Jonas Kelsall

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Shreveport, LA

Branch of Service: Navy (NSWDG)

Rank: Lieutenant Commander

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall died in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down. Kelsall, was one of the first members of SEAL Team 7. His decoration include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars with Combat ‘V’ device for valor, and so many others that they cannot all be listed here.

He wasn’t what you’d picture a SEAL being like. Of course, he was always in phenomenal shape, but WOW, did he have an incredible sense of humor and an amazing outlook on life. He LOVED to laugh, and would stage elaborate practical jokes on friends and family just for a chance at a good-natured laugh-fest.

“He traveled the world and sought out adventure everywhere he went. He was a romantic and loved his wife with everything he had. He was devoted to family and friends. He was constantly reading to learn more about the world around him, so he could defend his position in a heated debate, and still laugh at the end of it,” remembers his sister Kim.

Age: 32

Date of Death: August 06, 2011

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