Suicide Strikes the Navy, SEAL Commander Down

I don’t truly understand suicide. I’ve had the challenge of being around four suicide attempts in my Navy career. All were unsuccessful, thankfully. In one, one of my best buddies in language school, despondent over low grades, went to a motel with a bottle of Jack and a rusty knife. And the hotel staff found him in the morning, bloody and alive. It was strange, me and another of our friends were doing well at the same language. And our buddy (who attempted suicide) would not let us help him with his studies. We were happy to see him alive and able to get the help he needed. He left the Navy and returned to a job he was effective at. We were compassionate with him, but somewhat puzzled about it. (I know that may sound unfeeling, but it is the truth.)

Sadly, another Sailor (possibly) committed suicide today, Commander Job Price, of Naval Special Warfare Group Four:

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, shown in this Naval Special Warfare Group TWO
CDR Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, PENN, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO pic

 A senior member of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL unit has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on Sunday, and media reports said the death was a possible suicide.

Commander Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a non-combat related injury in central Afghanistan’s Uruzgan Province, the Pentagon said in a statement.

“This incident is currently under investigation,” it said.

Price was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the statement said.

NBC News and CNN quoted unnamed military officials as saying that the death was being looked at as a possible suicide.

Lieutenant David Lloyd, a spokesman for Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which comprises the four SEAL teams on the U.S. East Coast, declined to comment on the cause of death, saying it was under investigation.

I wish the Commander’s family and teammates well during this trying time. RIP, Sir.

24 thoughts on “Suicide Strikes the Navy, SEAL Commander Down”

  1. I have known a couple of people who have committed suicide, and it is a horrible thing. The ultimate selfish act. Something terribly wrong must happen to someone’s brain for them to try and kill themselves.

  2. I’ve been there too with some friends…but I didn’t have to see them – thank God! But it always leaves us wondering why. But the have to be off their rocker at the time. Sane people will see that tomorrow is another day with different possibilities. I hope!

  3. Lou: It is selfish and very odd to those who you leave behind. I acted normal to my friend and just tried to be there for him. But we practically forced him to study with us and he blew us off. And then the suicide attempt.
    CP: I spent a total of 12 hours in the car with my friend after the accident. (I drove him to Travis AFB to the psych ward. That was a little awkward. But I am a good friend and I made sure he understood I was there for him.)

  4. I cannot understand anyone doing that; the ultimately selfish act…Lou’s right…Travis AFB? I was stationed there once, Navy One….not as much fun as Mare Island, just down the road….k

    1. Travis had the only psych ward and my Chief asked me to drive him up and them to pick him back up in a week. Okay base, nothing special.

  5. In my most humble opinion.

    The mind is such a complicated piece of human machinery, mix it with emotion, heartache & stress etc…and you no longer have the person you thought you had. Those left behind may think the person committing the act is selfish; in truth the person who wishes to step out of their body no longer has control of them selves or reality.

    When we lose some one through such circumstances we each have to look within, to see if we actually did enough to help that lost soul at a time when they needed support most.

    A lost cause for one person can be a reason for living for another…

    Yours Aye.

    1. Friend, your words are very wise. For weeks after the attempt happened, we were scratching our heads as to the cause. Really, we were quite friendly and helpful. I was leading seaman and would help anyone with anything. I looked at it as part of my job. And this was one of my best friends who refused to let us help him. In hindsight, I would have been gentler and more insistent.

      You are right, the mind is mysterious piece of gear. And I won’t claim to understand the minds of others. . .

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