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Chilean Officials Discover 21-Year-Old
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Deceased
Body In Lagoon

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Posted By: Hermoine, 7/20/2022 10:07:07 AM

United States Naval Academy announced on Monday that Chilean authorities found the body of 21-year-old Texas native Luke Gabriel Bird, Midshipman Second Class, in a lagoon of the Salto El Agua waterfall in the Valparaíso Region of Chile. “We are incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Midshipman Luke Bird this weekend,” Vice Adm. Sean Buck, 63rd Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, said in a statement. “My wife, Joanne, and I and the entire Naval Academy community offer our sincerest condolences to Luke’s family, friends, and fellow midshipmen during this difficult time. I encourage all of our Naval Academy family to offer support to one another as we navigate the grieving process.”


The headline is a bit misleading...they recovered the body. Regardless, absolutely tragic. He sounds like an exemplary young man. Gone much too soon. American desperately needs more like him.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 7/20/2022 10:29:10 AM (No. 1222432)
Very sad. He was an exemplary young man.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 7/20/2022 10:43:38 AM (No. 1222454)
A real tragedy. But, I have a number of former midshipmen in my family, and their stories of their antics when in the USNA are a bit harrowing at times. And I wound up with a broken shoulder when involved in one of their late night antics myself. Easy to get caught up having fun, and 'letting loose'. When out of the Academy they tend to really let loose, sometimes without the best judgement, and often with a good bit of alcohol involved. Been with them a few times, as a civilian invited along, and got the damage to prove it. Young men, me included, don't always make the wisest choices. It is a genuine shame to lose a good man to a momentary lapse in judgement, or just a small error on a cliff edge.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog 7/20/2022 10:47:37 AM (No. 1222457)
Very tragic death. I haven't been able to find out much about this waterfall. The volume of water appears to be rather light but it falls over a very steep cliff. Other hikers have warned that it can be very slippery near the falls. May he rest in peace.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Historybuff 7/20/2022 12:43:04 PM (No. 1222591)
“Deceased Body”. Pc way of saying he’s dead. Cripse can’t anyone write anymore. I know no one can edit.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1 7/20/2022 3:14:00 PM (No. 1222716)
Why would the Naval Academy have a semester abroad program? That makes no sense to me.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: thekidsmom66 7/20/2022 3:23:40 PM (No. 1222723)
His father, Chad Bird, is a former Lutheran Church Missouri Synod pastor, a brilliant theologian who has extensively studied Hebrew and Greek, and an accomplished author. I have followed him on FB for years, and saw his beautiful tribute to his son on Sunday. Just heartbreaking. But as his father said, "Luke is a baptized child of our Heavenly Father, beloved and forgiven in Jesus. We know he is with his Lord, who is the resurrection and the life. That is our confidence and our consolation, even as we sit here with broken hearts and numb souls. I have never known such pain."
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Reply 7 - Posted by: red1066 7/20/2022 5:18:30 PM (No. 1222804)
The kids in the service academies are generally no different than any other college student other than they have in some cases connections to Congresspersons and other elected officials willing to write a letter of recommendation to a service academy.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hermoine 7/20/2022 5:34:15 PM (No. 1222819)
#7 -- If you meet the academic requirements to get into one of the academies, it is common place for your congressional representative to write a letter of recommendation for connections needed. I worked in Speaker Gingrich's office and we provided them to any constituent in our district who met the qualifications. The truth is most of the kids that get into these academies are exceptional young people who, at an early age, have a desire to serve their country through military services.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: thekidsmom66 7/20/2022 9:51:59 PM (No. 1223006)
He was an accomplished and decent young man.
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