Tributes & Vigils Category: US Navy
Name: Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Daniel R. Verbeke
From: Exton, PA
Incident: Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Daniel R. Verbeke died July 14 in Paoli, Penn. of complications from injuries he sustained in a flight deck accident in December 2005 while serving aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
Died: July 14, 2008
TR sailor dies from injuries suffered in 2005
By Amy McCullough
A 25-year-old sailor from Pennsylvania died Monday from injuries sustained aboard the carrier Theodore Roosevelt more than two years ago.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Daniel R. Verbeke, of Exton, Pa., was doing emergency repairs on one of the carrier’s arresting wires on Dec. 5, 2005, when a hydraulic failure blasted the side of his neck with 50,000 pounds of pressure, his father, Robert Verbeke, said in a telephone interview Monday.
The blast threw him backward into a beam inches from his head. The accident left the sailor a quadriplegic with traumatic brain injury, a collapsed lung, fractured vertebrae and…