USS Nebraska experiences tragedy at sea

MM3 Michael Gentile

MM3 Michael Gentile

When I first heard the news of the USS Nebraska loosing a Sailor, my heart just sank.

The full details have now been published as the family has been notified, so I feel safe writing about it now.

Machinist Mate 3rd Class Michael A. Gentile, of Fairfield, Maine was fatally injured last Saturday. He joined the Navy in July of 2005 and has been on board the Nebraska since Nov 06. From what I read, he was on the blue crew.

We all know the dangers of being underway, yet still this news comes a shock.

This is the husbands old boat and will always hold a special place in his heart.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family of MM3 Gentile.

From the kitsapsun.com

Fallen Nebraska Sailor Remembered for Commitment to Work, Shipmates

BREMERTON

By Ed Friedrich (Contact)
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Everything the USS Nebraska does from now on will be in honor of Michael Gentile, a pastor said Thursday during a memorial service for the sailor killed Saturday in an accident on the Bangor-based submarine.

Gentile died while the ballistic submarine was conducting operations off of Oahu, Hawaii. His Blue Crew remains at sea. Their families and the Gold Crew, which takes turns operating the sub, gathered at Jackson Park Community Center to remember the young man from Maine.

The 21-year-old machinist mate 3rd class was proud to be a sailor and submariner, speakers said.

Cmdr. Carl Lahti, Gold Crew commanding officer, read a quote by Gentile’s father, Jay Gentile, from the Morning Sentinel newspaper in Augusta, Maine.

“Everything on that ship, he fixed,” his father said. “The kid had everything going for him. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do or couldn’t do.  more

CPT Greg Dalessio

When we lived in Germany, I was the officer records clerk for our post/brigade.  I loved my job and one of the main reasons why was the people I served.  I knew almost all of the officers on our small post and enjoyed being able to help them.  They always knew that if they needed anything or had a question, I was there for them.  It was such a pleasure to work with them because they were always so nice and very grateful.  When the brigade deployed, my job became very slow.  Sometimes the officers would email me from downrange and I would help them.  Otherwise, I mainly worked with new officers that were arriving to the brigade.  The first time that the rear detachment came to “pull a file” from my office, my heart sank.  It took all I had to stay professional and keep from crying.  They came to get the file so that they could reference the officer’s emergency contact information.  Unfortunately, the same scenario played out multiple times during that deployment.  It was difficult for me because these were more than just files, I knew each officer that the file represented. 

I recently learned that an officer from our old brigade and post was killed in action in Iraq last month.  He was one of “my” officers and I was sad to hear about his death.  I know all too well that we lose more servicemembers everyday, but I just wanted to bring attention to this man today.  Please pray for the friends and family that CPT Greg Dalessio leaves behind. 

Here is a link with more information about CPT Dalessio: http://www.militarycity.com/valor/3600610.html

Navy SEAL to be awarded Medal of Honor

Lt. Michael P. MurphyOn Oct. 11th the White House announced U.S. Navy SEAL, Lt. Michael P. Murphy will be presented the U.S. Navy Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously, during a ceremony at the White House Oct. 22.

From news.navy.mil

Murphy was the officer-in-charge of the SEAL element, which was tasked with locating a high- level Taliban militia leader to provide intelligence for a follow-on mission to capture or destroy the local leadership and disrupt enemy activity. However local Taliban sympathizers discovered the SEAL unit and immediately revealed their position to Taliban fighters. The element was besieged on a mountaintop by scores of enemy fighters. The firefight that ensued pushed the element farther into enemy territory and left all four SEALs wounded.

The SEALs fought the enemy fearlessly despite being at a tactical disadvantage and outnumbered more than four to one. Understanding the gravity of the situation and his responsibility to his men, Murphy, already wounded, deliberately and unhesitatingly moved from cover into the open where he took and returned fire while transmitting a call for help for his beleaguered teammates. Shot through the back while radioing for help, Murphy completed his transmission while returning fire. The call ultimately led to the rescue of one severely wounded team member, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell, and the recovery of the remains of Murphy and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson. read more

Marcus Lutrell, author of the book Lone Survivor on the Today Show talking about the attack and Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

From the Navy Times.com – This is the first Navy MoH since Vietnam. – this is a great article……well worth the read.

Lt. Michael P. Murphy is certainly someone you should know.
Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Marine Barracks at Kings Bay Named for CPL. Dunham

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070817-N-9610C-050 KINGS BAY, Ga. (Aug. 17, 2007) – Dan and Deb Dunham along with the five Marines who served with Cpl. Jason Dunham in Iraq stand in front of the barracks dedicated in honor of the Medal of Honor recipient at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Dunham was mortally wounded by a grenade during an encounter with insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor on January 11, 2007. Dunham was assigned to the security force company at Kings Bay from 2001 to 2003. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Dmitry Chepusov (RELEASED)

Below story from Military.com

Kings Bay, GA. — The sweltering South Georgia heat and humidity could not keep more than 300 Marines, Sailors, family and guests from recognizing the sacrifice of Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Jason Dunham at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Aug. 17.

The Scio, N.Y. native who called Kings Bay home for two years when he was assigned to the Marine Corps Security Force Company, from 2001 to 2003, was honored during a barracks dedication ceremony in his name.

According to Kings Bay Marine Corps Security Force Company Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Andrew Murray, by naming the barracks after Dunham it will guarantee his place in history and as a role model. read the rest

From the Navy Times