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Published on April 7th, 2013 | by Chris Hagerman


RIP Navy SEAL Brett David Shadle

U.S. Navy SEAL Brett D. Shadle voluntarily accepted the inherent dangers of his profession.  He walked as a warrior, accepting a truly demanding way of life.  The United States of America is a stronger country and the world a better place due to the sacrifices of Brett Shadle as well as all other fallen Navy SEALs.  We mourn the loss of each and honor them for their sacrifice.

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brett D. Shadle was born on March 17, 1982 in Harrisburg, PA. He was a 2000 graduate of Upper Dauphin Area High School starring on his basketball and soccer teams. Fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a Navy SEAL, he entered the Navy in July 2000. During his military service he completed many deployments around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Chief Shadle was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards including two Bronze Star Medals with Valor. A superb naval leader, he died in a training accident Thursday, March 28, 2013. Chief Shadle is survived by his loving wife Jennifer, his daughter Savannah and his son Christian, his father David, his mother LuAnn, and his brother Aaron.  He will be laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington Cemetery.


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.


Anyone wanting to make a donation for the support of Brett Shadle's wife Jenna and his two surviving sons can make a check payable to

All In All The Time Foundation  - in the memo line write Jenna Shadle support.

Send the checks to

CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation

13000 Filly Lane

Truckee, CA  06161


This foundation was established to support the families of fallen Navy Seals.  I have personally made a donation and have recruited a number of my PWC retired partners to do likewise.  It is the least we could do to support our troups.  Brett Shadle was part of the Navy Seal Team that brought justice to  Osama bin Laden.


I personal knew that man and his family. My heart now is with his wife Jennifer, who is the strongest woman I have ever known, and his family. My heart breaks for all. Thank you Brett for your sacrifice. I am very honored to have known you and your story will live on.


RIP: Chief Brett D. Shadle


Never Forgotten.  Thank you, Chief Shadle - and your family - for your service and sacrifices.

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