U.S. Navy confirms man who died after ‘Spitting Caves’ jump was a sailor

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman (Photo: U.S. Navy)
Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman (Photo: U.S. Navy)

The U.S. Navy has confirmed a man who died Saturday after he was pulled out of the waters in East Oahu was a sailor attached to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii.

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Gregory Spillman, 19, of Alexandria, Pa. died April 5.

The U.S. Navy says Spillman was near the “China Wall” in Maunalua Bay when he was swept out to sea by the strong currents. After being rescued, he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, despite life-saving efforts.

Spillman enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Jan. 2013. Upon graduation he attended the Field Medical Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Spillman reported to Naval Health Clinic Hawaii, March 2013. His wife, an active duty Sailor, is stationed at Great Lakes, Ill.

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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