Navy Corpsman Ryan Lohrey was a high school football standout in Indiana who had gotten married weeks before the crash.
His father, Michael Lohrey, told The Herald Bulletin newspaper that his son enlisted in the Navy after high school and survived two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, making his death on the way to training all the more tragic.
“I never would have expected this to happen,” he said.
Lohrey said his son, who had two children of his own, wanted to use his skills as a medic to eventually pursue a career in nursing. The younger Lohrey was married in early June.
A high school football and golf teammate, Chris Parrish, told the newspaper that the Navy corpsman had a fearless streak when it came to BMX biking, skateboarding and roller-blading.
“He wasn’t scared of anything,” Parrish said. “That’s probably why he was so good in the Navy.”
Indiana’s governor joined a congressman and senator in offering condolences.
“Words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for his wife and two young children, especially,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said.