young teenager as WW2 rocked the world, Ken volunteered as a Marine and was soon off to the war in the Pacific as a fighter pilot. From Guam to Saipan and finally to the Ryukyu Islands he fought countless aerial missions off the aircraft carriers below. The President of the United States presented him the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1945 for "heroism and extraordinary flight when performing operations". Never quitting, he went on and also battled in his Corsair during the Korean War.
A humble man and great father of eight, he never spoke about the atrocities of war or even his accomplishments. It was only after his death, did I realize what a heroic life he led to be just a part of the freedom that we all enjoy today. It is hard to believe how much emotion and anquish must have been packed in that loving body for so many years as his success never ceased after coming back home to a rebuilding America.
God bless you Kenny and all of our veterans......you are in our hearts forever.
Annual Memorial Challenge Sponsors
Nelson and Kathy Goodsell
Doc's Marina Grill
San Diego, CA 1988
RATE/Rank - Captain
USNR 6/1965 - 11/1990
Born - 6/19/1943
Kenneth Richard Goodsell
Significant Duty Stations
HS - 8
HSL - 84
Air Medal (2)
Navy Commendation Medal (2)
Meritorious Union Commendation (2)
Vietnam Service Medal
Vietnam Campaign Medal (3)
Nominated by Heather Campbell
Stephen Seal is Honoring
the United States Coast Guard
Comprised of nearly 42,000 extrodinary men and women, the United States Coast Guard is a unique branch of the military responsible for saving lives, protecting the environment,and defending America's coastlines and waterways.
All of this is done through 11 offical missions, which include Port and Water Way Security, Drug Interdiction, Aides to Navigation, Search and Rescue, Living Marine Resources, Marine Safety, Defense Readiness, Migrant Interdiction, Marine Environmental Protection, Ice Operations and Law Enforcement.
Borne on June 28, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA the family moved to Santa Barbara, CA shortly thereafter.
After graduating high school, Ed enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served our County in the Koreann War. Ed earned his Bachler's degree in Engineering and a Master's degree in Psychology. He spent his entire career in the Aerospace Industry and retired as President of Sunbank, in Paso Robles, CA befoer moving to the Santa Ynez Valley.
I first met Ed at Sunbank when I joined the company in 1991. Ed was the most amazing man, leader, mentor and friend. Ed has this innate ability to bring out the best in people, and the ability to allow people to shine through his mentorship, and help people grow both professionally and personally. His personality was one of perfect ballance; combining discipline, business sense, and a "can-do" attitude, all wrapped around the biggest heart anyone could ever imagine. Once you got past the Marine D.I. in him, you realized just how special this man was. We worked hard together, and played hard together too.
I am so grateful and honored to have known Ed, and to have worked for him, as he has forever shaped me, both personally and professionally. And I know for a fact that I am not the only one who feels this way.
Honored by Dobie Steikunas
Paul "Ed" Prutzman
Gooses NNW Metal Art
Double DD Meats
Griffin Maclean Insurance
NW Plus Credit Union
North Mason Lions Club
John's Sporting Goods - Everett
South King County Puget Sound Anglers
NW Yacht Brokers Association
Beta Zeta Master/Beta Sima Phi
Hood Canal Communications
Screamin' Reels Sportfishing
Johnny's Fine Foods Tacoma
High Tides Seafoods - Port Angeles
John Miller - State Farm Insurance - Port Angeles
Swains General Store - Port Angeles
Johns Sport Service
Bill Hermann - Hermann Brothers Logging and Construction - Port Angeles
Matthew Trucking - Port Angeles
Liberty Orchard Co. Inc.
Saints Car Club
Renton Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers
Honoring Those Who Have Served - A challenge has been issued!
A donation challenge has been issued by Nelson and Kathy Goodsell. Kathy and Nelson would like to honor Kenneth H. Goodsell with an annual donation to Salmon for Soldiers. They are challening others to honor someone they love, who has served or is serving in a branch of the US military, by pledging to donate annually to Salmon for Soldiers. Deterine your own level of giving then to to our contact page and email us your contact information and let us know who you would like to honor. We will provide you with guidelines for sharing information and photos for your honoree.
James and Connie Charton
Hood Canal Lions
Nelson and Kathy Goodsell
Bryan Monsaas/Cornelia Faust
John and Margaret Endsley
Wayne and Dusty Blair
Thomas& Michele Stucker
Beta Sigma Phi Master Charter Stephen Seal
Mary Ann Kelso
Mount Vernon/Skagit Rotary
Roche Harbor Resort & Marina
Jill M. Marilley
Walmart Gooses' NNW Metal Art
Clyde Franklin Wayne and Susi Laabs
Bill & Kren Bryant
Frank & Ann Reed
Jack and Elaine Gaudette Mukilteo Brewing Company LLC
North Mason Lions Club
Michael Mullins North Mason Lions Club
US Submarine Veterans
Dave and Angela Miller
Michael Scott Allen
As a 501c3 we depend heavily on volunteers and sponsors to off-set costs,
make our one-off guided fishing trips available throughout the year
and to make our annual "Day of Honor" a huge success.
The following companies and individuals have made Salmon for Soldiers a sucessful.
Three Bulls Brewing
809 19th Street
American Patriot Pale Ale