Ens. Joshua Kaleb Watson, USN, RIP

Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson was a 2019 US Naval Academy graduate. He reported to Pensacola NAS on November 15th. He was serving as the Officer of the Deck when the Saudi jihadist opened fire on Friday. Watson, though shot five times, dragged himself out of the building, flagged down first responders, and informed them who and where the jihadist was located. By his actions, he saved multiple lives.

Watson served as captain of the USNA Rifle Team. While captain, the Navy team beat Army’s rifle team for the first time in a decade. He had a 4-year average of 580.6 (out of 600 possible) while competing in both smallbore and air rifle. He also competed in the NCAA Rifle Championships.

His father Benjamin said this about his son and his actions.

“His mission was to confront evil,” he said. “To bring the fight to them, wherever it took him. He was willing to risk his life for his country. We never thought he would die in Florida.”


4 thoughts on “Ens. Joshua Kaleb Watson, USN, RIP”

  1. If this brave young man is allowed, I hope he gets at least the Silver Star, if not the Navy Cross or the CMH. When the actions of a young man like this save untold numbers of lives, it must be recognized.
    And while our thanks go to him, of course our condolences must go to his family. My son is getting out of the Navy in a little less than a month, after over 6 years of active duty. And I know that they were never prepared for their son to give his life in this way. Our military must figure a way to make sure that this sort of thing is stopped. it has happened too often now.

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