We unfortunately bring sad news, as the Navy announced on Friday the death of a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan, as shared in a feature on the Navy Times.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Collin Trent Thomas, 33, died as a result of injuries sustained during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday. He was deployed to Afghanistan as part of a Navy SEAL Team based in the East Coast.
Collin Thomas hails from Morehead, Kentucky. He attended Morehead State University after finishing high school in 1995, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 20, 1997.
Thomas has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals with combat “V” distinguishing device; a Purple Heart; a Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat “V” distinguishing device; a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals; two Combat Action Ribbons (Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom); four Good Conduct Medals; and the National Defense Service Medal, among others.
He is survived by his parents, Clayton and Paula; his sister, Meghan; and his fiancée, Sarah Saunders. A private memorial service will be held in his memory at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia.
A senior officer in Thomas’ command, who did not wish to be named, gave the following statement: “Collin Thomas was a brave American patriot and an incredibly gifted Navy SEAL… His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and humble demeanor made him a role model for all who knew him. We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss of a brother in arms.”