My brother’s tombstone after his passing from the USS Fitzgerald. He was a nerd for gaming and a sucker for GoT

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17 Apr 2018 07:45 - +11925
Dear OP, I went to sonar school with your brother and when he passed it was felt by all in the community. I'm sorry for your loss.
17 Apr 2018 05:40 - +6068
He died the day after his birthday? My condolences.
17 Apr 2018 04:58 - +3756
Sorry for your loss, dying due to command incompetence is a shitty way to go. If you don't mind me asking, what has the USN done in terms of recompense above the standard death payout?
17 Apr 2018 05:14 - +2242
And now his watch is ended.
17 Apr 2018 05:19 - +2137
1992 That's so young. Sorry for your loss.
17 Apr 2018 06:27 - +647
He was far too young to die; that he died due to incompetence is a crime. My wishes of love to your family.
17 Apr 2018 05:59 - +472
17 Apr 2018 06:12 - +316
I hope he'll meet Gunny and have him yell really creative insults at him. Also, do you mind me asking what happened?
17 Apr 2018 04:39 - +290
Excellent memorial, showing the things he enjoyed.
17 Apr 2018 07:45 - +287
My little brother was on the Fitz as well, he knew your brother OP. I’m so sorry for your loss and may he Rest In Peace . Your brother was a hero. Edit: spelling. Apologize, using my phone.
17 Apr 2018 05:08 - +272
Fair winds and following seas until we meet again in Valhalla.
17 Apr 2018 07:06 - +189
As a military sailor and qualified officer of the deck, I am so sorry for your loss. They failed you, your brother, and all those sailors. Games and game of thrones are all that keep any of us going underway. Good luck to you and your family.
17 Apr 2018 05:42 - +103
I get such a weird feeling when I see a tombstone with a date after I was born. I don’t know if it’s sadness, panic that I need to do more or relief that I’m healthy and alive. Could be a mix of everything.
17 Apr 2018 06:28 - +81
As a fellow gamer, GoT enthusiast and fellow service member, I love and hate this... So sorry for your loss...
17 Apr 2018 07:01 - +71
I'm sorry man...this hits home way to hard. I was on the fitz brother ship John S McCain. From what I know how we lost 10 of our friends, none of them are forgotten. I wish these collisions never happened, for you the most, their love ones. I picture my mom, brother, nieces, and fiancee and I can't imagine the pain. I may not be a religious man, but i know your brother has to be in a better place.
17 Apr 2018 05:01 - +68
Sorry to hear about your brother. Thanks for his service. I went to middle school with one of the guys that was part of the same accident.
17 Apr 2018 07:21 - +29
17 Apr 2018 04:52 - +22
Sorry for your loss OP.
17 Apr 2018 07:42 - +17
Fair Winds and Calm Seas, Sailor. You will be missed.
17 Apr 2018 08:26 - +16
Medically retired US Sailor here; while $400,000 paid to the family of a lost service member doesn’t really equal the loss the family feels, we accept the amount as the standard and that’s just what you get. What we should NOT accept is when the death is due to the incompetence and/or ignorance of a superior, (especially when it’s the commanding officer or equivalent) the family is still paid the same amount. Should be like 4 million in such cases, not $400,000. $400,000 is basically the Navy saying “sorry we let a jackass in charge of your son or daughters life ruin everything for you, don’t worry though we fired him and it’ll take him at least a few years to regain his position, oh and here’s some lunch money.”
17 Apr 2018 07:55 - +15
His birthday is the same as mine, just know that every one of my birthdays from now on I'll be sure to think of your brother.
17 Apr 2018 07:04 - +11
It makes my skin crawl when I see someone younger than I am who's died. I imagine I'm hitting that age where I'm not very old (30) but I'm also not entirely young and death happens. That's a beautiful stone. I am so, so sorry you lost your brother.
17 Apr 2018 07:36 - +6
From a Navy veteran - During war or peace time all of those who join the service face risk of death. But we persevered doing our best for our fellow sailors, soldiers, marines, or airmen and our country. So sorry for your loss to his family and friends.

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