Saturday, August 06, 2011

Navy Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis Langlais

Remember Our Heroes

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

Navy Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis Langlais was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.

Louis James Langlais VIRGINIA BEACH - U.S. Navy Master Chief Special Warfare Operator, (SEAL) Lou Langlais, 44, was killed in action Aug. 6, 2011, in Wardak Province, Eastern Afghanistan.

Born in Quebec, Canada, to the late Dr. Louis-Marie and Marguerite Langlais, he spent most of his childhood years in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Lou joined the Navy in 1986 and graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training Class 162, in Feb. 1989. He was then assigned to SEAL Team THREE where he made multiple deployments throughout the world to include active participation in Operation Desert Storm.

Lou eventually followed his passion for skydiving and joined the Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs," a choice that ultimately led him to the love of his life, his wife Anya.

In March 2000, Lou joined the highly selective Naval Special Warfare Development Group. He deployed numerous times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, distinguishing himself by earning five Bronze Stars with Valor, Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement medals, three Combat Action Ribbons, three Presidential Unit Citations and various other campaign and unit decorations.

Lou was an extremely talented SEAL operator, loyal friend and dedicated patriot who loved his family and his job.

He is survived by his loving wife, their two sons, sister, two brothers, and the entire Naval Special Warfare family.

August 19, 2011
Brutha Lou, it has been many years since seeing you back at the Beach. I am going to miss you as will the country. Save a seat at the bar for me there. GOD bless you. LCDR Sandy Pidgeon, USN ret Class 151 ~ Sandy Pidgeon, Great Falls, Virginia

August 18, 2011
I had the honor and privalege to meet Lou at his sister's home in Florida. he shared family photos and we had a wonderful meal that evening. A Man of many facets and a wonderful sense of humor. He will be truly missed. He loved to Fly and now has wings and will continue to protect us all.
My heart goes out to his family. an american hero he is.God bless all of them that gave their lives to keep us safe.~ Mike Flynn, St.Augustine,Florida

August 12, 2011
Dear Anya and boys,
I worked with your mother in South Carolina. She was so proud of you all. I remember that I was given the task of finding Christmas ornaments of the various activities that SEALS are noted for...diving, parachuting, skiing, etc. She told me that she gave them to Lou each Christmas. I know that you will never get over this loss. Lou will always be with you--- I thank you so much for sharing him with our country.You are in my thoughts and prayers today and forever.~ Sandy Warren, Tallahassee, Florida

Navy Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis Langlais was killed in action on 8/6/11.

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