Chief Petty Officer Collin Thomas, 33 - SEAL

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From: http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2010/aug/20/sealgat20-ar-464087/

The Department of Defense today said a Virginia Beach-based Navy SEAL was killed in Afghanistan.

Chief Petty Officer Collin Thomas, 33, of Morehead, Ky., died Wednesday during a combat operation in eastern Afghanistan, the department said.

Thomas was serving with a SEAL team from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek.

A Navy statement said Thomas had been awarded a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars in his 13-year military career.

"Collin Thomas was a brave American patriot and an incredibly gifted Navy SEAL," the statement said. "His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and humble demeanor made him a role model for all who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss of a brother in arms."
 
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