ABHAN Joseph Min Naglak
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice Joseph Min Naglak was working on the flight deck of Bush struck by the propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye after he secured the plane to the deck. The carrier was conducting flight operations qualifications at the time.
He had served aboard Bush since completing training in Pensacola, Fla. after enlisting in the Navy in April 2017 in his hometown of West Windsor, N.J., read a Wednesday statement from Naval Air Force Atlantic.
“The loss of a shipmate is a heartbreaking experience for a crew of a Naval vessel and those aboard USS George H.W. Bush will mourn Naglak’s passing and remember him always for his devoted service and sacrifice to our Nation,” read the AIRLANT statement.
Obituary of Joseph M. Naglak
Aviation Boatswain Mate Joseph Naglak, USN, of Naval Station Norfolk and formerly of West Windsor, NJ died suddenly in the service of our country aboard the USS George H.W. Bush CVN-77 on Monday, September 17, 2018. He was 21.
Born in South Korea, Joe was adopted in February of 1999 by his loving and devoted parents Kenneth M. Naglak and the late Jeanne Rand Naglak.
Joe was a member of the 2015 graduating class at WWP - High School North where he lettered in varsity football. He also played basketball in the Town League. While in high school, Joe attended Mercer County Technical School for automotive restoration and also attended Monmouth University where he studied Homeland Security. In addition to his interests in sports and cars Joe enjoyed drawing and culinary arts. He was also an active and energetic volunteer with Special Olympics.
After joining the Navy in 2017, Joe had met the person with whom he wanted to share his life with and had been working tirelessly with his fiancée Nicole Weber on planning their nuptials for this coming July. Joe will be greatly missed, but forever remembered as one of the most loving and compassionate persons anyone could wish to have been able to call a son, grandson, brother, fiancé, and friend.
In addition to his beloved and proud father Ken, Joe is survived by his ever devoted and loving sister Stephanie Naglak, his dear grandparents Louis and Catherine Naglak, his loving step-mother Gina Daniels, and step-sisters: Kristina Daniels Murray and her husband Steven Murray, Kathryn Daniels and Kelsey Daniels. He is also survived by his loving fiancée Nicole Weber, her parents, Amy and Travis Weber of Santa Barbara CA and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, Sailors, and friends.
Friends are invited to call from 11am to 1pm Tuesday September 25, 2018 at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley, PA. His funeral service will begin at 1pm. Burial will follow at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in his honor to the organization that held a special place in his heart, Special Olympics, 1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20036-3604.
N.J. sailor who died on aircraft carrier was 'hero with a big heart'Updated 6:40 PM; Posted 2:20 PM
By Chris Sheldon
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Joseph Min Naglak, the U.S. Navy sailor from New Jersey who tragically died this week when he was struck by an airplane propeller while working aboard an aircraft carrier, was a man who often put others before himself.
"He wanted to join the Navy to give back to a country who gave him so much," his sister Stephanie Blair Naglak said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. "He was everything that I hope to be one day and he should always be remembered as a hero with a big heart."
Joseph Naglak, who grew up in West Windsor, was adopted by the Naglak family from South Korea when he was almost 2 years old, his sister said.
Heartbreak struck his life early on when his mother, Jeanne Naglak, died in 2011. His sister said Joseph was always by her side through her illness.
"He took care of our mother when she was sick, and kept our family together when she passed when he was only 14," Stephanie Naglak said. "My brother was one of the most thoughtful and compassionate people."
In addition to giving back to those who were less fortunate, Joseph loved sports, music and food. Stephanie Naglak said that every friend he had was "someone he called family."
Joseph Naglak attended West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and attended Monmouth University, where he studied homeland security and counter-terrorism.
Joseph enlisted in the Navy in April 2017, and was an Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) Airman Apprentice, according to a release from the Navy.
He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he lived with his fiance, Niki Weber. The couple had just gotten engaged earlier this month.
Naglak reported to the USS George H.W. Bush four months after he completed training in Pensacola, Florida, the Navy said in a statement Wednesday.
During his time with the Navy, Joseph continued his tradition of giving back by volunteering with the Special Olympics and by helping low income children near his naval base, his sister said.
Naglak died Monday when he was struck by the turning propeller of an E-2C Hawkeye after securing the aircraft to the flight deck and his death shocked the entire crew.