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Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Pat Morrissey

When a sailor from USS Shiloh (CG-67) went missing last summer, presumably lost overboard in the Pacific, only to be found a week later hiding out in the ship’s machinery spaces, some readers could be forgiven for wondering what was going on in that command.

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Pat Morrissey

Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims — the sailor who went missing from the USS Shiloh for seven days — was charged with dereliction of duty and abandoning watch on July 13, according to Stars and Stripes.

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A young sailor from the Navy cruiser USS Shiloh believed to have fallen overboard on June 8 has just been found after a massive 50-hour search-and-rescue operation off the coast of Japan concluded with Navy officials presuming him dead. Not only was the sailor alive (thank God), he was on the ship, hidden in one of the Shiloh’s engine rooms. Like a modern day Huckleberry Finn, Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims appears to have faked his own death. Or at least he let his shipmates believe he had died. This raises a lot of questions, like: Why did he do it? And how the hell did he manage to survive in an engine room for an entire week? Surely, the Navy’s investigation that is now underway will yield the answers to those question, but, in the meantime, here’s a packing list for any other sailors out there thinking about faking their own death while aboard a ship at sea. Because you can never be too prepared.        

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