SEAL commander's death in Afghanistan an apparent suicide, military says
The Navy is investigating the apparent suicide of Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price in Afghanistan, a U.S. military official tells CNN.
December 23rd, 2012
05:09 PM ET

SEAL commander's death in Afghanistan an apparent suicide, military says

By Barbara Starr

The Navy is investigating the death in Afghanistan of one of its most senior SEAL officers as an apparent suicide, a U.S. military official tells CNN.

Navy Cmdr. Job W. Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died Saturday while serving as the commanding officer of SEAL Team 4, a special warfare unit based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the event, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the death remains under full investigation by the U.S. military.

The official said the family has been notified of the death and that it is being investigated as an apparent suicide. There is no indication at this time that Price was involved in any military-related investigations or controversies, the official said.

Apparently, when Price did not appear at an expected time, other military personnel went to look for him and discovered his body with an apparent gunshot wound.

As the commanding officer of the team, Price oversaw more than two dozen commandos and support staff conducting counterterrorism operations in Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan, a longtime center of insurgent activity, according to a statement from the Defense Department.

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  1. Jake

    It saddens me to see such idiotic people writing immature comments on this board...this is a serious topic and we should not dis-respect it. I, right now, am in a long silence for all of our fallen soldiers who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. They were giving their lives so we could stay free and keep our rights as human beings. I think we all should join in this silence. Do it for the families, do it for the soldiers.

    January 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  2. Valing

    I wish to all the SEAL members that no matter what, they need to stay alive.
    Death is the easy way out. A cowardly way to exit. Once you are a SEAL,
    you must do your duty to your country and not waste your skills that way.
    Training and maintaining a SEAL costs a lot of money. Why waste it?

    January 2, 2013 at 4:51 am | Reply
    • Average Joe

      You sir, are an idiot. You, me or anybody, doesn't have a clue on what this SEAL commander must of been going through. Yes, it costs "money", like you say to train and maintain a SEAL, whatever that means. But that man has served his country ten fold, more than what you or I have. Is this a trajic incident, hell ya.

      Don't judge him or his dedication to his country, or any of our service members.

      January 7, 2013 at 10:54 am | Reply
  3. Hide Behind

    Serves what country, one of estates instead of states?
    A police state?
    A financially bankrupt state?
    Those domestic and foreign financials that direct our Sec of State?The state of permanent unemployment for millions of americans?
    The state of 40million,"the working poor",that can never attain the wages. And benefits of those in uniforms ley alone those out of uniform that work directly for the military or the tens thousands of civilian contracors

    January 1, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Reply
  4. billy schleppegrell

    too many suicide and "friendly" fire incidents......bring them home!

    December 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  5. I Love A Facist Thug In Uniform

    He looks sooooooooooooo g@y. That's why he offed himself. One less.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • Fran

      He served his nation more than you ever will ... Show some respect. I wonder if you would dare post your pic.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
      • I Love A Facist Thug In Uniform

        "Served his nation". What horse-sh!t!

        December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • k


      January 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  6. Sofa King Amerikan

    I guess he could no longer go on believing all the gung-ho bullsh!t and did the honorable thing. Good for him.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • K

      Yo mama.

      January 3, 2013 at 1:22 am | Reply
  7. thomas

    Let us respect his service to our country and give him the dignity he deserves. If it was suicide, that was his choice. Whether we agree with it, or even understand it is not important.

    We do not know the demons this man had inside him or how long he had been fighting them.

    December 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  8. romoto 6969

    no way........

    December 27, 2012 at 7:16 am | Reply
  9. romoto 6969

    I dont believe for a nanosecond that this soldier committed suicide..............PERIOD

    December 27, 2012 at 7:15 am | Reply
  10. romoto 6969

    I dont believe for a nanosecond that this soldier commited suicide

    December 27, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
  11. Robert Friesen

    Jesus said: "Love your enemies". Let's not try anything else.

    December 26, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      Thanks for the mythology.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  12. Sophie

    Too much stress for the troops, get them out of there as soon as possible. Many will need mental health help due to what they have encountered over there. The green on blue attacks continue, the suicide bombing continues, this is one nasty, and very unfair place to have troops. What do we expect them to do, oh yes, investigations, only to find out the enemy is eiither from Iran, or the Taliban. As if this makes a difference, troops out now. Save lives now. End this war.

    December 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  13. massoud

    R.I.P. if his death is under investigation why are they saying it is an apparent suicide ?

    December 25, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • Alex279

      This is exactly the question which come first into my mind.

      December 27, 2012 at 1:13 am | Reply
  14. genomega1

    Believe half of what you see, none of which you hear.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  15. Bangash

    Kill and be killed is basic part of US global strategy therefore school kids, SEAL officer Price, thousands more in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Iraq are the ultimate victims. Ex President Eizanhour had rightly said that USA's extra ordinary reliance on MIC will disturb peace at home and abroad. Today neither America is safe nor the world therefore we may continue to see deaths and dsetruction till America change and stop death merchandise in world politics. I do not see any difference between Hitler's Nazism and America's new world order therefore see the world moving towards the third world war which is unfortunate.

    December 24, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, Bangash. I completely agree!

      December 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Judy

      It's former president EISENHOWER, Bash. Sorry, but I had to correct that.

      December 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Judy

        Bangash–smh. sorry bout that

        December 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
      • Bangash

        Thank's for correction

        December 26, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  16. Jannai

    Too bad he did not take some people with him.

    December 24, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • CA Liberal

      Would you feel better if he shot up his entire SEAL Team before killing himself???

      December 24, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
      • Sofa King Amerikan

        Oh, sh!t, yes!

        December 28, 2012 at 12:42 am |
      • JUST

        Another half wit comment. War isn't just about guns. He was under attack by someone/something, doubt if it was a voluntary suicide @ all. Show respect for your country & Seals. Think hard and wise.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
    • Fran


      December 28, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
  17. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    December 24, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  18. Carlson

    Has anyone here beside me ever read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo? I was wondering if this Navy Commander Job W. Price committed suicide for the same reason that cop Javert in Les Miserarables did. I suppose that none of you nincompoop Tea Partiers here would have the slightest notion of what I'm even talking about, would you?

    December 23, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      I fully understand, Carlson. Like you, I have no patience with these ignoramuses here who keep on posting stupid comments about how "great" these useless wars are! By reading their posts, one would think that these wars were sporting events to be cheered on. Unfortunately, you can't open up closed minds or cure stupidity!!!

      December 23, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
      • Travis

        Thank you, George. How true that is!

        December 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • CA Liberal

      Because he couldn't live with fact he was persecuting a man he respected.

      December 24, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply

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