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					            “Only the dead have seen the end of war”




CREATOR of the SEa, Air, and Land, - Protect us with Your Mighty Hand.
    For just causes we do strive, guard us as we jump, shoot and dive.
     Keep all SEALs within Your care, that liberty we all can share.
 When at length our course is run, let work for God and country be done.
   By power of Your Spirit restore, Sailors who died in peace and war.
        Comfort loved ones left behind, may eternal life they find.
                                   Amen.
                           The SEAL Code

              -Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate.
     -Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield.
            -Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit.
-Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your Teammates.
        -Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation.
     -Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nation’s Enemies.
                 IN MEMORIAM
                   Neil C. Roberts
        KILLED IN ACTION: 4 March 2002
           Operation Enduring Freedom
     Naval Special Warfare Development Group


      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class Neil
Roberts was Killed In Action 04 March 2002 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United
States of America.

       Neil was from Woodland, CA and joined the Navy
after graduating high school. He then volunteered for the
SEAL Program graduating BUD/S class 184, becoming a SEAL
in 1992. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare
Development Group.

       In March 2002 Roberts sustained mortal wounds while
participating in the opening phases of Operation Anaconda, a
US-led offensive high in the mountains of eastern
Afghanistan. Roberts was poised to exit the ramp of a MH-47
Chinook helicopter for a nighttime insertion when the
aircraft was hit by rocket-propelled grenades. As it
maneuvered to evade, Roberts was thrown from the
helicopter into hostile enemy territory. He immediately
engaged overwhelming al-Qaeda forces with his light
machine gun. Roberts survived at least thirty minutes,
expending all his ammunition and killing an untold number
of enemy fighters before he was shot and killed at close
range.

       Roberts was the first Navy SEAL to die in Afghanistan,
and the first to die in combat since 1989. Intrepid and
dedicated rescue forces, unaware of his fate, retook the ridge
at a cost of several American lives. The U.S. military now calls
that part of Takur Ghar Mountain “Roberts Ridge.”
                 IN MEMORIAM
               Matthew J. Bourgeois
       KILLED IN ACTION: 27 March 2002
           Operation Enduring Freedom
     Naval Special Warfare Development Group


    Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Matthew
Bourgeois was Killed In Action 27 March 2002 while
conducting combat operations against known enemies of the
United States of America.

       Mat was from Tallahassee, FL and served in the Florida
National Guard from 1984 to 1987. He subsequently enlisted
in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He graduated BUD/S
class 162 and served 14 years as a Navy SEAL with SEAL
Team TWO and then SEAL Team ONE. In 1999 he was
assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

       In March 2002 Bourgeois sustained mortal wounds
while conducting maneuvers at Tarmac Farms ( former home
to Osama Bin Laden), an abandoned al-Qaeda terrorist
training camp near Kandahar, Afghanistan. Matt stepped on
an enemy-emplaced landmine as US forces were attempting
to neutralize and remove munitions on target.

      Bourgeois became the 31st US serviceman and second
Navy SEAL to die in Afghanistan since the War On Terrorism
began in October 2001.
                 IN MEMORIAM
                 Thomas E. Retzer
        KILLED IN ACTION: 26 June 2003
           Operation Enduring Freedom
     Naval Special Warfare Development Group

      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class Thomas
Retzer was Killed In Action 26 June 2003 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United
States of America.

       Tom was from San Diego, CA and enlisted in the Navy
in 1988 after graduating high school, becoming an Interior
Communications Electrician. He was pursuing a degree in
mathematics at San Diego State University when he left to do
what his father said was “the only thing he wanted to do:
“become a Navy SEAL.” He graduated BUD/S class 198 in
1994 and distinguished himself as a SEAL operator on combat
deployments to Afghanistan between 2001 and 2003. He was
assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development Group.

        In June 2003 Tom sustained mortal wounds while
engaged in a fierce firefight after his convoy was attacked
outside of Gardez, Afghanistan. He received gunshot
wounds to the head and chest and was evacuated to Bagram
Air Base, where he survived for 24 hours before succumbing
to his injuries.

      Retzer was the third Navy SEAL to die in Afghanistan
               IN MEMORIAM
               David M. Tapper
     KILLED IN ACTION: 20 August 2003
         Operation Enduring Freedom
   Naval Special Warfare Development Group

      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class David
Tapper was Killed In Action 20 August 2003 while
conducting combat operations against known enemies of
the United States of America.

       Dave was from Atco, NJ and joined the Navy in
1989 after graduating high school. He knew from the
outset that he wanted to be a SEAL and graduated BUD/S
class 172 in 1991, reporting to SEAL Team THREE. In 1998
he was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Development
Group. He distinguished himself in multiple combat
deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq following the
September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

       In August 2003 Tapper sustained mortal wounds
while engaged with enemy forces in a lawless province
near the Pakistan border. His convoy was ambushed and
he was shot numerous times in the ensuing battle. Tapper
was transported to Bagram Air Base, where he died of his
wounds.

      Tapper left behind a wife and four children.
             IN MEMORIAM
             Brian J. Ouellette
     KILLED IN ACTION: 29 May 2004
       Operation Enduring Freedom
     Naval Special Warfare Group ONE

      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class
Brian Ouellette was Killed In Action 29 May 2004
while conducting combat operations against known
enemies of the United States of America.

       Brian was from Needham, MA and enlisted
in the Navy in 1990. He went directly into the
SEAL Program and graduated BUD/S class 173 in
1991. Brian was assigned to SEAL Team TEN and
then Naval Special Group ONE in Little Creek,
VA.

       In May 2004 Ouellette sustained mortal
wounds while conducting a mounted combat patrol
in Zabul province, Afghanistan. He was killed
along with three other members of the Combined
Joint Special Forces Task Force Afghanistan when
their Humvee struck an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) as they swerved to avoid another IED
in the road.
                IN MEMORIAM
                Jacques J. Fontan
         KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
           Operation Enduring Freedom
                SEAL Team TEN

      Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Jacques
Fontan was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while
conducting combat operations against known enemies of
the United States of America.

      Jake was from New Orleans, LA. He attended the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette and then enlisted in
the Navy in 1989, serving 10 years in the fleet. After
graduating BUD/S Class 219 in 1998 he was assigned to
SEAL Team EIGHT, Naval Special Warfare Group TWO,
and then SEAL Team TEN.

      On June 28, 2005 Fontan sustained mortal wounds
while participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow
SEALs high in the mountains of the Kunar Province,
Afghanistan. He was one of 16 troops killed when an
MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down on a daring
night mission to reinforce a four man element stranded
against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War
on Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval
Special Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                    James E. Suh
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SDV Team ONE

     Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class James
Suh was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United States
of America.

       James was from Deerfield Beach, FL, a US-born citizen
of Korean immigrants. He excelled in math at the University
of Florida and decided to join the Navy when he graduated.
He was concerned about telling his father that he wanted to be
a Navy SEAL rather than pursue a more secure future in
business, but his father took the decision better than expected
After graduating BUD/S Class 237 he took orders to SEAL
Delivery Vehicle Team ONE in Hawaii in December 2002.

       On June 28, 2005 Suh sustained mortal wounds while
participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs high
in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was
one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter
was shot down on a daring night mission to reinforce a four
man element stranded against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                   Shane E. Patton
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SDV Team ONE

      Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Shane
Patton was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United States
of America.

       Shane was from Boulder City, NV and entered the Navy
in January 2001, immediately after high school. Following in
the footsteps of his father, retired SEAL James Patton, he
volunteered for SEAL training, graduating BUD/S class 239.
He was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE.

        On June 28, 2005 Patton sustained mortal wounds while
participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs high
in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was
one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter
was shot down on a daring night mission to reinforce a four
man element stranded against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                  Erik S. Kristensen
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SEAL Team TEN

      Lieutenant Commander Erik Kristensen was Killed In
Action 28 June 2005 while conducting combat operations
against enemies known of the United States of America.

      Erik was from San Diego, CA. He graduated with
honors from the US Naval Academy in 1995 and served as a
surface warfare officer assigned first to a destroyer and then to
Special Boat Team 12 as Officer in Charge of a RHIB
detachment. He attended graduate school at St. Johns College
in Annapolis, MD before accepting a transfer to BUD/S,
graduating with class 233. He reported first to SEAL Team
EIGHT and was later assigned to SEAL Team TEN as Task
Unit Commander.

       On June 28, 2005 Kristensen sustained mortal wounds
while participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs
high in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He
was one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook
helicopter was shot down on a daring night mission to
reinforce a four man element stranded against overwhelming
Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                   Jeffrey A. Lucas
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SEAL Team TEN

      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class Jeffrey Lucas
was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting combat
operations against known enemies of the United States of
America.

       Jeff was from Corbett, OR and enlisted in the Navy
upon graduating high school in 1989. He served at the Naval
Submarine Training Center Pacific in Pearl Harbor, HI and the
Branch Medical Clinic, San Diego, CA before transferring to
BUD/S. He graduated BUD/S with class 191 in January 1994
and reported to SEAL Team ONE. In 1999 he transferred to the
east coast with Naval Special Warfare Development Group,
SEAL Team EIGHT, and finally SEAL Team TEN in March
2002.
        On June 28, 2005 Lucas sustained mortal wounds while
participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs high
in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was
one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter
was shot down on a daring night mission to reinforce a four
man element stranded against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                   Daniel R. Healy
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SDV Team ONE

      Senior Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Daniel
Healy was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United States
of America.

       Dan was from Exeter, NH, graduating high school
in1986. He entered the Navy in June 1990 and immediately
volunteered for SEAL training. He graduated BUD/S class 176
in 1992, assigned first to SEAL Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Team
ONE in Pearl Harbor, HI. He left in 1996 to spend a year at the
Defense Language Institute studying Russian before reporting
to SEAL Team TWO in Little Creek, VA. In March 2000 he
returned to SDV Team ONE

        On June 28, 2005 Healy sustained mortal wounds while
participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs high
in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was
one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter
was shot down on a daring night mission to reinforce a four
man element stranded against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
               Michael M. McGreevy Jr.
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SEAL Team TEN

      Lieutenant Michael McGreevy was Killed In Action 28
June 2005 while conducting combat operations against known
enemies of the United States of America.

       Mike was from Portville, NY. Upon graduating high
school in 1993 he attended the US Naval Academy where he
received a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997. He
served first as a Surface Warfare Officer for two years before
lateral transferring to SEAL training. He graduated BUD/S in
2000 as Honor Man of class 230 and was assigned to SEAL
Team FOUR. He later transferred to SEAL Team EIGHT and
then to SEAL Team TEN.

       On June 28, 2005 McGreevy sustained mortal wounds
while participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs
high in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He
was one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook
helicopter was shot down on a daring night mission to
reinforce a four man element stranded against overwhelming
Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                  Jeffrey S. Taylor
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SEAL Team TEN

      Naval Special Warfare Operator First Class Jeffrey
Taylor was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting
combat operations against known enemies of the United States
of America.

      Jeff was from Midway, WV. He enlisted in the Navy in
1994 and became a Hospital Corpsman. After attending Field
Medical Service School in Camp Lejeune, NC, he volunteered
for SEAL training, graduating class 229. He was assigned first
to SEAL Team EIGHT and later transferred to SEAL Team
TEN.

        On June 28, 2005 Taylor sustained mortal wounds while
participating in a heroic attempt to rescue fellow SEALs high
in the mountains of the Kunar Province, Afghanistan. He was
one of 16 troops killed when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter
was shot down on a daring night mission to reinforce a four
man element stranded against overwhelming Taliban forces.

      A total of 11 SEALs died that day in the Global War on
Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for Naval Special
Warfare since World War II.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                 Michael P. Murphy
           KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
             Operation Enduring Freedom
                  SDV Team ONE

      Lieutenant Michael Murphy was Killed In Action 28
June 2005 while conducting combat operations against known
enemies of the United States of America.

        Mike was from Patchogue, NY. He graduated from
Pennsylvania State University and turned down several law
schools offers to attend Officer Candidate School in 2000.
Upon commissioning he reported to BUD/S and graduated
with class 236 in 2001. In July 2002 he checked on board SEAL
Delivery Vehicle Team ONE in Pearl Harbor, HI.
        On June 28, 2005 Murphy sustained mortal wounds in a
fierce firefight with Taliban forces in the Kunar Province of
eastern Afghanistan. He was the leader of a four man SEAL
element that had clandestinely infiltrated the Hindu-Kush
Mountains in search of a high value Taliban target. The
element was conducting reconnaissance when their position
was compromised and they were ambushed by overwhelming
Taliban forces. The ensuing firefight lasted over an hour and
claimed the lives of three of the four SEALs. In his final living
moments, Murphy climbed out of cover to make a call for
reinforcements. Despite his wounds, he completed the call
and continued fighting, exhorting his men to escape while he
provided cover fire.
        The MH-47 Chinook helicopter sent to the team’s aid
was shot down, killing all 16 passengers. A total of 11 SEALs
died that day in the Global War on Terror. It was the largest
single loss of life for Naval Special Warfare since World War
II.
                     IN MEMORIAM
                    Mathew G. Axelson
              KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
                Operation Enduring Freedom
                     SDV Team ONE

   Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Matthew Axelson
was Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting combat
operations against known enemies of the United States of America.

      Matt was from Cupertino, CA and graduated from Chico State
University with a degree in Political Science. In 2000, he enlisted in
the Navy and immediately volunteered for SEAL training, graduating
BUD/S with class 237. He checked into SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team
ONE in December 2002.

        On June 28, 2005 Axelson sustained mortal wounds in a fierce
firefight with Taliban forces in the Kunar Province of eastern
Afghanistan. He was part of a four man SEAL element that had
clandestinely infiltrated the Hindu-Kush Mountains in search of a
high value Taliban target. The element was conducting
reconnaissance when their position was compromised and they were
ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces. The ensuing firefight
lasted over an hour and claimed the lives of three of the four SEALs.

      The MH-47 Chinook helicopter sent to the team’s aid was shot
down, killing all 16 passengers. A total of 11 SEALs died that day in
the Global War on Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for
Naval Special Warfare since World War II.
                      IN MEMORIAM
                       Danny P. Dietz
               KILLED IN ACTION: 28 June 2005
                 Operation Enduring Freedom
                      SDV Team TWO

      Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Danny Dietz was
Killed In Action 28 June 2005 while conducting combat operations
against known enemies of the United States of America.

       Danny was from Littleton, CO and entered the Navy in August
1999. He pursued SEAL training from the start and graduated BUD/S
with class 232, assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO in Little
Creek, VA.

        On June 28, 2005 Dietz sustained mortal wounds in a fierce
firefight with Taliban forces in the Kunar Province of eastern
Afghanistan. He was part of a four man SEAL element that had
clandestinely infiltrated the Hindu-Kush Mountains in search of a
high value Taliban target. The element was conducting
reconnaissance when their position was compromised and they were
ambushed by overwhelming Taliban forces. The ensuing firefight
lasted over an hour and claimed the lives of three of the four SEALs.

      The MH-47 Chinook helicopter sent to the team’s aid was shot
down, killing all 16 passengers. A total of 11 SEALs died that day in
the Global War on Terror. It was the largest single loss of life for
Naval Special Warfare since World War II
                  IN MEMORIAM
                    Marc A. Lee
          KILLED IN ACTION: 2 August 2006
              Operation Iraqi Freedom
                SEAL Team THREE

      Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Marc Lee
was Killed In Action 02 August 2006 while conducting combat
operations against known enemies of the United States of
America.

       Marc was from Hood River, OR and he attended college
briefly before enlisting in the Navy in 2001. After an initial
attempt at SEAL training, he served aboard the USS
EISENHOWER, then returned to BUD/S to graduate with
class251 in 2004. He was assigned to SEAL Team THREE.

        In August 2006 Lee sustained mortal wounds while
supporting an Iraqi Army unit conducting clearance
operations in Ramadi, Iraq. Their unit was engaged in an hour
long firefight, having already completed the casualty
evacuation of one teammate, when Lee and his element
maneuvered to assault an unidentified hostile position. He
exposed himself to engage the enemy with his machine gun
and was shot while providing cover fire for his teammates.

       Marc Lee was the first Navy SEAL to die in Iraq as part
of the Global War on Terrorism.
                 IN MEMORIAM
               Michael A. Monsoor
       KILLED IN ACTION: 29 September 2006
             Operation Iraqi Freedom
               SEAL Team THREE

      Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Michael
Monsoor was Killed In Action 29 September 2006 while
conducting combat operations against known enemies of the
United States of America.

       Mike was from Garden Grove, CA. He graduate BUD/S
class 250 and was assigned to SEAL Team THREE.

       In September 2006 Monsoor sustained mortal wounds
while conducting sniper overwatch operations in Ramadi,
Iraq. He and three other SEALs, as well as eight Iraqi Army
soldiers, were providing security for joint and combined forces
conducting operations in the area when an insurgency fighter
closed on their position and threw a fragmentation grenade
into the overwatch position. Rather than taking cover,
Monsoor dropped on top of the grenade, shielding his
teammates from the brunt of the blast. He was evacuated to a
combat outpost battalion aid station where he died thirty
minutes after the incident.

       Michael Monsoor was the second Navy SEAL to die in
Iraq as part of the Global War on Terrorism. Because of his
sacrifice all three of his teammates survived with only minor
injuries.
                  IN MEMORIAM
                Joseph C. Schwedler
           KILLED IN ACTION: 6 April 2007
               Operation Iraqi Freedom
                 SEAL Team FOUR

      Naval Special Warfare Operator Second Class Joseph
Schwedler was Killed In Action 06 April 2007 while
conducting combat operations against known enemies of the
United States of America.

       Joe was from Crystal Falls, MI. He studied for two years
at Michigan State University and worked briefly as a ski
instructor in Colorado before joining the Navy and beginning
SEAL training. He graduated BUD/S with class 246 in 2003
and was assigned to SEAL Team FOUR in Little Creek, VA.

       In April 2007 Schwedler sustained mortal wounds
during an assault on a terrorist stronghold near Fallujah, Iraq.
His team was targeting insurgency fighters responsible for the
recent downing of a Coalition helicopter. Upon making entry
into the fortified enemy position, the team received heavy fire,
and a fierce battle ensued. Schwedler was killed and two
other SEALs were wounded in the foray.

       Joseph Schwedler was the third Navy SEAL to die in
Iraq as part of the Global War on Terrorism.
           IN MEMORIAM
            Jason D. Lewis
    KILLED IN ACTION: 06 July 2007
        Operation Iraqi Freedom
           SEAL Team TEN

       Naval Special Warfare Operator First
Class Jason Lewis was Killed In Action 06 July
2007 while conducting combat operations in
Baghdad against known enemies of the United
States of America.

       Jason was from Brookfield, CT and
enlisted in the Navy in 1996, after graduating
high school. In early 1997 he reported to BUD/S
training and graduated with class 212. He was
originally assigned to SEAL Team FIVE, where
he stayed for four years. In January 2006 he
transferred to SEAL Team TEN in Little Creek,
VA.

       Jason is survived by his wife, Donna, and
three children who live in Virginia Beach, Va.
Donna Lewis is also from Brookfield
            IN MEMORIAM
               Mark Carter
 KILLED IN ACTION: 11 December 2007
        Operation Iraqi Freedom
Naval Special Warfare Development Group

  Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Mark
“Badger” Carter was Killed In Action 11 Dec 2007
while conducting combat operations in Iraq against
known enemies of the United States of America.

  Mark was from Fallbrook, Ca. and volunteered
for the SEAL Program in 1998 graduating BUD/S
Class 226. Fallowing graduation he was assigned to
SEAL Team Three then Seven out of Coronado
followed by Naval Special Warfare Development
Group in Virginia.

   On Tuesday, while conducting a raid, Mark
sustained mortal wounds during an intense
firefight. He is survived by his father, mother, three
brothers and four sisters.
            IN MEMORIAM
               Nate Hardy
 KILLED IN ACTION: 04 February 2008
        Operation Iraqi Freedom
Naval Special Warfare Development Group

    Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Nate
Hardy was Killed In Action 04 February 2008 while
conducting combat operations in Iraq against
known enemies of the United States of America.

   Nate was from Durham, NH and joined the
Navy in 1998 volunteering for the SEAL Program
right away. After graduating BUD/S Class 221 he
was assigned to and SEAL Team 8 and then
transferred to Naval Special Warfare Development
Group in Virginia.

  On Monday , he sustained mortal wounds from
small arms fire while conducting a raid.

   Hardy is survived by his wife, Mindy, and their
7-month-old son, Parker. He also leaves behind his
brother Ben, and his parents, Stephen and Donna,
both of whom worked at UNH.
            IN MEMORIAM
             Michael E Koch
 KILLED IN ACTION: 04 February 2008
        Operation Iraqi Freedom
Naval Special Warfare Development Group

  Chief Naval Special Warfare Operator Michael E.
Koch was Killed In Action 04 February 2008 while
conducting combat operations in Iraq against
known enemies of the United States of America.

  Mike was from State College, Pennsylvania and
joined the Navy in 1998 volunteering for the SEAL
Program and graduating BUD/S Class 224.
Fallowing graduation he was assigned to an SEAL
Team 8 and then Naval Special Warfare
Development Group in Virginia.

  On Monday , he sustained mortal wounds from
small arms fire while conducting a raid.

 Koch is survived by his parents, a sister and his
fiancé.
                                                     SEAL CREED
                           In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior
                 ready to answer our Nation’s call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.
                 Forged by adversity, he stands alongside America’s finest special operations forces to
                          serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.
                                                    I am that man.

                                       My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage.
                 Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those
          I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession
  and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day. My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I
humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.
   I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent
    hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor on and
        off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets
                          me apart from other men. Uncompromising integrity is my standard.
                                My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.

                          We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge,
             lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations. I will never
     quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger
   than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength
    to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight. We demand discipline. We
               expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me –
              my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.
                                             We train for war and fight to win.

                       I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to
       achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and
     violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend. Brave men have fought and died
        building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions,
                   the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.
                                                        I will not fail
“And then I heard the voice of the Lord saying,

"Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"

     And I said, "Here am I    -   Send me!"

                  Isaiah 6:8

				
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