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Naval Base Guam is home to Submarine Squadron 15, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Naval Special Warfare Unit One.

Naval Base Guam is home to Submarine Squadron 15, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Naval Special Warfare Unit One. (Stacy Laseter/U.S. Navy)

Naval Base Guam is home to Submarine Squadron 15, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Naval Special Warfare Unit One.

Naval Base Guam is home to Submarine Squadron 15, Coast Guard Sector Guam and Naval Special Warfare Unit One. (Stacy Laseter/U.S. Navy)

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Dyer, 23, was a machinist’s mate with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Dyer, 23, was a machinist’s mate with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5. (EOD Mobile Unit Five/U.S. Navy)

A sailor assigned to Naval Base Guam died at an off-base hospital Sunday after being injured the previous evening in a motorcycle crash in the U.S. island territory’s capital.

Petty Officer 2nd Class James Dyer, 23, a machinist’s mate with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, was traveling south on Route 4 in Hagatna when he lost control and ran into a guardrail, according to Guam’s Pacific Daily News. The crash happened shortly before a 911 call was made at 9:32 p.m.

He was taken to Guam Memorial Hospital, where he died the following day, the report said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation Wednesday, according to Joint Region Marianas spokesman Christian Hodge.

“The entire Navy [explosive ordnance disposal] community is deeply saddened by the news of Petty Officer James Dyer passing,” Capt. Oscar Rojas, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group 1 commodore, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Petty Officer Dyer’s family and the EODMU 5 sailors during this very difficult time. We will never forget Petty Officer Dyer.”

Dyer — who grew up in Scott City, Kan., according to the Pacific Daily News — enlisted in the Navy in July 2014 and arrived on Guam in May 2018, Hodge said. He was known for helping others and was a USO volunteer in Tumon.

Dyer’s mother, Yvonne Harris-Hall, told Pacific Daily News her son was headed home from volunteering at the USO when the crash happened.

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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Okinawa for Stars and Stripes since 2014. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the newspaper. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.
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