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The coach said Faas never showed bravado and didn’t fit the Hollywood stereotype of a SEAL. Instead, the son of Gretchen and Robert Faas of Minneapolis, was the guy who always stood up for his fellow students.

“John was a man of unquestionable integrity and courage, as were those he served with,” his family said in a statement. “He became a SEAL to serve his country and to make the world a better place for those less fortunate.”


Heath M. Robinson

Before he even graduated from Michigan’s Petoskey High about 225 miles northwest of Detroit, Heath M. Robinson was the type of guy people could picture becoming a NavySEAL.

“He was hardworking, dedicated and loyal,” athletic director Gary Hice told the Detroit Free Press. “And those are all attributes for a NavySEAL. He was a nice young man.”

Robinson joined the military after high school, according to the Petoskey News-Review, and his service record shows he served in six Special Warfare Units from 2000 to 2011.

Robinson’s father declined to comment about his son’s death when reached by The Associated Press.

Petoskey Principal Jim Kanine said Robinson and his family would be remembered in prayers.

“We understand that’s the ultimate sacrifice a human being can make,” Kanine said.


Thomas Ratzlaff

Thomas Ratzlaff wanted to be a NavySEAL ever since he was a young boy growing up in Green Forest, Ark.

“He did what he loved and died defending those he loved and those who loved him,” his nephew, Jeff Adams, said as he read a statement from the family.

When Ratzlaff visited his hometown in northwest Arkansas, his late father would bring him by the log cabin restaurant where he ordered an egg, sausage and wheat toast every morning.

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