The Navy Times reports:
The death of a Navy commander found in a room at the Astoria Hotel on Feb. 12 was ruled a homicide, the Orange Park [Florida] Police Department announced Wednesday.The Bolivar Commercial reported in 2012 (my bold)
The Jacksonville Medical Examiner's Office made the ruling on Feb. 13 in the death of Cmdr. Alphonso Doss, 44, of Pensacola, according to the release from the OPPD.
Doss' manner of death is not being released at this time while the OPPD and the Clay County Sheriff's Office investigate.
Doss reported to Naval Education and Training Command in Nov. 2011, according to the Navy.
While in Jacksonville, he was on Temporary Additional Duty orders at the Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit.
Navy Commander Alphonso Mortimer Doss was recently promoted to his current rank in a ceremony held at Navy Operational Support Center Jacksonville, Fla.(ht 12160.info)
Doss is a 1987 honor graduate of Ruleville Central High School in Ruleville.
Upon graduating from high school, Doss enlisted into the Navy.
He was later commissioned a Naval Officer in 1996 through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of North Florida/Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.
During his naval career, Doss completed two combat Mediterranean deployments with Fighter Attack Squadron One Three Seven onboard the aircraft carriers USS Coral Sea (1989) and USS Forrestal (1991).
He also completed two secret counter-drug missions in the Caribbean and South America while stationed onboard USS Connolly (1997/1998).
The purpose of these two missions was to intercept illegal drugs being trafficked to the United States from that region.
In 2006 Doss was ordered by the Deputy Secretary of the Navy to assist in conducting the Annual Review Boards for suspected enemy-combatants held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
There, Doss’ team was charged with interviewing detainees and conducting boards to determine if the detainee in question should be released, transferred to another facility or be recommended for continued detention at Guantanamo Bay.
It was during this tour that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitted to Doss’ team that he was one of the masterminds behind 9/11.
Doss has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal (2 awards), the Joint Service Achievement medal (2 awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medal (6 awards), the Good Conduct medal (3 awards) and many other unit campaign awards.
Doss holds an associate of arts degree from Columbia College, a bachelor of arts degree from the University of North Florida, a master of business (MBA) degree from Trident University International and is currently a student in a doctor of education program.