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Wife shares story of local sailor killed in Bahrain

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Updated: 5/14/2013 12:02 am
KINGS BAY, Ga. -- Petty Officer Johnny Oliver was stationed at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in May 2012, the same month he met the love of his life.

"He would just look at me and smile and tell me everything was going to be OK," said his wife, Jazmin. "He just was really special."

Oliver sent his wife a text message just minutes before he was hit and killed by a car while stationed in Bahrain. It read "I love you, angel."

That text wasn't Jazmin's last message from her late husband. She opened a care package from Johnny. It arrived in Jacksonville the day she found out about his death.

The package contained flowers and a love letter. 

The 23-year-old dreamed of becoming a U.S. Marshal.

He had completed five weeks of a one-year deployment when he was killed while walking along a busy street on his way to dinner with friends.

Oliver worked as a master-at-arms for military security.

Jazmin tells Action News that a friend at Kings Bay messaged her on Facebook after he heard that Johnny was killed.

Jazmin says she was blindsided by the devastating news and began calling and texting anyone and everyone whom she thought could provide her with answers about what happened to her husband.

"I was just praying, and people said that there's an accident so I was really hoping that it was just an accident and that he was in the hospital," said Jazmin.

Jazmin tells Action News that the Navy is investigating the sailor's death along with law enforcement in Bahrain.

Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay will pay tribute to Oliver on Tuesday. A memorial will be held at 4 p.m. on base.

Family members plan to hold his funeral in Kentucky.
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Dremwolf - 5/13/2013 11:19 PM
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On behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of MA3 Johnny Oliver. Looking skyward, thank you Petty Officer Oliver for your dedicated service to our country. The sacrifices you and your family have given our country will never be forgotten. Fair winds and following seas.
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