Warrior Wednesday: Christopher E. Watts #NeverForgotten

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Christopher Watts
Mar. 8, 1976 to Apr. 24, 2004

US Navy (USN) Signalman Second Class (SM2) Christopher E. Watts

US Navy (USN) Signalman Second Class (SM2) Christopher E. Watts

Christopher Eugene Watts grew up in Jefferson County Tennessee and in Neon, Ky., where he graduated high school. His mother remembers him as a quiet boy who spent most of his time outdoors, fishing or filling notebooks with drawings and stories. Watts joined the Navy in 1995 at age 18. Rainwater believes he saw himself as part of a family tradition. “His father and grandfather had both been in the Navy,” she said. “He loved the Navy. He loved wearing his uniform. He thought he was doing what God wanted him to do.”

Watts had been in Iraq about three months aboard the USS Firebolt patrol ship when a boat approached the oil terminal that the ship was guarding April 24, 2004. The operator wouldn’t turn back, despite warnings from the ship. Watts went out with a boarding team to inspect the boat. As they drew near, it exploded. Jordanian extremists with ties to the Al-Qaida terrorist group later claimed responsibility.

If you get a chance, it is worth your time to read the Lakin article on the ETVMA site. It’s an interview with Watt’s mother about his service and the son he left behind.

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USS Firebolt PC 10 Insignia

USS Firebolt PC 10 Insignia

The protagonist of my WID (Work in Development) is a physical therapist who works with wounded vets. Through my research I’ve discovered patriots that leave me awe-filled, many of whom gave their life for their country. If I’ve learned only one thing, it is that these soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines don’t do what they do for notoriety, they love their job, their country and their brothers (and sisters) in arms. I encourage you to do a bit of research on these warriors, but keep in mind that initial media reports often contain unverified information and for security reasons many details of operations are never revealed.