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

Fallen Nebraska Sailor Remembered for Commitment to Work, Shipmates


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