Wednesday, April 03, 2013

In Memorium: Navy Petty Officer Pasquale Troisi

My blog dashboard says I've written over 7,000 posts. I have no idea if that number is accurate, but I do know that in the nine years I've been doing this there have been certain stories that have just stayed with me. Marine Cpl. Brian Mathews's story is one that readily comes to mind.

A story I read yesterday gave me that same, sinking feeling. Maybe it's the stories heaped in horrible irony?

"Pasquale was an active duty U.S. Navy Petty Officer who had just returned home from a seven month deployment to Afghanistan, completing his 4th tour to the Middle East.

Pasquale joined the Navy at the age of 19 after graduating from Archbishop Wood High School in 2001 with hopes of becoming a Navy Seal. He worked his way up by serving in combat tours in Iraq. Before entering Navy Seal training, Pasquale suffered several injuries forcing him to withdraw from training. He quickly volunteered for his 4th and final tour to Afghanistan in July of 2012.

...It was supposed to be a homecoming party of sorts, but it turned into tragedy. Pasquale Troisi, a Navy Petty Officer who was badly burned at his homecoming party in February, passed away on Monday.

Celebrating his return from Afghanistan, Petty Officer 2nd Class Pasquale Troisi suffered serious burns after a freestanding fireplace exploded at a home on Broadway in Upper Moreland. Investigators said the explosion was caused by someone who poured gasoline on the logs to try and get wet logs to burn.

Troisi, 31, was in a medically induced coma at Temple University Hospital for three weeks after the Feb. 22 incident. His friend, 26-year-old Stephen Klink, jumped on top of Troisi to try and extinguish the flames. Klink was treated at the hospital and released shortly after." (source)

4 deployments and you get killed by a drunk friend and a BBQ?! Or an illegal alien driving with 4X over the legal alcohol limit?

I just didn't want this 31 year old Petty Officer's story to go untold...



31 comments:

CrabbyOldMan said...

My oldest sister went to college with a guy who had gone through WWII and then came home and lost both legs in an automobile accident.

Zelda said...

What a horrible story.

Bram said...

Damn that sucks.

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CrabbyOldMan said...

OH ENEMAS!

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This country is lucky that we have men and women who are so brave they will fight for our country. Too bad so many leaders who are not veterans misuse them too often. He sounds like he was a wonderful person who did not deserve to have something so horrible happen to him.

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CrabbyOldMan said...

ALa:
Can you block posts that are anonymous?

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Anonymous, stop defiling this story. You show yourself to be the despicable churl we have come to believe you are. Disgusting.

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free0352 said...

A mentor of mine made it all the way through Vietnam in RECON only to a few weeks later lose a hand in a corn thresher.

And my friend scott Zaur shot himself for no good reason after he got home....

Rickvid in Seattle said...

So, I conclude from these stories that life is not certain. Always be aware, always take care. Here in Seattle these last two weeks we have seen two terrible events. A pair of grandparents from Indiana, the grandmother had terminal cancer, had just arrived to see their first grandchild. The couple, the newborn boy, and their daughter in law were out for a stroll on a clear fine day. As they crossed street, a many times DUI drunk hit them, killing the grandparents and severely injuring the child and mother. The drunk killer had no injuries. Just yesterday, a woman driving to work in the eastbound lanes of the 520 bridge across Lake Washington was hit head on by a many times DUI drunk driving the wrong way. The woman was killed, the drunk killer had minor injuries. Always keep an eye out. You are never really “safe.”

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Sol Santos said...

Pasquale was a great friend of mine. He is sweet, kind and a genuine person. I will miss him dearly. :-( I cannot imagine what his family must have been going through. You are in my prayers.

Haverwilde said...

ALa,

Curious, what are your thoughts on your Mayor's latest racist screed.

Rickvid in Seattle said...

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CrabbyOldMan said...

I completely agree with Rickvid in Seattle.

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Rickvid and Crabs,

Are you serious? Duh.

CrabbyOldMan said...

Are you serious? Duh.
Said a naïve brainwashed neurotic.

Anonymous said...

I may be brainwashed but it didn't take me countless postings to figure out that the garbled messages were from a robot. You COM, on the other hand,kept responding to them.

CrabbyOldMan said...

Enemas! It sure fooled me! I suppose that was because the robot's posts made as much sense as yours.
It may be just foolish old me, but I noticed early on that the robot posts usually came right after you had been smacked down. Coincidence?

Anonymous said...

Maybe, old man, maybe.

Unknown said...

Pasquale Was a very dear friend of mine, we where both working at Naval Special Warfare.
I was there already when he showed up and he won me over from day one... it was like that with everyone...
I don't know what to say... I had talked to him after he got back from deployment and we where supposed to hangout after he got back from Philly... I found out about his passing while in San Clemente island... it was a shock, I cried and that was it I was useless... he touched a lot of people with his larger than life personality, I know douchebags suddenly become cool after they pass away.. it is not like that with Pasquale, he was really a special person and the world is a lesser place with out him...

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Anonymous said...

Rest in peace, my friend.