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Both are former Michigan residents...sadly,they leave wives & children.If these guys died in a firefight,they didn't go without killing a few dozen Taliban..all my respect and prayers for these U.S. military fighting men..!!

Two SEALs Killed in Afghanistan
September 15, 2008

Two highly decorated Navy SEALs died from injuries suffered in fierce fighting against insurgents in Afghanistan, according to the Navy.

Senior Chief Petty Officer John Marcum, 34, and Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Freiwald, 30, died from injuries sustained in a battle with heavily armed militants, the Navy said. The men were deployed from the highly selective Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach.

Capt. Scott Moore, commanding officer of the development group, said the deaths were "tremendous losses."

"These men were true warriors, dedicated to their country, their fellow SEALs and the cause for which they were fighting," Moore said in a statement. "They died taking the fight to the enemy, going in harm's way with the selflessness that resonated in their character and made them giants among men."

Marcum, a native of Flushing, Mich., joined the service in August 1991. After basic training, he attended the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center at Dam Neck.

He then went to basic SEAL training and took his first permanent post with SEAL Team 2 at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base. Marcum began training for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in March 2000.

He deployed numerous times. His awards include four Bronze Star medals for combat valor. Marcum is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his daughter, Madison; and his mother and father, according to the Navy.

Among his many citations, Freiwald, a native of Utica, Mich., was a Bronze Star recipient. On Tuesday, he was scheduled for promotion to chief petty officer. Freiwald enlisted in the Navy in April 1996. He was awarded a Bronze Star for combat valor, a Joint Service Commendation Medal, also for combat valor, and numerous other personal and unit medals, according to the Navy. He is survived by his wife, Stacey, and his daughter, Jasmine.
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