Elite SEAL Team Leader Discovered Dead – Cause Unknown

(PatriotWise.com) – Last Monday, Commander Robert Ramirez III, a high-decorated Navy SEAL, was found dead in his home in San Diego County, just one month after he took over as commanding officer of SEAL Team 1 on Naval Base Coronado. He was 47 years old.

In a statement last Wednesday, Naval Special Warfare Command said foul play is not suspected in Ramirez’s death. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation remains ongoing.

Captain David Abernathy, the commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, said Ramirez was an “outstanding leader, devoted husband and father, and a good friend to us all.”

Abernathy, who oversees all four Coronado-based SEAL teams, described Ramirez’s death as “a devastating loss.”

Ramirez enlisted in January 1996. He attended Recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, and Combat Systems training in Virginia Beach before attending Navy Special Warfare Basic Training in Coronado in 1997.

From June 1997 to July 2001, Ramirez was assigned to the East Coast Special Warfare Unit in Virginia. He returned to school in Virginia before returning to the West Coast Special Warfare Unit in June 2004 as a commissioned officer where he remained until his detachment from the unit in June 2020.

In September 2019, Ramirez was promoted to Commander.

From June 2020 until earlier this year, Ramirez served with Commander, Seventh Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan before rejoining the West Coast Special Warfare Unit in Coronado in June.

In his nearly 27-year Navy career, Ramirez earned multiple awards, including five Bronze Star medals, two of which were issued with the Combat “V” device in recognition of Ramirez’s valor and acts of heroism.

Ramirez is the second SEAL team commander to die within just over a year. On December 7, 2021, SEAL Team 8 Commander Brian Bourgeois was killed during a helicopter rope training event in Norfolk, Virginia.

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