Waterbury Navy Sailor Drowns in Guam

Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 PM EDT
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Waterbury Navy Sailor Drowns in Guam

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Rjay Domondon, a 19-year-old from Waterbury, drowned while spear fishing in Guam on Jan. 5.

A 19-year-old sailor from Waterbury drowned while spear fishing in Guam, according to a news release from the U.S. Air Force.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Rjay Domondon was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 and has been identified as the service member who drowned while spear fishing near Agat on Jan. 5, according to a spokesperson for the Navy.

Domondon's body was found early Monday after an extensive search-and-rescue mission that started on Sunday.

"This young man was a dedicated, personable and highly motivated Sailor," Cmdr. Gregory Leland, the HSC-25 commanding officer, said in a statement. "Always willing to go the extra step to assist others, he earned the immediate respect of every Sailor he came in contact with. He was a courageous young man who embodied living life to its fullest and enjoyed working out, playing sports and traveling."

Domondon joined the Navy in July 2012.

Before reporting to the helicopter squadron on Guam in August 2013, he was as an aviation electronics technician.

He received awards, including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
 

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