A 44-year-old US Navy officer and father of two who was second-in-command of a small warship has reportedly taken his personal life aboard the vessel whereas docked in Cleveland.
Cmdr. Jonathan Volkle, the chief officer of the littoral fight ship USS Marinette, was “discovered unresponsive and later pronounced deceased” on Oct. 27, USNI News reported, citing the US Floor Power Atlantic.
“Our ideas exit to the Volkle’s household throughout this extremely troublesome interval, and we’d ask their privateness be revered,” the assertion reads.
“Littoral Fight Ship Squadron (LCSRON) 2 is offering chaplain and psychological well being assist to the ship’s crew. Cmdr. Janet Brooms will likely be assigned as government officer,” it provides.
Volkle’s demise remains to be being investigated however two protection officers instructed USNI Information that an preliminary report mentioned he died by suicide.
The late commander enlisted in early 2007 and was later commissioned after attending officer candidate faculty, in accordance with his Navy bio.
A profession floor warfare officer, he served aboard the guided-missile frigate USS Kauffman, and guided-missile destroyers USS John McCain and USS Fitzgerald.
He commanded the Avenger-class mine countermeasure ship USS Patriot.
Ashore, he served at Naval Floor Power Pacific, Japan-based Destroyer Squadron 15 and Littoral Fight Squadron 2.
In September 2022, Volkle reported to the usMarinette, which was commissioned in September 2023.
Littoral fight ships are comparatively small vessels designed to function close to shore.
It set sail for its homeport of Mayport, Florida, however bought caught within the Nice Lakes because of the St. Lawrence Seaway staff strike, Military.com reported.
Volkle’s decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, three awards of the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two awards of the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Volkle is survived by his spouse, Kaori Kato Volkle, his sons Bruno and Nino, and his mother and father, Skip Volkle and Louise Volkle, according to his obituary.
“The whole Japan Maritime Self Protection Power tremendously revered John,” one individual wrote within the on-line guestbook.
“They revered John not solely due to his Japanese fluency however as a result of he understood their perspective and was in a position to precisely voice their opinion to the US Navy. Language is a troublesome talent to acquire, however it takes an ideal stage of compassion to have the ability to converse like John,” the message added.
If you’re scuffling with suicidal ideas or are experiencing a psychological well being disaster and stay in New York Metropolis, you’ll be able to name 1-888-NYC-WELL without cost and confidential disaster counseling. For those who stay outdoors the 5 boroughs, you’ll be able to dial the 24/7 Nationwide Suicide Prevention hotline at 988 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.