The pouring rain on Tuesday was fitting for the occasion: a military funeral was held at Arlington National Cemetery for Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, killed in a training accident in Florida one month ago.
Exactly one week after being awarded the Navy’s third-highest award for valor, the Silver Star, Seif’s helicopter crashed in heavy fog during a training exercise in the Florida panhandle. Among the dead were some of the most highly trained Marines and Army pilots: 11 men from Marine Special Operations Command, knowns as MARSOC, and two pilots and two crewmembers from the Louisiana National Guard.
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The ordeal is a stark reminder of the risks associated with military service that aren’t always on the front lines of the battlefield.
The wives of men killed have traveled together to each funeral service, offering support for each other along the way. They were all present at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday where Staff Sgt. Seif was laid to rest, in Section 60, with others lost fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Seif was also awarded the USO’s Marine of the Year in 2013. He was honored for his heroic actions in the midst of a July 2012 mission in Afghanistan, where he lost his close friend Sgt. Justin Hansen.
By his side for every award ceremony and by his side again Monday was his wife Dawn, who is pregnant with their first child.