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.