Sunday, December 31, 2006

Fallen MSP Sailors Identified

According to the BBC, the Navy has released the names of the two Submariners who were tragically lost off the USS Minneapolis-St. Paul on Friday:
The dead men were named as Senior Chief Thomas Higgins, 45, of Paducah, Kentucky, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Holtz, 30, of Lakewood, Ohio.
The US Navy said in a statement on Sunday that the cause of the accident remained under investigation.
Sailors, Rest Your Oars...

According to the CSG-2 web page, ETCS(SS) Thomas Higgins was the MSP's Chief of the Boat. This makes the incident even more tragic -- now the crew will have to cope with the sense of loss they feel without a man who I'm sure was a mentor to all.


At 11:46 AM, Blogger Cookie..... said...

This is indeed tragic to both Family and Crew...and because of the time of the year...has even more impact on Family..

A similar event (under very similar circumstances) happened in 65 or 66 aboard the Piper. If memory serves, the lost man was an officer...Lt. Houston...


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