A few thoughts (and prayers) regarding the USS Fitzgerald

Since the news first broke this weekend about the collision between the American Guided Missile Destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) and a merchant freighter I’ve held off on writing anything about it. It’s a particularly sensitive subject for me and the most pressing, immediate concern was the fate of the seven missing American sailors. Up until this morning some of us who have been talking about it around here were still holding out hope. Because in situation like that there is always hope… until there isn’t. In the chaos of such a collision and the ensuing confusion, various situations could result in misinformation about the status of crew members. At any given time there are a certain number of sailors on leave and they might not have been recorded properly on the rosters. Sometimes sailors are briefly sent on TAD (temporary additional duty) assignments which could also result in confusion as

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