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CPO (SEAL) Michael R. Tatham

October 14th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Born: December 12, 1977 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Died: October 12, 2011 in Bali, Indonesia

Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Michael R. Tatham, 33, of University Place, Washington was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident while on rest and recuperation leave from supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Bali, Indonesia. Tatham was assigned to a West Coast based Naval Special Warfare unit. CPO Tatham enlisted in October 2002. He graduated in April 2004 with Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Class 248 after completing SEAL Qualification Training, and he continued advanced training after reporting to his West Coast-based SEAL team. His military awards and decorations include, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V,” Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals including one with “V,” two Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and NATO Service Medal, along with the expert rifle and expert pistol ribbons.

Burial is at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California – Sec CC21A Row 1 Site 35

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