A 19-year-old sailor was killed in an electrical accident aboard the USS Antietam, making him the second serviceman to die as a result of the Persian Gulf crisis, a Navy spokesman said yesterday.
Petty Officer Third Class Daniel M. Jones, an electrician's mate aboard the guided-missile cruiser, was electrocuted, said Navy Lt. Victor Beck, a spokesman in Boston.
The accident occurred Tuesday during maintenance on the ship's ventilation system, Beck said. Efforts to resuscitate Jones were made within three minutes of the accident but he failed to respond.
The Antietam was deployed to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Shield, Beck said. The ship, based in Long Beach, Calif., is now part of the Navy's Joint Task Force-Middle East.
Jones was a resident of Wakefield, Mass., 10 miles north of Boston, and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1988.
"He was just a very happy kid," Patricia Hallinan, a school administrator, said. "He was looking forward to life. I think the service offered him an opportunity."
The Jones family could not be reached.
The first servicemen to die in the Persian Gulf troop buildup was Air Force Staff Sgt. John Campisi. The 30-year-old Californian died Aug. 12 when he was hit by a military truck on a darkened runway in Saudi Arabia.