NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE OPERATOR DIES IN OFF-DUTY ACCIDENT

Cmdr. Seth A. Stone, 41, of Houston Texas, a Navy Officer assigned to Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), died Sept. 30, while on leave and skydiving in Perris Calif.

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Photo taken June 5, 2012 as Lt. Cmdr.

“The Naval Special Warfare community is deeply saddened and mourns the tragic loss of one of our best. Seth’s absence will be sorely felt across the staff, command and the entire special operations community. NSW is a close-knit family and our primary focus is to provide care and support for Cmdr. Stone’s family.”  ~ Rear Admiral Tim Szymanski, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command

Stone worked in the SOCPAC Operations Department where he developed and provided guidance on current operations and plans.
Stone was a highly decorated combat veteran with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the 2006 Battle of Ramadi in Iraq he led his team against a numerically superior enemy force. He directed reinforcements while simultaneously providing cover fire and dragging a critically wounded comrade to safety, an action for which he was awarded a second Silver Star.
As a Navy SEAL Cmdr. Stone epitomized the warrior ethos, risking his life on many occasions in combating our nations’ enemies. He saved countless U.S. service members, and helped bring stability to embattled regions of the world. Outside of the military, he was liked by everyone fortunate enough to cross his path. He made great friendships and found solace in pursuing his passion for surfing and other adventurous activities.
His past assignments include Naval Special Warfare Command and the USS Gettysburg (CG-64).
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis Md., in 1999 and his military education includes Navy Freefall Parachutist, Basic Underwater Demolitions / SEAL, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape (SERE), Airborne, Special Operations Survival Training, Tomahawk Watch Officer, Basic Aegis Officer Console Operator, Surface Warfare Gunnery and Harpoon Officer.

BIOGRAPHICAL DATA

Name: Seth Anthony Stone
Home of Record: Texas
Date Commissioned: May 26, 1999
Designator: Special Warfare Officer (SEAL)

SERVICE ASSIGNMENTS 

West Coast Special Warfare Unit 06/09/2014
West Coast Special Warfare Unit 05/07/2012 06/06/2014
West Coast Special Warfare Unit 11/28/2011 05/07/2012
East Coast Special Warfare Unit 06/21/2010 10/17/2011
East Coast Special Warfare Unit 07/22/2009 06/02/2010
West Coast Special Warfare Unit 01/11/2009 06/25/2009
West Coast Special Warfare Unit 09/05/2003 01/11/2009
Student, Special Warfare Advanced Training, Coronado, CA 01/17/2003 09/05/2003
Student, Naval Special Warfare Basic SEAL/SWCC Training
Coronado, CA 02/15/2002 11/15/2002
USS Gettysburg (CG 64) 01/29/2000 01/17/2002
Student, Center for Surface Combat Support, Unit,
Dam Neck, VA 01/10/2000 01/28/2000
Student, Surface Warfare Officer Schools Command,
Newport, RI 07/06/1999 01/10/2000
US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 06/30/1995 06/01/1999

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Silver Star Medal (2)
Bronze Star with Combat “V” Device
Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Army Commendation Medal with “Valor” Device
Meritorious Unit Commendation

*This list reflects only those awards and citations present in the service member’s Official Military Personnel File and listed in the Navy Department Awards Web Service site and may not be complete.

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