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Navy SEALs, others killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash mourned

August 31, 2011 |  8:13 am

Slain Navy SEAL funeral in Iowa

The Coronado, Calif.-based Special Warfare Command is set to hold a private memorial service Wednesday in San Diego for the Navy SEALs and other military personnel killed Aug. 6 in eastern Afghanistan.

The ceremony, closed to the public and media, is meant as "an opportunity for family members of the fallen and fellow service members to share memories, mourn and reflect," the Navy said in a statement.

Thirty-eight people were killed in the crash of a Chinook helicopter struck by an insurgent rocket-propelled grenade.

Killed were 17 SEALs, five members of a Naval Special Warfare unit that supports SEALs, three Air Force personnel, five Army aircrew members, seven Afghan soldiers and an Afghan interpreter.

They were on a mission to support an Army Ranger unit in a battle with Taliban fighters.


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Photo: Fallen Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog, Hawkeye, lies next to his master's casket during funeral services Aug. 19 in Iowa. Tumilson, 35, was one of 38 people killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6 when their helicopter was shot down. Credit: Shane Delaney / KIMT-TV