Navy identifies USS Theodore Roosevelt sailor who died of COVID-19

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PEARL HARBOR (April 16, 2020) Official photo released of Aviation Ordnanceman Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., 41, of Fort Smith, Ark. assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), who died from COVID-19 April 13 at U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. (U.S. Navy Photo/Released)

The military has identified the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt sailor who died Monday this week, marking the first death of an American active duty member from COVID-19.

Navy officials say 41-year-old Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker succumbed to COVID-19-related complications after testing positive on March 30.

Thacker was pulled off the ship, to be isolated on the Naval Base.

He was taken by ambulance to the Naval Hospital last Thursday after being found unresponsive during a daily medical check.

Thacker was put in the ICU but lost his battle with COVID-19 on Monday with his spouse by his side.

His spouse is an active duty member as well and arrived on Guam from San Diego on Saturday.

Navy officials say as of today, 655 sailors have so far tested positive for COVID-19, six of whom have been hospitalized at Naval Hospital, including one in the ICU for shortness of breath.

So far, 94 percent of the crew has been tested. The aircraft carrier remains docked in Apra Harbor.

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