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Vincent A Filpi III

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

March 22, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
41 Navy PO1

USS Enterprise

 Died as a result of a non-combat related incident.

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Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent A. Filpi III, 41, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died as a result of a non-combat related incident. Filpi was assigned to USS Enterprise as an aviation ordnanceman. Enterprise is currently deployed to the Fifth Fleet area of responsibility conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Vincent was born in Massachusetts to Vincent and Donna Filpi. He belonged to the Sons of Italy, Roma Lodge and to the First Class Association. Proudly serving in the United States Navy as a Petty Officer First Class, he was attached to the USS Enterprise. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Erica Filpi; children; Aleksandra McRae, Nicholai McRae, Brianna McRae, Davan McRae, Taelin McRae, and Vincent Filpi IV; parents, Donna and Vincent Filpi II; brothers, Doug Filpi, and James Filpi. 
Petty Officer 1st Class Vincent A. Filpi
Vincent Filpi was remembered as a dedicated husband and father who was a stickler for safety at sea.

Gina Lombardi, who taught Filpi, wrote in an online message board that he studied hard and cared about his work.

"You combined caring and compassion with a lot of humor," she wrote. "I have never forgotten you."

Filpi, 41, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., died March 22 aboard the USS Enterprise, which had been deployed in support of the war in Afghanistan. The military has not released details about how Filpi died, other than to say he did not die in combat.

Filpi leaves behind a wife, son, and five stepchildren.

"Vince was a fantastic father who was completely devoted to our children," his wife, Erica Bruder-Filpi, told The News Herald.

Doug Filpi wrote in an online memorial that Vincent was "a great big brother" who loved his family.

Michael Kohan, a fellow sailor aboard the Enterprise, wrote that Filpi's leaders hip was greatly missed.

"Even in death you continue to help and train your shipmates to look out for each other," he wrote.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press
Published online on Mar. 25, 2011

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