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Former Navy rifle team member Josh Watson, a victim of the Naval Air Station Pensacola shooting, remembered on Memorial Day

“All three of our boys grew up here on the lake. They learned how to swim and fish here,” Benjamin Watson Jr. said. “Coming to the lake several times each summer has been a staple of the Watson household ever since they were born.”

Josh Watson’s last visit to the lake house came right after he graduated from the Naval Academy in May 2019. The family celebrated the youngest son’s 23rd birthday in addition to his commissioning as an officer.

Six months later, Joshua Watson was dead — killed during a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Dec.