A northeast Philadelphia family is mourning the death of one of the Navy SEALs killed in the crash of a helicopter shot down in eastern Afghanistan late Friday.
Relatives of 25-year-old Petty Officer First Class Michael Strange says military officials came to their home in the city’s Mayfair section Saturday to tell them of his death.
They described him as a friendly, funny person who decided in high school to join the military. His father told CBS-3 that he “went right up the ladder.”
His mother, Elizabeth Strange, tells The Associated Press that her son always told her not to worry about him.
His brother, Charles III, says he loved the physical and competitive aspects of military life.
He last visited in June and was supposed to return for Thanksgiving.