by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News December 22, 2022
A U.S. Navy special operations commander has died just one month after taking charge of the elite SEAL Team 1.
Cmdr. Robert Ramirez III was found dead at his home in San Diego on Monday, the Navy said. He was 47.
No cause of death has been reported.
Foul play is not suspected in Ramirez’s death, Navy officials said Wednesday.
Ramirez took command of SEAL Team 1 in November.
Throughout his distinguished 27-year career, Ramirez’s awards and decorations include five Bronze Star Medals, three Combat Action ribbons and six medals combined for the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns.
Capt. David Abernathy, who oversees all San Diego-based SEAL teams as Commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, released a statement in light of Ramirez’s death:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ramirez family. Bobby was an outstanding leader, devoted husband and father, and a good friend to us all. This is a devastating loss to our community and all who knew him. We will remain in support of Bobby’s family, friends, and teammates during this extremely difficult time.”
Obi Ugochukwu, a Navy medic, said: ‘This is just a devastating loss. The pain of this loss cuts really deep. Many of us were at Bobby’s Change of Command Ceremony and it was such a joyous occasion. I can’t understand this and I am just praying for Anne, the children and the rest of the family. We lost a great hero and this will hurt for a very long time.”
An August 2021 policy signed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin required all service members to receive the Covid vaccine. The military vax mandate was repealed earlier this month.