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Sailor Found Dead Aboard USS Enterprise

Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr.

Above: Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr.

Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, of was found dead in his berthing compartment June 8 on board the USS Enterprise, according to the Department of Defense. Kessler was assigned to Enterprise as a logistics specialist.

The Defense Department has not yet released any details on his death.

According to Kessler's Facebook page, he was originally from Burley, Idaho and lived in Suffolk, Virginia.

Kessler's wife, Anne, wrote on Facebook:

I'm having a hard time answering all the messages, phone calls & postings but please know we appreciate your love, care & prayer for our family. The last few days have been difficult, but we have tried to enjoy the celebration of Brooke's graduation as best we can. I know Richard would have wanted it that way. I'm hoping to find out today when he will be home. I need him home. Please keep praying for us. We will need much prayer to get through the next few days and weeks. And we will post info as we get it. Love to you all.

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Avatar for user 'JeanMarc'

JeanMarc | June 11, 2012 at 1:31 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Why is she waiting to find out when he will be home? Does she not know that he passed away?

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rocn3kids | June 11, 2012 at 7:38 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

She is waiting to find out when the body will be sent home. She knew before anyones else, other then his chain of command, that he has passed away.

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tm1_83 | June 12, 2012 at 9:10 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Didn't you read the article???????????

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JeanMarc | June 13, 2012 at 1:27 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

I did, it is just strange to call a corpse "he" as if it is still a conscious being. The proper thing to say is she is waiting to find out when his body will be home. He is not there anymore, only his body remains.

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