This afternoon, the Department of Defense announced the non-combat death of a United States Sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, fighting the Global War on Terror.
Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith, 38, of Huffman, Texas, died Dec. 11, 2013, in Landstuhl, Germany, from a non-combat related incident. There was no mention of what country PO1 Smith was in at the time of the incident, although an internet search of his battalion indicates that battalion is in Afghanistan.
He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28, (Seabee) Shreveport, La.,
The family has not released funeral arrangements for their Sailor.
More information on Petty Officer 1st Class Smith is available to media sources by contacting the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command public affairs office in Virginia, at 757-462-4316 Ext.110 during duty hours and after duty hours at 757-374-0995.
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