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Navy Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom.

John Douangdara 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.

Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW) John Douangara, 25, of South Sioux City, Neb., enlisted in February 2003, the Navy said.

Douangara’s initial service school training was at Norfolk, Va., before he joined the security detachment at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in June 2003. He moved to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., in August 2006 before joining his East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2008.

Douangara’s decorations include the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device; Army Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; three Overseas Service Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and the Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

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“I don’t think my brother would call himself a hero. He was doing his job, doing what he believed in. But in our hearts, he’ll always be our hero.”

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John was a selfless and loving man; he had the chance to touch many lives and so they grieve with us. With an electric smile and an unforgettable laugh John lived life to the fullest.

We will miss our beloved John, but his memory will carry on in our hearts until we meet with him again.

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John being the life of the party: http://vimeo.com/38541540

Last Goodbyes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vAVwcE5gEw

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For more info on MA1 John Douangdara:

http://www.dawnturzio.com/blog/featured-heroes-navy-petty-officer-1st-class-john-douangdara-1984-2011-and-his-military-war-dog-bart-as-told-through-johns-sister-chan-follen

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Foundations:

http://inmemoryofjohn.com/

http://www.navysealfoundation.org/

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