Navy Cmdr. Michael Ward II Faked Death to End Affair

By: Sean Patterson - August 14, 2012

A submarine commander in the U.S. Navy is in danger of losing his position after allegedly faking his own death in an effort to end an affair.

Navy Commander Michael Ward II has been assigned to administrative duties, according to a New London Day report. Last week Ward was named Commander of the USS Pittsburgh, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered submarine.

The report states that Ward, who is married and has children, had been having an affair under the guise that he was separated. When he was named commander of the USS Pittsburgh, Ward saw a way to end his affair, and sent an email from a supposed co-worker named Bob. The email, as quoted in the New London Day report:

“He asked me to contact you if this ever happened,” the email says. “I am extremely sorry to tell you that he is gone. We tried everything we could to save him. I cannot say more. I am sorry it has to be this way.”

The email goes on to say, “He loved you very much.”

In a reply she said, “I can’t help but wonder how true this is… That maybe he just can’t talk to me until he is done and he had to make (it) appear permanent…. This is just crazy! This can’t have happened. I love him… We were supposed to be together. He promised me. How could this happen… Is it possible he was captured?”

“Bob” replied, “This is by far the most difficult part of what we do. I wish I had a better answer. Take care of yourself – I know he would have wanted that.”

The woman showed up at Ward’s house in Burke, Virginia, only to be told by its new resident that Ward had moved to Connecticut for his new position. The woman then turned over the emails and other evidence of the affair to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The London Day quotes the woman as saying, “I don’t want any issues. It’s just a big mess. I knew it was coming, though, and I feel better, in a way, because everyone knows what Michael is about.”

(Photo courtesy U.S. Navy)

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  • Mr. Darryl Lee Lovett, Sr.

    I do not believe everything I see or hear. Trust in the Lord. The Bible is the truth to me.

  • JL

    This is what an affair does. He obviously had her pegged as a woman who would not accept “I don’t want to do this anymore” for an answer…I mean, she effectively called the cops when he dumped her in order to get him in trouble. “I Love Him,” No you didn’t. You were obsessed with him. Don’t get me wrong, he deserves all the trouble he has coming with his wife, and as an officer, he is expected to keep his personal affairs such that he doesn’t reflect poorly on the USN. But really? He’s going to lose a coveted command slot (they don’t give away Los Angeles Class subs to just anyone) because of a woman scorned. He should have just dumped her over the phone like everyone else does. She would still have shown up at his door, but then he woulnd’t be in this particular type of trouble. The women are going to say he deserves whatever bad thing happens to him. I disagree. Divorce, yes. That was a given when he started the affair. But to have your career destroyed because she felt cheated on goes a little too far…especially since she knew he was married (and thus just might get back together with the other woman, whatever he might tell you in bed).

    • pete

      You are partially correct. In the real world your personal life should not get you fired. In the military adultry is still a violation of the USMJ. You violate the UCMJ you lose your right to lead. Especially as an officer, he should be setting the example to his young sailors.

  • common sense

    likely found another fool

  • BM2

    For a Navy CO, he wasn’t that smart. (Just saying)

  • John Valentine

    You don’t even need to know details. This officer is done. The only way he’d ever serve a command again would be the overwheming needs of the Naval Service. And, my guess: ‘Hell,’ ‘over,’ ‘freezes,’ use these words in on sentence. . .

    One: his worst crime can’t be fixed: He’s an idiot.

    Two: this is what burns him: For those of you outside the military services, UCMJ doesn’t strictly speaking, have ‘misdemeanors’ and ‘felonies,’ but one of the big felony-equivalent offences under UCMJ is adultery. Dot. Period. Some years, it may not be prosecuted as stringently as others, but that won’t be this year, for him. First thing that goes will be his security clearance – no clearee, no command tickee. Period. This is one of the many reasons he’s been reassigned shore duty. He just publicly proved himself a liar, and in so doing, he impeached himself against the standard of trust required, as an officer, let alone a CO, much less the CO of one of the last superpower’s nukes. The arguments go either way as to what would be the worse to let him command, an attack boat(his), or a boomer. Really – the Navy said, ‘Doesn’t make a difference, lemme thinkawhileNO.’ Then comes the reasoning about whatever specific charges and specifications from specific articles of the Manual for Courts-Martial which really only elaborates on “No.”

    Three: The real reason this ‘officer’ is going away: he violated the biggest rule of ’em all, especially in the Annapolis/Mahan Naval officer corps – Don’t You Ever Make My Navy Look Bad In Public (Where I’ll Definately Have To Flame You Instead Of Taking Care Of It In Private, You Tool). That’s actually not a slam at the Navy. Even though they have their internal political monents, they prefer to resolve problems quietly, and internally. Usually, as long as a positive, mythical justice is attempted, no matter what the organization, it’s better than airing (here, the Navy’s) private laundry, in public. One of the reasons they’re disgusted in addition to mad: This idiot took away all possiblity they could help him if there were any (faint) extenuating circumstances to ameliorate the offenses committed(trust me, it’s going to be way, way more in charges than ‘merely’ adultery.).

    So, “Three” actually goes back to if we can’t trust him to keep his vows to his wife – how can we give any belief to ‘well, it’s wrong, but maybe he can separate the two parts of his life-type crap.’ In other words, back to: he’s too stupid to command.


  • John Valentine

    I tried to read the second half of the article only after I wrote the above note, because I felt the details probably wouldn’t have changed the answer they taught us an officer had to live up to. Sadly, nothing changed after I finished it, and read the comments.

    Boats, you gave the short-form 4.0 answer: too dumb to command(and not just in the Navy. . .)

    For the others writing: I agree about the woman – not love, she wants revenge, and you’d think even single guy would’ve boltered before anything started. And kept the weapon in his pocket within 10,000mi. of the flag pole. These commanders know they’re under close scrutiny, AND they have to live the standards in order to be the good example to their crews. There is no ‘shoulda dumped her over the phone – he should have not engaged.

    And, having said the above as my own way of saying you have to live the standards, I hate the waste of finding out you have one less officer in the Navy than we thought you did.

    Having said these things, I hope you’ll understand that I agree fully with Mr. Lovett: this was for edification for anyone who doesn’t understand why the Service HAS to act the way they have, and that you know I can only believe I can only wish that Heavenly Father will help Ward’s family, Ward and this other woman.

  • Houston

    Sounds like an arrogant, immature idiot.

  • Karl Hungus

    Being that adultery is punishable under the UCMJ, he’ll be reprimanded and will ride a desk into retirement. Fitting punishment, I think; the Navy expects better behavior from its senior officers. Still, I have to wonder what sort of vengeful harpy turns the guy over to the NCIS . . .