Courtesy Kelsall family
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    Lt. Cmdr. Jonas Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La., joined the military out of high school and recently became a member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6, his family told the AP. He leaves behind his wife of three years, Victoria.
    Courtesy Kelsall family
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    Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Tex., was reportedly the leader of the Navy SEAL team killed in the Chinook helicopter attack on Aug. 6. Mills, a 13-year veteran of the military, leaves behind a wife and 1-year-old son. "He loved his country, and he felt like what he was doing was right," his mother, Cheryl Mills, told the Dallas Morning News.
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    Army Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan., was a door gunner and mechanic on the Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan on Aug. 6. He joined the military in 2008 and had been on deployment since May, according to local news reports.
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    Army Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb., had been in Afghanistan less than two weeks before losing his life in the helicopter attack. He is survived by his mother, father, two brothers, girlfriend and 2-year-old daughter.
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    Navy SEAL Nick Spehar, 24, of St. Paul, Minn., was a 2005 high school graduate whom teachers described as an academic star and three-sport athlete. "Nick was an active young man, and if he said he was going to do something, he did it," Chisago Lakes High School principal Dave Ertl told the AP.
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    Navy SEAL Matthew Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo., lost part of his left arm in combat in Iraq in 2004, but that didn't stop him from returning to his unit and continuing to fight. "He could have gotten out of combat," family friend Elizabeth Frogge told the AP. "He just insisted on going back." Mason is survived by his wife, who is expecting a child, and two toddler sons.
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    Navy seaman Kraig Vickers, 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii, was a bomb disposal expert who joined the military in 1996, family members told The Associated Press. He is survived by his pregnant wife, Nani, and three children. Vickers' father Robert told the AP that his son's remains will likely be flown to Maui because "he wanted to be buried near the ocean."
    Courtesy Vickers family
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    Navy SEAL Kevin Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass., joined the military in 1995 after graduating from high school. "When he was born, he hit the ground running and didn't stop until early this morning," Houston's mother, Jan Brown, told the Cape Cod Times the day her son died. Houston is survived by his wife, Mei Ling, and three children.
    Courtesy Houston family
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    Navy SEAL John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb., was a lead dog handler for his unit, Team 6. He was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan and completed two tours in Iraq. Douangdara was a source of pride for his family of Laotian immigrants. "We are proud Johnny fought for the country that embraced our family and gave us the opportunity to reach for the American dream," Douangdara's brother Chan Follen told AP.
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    Air Force Tech Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla., was an elite Air Force pararescue jumper who worked with the Navy SEALs. Brown's mother, Elizabeth Newlun, told the AP that her son was a "gentle giant."
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    Petty Officer First Class Jason Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah, had served in the military for almost eight years. "He loved his job and was great at it. Jason was the best of the best," his family said in a statement. Workman is survived by his wife and 21-month-old son, who live in Virginia.
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    Darrik Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif., joined the Navy SEALs in 2003 and was a member of the elite Team 6. "He was an outdoor fellow, he just loved life and loved to ride motorcycles," Benson's grandmother, Claudia, told the Napa Valley Register. He is survived by his fiancé and 2-year-old son, who live in Virginia Beach, Va.
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    Airman Daniel Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa., was an elite Air Force pararescue jumper. His friends told the York Dispatch that he loved playing football and spending time outdoors, fishing and snowboarding. He was a "do-it-all kind of person," friend John Smeltzer said of Zerbe, according to the York County, Pa., paper.
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    Navy SEAL Christopher Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C., was one of the 30 troops -- 22 of them SEALS -- to die in a Taliban attack on a U.S. Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan. Members of his family told the AP that he was eager to return home in November to celebrate his daughter's 15th birthday in January.
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    Army Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan., piloted the U.S. Chinook helicopter that was taken down by Taliban insurgents on Aug. 6. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Nichols enlisted in the military after high school and completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. He is survived by his wife and 10-year-old son, Braydon.
    Courtesy Nichols family
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    Army Spc. Alexander Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash., was a flight mechanic in the Army Reserve's Chinook helicopter unit. "He loved what he did, and he died doing what he loved," his grandmother, Doylene Bennett, told The Oklahoman. "Alex's main purpose in life was to get into the Army. That's what he wanted to do all the time he was growing up."
    Courtesy Bennett family via Kansas City Star
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    Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla., was a decorated service member for his valor in combat and a respected SEALs instructor in the States. "He was a fabulous son to his parents and a great big brother, and to me, the love of my life," his wife, Kimberly Vaughn, told ABC News. Vaughn leaves behind two young children.
    Courtesy Vaughn family
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