(NewsSpace.com) – There have been an increased number of suicides in the Navy lately. Four sailors at a Norfolk, Virginia, command took their lives in the span of a month from late October to November, and now it seems another has fallen victim to the same fate. Commander Robert Ramirez III was found dead at his San Diego home on Monday, December 19, and it’s raising a host of questions.
Ramirez was a heavily-decorated leader who recently took command of SEAL Team 1. He joined the Navy in 1996 and quickly rose through the ranks. Throughout the course of his career, he received three combat ribbons for his tours overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq, and five bronze medals, two of which hold the “V” designation for acts of heroism and valor.
Cmdr. Robert Ramirez III, commanding officer of SEAL Team 1, was found dead in his San Diego County home. He was 47. Foul play is not suspect in his death, which is under investigation, Naval Special Warfare officials said.https://t.co/u7UQcCUpXE pic.twitter.com/qbCJf4oBmE
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) December 23, 2022
There has been an outpouring of grief from his friends and fellow service members on Twitter.
This man was my Friend, Brother, and Teammate.
He was a Warrior and a Patriot.
CDR Robert Ramirez III, Thank you for your outstanding service to our country. You are loved, and you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/yYln8n89oY
— American Soldier for Christ (@johnrackham82) December 21, 2022
According to DailyMail.com, authorities confirmed Ramirez’s death was by suicide. They have ruled out foul play, but there’s an ongoing investigation by the naval command and San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Ramirez is survived by his wife and four children.
Do you think the Navy needs to do more investigating into why its sailors are committing suicide at such alarming rates?
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