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Thursday, September 29, 2022

A former Corpsman was killed in the Helicopter in Afghanistan, RIP Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis Miranda

SO3(SEAL) Denis Miranda KIA 21 Sept 2010 (Corpsman)

SO3(SEAL) Denis Miranda KIA 21 Sept 2010 (Corpsman)

SO3(SEAL)  Miranda was a Corpsman first then went Seals.  He was killed in the crash in Afghanistan along with 8 other brothers in arms.  We lost 4 sailors total and 5 Army personnel.

It’s a sad day when we lose a Doc, and even though he was a Special Operator, I would imagine he was still working as a Doc as well.

Our Hearts and prayers go out for all those lost.

D/C
Corpsman.com

Navy officials have released the names of the four Navy personnel killed when their helicopter crashed Tuesday in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan.

Three Navy SEALs and one naval special warfare support sailor are among those confirmed dead. Five U.S. Army air crew members also died in the crash. Three others, including another Navy SEAL, were injured in the crash and remain in critical condition at a U.S. medical facility in Afghanistan.

Killed were:

• Lt. Brendan John Looney, 29, a native of Owings, Md., who was a 2004 Naval Academy graduate and an all-American lacrosse player. He was initially commissioned as a naval intelligence officer, serving first with Naval Forces Korea, Detachment Chinhae. In May 2006, he was assigned as an intel officer with an East Coast NSW unit before being accepted for SEAL training in March 2007. He remained at Coronado and was assigned to a SEAL team there. His awards are listed as the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

• Senior Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) (SW/FMF) David Blake McLendon, 30, of Thomasville, Ga. McLendon, who joined the Navy in July 1998, was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Support Activity in Norfolk, Va. He was selected by the 2010 senior chief board and officially put on his latest rank June 16. His awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Navy Battle “E” Ribbon — two awards; Navy Good Conduct Medal — three awards; and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

• Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Adam Olin Smith, 26, of Hurdland, Mo. Smith enlisted Oct. 27, 2004, and was formally advanced to second class July 16. After recruit training, he attended school at the Naval Air Technical Training Command in Pensacola, Fla., before reporting to NSW in March 2005. His awards include the Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

• Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis Miranda, 24, of Toms River, N.J. Miranda enlisted Sept. 10, 2003, and was advanced to E-4 on July 16. Before becoming a SEAL in 2007, he served at Patrol Squadron 8 in Jacksonville, Fla. He also attended hospital corpsman “A” school before entering Naval Special Warfare. His personnel files contained no record of awards or medals.

Among the injured is Lt. j.g. Andrew Watson Dow, 26, of Hauppauge, N.Y. Dow was commissioned in May 2007 upon graduation from the Naval Academy and went directly to SEAL training. He is assigned to a SEAL team in Virginia Beach, Va.

Comments

23 Responses to “A former Corpsman was killed in the Helicopter in Afghanistan, RIP Special Warfare Operator 3rd Class (SEAL) Denis Miranda”
  1. Linrathmann says:

    SAD, SAD NEWS.. GOD BE WITH THEM ALL..

  2. Mr. Jeffrey says:

    Out of respect for the U.S. Army personnel and their families, why have those members who also were killed in the same action not named here ?

  3. Lisa says:

    God rest their souls.

  4. Ken Buster, HM2, FMF, USNR says:

    Another DOC has taken his team with him to that land where warriors live forever.

    Doc Shooter 2650, HM2, FMF, USNR

  5. Corpsman_Com says:

    Because I don't have the info. This was what I had received before. I have posted Army Losses before so please don't try to turn this into a we don't salute the ARMY thing. I will once I have accurate gouge.

    ArmyTimes has not even listed the Army Personnel and have only listed the Navy..

  6. feisty94 says:

    I want to extend my sympathies and condolences to all the families involved. My son is a corpsman and I live in fear daily of something similar. May the good Lord be with you in this time.

  7. Navy Mom says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these fine young men. As the mother of a Navy Corpsman, I want you all to know that we are deeply saddened by this event, but you should be extremely proud of your Sailors/Seals.

  8. Myrne Mccabe says:

    Mom of a Navy Hospitalman here…

    To the Families of all those KIA– may God comfort you all. Words are so meaningless in these times, but please be assured, there are others praying for you and especially your special HERO. We might not know them all but they all hold a special place in my heart. For the next rotation maybe my son would be called… it is a daily fight to conquer that fear. And I am so sad that anyone had to go at all, but the job must be done. THEY WERE ALL BRAVE HEROES!!

    Doc Miranda, rest with the Angels.

  9. AZDocs Dad says:

    God bless their families. Rest easy shipmates.

  10. LEJ says:

    Father of a Marine…

    My heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of these heros..

  11. Marcy Scott (corpsman mom) says:

    Peace, prayers and blessings to this very fine young man, his family and loved ones.

  12. Doc Serrano says:

    Once a Corpsman, always a Corpsman

  13. Navajo Doc says:

    I thought that Corpsmen entering SEAL's remained Corpsmen?

  14. goldfish says:

    may they all be at peace now.

  15. DevilDocBuzz says:

    RIP Shipmate… May we never forget all those lost.

  16. HM3 says:

    You served us well, you will not be forgotten. Thank you, R.I.P.

  17. cleve00 says:

    Coc Miranda, may God receive you and bless your family with peace, prosperity, and love. Thank you for your sacrifice.

  18. Docjolivette says:

    He was a great Doc and better friend. He was my roommate and support and BUDs. I’d tell all the great stories we have but that would take forever. One of the best and toughest I knew. I’m really hurt and sad over this one. I just wish the info got out sooner. Any family or friends that knew him, please contact me regarding his funeral, or if its already happened, where I need to go to pay my support and honor my fallen brother. docjolivettte@gmail.com thank you

  19. Docjolivette says:

    He was a great Doc and better friend. He was my roommate and support and BUDs. I’d tell all the great stories we have but that would take forever. One of the best and toughest I knew. I’m really hurt and sad over this one. I just wish the info got out sooner. Any family or friends that knew him, please contact me regarding his funeral, or if its already happened, where I need to go to pay my support and honor my fallen brother. docjolivettte@gmail.com thank you

  20. Docjolivette says:

    we use to. But as we got there, there was a change where SEAL became a new profession, or SO for special operator. So yes, he still had his HM skills and was sent to the medical training to be a SEAL medic. But funny story and so like Dennis, he was also integrated with the Army and other special opps. But Dennis being Dennis, thought the PT was to weak and boring cause he was in so much better shape then them all he thought it was a waste of time. So everyday during PT he would go to (usually) Starbucks and study for upcoming tests. This school is no joke by any means, but they found out (got ratted by some Army complainers) and was dropped from this very hard medical school that pretty much makes you a PA. So he got dropped from the school (18 DELTA) and this sounds bad but its actually funny if you knew Dennis. But once a Corpsman, always a Corpsman even with the changed nec and job of SO

  21. Mark Robbins says:

    I did not know Denis Miranda, but it is good to hear the good things about our servicemen. Blake McLendon is my brother in law. I am profoundly saddened for every lose that day. rnrnI am a Marine Corps Veteran, a Law Enforcement Officer and Tactical Medic. Thank everyone of you for your service.rnrnGod Bless and be safe.

  22. Mark Robbins says:

    I did not know Denis Miranda, but it is good to hear the good things about our servicemen. Blake McLendon is my brother in law. I am profoundly saddened for every lose that day. rnrnI am a Marine Corps Veteran, a Law Enforcement Officer and Tactical Medic. Thank everyone of you for your service.rnrnGod Bless and be safe.

  23. robert s. says:

    I was 8404, and eventually 8425 (sfidc) and now, thanks to the NAV, work as an RN, and never regret it.My corpsman and later health services tech in coast guard, training has put me head and shoulders above most 2 or 4 yr traditional RNs. If you need to leave a nurse on his/her own in any environment, you can’t do much better than an independent duty type.nWe had a SEAL in my field med class, and he was a HOOT, scary strong, quiet, covered with scars (this was 1977 children) and caught rattle snakes like normal people catch a cold!nnRemember the gunny in one class chiding him for having the angled cammo cap, called it “hot dogging”nwell, ALL of us knew that this SEAL had the brassiest balls in the room, and the gunny was probably just intimidated.noh well- my digression is closed-nI salute you Denis Miranda, and the other men who are cut from the same hugely rare cloth.nrobert