‘Everything just went calm.’ At that moment, a helicopter containing Surgeon Commander Rick Jolly passed overhead.
Dr Jolly was on his way to take command of the field hospital at Ajax Bay, but he spotted Dillon in the water and realised that he was drowning.
Able Seaman John Dillon, aged 18 at the time, was working in Ardent’s After Damage Control team, below the flight deck at the ship’s stern.
“David is planning to take off time from school to take care of Elijah once the teacher brings him to New York.” said Shargel, “I was lucky enough to have my oldest son’s former teacher here to be able to take Elijah to the U.
At the request of the Department of State, JTF-LI has deployed aircraft and service members to assist in the voluntary evacuation of U. His first son, David, is now 24 years old and studies media and politics at Hunters College. I trust that his teacher will get my baby boy to David Jr.
‘We walked to the edge of the ship, Ken jumped into the sea and just drifted, and I jumped in alongside him.’ He remembers pulling Enticknap away from the blazing Ardent as he started to drift back towards it.
Then, weakened by shrapnel wounds in his back, head and leg, and with his lungs and throat painfully burned, ‘I started sinking, going under,’ he says.