Saturday, July 07, 2007

Jason Dale Lewis dies 'as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations'

BROOKFIELD, Conn. --A Brookfield native serving as a U.S. Navy SEAL was among three sailors killed Friday during combat in Baghdad, the Navy announced Saturday.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Dale Lewis, 30, died when an improvised bomb detonated under the Humvee in which he was riding, officials said.

Lewis enlisted in the Navy July 22, 1996, and graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in November. In February 1997, Lewis entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, Calif.

Following graduation from training, Lewis completed advanced SEAL training courses including parachute training at Basic Airborne School, Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL team in October 1997. He reported to the Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, Calif., in March 2004, and transferred to an East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2006, according to the biography provided by the Navy.

Lewis' awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Shot Medal.

Lewis is survived by his wife and three children.

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