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John Ellsworth Hasselbrink died while stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Base and serving aboard the fast attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN 786). John E had served in the US Navy for over 21 years, the majority of time aboard fast-attack submarines, and was approaching retirement as Chief.

He was on the swim team in high school and won several medals during inter-high school competitions. He had also competed in the Hawaiian Marathon several times. He was awarded the Navy & Marine Corp Commendation Medal by the Navy, among other citations.

Other commands that he had served on were;

USS Topeka (SSN 754) deployed to the International Date Line at the millennium,

USS Columbus (SSN 762) Order of Shellbacks

USS Santa Fe (SSN 763)