In Memoriam – Mohammed Sameh Haitham – U. S. Navy

At Lakewood High School, here in  St. Petersburg, everyone called him “Mo.” Mohammed Haitham was a track and field star at Lakewood, known for his long legs, big smile and good high jump scores.

After graduating in 2018 he joined the U.S. Navy. He went through boot camp and recently was assigned to flight crew training at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.  He was excited and decided to surprise his family in St. Petersburg by showing up for Thanksgiving; the 19-year-old didn’t look like a teenager any more.

“He looked like a man all of a sudden,” said Kim Walker, a longtime family friend.

His mother, a navy veteran herself works for the Veterans Administration.

They came to Florida and settled in St. Petersburg after the family lost their New Orleans home in Hurricane Katrina.

“Mo never lost his sense of humor. “He liked to laugh and liked to try to make you laugh.”

“He was an all-around great kid.”

“Mo” Haitham was killed at the Pensacola Naval Air Station this week by member of the Royal Saudi Air Force in this country for training.

He was 19 years old.

For those of us in Tampa Bay, he was our neighbor.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to In Memoriam – Mohammed Sameh Haitham – U. S. Navy

  1. leggypeggy says:

    Such a tragedy. Thank you for introducing us to Mo.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Another moving tribute. Thank you for sharing a glimpse at a promising life taken too soon.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. beetleypete says:

    Well done, Frank. Making these shootings ‘personal’ is important work.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you again for highlighting the totally unnecessary loss of life.

    Liked by 1 person

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