Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas (SEAL) died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom.
John W. Faas 31, of Minneapolis; assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.
"John was always true to himself and never strayed from his morals and values as he grew. He loved literature, travel, good food and wine, his family and friends. He was spiritual and a fierce warrior. He meditated and was always trying to be better and work out harder to be the strongest he possibly could. He was the guy you want your son to hang out with, the guy you would like your daughter to marry, the guy who always had your back.
My children and I were devastated by John’s death and my husband didn’t even get a chance to grieve with us; he was up and out of the country once again because that is what Navy SEALS do.
I knew that we couldn’t go on with our lives without speaking John’s name daily. I needed to show my kids that we could make something good out of this horrible tragedy. For that reason I started the John Faas Memorial Foundation. Now, I get to have his back.
John could have taken any road coming out of high school as he was a Valedictorian, but he chose the warrior road. At the time of his death he was working on getting his bachelor’s in any spare time that he had. It was only natural to choose to have a scholarship in John’s name to be given to a Naval Special Warfare High School Graduate. To give back to a community that he left such an indelible impression on. I will personally make it my top priority to make sure that the recipient of the John Faas Memorial Scholarship has an understanding of the type of person John was.”
John W. Faas BUD/S Class 232 “Hell Week”:
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