- Two murdered US soldiers who were hailed for their stamina during the mass shootings at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida recently completed their naval induction training.
- Family members of two of the reported victims, Joshua Watson and Mohammed Haitham, said they were told that men had tried to assist the authorities during the shootings.
- Both service members had recently completed their respective induction training stations.
- A previous incident during a mass shooting in Florida was important to the victims of the Naval Air Station incident.
- Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier at the school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), was shot dead in Parkland after opening a door to help dozens of classmates and school staff escape.
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Two murdered US soldiers, feted for their perseverance during the deadly shootings at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, recently completed their induction training in the Navy.
The Navy announced the identity of the men on Saturday. They also confirmed that a third man, an aviation apprentice named Cameron Scott Walters, was also killed.
Alabama's 23-year-old Joshua Watson was one of three deaths in the Friday shots. Watson, an aspiring naval pilot, recently graduated from the US Naval Academy.
According to a Facebook post of his brother Adam, Watson had informed the first responders about the shooter's details and location, even though he had been "shot several times".
"Today was the worst day of my life," Adam said in the Facebook post. "My youngest brother gave his life for his country in a pointless shootout."
"He died as a hero and we are incredibly proud, but in our hearts there is a hole that can never be filled," added Adam.
Watson, who was conducting flight training at the base, was the officer on deck during the shootout, his father Benjamin said USA today, He added that his son had wanted to join the military since he was five years old.
"Seriously injured, he set out to stop the first responders and gave a detailed description of the shooter," Benjamin told USA Today. "He died in the service of his country."
The nineteen-year-old Mohammed Haitham from Florida, another victim, was also celebrated for his ministry, his mother Evelyn told the local media.
"The commander of his school called me," said Evelyn, a marine veteran Tampa Bay Times, "He told me that my son tried to stop the shooter."
Haitham graduated from high school in 2018, joined the Navy and had recently completed basic training. He was deployed to train the flight crew in Florida, where he is expected to be ready this month.
"He said he would get his flight jacket for Christmas," Evelyn said. "Well, that will not happen."
A previous incident in Florida was a sign for the shooters of the Naval Air Station. On February 14, 2018, a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people.
Fifteen-year-old Peter Wang, an aspiring US Army soldier in the school's Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program, was one of the students who were shot and killed several times.
Wang, wearing his JROTC uniform during the shootout, opened a door to allow dozens of classmates and school staff to escape the carnage. He was posthumously inducted into the US Military Academy at West Point "for his heroic deeds."