KIA August 16, 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Mobile Unit based out of San Diego, California
Navy EOD1 Sean Carson died August 16, 2012 when the Black Hawk helicopter he was traveling in was shot down during a firefight with insurgents in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Also killed were Navy SO1 (SEAL) Patrick Feeks, Navy SO2 (SEAL) David Warsen, Army CWO3 Brian Hornsby, Army CWO2 Suresh Krause, Army SGT Richard Essex, and Army SGT Luis Galbreath. The rest of the team on a second Black Hawk landed nearby and for five hours engaged the enemy while recovering the remains of their fallen comrades.
Sean Carson grew up in Des Moines, Washington. After having some run-ins with the law, Sean decided that he wanted to turn his life around. After talking with a recruiter, he earned his GED and joined the Navy in May 1999. “He was a big, shy kid,” said his father, Pat Carson. “When he first joined, he wanted to be a SEAL.” He was recognized by his superior officers as being a good kid and after ten years, Sean became an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Tech in 2009 supporting Naval Special Warfare units. After several tours as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, Sean selflessly volunteered to fill a critical manpower gap and was assigned as an EOD team leader deploying to Afghanistan. During this deployment from December 2011 to August 2012, Sean received the Bronze Star with Valor for his heroic achievements in connection with combat operations against the enemy.
Although his list of accomplishments were extensive, it wasn’t all that Sean Carson was. As his father had noted, Sean was a father and husband, dedicated to his family above all else. “When his daughter was born, that’s when he really changed his attitude about things,” said Pat. “He was focused in a different direction. His daughter was his entire life.”
EOD1 Sean Carson was 32 years old from Des Moines, Washington
Original portrait was presented August 25, 2014 to his parents during a special event in Cupertino, California