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Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25, was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25, was assigned to the Navy SEAL team whose Chinook helicopter was shot down Aug. 6 by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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