Chad M. Wilkinson

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: VA Beach, VA

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy

Rank: Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)

Chad Wilkinson left college early to enlist in the Navy, following in the footsteps of an uncle and his father – both SEALs. He graduated from BUD/s in 1996 and served over 20 years of active duty with Seal Team 8 and Seal Team 6. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor, Navy Commendation Medal, and many more. Unfortunately, due to the effects of Blast Wave Injuries and multiple traumatic brain injuries, Wilkinson lost his battle with the invisible wounds, taking his life in 2018.

A respectful son, loyal brother, and the best of friends to his wife, Sara, Chad was a dedicated family man and a leader who chased big goals and always excelled. He truly lived, “The tip of the spear.”

“We honor his life and legacy by choosing to share his struggle and making a dedicated choice to ‘Live Big,’” recalled his wife, Sara.

Age: 43

Date of Death: October 29, 2018

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