He was a hard worker who shared a love of hotrods with his father and older brother, and he did odd jobs at an automotive repair shop in his hometown of Willits, Calif., to learn how to build and repair cars.
Despite being a leader on his fire crew and having a good career ahead of him as a firefighter, Pittman made it clear becoming a SEAL was his passion.
“He liked to be challenged, and I think that challenge is what drew him to both of those careers,” his friend Chris Wilkes told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When he told me he wanted to be a NavySEAL, I told him he had been watching too much TV. But he said, ‘No, I can do that.’”
Louis Langlais was originally from Santa Barbara, Calif., but lived in Virginia with his wife and two sons.
He was thrust into the national spotlight in April 1997 when he attempted to parachute into Pro Player Stadium dressed as the mascot of the Florida Marlins, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Winds tore off the costume and Langlais landed outside while someone else took his place inside, the paper reported.
Langlais enlisted in the Navy in June 1986. In 1989, he reported to SEAL training in Coronado, Calif., and reported to a West Coast-based SEAL team until 1997. He was on the Navy parachute team until February 2000 and later joined several East Coast-based SEAL teams.
Langlais won numerous medals and commendations for his service and was remembered by countless friends in an outpouring of support on Facebook.
Andrew Harvell, originally from Long Beach, Calif., lived in Southern Pines, N.C., with his wife, according to the Fayetteville Observer.
Harvell was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at nearby Pope Field, where a private memorial was held Thursday.
While not as prominent as the elite SEALs, the unit that Brown belonged to is also renowned for its rigor and skill.
Hand-picked after joining the Air Force, candidates for the Special Tactics Squadron must successfully complete three years of arduous training before they can be assigned to a unit, according to retired Air Force Col. John Carney.View Entire Story
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