Navy Releases Names of 2 Naval Air Station Sigonella Sailors Killed in Sicily Crash

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U.S. sailors parade the colors during a ceremony at Ponte Dirillo, Sicily.
U.S. sailors parade the colors during a ceremony jointly hosted by Navy Communications Telecommunications Station Sicily and the City of Gela, for those who lost their lives during Operation Husky in 1943 at Ponte Dirillo, July 10, 2021. The Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky, was a major large-scale World War II amphibious and airborne operation in which the Allies liberated the island of Sicily from the Axis Powers. (Josh Cote/U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy on Friday released the names of two Naval Air Station Sigonella sailors killed last weekend in a single-vehicle crash.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Raquel Amanda Johnson and Seaman Darica Shunte Lashae Slaughter died Sept. 12 in Sicily, according to a NAS Sigonella statement. The ages of the women and details about the crash were not released.

Italian news media reported that the crash happened at 5:40 a.m. when the car in which the women were traveling crashed into a concrete support pole at a rail crossing on the outskirts of Catania.

The location is near the portion of NAS Sigonella that houses military personnel, according to italynews24.com.

It did not appear there were any other passengers, and it wasn’t clear who was driving.

Johnson, of New York, enlisted in 2014 and was promoted to petty officer 3rd class as an aviation boatswain's mate in July 2020, the Navy’s statement said. She served aboard the aircraft carriers USS Harry S. Truman and USS Gerald R. Ford before reporting to NAS Sigonella in February.

She received multiple awards during her service, including a Meritorious Unit Commendation and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, according to the statement.

Slaughter, of Ohio, enlisted in February and became a yeoman. She completed her training in Illinois and Mississippi before reporting to NAS Sigonella in June, the statement said.

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