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Published on March 30th, 2013 | by Chris Hagerman


Navy SEAL Killed Identified

Navy officials have identified the SEAL who died Thursday in a free-fall training accident as 31 year old Special Warfare Operator Chief Brett D. Shadle of Elizabethville, PA.  Shadle and another SEAL collided midair while conducting routine night free-fall training.  The other SEAL, an E6, first class petty officer, is in stable condition at a Tucson hospital.

Shadle enlisted in the Navy is July 2000 and started his SEAL career in 2002 when he was assigned to his first SEAL team after completing BUD/s in Coronado, CA.  Shadle has served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is highly decorated, earning numerous service medals including multiple Bronze Star Medals with Valor.

Military officials continue to investigate the accident.


About the Author

Chris is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, 18-Delta Combat Medic, and SEAL Sniper. His career included tours with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two and SEAL Team Two in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. You can follow him on Twitter @Chris_Hagerman.


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