September 25, 2013

Jonathan Gibson - U.S. Military

Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan S. Gibson, age 32, of Aurora, Oregon, died on September 22, 2013, as a result of an MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crash while operating in the central Red Sea.

Jonathan was assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Six at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California.

Five crewmen were in the helicopter when it attempted to land on USS William P. Lawrence, a destroyer based out of San Diego. The cause of the crash is under investigation. But it’s believed a large wave caused the deck of the ship to pitch up as the helicopter was touching down, and that it slammed into the deck and rolled into the water.

Three crewmen were rescued. Tragically, two did not survive.

Jonathan attended Central Hardin High School in Cecilia, Kentucky. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Jonathan was a rarity in the Navy - a chief warrant officer pilot, which means he started in the enlisted ranks.

He joined the Navy in 1998 and worked as an aviation operations technician. Ten years later he received his commission as an officer.

His medals include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among others.

Family members describe Jonathan as a dedicated family man who was athletic, had a
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keen sense of humor and who had a strong sense of duty.

He was nearing the end of a nine-month deployment at sea. He planned to become a flight instructor and spend more time with his family.

Jonathan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Scott Gibson; brother, James; and his wife, Christina, and their children, Kaylie (age 6) and Alexander (age 4), and his stepmother, Kelly Gibson.

Thank you for serving, Jonathan.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and gone the next. Amen.

Pray that Jonathan is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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