Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch, 29,of State College, Pa.
Navy SEAL Koch was assigned to East Coast-based SEAL team; died Feb. 4, 2008 from wounds sustained from small arms fire during combat operations in Iraq. Also killed was Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy.
Navy SEAL from State College dies in Iraq
The Associated Press
NORFOLK, Va. — A Navy SEAL from State College, Pa., has been killed in action in Iraq.
Michael Koch and fellow SEAL Nathan Hardy, from Durham, N.H., died Feb. 4 after being wounded by small-arms fire, the Defense Department said. Both men were stationed in Norfolk, Va.
“There are only approximately 2,500 SEALs in the Navy and they really are a brotherhood,” said Naval Special Warfare spokesman Lt. David Luckett. “This is another unfortunate reminder of the risks and sacrifices these amazing warriors and their families make on a daily basis.”
Koch leaves behind his parents and a fiancee. He enlisted in July 1998 and entered SEAL training in January 1999, according to The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. He received the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Hardy is the son of a University of New Hampshire professor. It was his fourth deployment in Iraq, according to his father, Stephen Hardy, a professor of kinesiology. His mother, Donna Hardy, is an administrative assistant in UNH’s psychology department.
Navy Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch was killed in action on 2/4/08.
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