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Navy SEAL, David Warsen, killed in Afghanistan Blackhawk Crash

All Michigan MLive  August 17, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After every mission, Navy SEAL David Warsen would call his fiancee in San Diego to tell her he was safe.

Thursday, she never got the call.

It was later that day that two Navy members showed up at the hospital where she worked– she worked as a nurse at a neonatal unit — to deliver the devastating news.

Today, relatives of David “Davey” Warsen, an East Kentwood High School graduate, are remembering him as a talented and dedicated Navy SEAL who took pride in serving his country.

Warsen was killed Thursday when a Blackhawk helicopter crashed during a Special Operations mission in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

Ten others also died in the crash, including six other American troops.

Warsen, who had been in the Navy for nearly four years, was expected to return to the states by Oct. 1 when his deployment officially ended, said his grandfather, Duke Warsen.

But David Warsen, 27, believed the deployment could end as early as mid-September. He was sent to Afghanistan in December.

david warsen.jpegCourtesy PhotoDavid Warsen was a U.S. Navy Seal who was planning to get married to his fiancee, Karlyn Deveau, on Dec. 9, said family members on Thursday.

Duke Warsen said his grandson was planning to get married to his fiancee on December 8 in Grandville.

“They were happy as two kids in a candy store,” Duke Warsen said.

He said he spoke with his grandson frequently, maybe twice a week, and often used Skype to communicate.

He knew his grandson was going on a mission, but Warsen said he never knew many details about any operations because that’s the way his grandson wanted it.

“He was very tight-lipped. He didn’t want us to worry. But we could hear in his voice, things were pretty bad over there,” he said.

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