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SpearMax 05-11-2016 09:08 AM

SEAL trainee dies during basic training
 
May our underwater brother Derek rest in eternal peace.

SEAL trainee dies during basic training

Associated Press
By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press 5-11-16

SAN DIEGO — A 21-year-old Navy SEAL trainee died last week during his first week of basic training in Coronado, California, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

Seaman James "Derek" Lovelace was pulled out of the pool Friday after showing signs he was having difficulty while treading in a camouflage uniform and a dive mask, Naval Special Warfare Center spokesman Lt. Trevor Davids said.

Lovelace lost consciousness after being pulled out of the pool and was taken to a civilian hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Davids said. The death was first reported by NBC News and The Virginian-Pilot.

The exact cause of the death is unknown, and Navy officials are investigating, Davids said.

Lovelace was in his first week of training as a SEAL trainee after joining the Navy about six months ago, Davids said. The exercise is designed to assess students' competency, confidence and safety in the water, according to the Navy.

Lovelace was born in Germany, and he dreamed of becoming a SEAL, according to a death announcement from Whitehurst Powell Funeral Home and Southern Heritage Crematory in his home town of Crestview, Florida.

He enjoyed any activity on the water and played baseball at Crestview High School and Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama, according to the death announcement. Lovelace joined the Navy and graduated basic training on Jan. 28, 2016, in Great Lakes, Illinois. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Ribbon and Sharpshooter Pistol Qualification.

"I don't know what to say. He was wonderful," his sobbing grandmother, Jan Pugh, told The Virginian-Pilot. "It was a dream he was chasing out there. He was determined to become a SEAL .

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/sea...T7p?li=BBnb7Kz


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OahuFreediver 05-11-2016 12:40 PM

Re: SEAL trainee dies during basic training
 
Rip! Until we regroup again!

Shaftslinger 05-11-2016 08:44 PM

Re: SEAL trainee dies during basic training
 
Rest In Peace! Always sad to hear of anyone passing especially this young. My condolences to the family and friends


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