Navy PO1 John Douangdara

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Navy Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara

Died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


26, of South Sioux City, Neb.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.


Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW) John Douangara, 25, of South Sioux City, Neb., enlisted in February 2003, the Navy said.

Douangara’s initial service school training was at Norfolk, Va., before he joined the security detachment at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, in June 2003. He moved to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., in August 2006 before joining his East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2008.

Douangara’s decorations include the Bronze Star with ‘V’ device; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device; Army Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; three Overseas Service Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and the Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

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