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Explosive Ordnance Disposal Sailor Killed in Afghanistan

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS120823-03

From Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va (NNS) -- A Sailor assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 3, San Diego, Calif. died in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Aug. 16.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, was from Des Moines, Wash. Carson enlisted in the Navy May 28, 1999 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., in August 1999. His other military assignments include Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Detachment in Point Mugu, Calif.; Patrol Squadron 4 in Kaneohe, H.I.; Naval EOD School at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and EOD Training and Evaluation Unit 1 in San Diego.

Carson reported to EODMU 3 in March 2009.

"EOD1 Carson was humble, talented and a dedicated combat-proven Sailor," said Cmdr. Charles Andrews, commanding officer of EODMU 3. "His commitment to his team and the mission was on full display every day. He has left a lasting legacy here at Mobile Unit THREE."

Carson's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation (2), Navy "E" Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal (4), National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment (3), NATO Medal (Afghanistan), Expert Rifle Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.

"EOD1 Carson loved his job and was at peace with himself when helping other people," said Andrews. "He enjoyed being able to assist with the stabilization of Afghanistan while at the same time providing security for America. EOD1 Carson was a true warrior and an American hero. We have lost a real shipmate, and our prayers go out to his family."

Carson is survived by his wife, one daughter, and his parents.

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