Decorated local Navy SEAL dies in skydiving accident – Houston … – Chron.com

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Published 10:40 pm, Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A decorated Navy SEAL from the Houston area died Saturday after his parachute failed to open while skydiving.

Commander Seth Stone, 41, jumped out of a hot air balloon in Riverside County, California, after which his parachute malfunctioned. The incident was not related to any military training. 

“The Naval Special Warfare community is deeply saddened and mourns the tragic loss of one of our best,” Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement. “Seth’s absence will be sorely felt across the staff, command and the entire special operations community.”

Stone, a 1995 graduate of Lamar High School, served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning two Silver Starts, including one for his part in a firefight that killed one American in Ramadi, Iraq.

During that 2006 fight,  Stone led his team against a “numerically superior enemy force,” directing reinforcements, providing cover fire and “dragging a critically wounded comrade to safety,” the NSWC said in a statement.

Stone recalled the fight that killed Petty Officer Michael Monsoor in a 2008 interview with National Public Radio. 

“Stone epitomized the warrior ethos, risking his life on many occasions in combating our nations’ enemies,” the NSWC said. “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.”

Local services will be held for Stone at the West University Baptist Church at 10 a.m. Oct. 18. 

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