Security lapses at the main gate to the world’s largest naval base allowed a civilian to come on base in 2014 and fatally shoot a sailor aboard a destroyer, according to a Navy investigation.
Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal histories since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in Virginia, according to figures provided by the Navy.
In a somber, tear-filled ceremony, the Navy on Monday remembered a sailor who was fatally shot aboard a destroyer as a selfless hero who saved the lives of others.
A sailor fatally shot last week in Norfolk, Va., was honored as a hometown hero Thursday at a chilly, candlelight service in Hagerstown’s City Park.
The civilian truck driver the Navy says killed a sailor aboard a ship in Virginia once faced a murder charge in North Carolina but ended up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was out of prison less than two years later, court records show.
The civilian truck driver who killed a sailor aboard a destroyer at the world’s largest naval base was a convicted felon from Virginia, according to prison records and the Navy.