Sub Boss Faked Death, Says U.S. Navy

    September 19, 2012
    Sean Patterson
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One month ago, U.S. Navy Commander Michael Ward II was assigned to administrative duties while Navy officials investigated whether or not Ward had faked his own death. This week, a Navy report has surfaced that indicates Ward did indeed send an email to his mistress stating that he had died. The report was obtained by the Associated Press (AP) through a Freedom of Information Act request.

The New London Day reported on August 14th that Ward, who has a wife and children, had been having an affair under the guise that he was separated. When he was named commander of the USS Pittsburgh, he sent his mistress an email from a fictitious co-worker named Bob. The email stated that Ward had died, but the woman didn’t believe it. When she showed up at Ward’s former residence, she was informed that Ward had moved to Connecticut for his new position. She then turned over the email and other evicence to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).

The AP reports that on September 5th, Ward was found guilty of Uniform Code of Military Justice violations. A Navy spokesperson stated Ward has received a letter of reprimand for the violations, which include adultery, unbecoming conduct, and dereliction of duty.

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  • steve

    The navy trusted this genius with command of a nuclear sub and access to nuclear weapons ??? Heads better be rolling at the Pentagon

  • Tori

    Ooooh, a letter of reprimand. That oughtta nip that in the bud for anyone else! Unbelievable

  • samuel

    what law did he brake ?? hell all men lie to women and they know we are lieing

    • Tamara

      I agree, with the exception that adultery is illegal in the US Military and they can be charged, prosecuted, and face time in the Brig along with a dishonorable discharge. So, for the civilian world, it means nothing, but not in the military.

      • Tamara

        I can’t believe all he received was a letter of reprimand. When I was in the Marine Corps, if it could be proven, they put your ass out…. I’d bet that if that was an enlisted man, the entire UCMJ would have been thrown at him.

  • Brian

    This is wrong. He should have been prosecuted under the UCMJ to the maximum. I saw far too many good servicemen get totally destroyed by the military for much less than that.

  • Joe

    Give the man a break will ya. He is a playa. Big deal. That shouldn’t affect his job.