Md. Navy SEAL to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

A Navy SEAL from Edgewater is to be laid to rest this week at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks of Edgewater was among seven Americans and four Afghans killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan, during a firefight with insurgents last month.

The Aug.16 incident was one of the deadliest air disasters in the nearly 11-year-old war.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting down the helicopter. NATO officials said last month that they were investigating the cause of the crash, but that initial indications were that it had not been shot down.

The 28-year-old Feeks, who was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group One out of Coronado, Calif., was the eighth service member from Maryland to die this year and the seventh killed in Afghanistan.

Feeks enlisted in the Navy in March 2006 and was assigned to SEAL Team Three in May 2008. He deployed to Afghanistan last December.

He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and 2010. His awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Viewings will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home in Edgewater. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel near Arlington National Cemetery, where Feeks will be laid to rest.

Feeks leaves his parents, Thomas and Virginia, and his wife, Emily.

Americans also killed in the crash, according to defense officials, were Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, of Des Moines, Wash.; Sgt. Richard A. Essex, 23, of Kelseyville, Calif.; Sgt. Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, Fla.; Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N. A. Krause, 29, of Cathedral City, Calif.; and Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen, 27, of Kentwood, Mich.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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