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8/9/2011

A U.S. Navy SEAL from South Sioux City was among the 30 American troops killed when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, family members said.

Sengchanh Douangdara told the Sioux City Journal that military officials notified her of her son’s death on Saturday. The newspaper said Monday that Master at Arms, Class 1 John Douangdara, 26, was a lead dog handler for the elite unit.

“I know he loved his job, it was a job he chose,” his mother said.

Douangdara, a 2003 graduate of South Sioux City High School, was aboard a Chinook helicopter that the military said was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade in eastern Afghanistan.

“We are proud Johnny fought for the country that embraced our family and gave us the opportunity to reach for the American dream,” said Chan Follen, the oldest of five children in the family, which came to the United States from Laos three decades ago.

from:  http://www.thehawkeye.com/story/BC-NE–Afghanistan-Seals-South-Sioux-City

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name. 

John Douangdara

10 (J is the 10th letter of the alphabet) + 15 (o is the 15th letter of the alphabet) + 8 (h is the 8th letter of the alphabet) = 33

So from ages zero to twenty-seven he had the number 33 going on.

33 = Brave.  Courageous.  Big-hearted.

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August 9, 2011

Although the Pentagon still has not disclosed the names of those killed in the downing of a Chinook helicopter Saturday, their identities slowly are becoming known. The following five men were all Navy SEALs, all based in Virginia Beach.

LOU LANGLAIS

Those who attended church with Lou Langlais said the husband and father of two young boys went quietly about his business.

But on April 1, 1997, Langlais was thrust into the national spotlight. The then-30-year-old SEAL made highlight reels that evening after attempting to parachute into Pro Player Stadium dressed as the Florida Marlins mascot, Billy the Marlin.

A wind gust tore the costume’s grinning marlin head off at about 6,000 feet, according to news reports. The quick-thinking SEAL altered his descent to land outside the stadium while another Billy took his place inside the ballpark.

Years later, friends loved to tell the story. But it’s likely Langlais will be better remembered for the love he showed for his family and community, said pastor Ira Townsend of Atlantic Shores Baptist Church. Kevin Houston, another SEAL killed last week, also attended the church in Virginia Beach.

“These men are heroes,” Townsend said. “We’re filled with pride about the role they were playing. They hoped they would not have to give their life, but they were very willing to do so out of love for their country.”

from:  http://hamptonroads.com/2011/08/five-more-fallen-va-beachbased-navy-seals-identified

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

 

 

Lou Langlais

3            3

 

how he appeared to the world = LL = 33 = Brave.  Courageous.  Big-hearted.

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Lou Langlais

363 31573191        42

his path of destiny / how he learned what he was here to learn = 42 = Everybody loved Lou.

 

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August 09, 2011, 07:57 AM

The U.S. military is investigating the cause of Saturday’s helicopter crash in Afghanistan which reportedly killed an eastern Minnesota man.

According to reports, family members say 24-year old Nick Spehar of Chisago City was killed when the Chinook helicopter went down.

In all, 30 troops died in the deadliest incident since the start of the Afghan war. Flags now stand in the front yard of Spehar’s mother to honor her son and the others. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter but the Department of Defense has not yet confirmed that.

Spehar was a Navy SEAL. A special unit of the Seals killed terrorist Osama Bin Laden in early May.

from:  http://www.piercecountyherald.com/event/article/id/38151/

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using the number/letter grid:

 
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R 
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z
 

Where:

A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9

Nicholas Spehar

5            1      19

his primary challenge (NS) and what he had to do (NA) both = 51 = Military.  Armed forces.

how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire = NR = 59 = Making the ultimate sacrifice.  Funeral.

 

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Each letter of the first name rules 9 years of life.  Ages 0 to 27 are ruled by the sum of the first three letters of the name.

Nicholas Spehar  

14 (N is the 14th letter of the alphabet) + 9 (i is the 9th letter of the alphabet) + 3 (c is the 3rd letter of the alphabet) = 26

So the number 26 ruled his ages zero to twenty-seven.

26 = Popular.  Photos.  In the news. 

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Jason Workman

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011 8:07 p.m. MDT

Jason Workman knew since he was a young boy that he wanted to be a Navy SEAL.

He knew the odds of making the elite fighting force were slim. Workman not only accomplished his goal, but he also became a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6.

Saturday, Petty Officer First Class Jason Workman, 32, was among the 31 Americans killed, including 22 members of SEAL Team 6, when their helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Afghanistan.

Members of the SEAL Team 6 were responsible for killing Osama bin Laden.

Sunday, the small southern Utah town of Blanding, where flags flew at half staff, was in mourning over the loss of their hometown hero. The town of about 3,000 people has already lost two other servicemen in the war.

“This community loved what this young man was doing for us, as well as our other soldiers are doing for us,” said Blanding Mayor Toni Turk.

Workman was a man that even if residents hadn’t personally met, they were proud to call him one of their own.

“We are so proud of someone like Jason being from a small town to become an elite special forces soldier,” said his childhood friend Tate Bennett.

Workman was a star athlete in Blanding, playing high school football, baseball and basketball, reaching All-State status in at least two of those sports. He was also a strong swimmer and competed in triathlons, Bennett said.

But what made Workman a hero to many, Bennett said, was how well-rounded he was.

“He was not only real good athlete and real popular kid, but he was pretty academic. He took a lot of AP classes. He was just really, really well-rounded. He was very personable, very out going.”

“He would do anything to help the guy across the table from him,” said family friend Rick Eldredge. “He would give you the shirt off his back. He was just willing to do anything for anybody and he’s proven by giving his life to this country.”

Workman was the youngest of four brothers. Bennett remembered when Workman’s older brother graduated from West Point when he was about 14, he was adamant even then that he was going to grow up to become a Navy SEAL.

The other time he remembers Workman being vocal about his conviction to be a SEAL was right after the Sept. 11 attack.

After going on a LDS mission to Brazil (which he finished in Philadelphia due to illness) he went to Southern Utah University and later enlisted with the U.S. Navy.

“He was doing it for sole purpose of becoming a SEAL,” Bennett said Workman told him.

Bennett said that Workman knew the odds of becoming a Navy SEAL were slim. But he was determined to make it.

“Not making it just wasn’t an option,” Workman said. “He didn’t become a Navy SEAL by chance. He knew that’s what he wanted at a young age and made it happen.”

Bennett recalled Workman always had “some crazy story” about the kind of training SEAL prospects were put through.

Once he became a SEAL, Bennett said it was his understanding that Workman’s speciality was in explosives.

But he admitted he didn’t even know Workman was part of the Team 6 until recently.

Even if Workman had not accomplished his goal of becoming a Navy SEAL, Bennett said he “would have been a hero for somebody in some other aspect, like a firefighter or law enforcement.”

Bennett believes that Workman thought his purpose in life was to serve and help others. He was big, strong and smart and, “recognized that his gift was best used in helping other people.”

Workman returned to his hometown nine months ago to train area police and deputies, and was planning to return in December to do some more training

Workman is survived by his wife and 21-month-old son who live in Virginia.

The Workman family released a statement thanking everyone for their prayers and support.

“Jason had been in the service for almost 8 years. He loved his job and was great at it. Jason was the Best of the Best. Jason was admired by so many and will be dearly missed,” the family said in their prepared statement.

The family said Workman would be buried later this week in Arlington National Cemetery.

from:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705388839/Blanding-man-among-Navy-SEALs-killed-in-Afghanistan.html?pg=1

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Jason Workman

1        5          5

 

his primary challenge (JW) and how he obtained/lost his heart’s desire (JN) both = 15 = War in Afghanistan.

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Brian Bill, a Stamford, Conn. native and 1997 graduate of Trinity Catholic High School, was killed over the weekend in a helicopter crash near Kabul, Afghanistan. Bill, a Navy SEAL, played hockey and soccer at Trinity Catholic and was an Eagle scout. Photo: Contributed Photo / CT

04:32 p.m., Monday, August 8, 2011

Brian Bill, a Stamford native who played hockey and soccer at Trinity Catholic in the late 1990s, was killed this weekend when the U.S. helicopter he was traveling in was shot down near Kabul, Afghanistan.

Bill, 31, a Navy SEAL, graduated from Trinity in 1997 and was an athlete and an Eagle scout.

Bill’s mother and stepfather, Patricia and Michael Parry, and his father, Scott Bill, issued a written statement thanking the SEALs and members of the Stamford community for their support.

“We are heartbroken in our loss,” they said. “Brian was a remarkably gifted, thoughtful and compassionate young man. We are incredibly proud of him. He was a treasured son, grandson, brother, uncle and cousin. He loved life. He loved a challenge. And he was passionate about being a SEAL.”

Thirty Americans and eight Afghans were killed when a rocket propelled grenade struck the helicopter they were flying in, making it the deadliest single loss of U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

On Monday afternoon Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released this statement:

“While I cannot independently confirm the death of U.S. Navy SEAL Brian Bill from my hometown of Stamford, I understand that his family has been notified and released their own statement about him. My wife, Cathy, and I extend our condolences to his family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this difficult time.”

Brian Bill was interested in attending graduate school and becoming an astronaut upon completing his military service, his family said.

“Already an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot, and triathlete, he wanted to complete the seven summits,” they said. “He wanted to return to graduate school. He wanted to become an astronaut. He was the best, and we will miss him.”

Trinity Catholic boys soccer coach Bob Pepi said it was apparent early on that Bill was well suited for public service.

“The thing I remember most about him is that he was a serious kid who had a maturity about him,” Pepi said. “His mind was preparing him for something else. He was a little bit reserved and a little bit different, but not in a bad way. It doesn’t surprise me that he chose the path that he did.”

Patrick Sasser, a Stamford firefighter who attained Eagle Scout rank with Bill in Troop 11, said he found out about Bill’s death Sunday night, when he got a phone call from a friend in the Air Force in Arizona.

“Brian was just a great guy,” Sasser said. “He loved the outdoors and camping. He was a great all-around guy. In high school, he wanted to be in the military. Especially, he wanted to be a SEAL.”

Bill, who was going to be celebrating his 32nd birthday on Aug. 23, was 2001 graduate of Norwich University in Vermont and a graduate of Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego and the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach, Va. Both bases are Navy SEAL training centers.

His scoutmaster at the time he became an Eagle Scout was choked up as he talked about Bill.

“Brian was a special young man. When we went backpacking he could carry more weight further and faster than any other scout I have worked with,” said David Welton, Troop 11 assistant scoutmaster.

Welton said Bill talked to him about becoming a SEAL and he was eager to take on the challenge as he was leaving high school.

“There was something very special about Brian and you knew that. He was not like the other kids playing video games and talking about girls. Brian was all about being ambitious. He played hard and was serious about life,” Welton said.

During middle and high school, Bill worked at the Springdale Florist, something owner Mike Doyle remembers vividly.

“It is a shock to all of us,” Doyle said. “Brian had a maturity about him when he was here and an ability that a lot of young people his age didn’t have. He had the ability to get the job done and take on responsibility. He was a loving, happy-go-lucky young man. His parents did a marvelous job raising him,” Doyle said.

Trinity Catholic athletic director Tracy Nichols said Bill was “a wonderful kid.”

“What might have surprised me most is he was so nice you wouldn’t think he would be the kind of kid to be doing SEALs,” Nichols said. “He spent a lot of time in the weight room. He was lifting all the time. He had a tremendous work ethic.”

Trinity Catholic Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Diane Warzoha said she remembered Bill from a Spanish she taught and attended his Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Warzoha said Bill was always very goal oriented and went along in his quiet way to achieve them.

“Brian always wanted to make a difference for other people and we saw that at school. He was so devoted to the people he cared about — his family, classmates and country,” she said. “It doesn’t surprise any of us that Brian went on to become one of the best. We are so very proud of him and honored to have him as part of the family here at Trinity Catholic.”

from:  http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Trinity-Catholic-graduate-Brian-Bill-killed-in-1765287.php#ixzz1UTKU5NY1

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

Brian Brill

2         9

 

how he appeared to the world = BR = 29 = Skilled.  Talented.  Teamwork.  Part of the team.

 

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Sunday, 07 Aug 2011, 7:12 PM CDT

Family and friends of Chief Petty Officer Matt Mills, 36, are mourning his death in Bastrop. Mills was killed when insurgents shot a rocket at a helicopter he and 30 other U.S. troops were being transported in Friday in Afghanistan. Twenty-two of the troops on board were Navy Seals.

Mills’ sister Ashley told KXAN enlisting in the military is a family tradition and her brother was proud to serve. His grandfather was a Marine and his uncle a Vietnam veteran.

“I loved what he did,” said Ashley Mills, who last heard from her brother via phone last week. “He told me he couldn’t believe he was able to do what he was doing for a living because he loved in so much.”

Mills enlisted in the Navy 15 years ago. For the last decade, he served as Navy Seal.

Before leaving on this recent deployment, he told his family would be his last and looked forward to moving back to Texas to start a business with his younger brother.

Mills was deployed more than 10 times but never spoke of his secret missions.

“I just had a feeling that if anything ever did happen to him it would be enroute to something or coming back,” said Matt’s cousin J.B. Abbot.

Matt grew up in Arlington, Texas , and moved with his family to Bastrop after he graduated high school.

He was a member of the unit known as Seal Team Six–the same unit responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. Mills, however, was not on the Bin Laden mission nor were any of the other Seals on board the helicopter.

“He wasn’t boastful at all,” said Michael Mills, Matt’s younger brother. “He didn’t try and brag about any of the stuff that he had done.”

Michael told KXAN his brother never complained about being deployed more than 13 times, that he knew his job and wanted to be the best.

“He wanted to excel at everything,” Michael explained.

Matt married his second wife on April 29, 2011. The couple had a one-year-old son and Mills had two children from a previous marriage.

His wife currently resides in Virginia and his other two children live in Oklahoma.

The Mills family said his wife is ‘devastated.’

“He had a lot of love in his heart and he was proud of his country,” Ashley said.

Next to being a standout soldier, his family says Matt was the best father.

“He was a great father, never stopped loving his children. He tried to spend as much time as he could with them,” Abbot added.

The Mills family plans to fly to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Monday morning.

Matt’s remains should arrive there by Thursday.

The family does not have many details about his funeral, only that Matt will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

from:  http://www.kxan.com/dpp/military/navy-seal-killed-from-bastrop

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

 

Matt Mills

4122 49331      29

 

his path of destiny = 29 = Skilled.  Talented.  Teamwork.  Part of the team.

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August 08, 2011 12:32 PM

Community members said Sunday they are grieving over word that a Jacksonville native was among those killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Navy SEAL Chris Campbell, 36, perished Saturday when a helicopter was shot down over eastern Afghanistan.

Campbell’s death was confirmed Sunday by his parents Larry and Diane Campbell.

Thirty American troops and seven Afghan commandos were killed, according to U.S. officials. Among the troops were 22 SEALS, as well as three Air Force combat controllers, a dog handler, and his dog. The SEALS belonged to SEAL Team 6, the same elite unit that was responsible for killing Osama bin Laden in a May raid in Pakistan, though none of the troops who perished Saturday had participated in the raid.

From their Jacksonville home, Larry and Diane Campbell told The Daily News that Campbell, a 1993 White Oak High School graduate, was among those killed in the crash.

“We are not talking to the media,” said Diane Campbell, who added she was not sure of her son’s rank. “We ask that people pray for us; we’ll be all right.”

Those in the community who knew Chris Campbell expressed disbelief and sadness.

Jacksonville resident Steven Carter, an old friend of the family, said he knew the Navy SEAL as a child.

“He was a good kid,” he said. “When I found out he joined the Navy, I was surprised, and when I found out he was a SEAL I was quite surprised.”

Carter expressed sympathy for the family as they grieved.

Former county commissioner Martin Aragona Jr., who graduated from White Oak High School in 1987, said he and Campbell had a number of friends in common and both played on the school football team.

“I was just sad to hear through some of our mutual friends that he had passed away,” Aragona said. “The whole White Oak community and Onslow County as well as the nation was saddened to hear what happened in Afghanistan.”

The crash is reported to be by far the deadliest single loss for American forces in the decade-old war.

from:  http://www.enctoday.com/news/campbell-93868-jdn-community-helicopter.html

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using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z

Where:

A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9

Chris Campbell

3               2

 

how he appeared to the world = CB = 32 = A proud, patriotic American.  A real fighter.

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