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Navy sailor from Gulfport dies on U.S.S. Enterprise (mysterious death while in Middle East)
The Tampa Tribune ^ | June 09, 2012 | HOWARD ALTMAN

Posted on 06/09/2012 1:56:06 PM PDT by Dave346

A sailor from Gulfport was found dead in his berthing compartment aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise in the Middle East on Friday morning, according to a ship spokeswoman.

Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler, 47, was found dead in his compartment at 7 a.m. local time, according to Lt. Com. Sarah Self-Kyler.

The cause of death is under investigation, said Navy Lt. Greg Raelson.

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.tbo.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cvn65; death; enterprise; iran; terror; ussenterprise
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1 posted on 06/09/2012 1:56:13 PM PDT by Dave346
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To: Dave346

What is the mysterious aspect of his death?


2 posted on 06/09/2012 2:01:00 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: brityank

ping


3 posted on 06/09/2012 2:02:24 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: EEGator

There were some reports yesterday the ship was attacked by 4 jets. Was a thread here on FR before moderators pulled it.


4 posted on 06/09/2012 2:04:39 PM PDT by Dave346
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To: Dave346

Given where it happened you never know...but guys younger than him keel over every day from a fatal heart attack.They’ll do an autopsy,of course,with full toxicology screen if necessary.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 2:04:46 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Dave346

RIP.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 2:12:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Brytani
Ping.

5.56mm

7 posted on 06/09/2012 2:12:35 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Dave346

Uhhh....he was 47.


8 posted on 06/09/2012 2:14:49 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Dave346

Four ‘sophisticated’ jets was the term used.

Did the FReeper who posted that thread ask it pulled?


9 posted on 06/09/2012 2:19:08 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: brityank

Was it your thread pulled?


10 posted on 06/09/2012 2:20:17 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: Dave346

47 year old guys have been known to drop dead from coronaries with no prior warning signs. Spending time outdoors in an area like the Gulf (although I have to say tomorrow’s reported high temp in Dubai will be a camel’s hair under 100F - cool for June) could be unhealthy for someone nearing the big “50” too.


11 posted on 06/09/2012 2:23:49 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: txhurl
Link to the current state of that report. CentCom denied that it occurred, but reports from US personnel to relatives back home claim it did occur.

USS Enterprise - Hormuz Attack Story – Friday, June 8, 2012

Obama needs a Wag the Dog War, but he does not want the Straits of Hormuz closed. That would drive gas prices to the moon. The Oligarchy currently prefers a war in Syria apparently.

12 posted on 06/09/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Gay State Conservative

Back in the 1980s I worked with a guy and since we both lived near where we worked, we both went to our homes for lunch.He was in his 20s. One day I noticed that he had not came back and had not been at work for a couple of days. I asked the foreman what happened to Kenny. The foreman replied, His wife called in and said he died. He laid down on the couch after eating to take a short nap and when she tried to wake him up, he was dead. They investigated his case and run tests for over two years and one day I saw a short piece in the paper that they had run every test they knew and exhausted all investigative leads and they still could not determine a cause of death for him. So, who knows? He could have had some help or it could have been natural causes. At any rate, it is sad when some loses their life.


13 posted on 06/09/2012 2:27:50 PM PDT by sport
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To: Dave346

It was posted again today. If four jets attacked a carrier/carrier group, more than one man would die. I saw a FReeper speculate that it might have been a hoax, as yesterday was the 45th anniversary of the USS Liberty attack.


14 posted on 06/09/2012 2:27:59 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Dave346

I think you can rest assured that he wasn’t found dead in his rack because the ship was attacked. The navy is pretty savvy when it comes to identifying causalities in battle. There usually isn’t a lot of ambiguity there.

There were no reliable reports that the Enterprise group was attacked, that’s why the thread was pulled.


15 posted on 06/09/2012 2:28:48 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: EEGator

Plus there would be bullet holes, bomb damage, wreckage of 4 planes etc. Unless the enemy has new invisible ray guns that kill sailors in their sleep. In which case, it’s still not very effective if they sent in 4 planes and only got one guy.


16 posted on 06/09/2012 2:31:42 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: AppyPappy

I had a brother drop dead from a heart attack while making lunch - he was 42.


17 posted on 06/09/2012 2:32:44 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Dave346

Why the parenthetical “mysterious death”, when the article mentions nothing mysterious? I’m a couple of years older than the chief, and unfortunately, guys our age dropping dead isn’t unheard of, and the likelihood increases with every passing year.


18 posted on 06/09/2012 2:33:01 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Melas

Maybe it was UFOs that British guy from the Defense Ministry was talking about. He said they might be around during the Olympics...


19 posted on 06/09/2012 2:34:53 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Dave346

This might be a case where Occam’s razor applies.


20 posted on 06/09/2012 2:36:45 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator
Also near the anniversary of the Battle of Midway. The Iranian Nuclear talks just collapsed again. The US just admitted to attacking Iran with Stuxnet. So many possibilities, unfortunately.
21 posted on 06/09/2012 2:37:29 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

Attack, complete BS. Totally un-nmaed sources.

Imagine what would happen when 2000+ sailors got home. How are you going to keep 3 quiet, let alone 2000+?

Old Russian proverb, “Two People Can Keep A Secret, When One Of Them Is Dead.”

In addition, there are imbedded reporters.

I was a reporter for years. Rumors like this flew all the time. Always BS. The only one that proved out was the Bay of Pigs. Back un those days, the Coban ex-pat community was Tampa, rather than Miami based. We put it on the air 2 days early!


22 posted on 06/09/2012 2:37:29 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: katana; sport; Melas; Last Dakotan; 60Gunner

60gunner posted a story about a 37-y/o in a similar situation. Title was “Famous Last Words”.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1777035/posts


23 posted on 06/09/2012 2:41:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MindBender26
Unfortunately Global Warming and the Ozone Hole proved that government conspiracies involving thousands can be very successful. We also have the coverup of the WMD’s found in Iraq. Have no idea about this report though. Would assume that most sailors on board a Carrier live and work below deck. They would have just heard an explosion and some sirens. Perhaps some sailors heard something and a false rumor about an attack was started below deck.
24 posted on 06/09/2012 2:43:41 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Dave346

Gulfport = Sea Bee........

Naval construction battalion


25 posted on 06/09/2012 2:48:47 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Dave346

We lost a chief same way on a deployment. He simply passed in his sleep. 5000 plus men like a small town some do pass on by heart attacks etc.


26 posted on 06/09/2012 2:51:12 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: sport

Back when I was in college there were two students who died in the dorm. Same room. Nothing came up. No one knew how or why they died.


27 posted on 06/09/2012 2:52:48 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: justa-hairyape

Don’t forget TWA800.


28 posted on 06/09/2012 2:54:04 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: Dave346

A Master Chief, no less. He wasn’t a silly E-2.


29 posted on 06/09/2012 2:54:53 PM PDT by moovova (Michelle Obama is a community snacktivist.)
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To: carriage_hill
Oh yeah. Cannot forget that one. The exploding center fuel tank theory. Probably why I refuse to fly in ape built planes anymore :> With all those hand held anti-aircraft missiles getting loose in Libya, we will probably have a lot more exploding fuel tanks.
30 posted on 06/09/2012 3:07:52 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: All
Oh for Pete Sake people use your brains. My Division Chief while we were in the yards for drydock began feeling bad and drove himself to Pourtsmouth Naval Hospital up the road. He died {full cardiac arrest} walking into the ER Lobby. They brought him back thankfully. Rumors flew around she ship for months he was an invalid would not ever be the same etc. I got out shortly after his heart attack.

A few years ago I began hunting down some shipmates. Guess who I found? Alive and well. He told me what had happened. He did have some convalescent leave then got shore duty in the yards then later retired. He makes kids toys in his shop in Va Beach.

A heart attack by a senior enlisted especially on a carrier is not that uncommon.

31 posted on 06/09/2012 3:24:02 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: justa-hairyape

I haven’t flown since I heard that happened in July 1996; if I can’t drive there, I don’t need to go.


32 posted on 06/09/2012 3:26:43 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: justa-hairyape

Read the linked report. It all comes from one un-named man in New Hampshire.

From my 3 days on the Bonnie Dick, I can assure you there are hundreds of sailors above deck.

Why do we all think that something on the internet is real?

Before these ‘net, these were stupid, idiotic beauty shop and taxi cab driver rumors. Now they are stupid, idiotic internet rumors.


33 posted on 06/09/2012 3:44:00 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: bert

In this case, Gulfport is a suburb of St. Petersburg, near Tampa, and this story is from the Tampa Trib.


34 posted on 06/09/2012 3:46:16 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: MindBender26

Just gathering information. Have no idea what happened.


35 posted on 06/09/2012 3:51:12 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: justa-hairyape

On the WWII +70 years thread the old newspaper image is up, and has a photo of the flier George Gay and his detailed account of the Battle of Midway as he floated in the water watching three Jap carriers going up in flames.

On the same page was the “Report from Hawaii”. Said something like “No activity near Midway, battle in Alaska continues”.


36 posted on 06/09/2012 3:58:42 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Slings and Arrows

I miss 60gunner’s stories.


37 posted on 06/09/2012 4:02:36 PM PDT by sport
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To: justa-hairyape
Have no idea what happened.

Nor does the Live Leak site promoting this foolishness!

Be well :)

38 posted on 06/09/2012 4:04:57 PM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: cva66snipe

Sadly, it does happen. I knew an Air Force Colonel, early 40s, physically fit and near the lower end of the insurance “weight tables” for his height. Always in the gym or doing PT at 6 am. Finished a workout one morning at Langley AFB, went straight to his desk. When he failed to show up for a nine am staff meeting, someone was sent to check on him. Didn’t respond to a knock on his door, so the Lt went into his office. Found the Colonel face down on his desk, dead of a heart attack.

I also remember a Lt Col (navigator) from my days in SAC. Retired in early 85 after 20 years of active duty. Had just built his dream home and landed a job with a defense contractor. Died from a heart attack two weeks after his retirement ceremony. He was 43.


39 posted on 06/09/2012 4:11:40 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: sport

Amen, FRiend.


40 posted on 06/09/2012 4:14:50 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: MindBender26
They are reporting what they were told by relatives of US service personal in the area. Not what Obama ordered them to report. That automatically gives them extra credence, but we simply do not have enough independent confirmation at this point in time. Your knee jerk reactions that did not even address my actual postings, non-withstanding.
41 posted on 06/09/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Last Dakotan; AppyPappy

I know three men that died young from sudden heart attacks.

One in his 30s.the other two in their early 40s.


42 posted on 06/09/2012 4:38:41 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Chickensoup

“No one knew how or why they died.”

Now THAT’S really weird.


43 posted on 06/09/2012 4:48:25 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Dave346

People often die... whats the problem?


44 posted on 06/09/2012 5:29:50 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: ExNewsExSpook
Sadly, it does happen. I knew an Air Force Colonel, early 40s, physically fit and near the lower end of the insurance “weight tables” for his height. Always in the gym or doing PT at 6 am. Finished a workout one morning at Langley AFB, went straight to his desk. When he failed to show up for a nine am staff meeting, someone was sent to check on him. Didn’t respond to a knock on his door, so the Lt went into his office. Found the Colonel face down on his desk, dead of a heart attack. I also remember a Lt Col (navigator) from my days in SAC. Retired in early 85 after 20 years of active duty. Had just built his dream home and landed a job with a defense contractor. Died from a heart attack two weeks after his retirement ceremony. He was 43.

I'm sure more guys had heart attacks on the ship likely while in port. The chief that died during the deployment we were on was taken in a body bag to the aft walk in cooler and a watch posted outside. This would be protocol for anyone who died onboard by accident or any other circumstance otherwise. My shop which was Air Conditioning & Refrigeration had the responsibility for standing that watch until fly off was arranged.

Heart attacks are not a respector of ones age or youth. My first wife had a fatal one at age 23.

45 posted on 06/09/2012 5:42:42 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: justa-hairyape

Noticed in the Tampa Bay Online article in the comments section a Maude Alice Whitfield said her husband was also on the ship. Her name links to her facebook acct. Wonder if she knows anything about the other story?


46 posted on 06/09/2012 6:01:13 PM PDT by daisy mae for the usa
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To: Mears

One of my buds from Nam went in for a stress test
and died on the treadmill, he was probably 60.


47 posted on 06/09/2012 6:25:58 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Dave346

If they had been in port it might be that he died
in the arms of a bar girl. One of our gunnys died
like that in Iwakuni Japan. Don’t think they ever
told the wife.


48 posted on 06/09/2012 6:29:06 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: tet68

Sorry about your friend.

We had a priest years ago that every single Sunday would say “We know not the day nor the hour”.

I was young and thought it was quite funny.

I don’t anymore.

That said,as an old lady,fast is the way I want to go.


49 posted on 06/09/2012 7:27:46 PM PDT by Mears
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To: ExNewsExSpook

When I was stationed in Germany, our brigade surgeon had a massive stroke and died a day later. I can remember that he was a health nut, and could PT anyone of us into the ground.

Then while I was stationed at Ft Polk, we had a guy in my unit drop dead during PT. According to the doctors, he was dead before he hit the ground.

Both cases they were in their early to mid 40’s


50 posted on 06/09/2012 8:01:18 PM PDT by 2CAVTrooper ( For those who have had to fight for it, freedom has a flavor the protected shall never know.)
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