Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston
Died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom -
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35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.
Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 36, of West Hyannisport, Mass., was remembered as a kind and gregarious man who lived his dream when he joined the elite force.
Houston was a 1994 graduate of Barnstable High School, where he was captain of the football team his senior year.
He enlisted in January 1995, the Navy said, and became a SEAL in May 1999. He reported to Naval Special Warfare Group Two in December 2005. He joined his East Coast-based SEAL team in January 2008.
Christopher Kelly, a Vietnam veteran who became Houston’s mentor and father figure, said Houston used to make time to visit Cape Cod when he had leave even though his family was in Chesapeake, Va.
Houston’s mother, Jan Brown, told the Cape Cod Times of Hyannis that her son was born to be a SEAL.
Houston leaves behind a wife and three children.
His decorations include two Bronze Stars with ‘V’ devices for valor; Purple Heart; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device for valor; two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Battle ‘E’ Ribbon; Navy ‘E’ Ribbon; three Good Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal; two Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.