The master died after a traffic accident in Jacksonville
A Florida-based naval master died last month in a traffic accident in Jacksonville.
Journeyman (Nuclear) Machinist 2nd Class Donovan C. Lindberg, Ballistic Submarine Alaska blue crew, sat in traffic in the left lane of southbound Interstate 95 at around 6:40 p.m. Dec. 11, according to the Navy and Florida Highway Patrol.
For reasons that remain under investigation, a Toyota Highlander SUV failed to slow down and Lindberg’s hatchback Chevrolet Cruze slammed the driver’s side of the sailor’s vehicle into another car, according to Highway Patrol.
Lindberg, 22, died two days later at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida, according to Submarine Group 10 spokesman Lt. Stuart Phillips.
An investigation into the accident is still ongoing, according to the highway patrol.
“The underwater community is extremely close and is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of a shipmate,” Phillips said in an email. “Every death of a sailor is devastating and affects the entire Navy family. Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family, friends and shipmates of Sea Master Lindberg.
Lindberg arrived in Alaska in May 2018, his first posting outside of school.
He grew up in Michigan and met his wife, Max Lindberg, at a family reunion, the 19-year-old widow told the Navy Times.
As Christmas approached, Lindberg wanted one thing in particular, his wife recalled this week.
“When I asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he said he wanted to start a family,” she said.
Max Lindberg said she had her first positive ovulation test on the day of her husband’s accident.
“I called her boat and was able to talk to her maybe two hours before the accident,” she said. “We don’t have children but we were trying.”
Max Lindberg’s birthday is December 13, the same day her husband died.
“She was the nicest, most loving and understanding person there was,” she said. “You could go see him with anything and he would be there for you.”
Lindberg is also survived by his parents, Mary and Richard, as well as two siblings, Marissa and Brendan.
He was good at his job, but the time outside was tough, Lindberg’s wife said.
Lindberg told his wife that the deployment on a boomer submarine was “scary and very cold,” she recalls.
“They were underwater and he always said it was really, really cold,” said Max Lindberg. “Very close, but he got along with everyone he worked with. He was friends with everyone. They are not a difficult person to talk to or to love. “
“Serving in the Navy means attaching myself to myself,” Lindberg said in a Navy blog post 2019. “Nothing will be easy, but you have to work hard to be successful.”
In his spare time Lindberg enjoyed playing on PC, scrolling Reddit, and reading SCP fantasy books.
“A lot of Navy guys are geeks,” noted Max Lindberg.
Back where they grew up in Michigan, she said she was grateful for onlookers at the scene of her husband’s crash.
The person in front of him got his phone and called her, which she said helped make sure she got to the hospital earlier to be with him.
“If she hadn’t, I might not have been there in time,” she said. “They would have called the Navy first.
Another Good Samaritan helped him out of the wreckage before the ambulance arrived.
In the end, at least, his family was able to travel from Michigan and be with him to say goodbye to him.
“He was family oriented,” said Max Lindberg. “That was it for him, his family.