DES MOINES, Wash. - Eleven people were killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on August 16th. Seven of the victims were U.S. service members.
The tragedy deeply impacted a local family. Fran Carson of Renton was notified that her 32-year-old son, Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean Carson, died in the crash.
Ed Laggert is the fallen naval officer's uncle, and he remembers his nephew as 'the best of the best."
"I couldn’t believe how fine of a man he grew up to be," said Laggart.
Carson's family knew him as a devoted dad to 4-year-old Leila and a loving husband to wife Nicole. What Carson did not always share were details about the missions that made him a decorated naval officer. He was trained to dispose of explosives. He worked with an elite team that often focused on special operations, according to Senior Chief John Groat.
"I want him to be remembered as a person who served our country well, and I hope he is remembered as the warrior that he was," said Laggart.
Carson's wife and child live in Hawaii. Many of his family members live in King County.
The Taliban said they shot down the helicopter, but NATO officers said the cause of the crash is still under investigation.