Navy Identifies Carrier Roosevelt Sailor Who Died from Corona Virus

The first sailor to die from Corona Virus exposure on the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been identified as Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Ark.

Thacker tested positive for the Corona Virus on March 30. He was removed from the ship and placed in isolation on Naval Base Guam, where he was found unresponsive during a routine medical check. Fellow crew members in isolation with Thacker performed CPR and he was transferred to the US Naval Hospital Guam ICU on April 9th. He died on April 13th.

Thacker’s spouse is an active duty service member stationed in San Diego and arrived on Guam on April 11 and was by Thacker’s side as he died.

Capt. Carlos Sardiello, USS Theodore Roosevelt’s new commanding officer, said: “Our number one priority continues to be the health and well-being of all members of the Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group and we remain steadfast in our resolve against the spread of this virus.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

The ship has been in crisis from the rapidly spreading virus and then from management decisions over what to do to protect its missions and its sailors.

Of the approximately 3,000 crew members, 584 have tested positive for the Corona Virus and they remain isolated on Naval Base Guam and are receiving daily medical support care.


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