Two SEALs from Dam Neck killed in Afghanistan


Two highly decorated local Navy SEALs died Thursday night from injuries sustained in fierce fighting against insurgents in Afghanistan, according to the Navy.

Senior Chief Petty Officer John Marcum, 34, and Petty Officer First Class Jason Freiwald, 30, died in a battle with heavily armed militants, the Navy said. The men were deployed from the highly selective Naval Special Warfare Development Group at Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach.

Capt. Scott Moore, commanding officer of the development group, said the deaths were “tremendous losses.”

“These men were true warriors, dedicated to their country, their fellow SEALS and the cause for which they were fighting,” Moore said in a statement. “They died taking the fight to the enemy, going in harm’s way with the selflessness that resonated in their character and made them giants among men.”

Marcum and Freiwald are the second and third sailors from Development Group to be killed in Afghanistan within three weeks. Petty Officer First Class Josh Harris, 36, drowned on Aug. 30 while crossing a river on a combat mission.

Marcum, a native of Flushing, Mich., had received four Bronze Star medals, among numerous decorations. He joined the service in August 1991. After basic training, he attended the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center at Dam Neck. He then went to basic SEAL training, and took his first permanent post with SEAL Team 2 at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base.

Marcum began training for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in March, 2000. He had deployed numerous times.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia, and a daughter, Madison. He is also survived by his parents, Wayne and Luellen Marcum, and his sister, Kaylee Pierle.

Among his many citations, Freiwald, a native of Utica, Mich., was a Bronze Star recipient. Tuesday, he was to have been promoted to chief petty officer.

After graduating from basic SEAL training, his first permanent duty was with SEAL Team 5 at Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in California. In March 2005, he began training with the development group.

After completing training, he received orders for Naval Special Warfare Tactical Development and Evaluation Squadron 2. He is survived by his wife, Stacey, and a daughter, Jasmine. He is also survived by his parents, Richard and Terri Freiwald.

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A loss for words. God be with you.


A loss for words. God be with you.

God bless your families!

From a fellow sailor and also a native Michigander, as ya'll were. You have paid the ultimate price for us. We won't forget. In Christ's love, MGM

Thank you for your service...

...and my condolences to the families. May God be with you.


THANK YOU for your service and dedication to FREEDOM. You will be missed. God Bless you and all of yours. The most Noble thing a person can do is lay down their life for anothers and you did it for 350 million of us.......THANK YOU.

My the Lord hold them close!

Our thoughts and prayers go to these brave Warriors families. These brave Warriors took the fight to the terrorist home so it wouldn't be fought on our door steps. Thank you for keeping us safe!

Our country has been blessed

Our country has been blessed by the service of these wonderful men, who were among the best of this generation. Thank you to the family and to these men who gave everything for our country.

My heart goes out to the families....

My thoughts are with you in this time of sadness. Thank you for having a son, husband, father, brother, uncle who gave his life doing his job for our country. These two men (plus the Seal who died a couple of weeks ago), are in a very small minority, &, despite the tragedy of their deaths, I hope it might help to know that those of us who are not in the military hold these people in highest respect and honor. We are in awe of their willingness to do a job that very few volunteer to do. They make us all ashamed that more of us do not feel the need to volunteer to do some kind of job for our country. We revere your family's sacrifice, and hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Condolances, Respect and Honor

Each time I read about our fallen, I am left speechless. To the fallen, thank you. And to the families left behind: you have my sincere heartfelt condolances and respect for your loved ones sacrifice and your loss.

RIP warriors. We all owe you more than we can ever repay.

Rest in Peace

Praises to these young men for their services and condolences to their loved ones.

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