The Sioux City Journal has reported that John Douangdara was among those who died during an anti-Taliban operation in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan.
Douangdara, 26, was a Master at Arms, Class 1 and a lead dog handler for the elite Navy SEAL unit. Other members of his unit had been involved in the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. He was a 2003 graduate of South Sioux City High School.
The United States Navy's Sea, Air and Land Teams, commonly known as Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's principal special operations force.
My condolences go to his friends and family.