Master Chief Petty Officer Richard J. Kessler Jr., 47, of was found dead in his berthing compartment June 8 on board the USS Enterprise, according to the Department of Defense. Kessler was assigned to Enterprise as a logistics specialist.
The Defense Department has not yet released any details on his death.
According to Kessler's Facebook page, he was originally from Burley, Idaho and lived in Suffolk, Virginia.
Kessler's wife, Anne, wrote on Facebook:
I'm having a hard time answering all the messages, phone calls & postings but please know we appreciate your love, care & prayer for our family. The last few days have been difficult, but we have tried to enjoy the celebration of Brooke's graduation as best we can. I know Richard would have wanted it that way. I'm hoping to find out today when he will be home. I need him home. Please keep praying for us. We will need much prayer to get through the next few days and weeks. And we will post info as we get it. Love to you all.