A tribute to our fellow Chief's lost in the line of duty

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost January 8, 2014.

Lieutenant/Chief Electronics Technician (SW) Sean Snyder



39-year-old Navy pilot was lost when his MH-53E Sea Dragon crashed Jan. 8 in the Atlantic Ocean about 18 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost March 13, 2013.

Chief Cryptologic Technician (IDW/SW) Christian Michael Pike



31, of Peoria,Ariz., was injured March 10 while conducting stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Support Activity 1

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost October 19, 2011.

Chief Builder (SCW) Raymond J. Border



Died while assessing a route in Paktika province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 74 in Gulfport, Miss.

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs lost August 6, 2011.

Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.,



Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.,



Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas,



Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL/SW) Jon Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Ia.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn, 30, of Union City, Tn.,



Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Jason Workman., 31, of Blanding, Ut.,



They were killed August 6, 2011 when insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan. They were all members of SEAL Team 6.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost September 21, 2010.

Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) David Blake McLendon



Was killed 21 September 2010 in a the helicopter crash in Afghanistan. He was stationed at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost August 18, 2010.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Collin Thomas



Died 18 August 2010 while on combat operations in Afghanistan. He was assigned to a East Coast based Seal Team.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost March 18, 2010.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Adam Lee Brown



Killed 18 March 2010 during a battle with heavily armed militants in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost February 19, 2010.

Chief Electricians Mate (SW/DV) John Conyers



Was killed in a tragic electrical accident on February 19, 2010 aboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). He was an 11-year Navy veteran.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost May 7, 2009.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Eric F. Shellenberger



Died 7 May 2009 while conducting training in waters off Bremerton, Wash. He was assigned to Pearl Harbor’s Delivery Vehicle Team One submersible unit.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost September 13, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Wayne Marcum



Died 13 Sept 2008 from injuries suffered from fierce fighting against insurgents in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Six based at Dam Neck, Va.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost September 13, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (Select) Jason Richard Freiwald



Died 13 Sept 2008 from injuries suffered from fierce fighting against insurgents in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Six based at Dam Neck, Va.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost March 6, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Lance M. Vaccaro



Died 6 Mar 2008 from injuries suffered while conducting parachute training near Marana, Ariz. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost February 13, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas J. Valentine



Died 13 Feb 2008 from injuries suffered while conducting parachute training in Casa Grande, Ariz. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Iraq February 4, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Michael E. Koch



Died 4 Feb 2008 during a mission, as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Iraq February 4, 2008.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Nathan Hardy



Died 4 Feb 2008 during a mission, as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Iraq December 11, 2007.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Mark. T. Carter



Died 11 Dec 2007 during a mission, as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost near Salah Ad Din, Iraq July 17, 2007.

Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposalman (SW) Patrick L. Wade



Died July 17 while conducting combat operations in Salah Ad Din in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eleven, Whidbey Island, Wash.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Southern Baghdad July 6, 2007.

Honorary SOC (SEAL) Jason Dale Lewis



Killed by an IED while conducting combat operations in Southern Baghdad July 6, 2007. On September 9, 2008 MCPON Joe Campa signed the order designating him as an Honorary Chief Petty Officer with Full Honors. The presentation was made to his family on 16 September, 2008 at the pinning ceremony for the NSWG2 and NSWG4 FY-09 CPO Selectees. Ceremony picture

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost on board the USS Frank Cable on May, 3 2007.

Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer (SW/AW) Delfin P. Dulay


Died 03 May 2007 from injuries sustained when a Major Steam Line rupture occured onboard USS Frank Cable AS-40 on 01 Dec 2006.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost near Kirkuk, Iraq April 6, 2007.

Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposalman (EWS) Gregory J. Billiter



Died April 6, from enemy action while conducting combat operations near Kirkuk, Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit Eleven, Whidbey Island, Wash.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost December 29, 2006.

Senior Chief Electronics Technician Thomas K. Higgins, 45, of Paducah, Kentucky


Died December 29th after falling overboard while the USS Minneapolis-St Paul (SSN 708) was leaving the Devonport Naval Base in Plymouth, England.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Al Anbar province, Iraq on August 22, 2006.

Chief Petty Officer Paul J. Darga, 34, of Lansing, Mich.



Died Aug. 22 when his Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team was struck by an improvised explosive device while responding to a previous strike. His unit was conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the Al Anbar province, Iraq.

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs lost in Afghanistan on June 29, 2005.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel R. Healy, 36, of Exeter, N.H.



Died 6/28/2005 when his plane was shot down in Afghanistan. Assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; killed June 28 when an MH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while ferrying personnel to a battle against militants in eastern Afghanistan.

Chief Petty Officer Jacques J. Fontan, 36, of New Orleans, La.



Died 6/28/2005 when his plane was shot down in Afghanistan. A Navy Seal who was born and raised in New Orleans and attended Brother Martin High School was among the 16 American soldiers killed when their plane was shot down in Afghanistan. According to a spokesman for the family, Jacques J. Fontan was a 16-year Navy veteran and a seven-year member of the Navy Seals. "He felt honored to be a part of the elite Navy Seals and serve with a great group of men in Seal Team 10 under President Bush," said the spokesman. Fontan, 36, was educated at St. Andrew the Apostle grammar school, Brother Martin High and SLU before joining the Navy. He is survived by his wife Charissa, his daughter Jourdan, his mother Hazel Rue, father Earl Fontan, stepfather Donald Rue, sisters Suzanne Fontan Gonczy and Cheri Fontan Skop, his brother Jean Paul Fontan and his grandmother Maguerite Helburn Delchamps.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in Mosul, IRAQ on December 21, 2004.

BUC Joel E. Baldwin



Builder Chief Joel E. Baldwin, 37, died 12/21/2004 in a suicide attack in Mosul, Iraq. A member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 and a 15-year Navy veteran, Baldwin was surveying a construction site in the military camp.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in KANDAHAR, Afghanistan on March 28, 2002.

HMC(SEAL) Matthew J. Bourgeois



Chief Hospital Corpsman Matthew J. Bourgeois, 35, from Tallahassee, FL. Chief Bourgeois was killed Wednesday, March 27, 2002 while conducting small unit training at a remote location near Qandahar, Afghanistan. Stationed in Norfolk, Va., Chief Bourgeois was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was killed after apparently stepping on an enemy ground emplaced munitions, which appears to have been a land mine.

A tribute to three of our fellow Chief's lost at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Donald McArthur Young

Home of Record: Roanoke, Virginia
Enlisted: Richmond, Virginia, December 2, 1980
Rank: Chief Information Systems Technician
Date of Rank: August 16, 1997
Age: 41
Duty Stations:
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. - 12/80 - 02/81
USS Illusive (MSO 448) - 04/81 - 04/85
Naval Communication Area Master Station Atlantic, Naval Station Norfolk, Va. - 05/85 - 04/87
USS McCandless (FF 1084) - 05/87 - 12/88
Naval Station Philadelphia, Pa. - 12/88 - 02/89
USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) - 03/89 - 07/91
Naval Telecommunications Center, Virginia Beach, Va. - 08/91 - 07/94
Commander Amphibious Group ONE - 08/94 - 02/96
USS Briscoe (DD 977) - 03/96 - 02/97
USS Bataan (LHD 5) - 03/97 - 07/99
Chief of Naval Operations Washington, D.C. - 09/00 -
Awards and Decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal (2), Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation

Gregg Harold Smallwood

Home of Record: Overland Park, Kan.
Enlisted: Pittsburgh, Pa., June 9, 1976
Rank: Chief Information Systems Technician
Date of Rank: November 16, 1999
Age: 44
Duty Stations:
Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. - 06/76 - 09/76
USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG 7) - 11/76 - 05/77
Naval Training Center San Diego, Calif. - 06/77 - 08/77
Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas - 09/77 - 09/79
Navy Communications Area Master Station, WESTPAC Guam - 10/79 - 10/81
Broken service from 1981 to 1988
USS Reasoner (FF 1063) - 04/88 - 01/92
Naval Computer Telecommunications Station, San Diego, Calif. - 02/92 - 09/94
Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. - 09/94 - 01/95
Naval Computer Telecommunications Station, Diego Garcia - 04/95 - 05/96
USS Harry W. Hill (DD 986) - 07/96 - 03/98
Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C. - 07/98 -
Awards and Decorations: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (3), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2), Good Conduct Medal (3), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Navy "E" Award

RMC Marvin Roger Woods USN (RET).

Marvin Woods the son of a sailor, enlisted in the Navy when he was high school and went on to serve for 23 Years.
When he retired from the Navy in 1984, he took a six week vacation, then reported back to his office
at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD., and continued his job as director of communications, but as a civilian.
"His job was his life" his son, James said. "I remember when he retired from the Navy , he cried."
My husband was proud of the 40 years he gave to his country" said his wife.

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost aboard USS THACH on 19 March 2001.

Chief Ron Hiland


ON 19 March 2001 Chief Ron Hiland during emergency Flight Quarters onboard USS THACH gave the ultimate sacrifice. Ron's concern for the Air Crew outweighed his own safety. He was the Air Detachment Chief from HSL-49 "Scorpions ". Ron always had a smile and was known for his quick wit. He was well liked by his men and respected by all. His favorite saying was " Expedite this mission".

RTC ORLANDO, FL
'A' & 'NDI' SCHOOL, MILLINGTON, TN
VF-51 & VAW-110, NAS MIRAMAR, CA
HC-11 & HSL-49, NAS NORTH ISLAND, CA
NAVY ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL (6)
NAVY MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION
NAVY 'E' RIBBON
NAVY GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL (3)
ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL (2)

Two of our fellow Chief's lost aboard USS Cole DDG-67 on October 12, 2000.


Electronics Technician Chief Petty Officer Richard Costelow

Morrisville, Pa.
Chief Costelow Memorial Website


Engineman Chief Petty Officer/Ensign Andrew Triplett

Macon, Mississippi

Lost in a ferry boat accident while stationed aboard USS Saratoga in Haifa Israel during Desert Shield in December 1990.

FCC Jeffery Shucker

Our fellow Chief lost in Panama Airport Raid, December 21, 1989:

ENC (SEAL) Don McFaul

Our fellow Chief lost on 19 April 1989 onboard the USS Iowa (BB-61)

GMCS(SW) Reginald O. Ziegler

Died from a turret explosion onboard USS Iowa BB-61 during a exercise {FLEETEX 3-89) in the Caribbean.

Our fellow Chiefs lost on the USS Stark, May 1987

FCCS Robert Shippee


EMCS Steven Kiser


QMCS Vernon Foster

Our fellow Chief lost on October 25, 1983 during Operation URGENT FURY (Invasion of Grenada).  


ENCS(SEAL) Robert R. Schamberger

Our fellow Chiefs lost on October 23, 1983 in the Marine barracks attack, Beirut, Lebanon:


ETC Michael W. Gorchinski, Evansville, IN

HMC George W. Piercy, Mt. Savage, MD

Our fellow Chief lost on October 20, 1970 at Capas, Tarlac Province, Philippines

BMC Thomas E. Kruck

Died on active duty of gunshot wounds at Navy Radio Transmitter Facility, Capas, Tarlac Province, Philippines. He was engaged in a meeting on base with local Mayors, Philippine Constabulary Officers and the base OIC when the meeting was attacked and overrun by armed NPA (Huk) insurgents. .

Our fellow Chief lost on July 1, 1969 in PHU YEN, SOUTH VIETNAM


LUNTSFORD , JACK EDWARD - MMC(SS)

Died from a explosive device near PHU YEN, SOUTH VIETNAM.
Tribute Website

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in South Vietnam, April, 1969.

HMC GERRI ANGELLY

1st MARINE AIR WING, RVN     KILLED IN ACTION WHEN HIS MEDIVAC COPTER WAS SHOT DOWN.

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs lost in South Vietnam, January 20, 1969.

BMC Quincy Truett

Killed in action on the Dong Tien Canal, South Vietnam.   Chief Truett was awarded the Navy Cross (Posthumously) and later the USS Truett FF 1095 was named after Chief Truett.

QMC Willie Thompson

Killed in action on the Dong Tien Canal, South Vietnam.   Chief Thompson was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously).

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs on Eternal Patrol in USS SCORPION (SSN-589) 22 May 1968

Walter William Bishop, TMC - (COB)
Robert Eugene Bryan, MMC
Garlin Ray Denney, RMC
Robert Johnson, RMCS
Richard Allen Kerntke, MMCS
Frank Patsy Mazzuchi, QMCS
Daniel Christopher Petersen, EMC
Lynn Thompson Saville, HMC
George Elmer Smith, Jr., ETC
Leo William Weinbeck, YNCS
James Mitchell Wells, MMC

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs lost in the USS Forrestal CVA-59 fire of July 29, 1967 off the coast of Vietnam.

ABHC Gerald W Farrier

AMHC Robert L. Owens

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in South Vietnam, July 11, 1967.

BMC Howard Bannister

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs lost on board the USS Liberty (AGTR-5) on 8 June 1967 - resulting from Israeli surface and air attacks during the 6 Day War.

Cryptologic Technician Chief Melvin Douglas Smith

Cryptologic Technician Chief Raymond Eugene Linn

A tribute to our fellow Chief lost in the devastating fire aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34) on Yankee Station, October 26, 1966.

YNCM/LTJG Dewey L. Alexander

Tribute Website

A tribute to our fellow Chiefs on Eternal Patrol in USS Thresher (SSN-593) 10 April 1963

Arsenault, Tilmon J., ENCA (SS)
Forni, Ellwood H., SOCA (SS)
Gallant, Andrew J., Jr., HMC (SS)
Graham, William E., SOC (SS)
Hewitt, Leonard H., EMCA (SS)
Johnson Edward A., ENCA (SS)
Johnson, Robert E., TMC (SS)
Noonis, Walter J., RMC (SS)
Pennington, Roscoe C., EMCA (SS)
Peters, James G., EMCS
Shafer, Benjamin N., EMCM (SS)
Shafer, John D., EMCS (SS)
Wise, Donald E., MMCA (SS)