Miramar sailor dies after being lost overboard during Red Sea deployment

THE Department of Defense announced on Saturday that Miramar Oriola Michael Aregbesola, a native US Navy sailor, died while serving in the Red Sea on March 20, 2024. Aregbesola, 34, was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class lost overboard while he served on the USS Mason.

“Its exceptional performance before and during deployment went well beyond plane interview; he truly saw and appreciated every member of the ship/air team,” said Cmdr. Eric Kohut. “He will live on in the hearts of every Swamp Fox and our brothers and sisters in the IKE Carrier Strike Group. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family.

After enlisting in the Navy on July 22, 2020, Aregbesola completed naval training in Illinois and Florida and joined the “Swamp Foxes” of the Helicopter Maritime Strike Unit (HSM-74) in December 2020.

Aregbesola received the Navy “E” Ribbon and a Naval Unit Award before his death. Sailor KB Johnson served alongside Aregbesola and remembered the positive impact he had on his colleagues.

“He had such a pure soul and I believe he had an impact on everyone who had the honor of working alongside him,” Johnson told the Florida Times-Union.

Arebesola’s cause of death remains under investigation.

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