Gerald William Turner Jr.

U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate Seaman Gerald Turner links 50-caliber rounds together aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta on April 15. The San Diego-based ship is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of Mass Communications Specialist 2nd security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Photo courtesy of Mass Communications Specialist 2nd Class Jason Isaacs, Navy  

The visiting US Navy sailor who died following an incident at Gab Gab Beach last week Thursday has been identified as Gerald William Turner Jr., 23.

The gunner's mate seaman was assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta.

The ship is moored on Guam for a scheduled visit.

The military said Turner was found unresponsive within a designated liberty area at Naval Base Guam during a scheduled port visit. Three search-and-rescue qualified sailors performed life-saving efforts until an ambulance arrived on scene to continue administering emergency care.

He was pronounced dead at 2:08 pm on July 30 at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam.

The cause of death is currently being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

"The Lava Dog team sends its sincerest love and condolences to the Turner family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of a close friend, shipmate, and Lava Dog family member,” said Cmdr. Chad Trubilla, commanding officer of Rafael Peralta.

The Navy confirms Turner is from Maryland and first enlisted on July 5, 2018.

He was first assigned to Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., followed by the Center for Surface Combat Systems School at Great Lakes, Ill., prior to reporting to USS Rafael Peralta.

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