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SMCM Horst H. Woods, USN (USS Nassau Command Master Chief)

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Obituary

Horst Harold Woods, 46, had resided in Los Lunas, New Mexico for about a year and a half at the time of his death. He retired from the U. S. Navy after 25 years of service in 1993 with the rank of master chief petty officer, the highest enlisted rank. Woods was a veteran of five tours of duty in Viet Nam and the Persian Gulf War. He attended the Veterans Administration Law Enforcement Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas and had only returned to the job two weeks before the shooting that took his life. VA police officers are not permitted to carry firearms but they have full arrest powers within their jurisdiction. In May, 1997, a park at the Veterans Affairs hospital, named Woody's Woods, was dedicated to officer Woods. Officer Horst Woods was survived by his wife Linda; a son Matthew of Virginia Beach, VA; a daughter, Summer, of Los Lunas; and parents, Leo and Hildegard Woods of Albuquerque. All who knew Woody described him as a friendly and outgoing man. His father said this: "[Woody was] a loving person who would probably do anything for anyone-even the bastard that shot him." Albuquerque Journal, January 11, 12, 13 & 17; February 10; April 19, 1996, and May 10, 1997 H. Douglas Beldon, Chief Division Counsel & Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albuquerque, New Mexico; correspondence, February 1, 1996