Tributes & Vigils Category: US Navy
Name: Navy Signalman 2nd Class (SW) Christopher E. Watts
From: Knoxville, Tenn.
Assigned to patrol coastal Firebolt, forward deployed to Manama, Bahrain, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Incident: Navy Signalman 2nd Class (SW) Christopher E. Watts was killed April 24 in a waterborne attack in the northern Persian Gulf.
Fallen sailor remembered as down-to-earth
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A sailor killed in Iraq during a suicide attack at an oil terminal is being remembered as a down-to-earth person not prone to fanfare.
More than 300 people gathered May 2 at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church to pay respects to Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Eugene Watts.
Watts, 28, was one of three servicemen to die in the attack April 24 in the northern Persian Gulf. The three were part of a seven-person boarding team from the Firebolt who were conducting maritime interception operations. A sailing vessel known as a dhow approached the Iraqi Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal and exploded as the men went to inspect it.
“I think he would have…