”˜He wasn’t supposed to die’: Glimpses of the slain SEALS

Here are the stories of some of the fallen:

”¢ A severe arm injury during fighting in Fallujah in 2004 didn’t keep Matthew Mason off the Iraq War battlefield. Nor did it dull the competitive fire of the avid runner and former high school athlete from outside Kansas City. Within five months of losing part of his left arm, absorbing shrapnel and suffering a collapsed lung, Mason competed in a triathlon. He soon returned to his SEAL unit.
“He could have gotten out of combat,” said family friend Elizabeth Frogge. “He just insisted on going back.”
Mason, the father of two toddler sons, grew up in Holt, Mo., and played football and baseball at Kearney High School. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1998. His wife, who is expecting their third child ”” another boy ”” also attended Northwest Missouri.

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5 comments on “”˜He wasn’t supposed to die’: Glimpses of the slain SEALS

  1. Kendall Harmon says:

    They shall not be forgotten. Prayers for their families today.

  2. Paula Loughlin says:

    Amen, Kendall. So sad. Such fine young men.

  3. Bookworm(God keep Snarkster) says:

    Prayers always, and may God grant them eternal rest.

  4. sophy0075 says:


    On one hand, the noble young men who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of freedom. On the other hand, in London, Liverpool, and Birmingham, young thugs who are taking advantage of such freedoms!

  5. Jeff Thimsen says:

    Dragon’s teeth!