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Navy Confirms Death of Sailor Sunday in Hawaii

03/30/15 12:00 AM

Release #15-011

Commander, Navy Region Hawaii & Naval Surface Group Midldle Pacific Public Affairs

HONOLULU - At approximately 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, a 21 year old male Service Member from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam fell approximately 50 feet to his death off of the Pali Notches trail.  The Sailor is identified as Johnathan McNeely of Lake Wales, Florida.  The Honolulu Fire Department responded to the scene and recovered the Sailor, who was subsequently pronounced dead by on-scene paramedics, and airlifted.  The cause of death is due to traumatic injuries sustained from the fall. Honolulu County Police Department has the lead on the investigation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, shipmates and loved ones during this difficult time.

No further details are available at this time.