It is with heavy heart we at Tailhook note the loss of Captain Johnny "Turk" Green. We learned yesterday of Turk's passing after his continuing battle against cancer that had returned in May.
From LCDR Kevin "Proton" McLaughlin (Strike Force Colorado):
It is with profound sadness that I pass along to you the death of CAPT Johnny "Turk" Green last night. As many of you know, his cancer returned in early May and despite numerous (and sometimes radical) attempts to beat it back, he ultimately succumbed to it last evening with his family by his side. He and Barb made the decision in early September to go on hospice care and try to enjoy the remaining time he had left, but I don't think anyone could have anticipated the speed at which the cancer would take him. Beloved by all, he and Barb were celebrated two weeks ago in DC by hundreds in a crowd that included both ADMs Keating and Willard. The presence of so many great Americans was a true to testament to an incredible aviator, officer, and man.
Please keep Barb and the Green family in your thoughts and prayers and I will pass along more information about services as I get it.
And from Andrew Bahjat,
The only two words to adequately describe Turk Green are "Man-God". He was a Naval Aviator and aircraft carrier commander straight out of central casting. He looked and sounded the part and he was a LEADER! If you were in the Navy, he was who you wanted on your wing or commanding your carrier when you were in 'Indian country...if you were a civilian, you slept better, knowing that men like Turk Green were in command of the most powerful ships in the world out on the tip of the spear, at the edge of the empire, defending this nation and inspiring younger officers and sailors. He was the best of Naval Aviation. We are all blessed to have known him.
To Barb and all of Turk's family and friends we offer our deepest sympathies for your great loss, all of our loss. We thank you for sharing him with all of us for all these years!
More over at Lex's place too: [Link]