(The following statement was made earlier today by Secretary
of Defense William J. Perry at the White House.)
I'd like to express my personal grief at the death of my
friend and my trusted colleague, Mike Boorda, and to offer my
profound sympathy to his wife Bettie and their family.
Admiral Boorda was a sailor's sailor. At every stage of his
career he put the interests of sailors and their families first.
Mike Boorda helped make our Navy the best that the world has ever
seen. I relied deeply on his advice. I loved his spirit. And I
admired his love for the Navy and its people. And his untimely
death is a loss to the Navy, the Department of Defense, to the
nation as well as to his family.