FEASTERVILLE >> A U.S. Navy Sailor from Bucks County died July 8 during a training exercise in the Red Sea.
Ensign Sarah Mitchell, 23, assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunhan based out of Norfolk, Va., was participating in small boat training when the tragedy occurred. She was medically evacuated to a hospital in Aqaba, Jordan, and was pronounced dead at 12:45 p.m., local time, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy.
The Navy did not release details of the accident, but said an investigation is ongoing. No other Sailors were injured.
Mitchell was a 2013 graduate of Neshaminy High School and a 2017 graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a degree in biochemistry with minors in chemistry and leadership studies. At VT, she commanded the Corps of Cadets Alpha Company in the fall of 2016.
“The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and its alumni and friends, mourn the loss of Ensign Sarah Mitchell, Class of 2017,” said the corps’ commandant, Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart in a statement from the university. “Her tragic passing in the line of duty reminds us all of the amazing young men and women who choose to wear the cloth of our nation’s military. As a cadet, Ensign Mitchell epitomized the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, in so many ways. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire community in offering our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Sarah, her family, and friends.”
Commandant Fullhart told the Roanoke Times that the university intends to honor Mitchell’s memory on Virginia Tech’s Pylon memorial, which is inscribed with the names of VT students and alumni killed in the line of duty from World War I to the present. Mitchell would be the first woman to have her name on the monument.