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Monday, May 27, 2013

US Military Man Falls To Death

According to news media in Japan, an American serviceman has fallen to his death in Yokosuka-shi (Yokosuka City), Kanagawa-ken (Prefecture of Kanegawa), Japan on the early morning of May 26, 2013. The unnamed man was a 24-year-old U.S. naval Petty Officer, 2nd Class. 

The serviceman, who lived on the seventh floor of an apartment building, apparently fell to his death while on the sixth floor balcony at around 2:30AM.

In his seventh floor room, several empty whiskey and beer bottles were found, and while no one is saying there is a connection, police still made that fact public.

Apparently a resident of a sixth-floor apartment was awoken by the sound breaking glass and called police to report an intruder on his balcony. Arriving on the scene, police found the U.S. Petty Officer dead at the scene, some 18 meters below after having fallen six flights.

I recall a time 27 years ago when I was in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA on Spring Break, when one of my friends arrived back at out hotel stupidly drunk.

He banged on the second floor door demanding to be let in, but no one would let him in. I heard the commotion and went down to the second floor and found him, where the drunk friend turned to me and asked me why no one would let him in to the room. I carried him up the stairs to our third floor hotel room and put him to bed.

It is possible that this Petty Officer may also have been confused and mistaken the sixth floor room for his own on the seventh floor... though why he fell... no idea.

I did note in a blog two days ago that I often climbed onto the balcony ledge of the seventh floor outdoor walkway so that I could jump up and grab a handhold onto the roof of my apartment building so I could haul myself up so that I could grab that perfect photo with my camera.

It's true that at any point in time I could have slipped and fallen seven stories down to my death, but I was always sober. Now... while I doubt that my scenario was what happened to this military man, but I just wanted to point out that people do stupid things sober or drunk.
So lets not judge him too harshly for what I hope was a stupid, avoidable mistake.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Andrew Joseph     

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