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August 6, 2011


SOC (SEAL) Brian Bill


Stamford, Connecticut


August 23, 1979


August 6, 2011

Entered Service:

July 2001


Brian deployed multiple times to both Iraq and Afghanistan.


SEAL Team 4, Naval Special Warfare Development Group


He graduated from Naval Aviation Technical Training Command in Pensacola, Fla., in November 2001 and Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training in Coronado, Calif., in November 2002. He joined his East Coast-based SEAL team in June 2003.

Awards & Decorations:

Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with combat ‘V’ device for valor; Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Rifle Expert Medal and Pistol Expert Medal.

Survived By:

Brian is survived by his parents, Dr. Michael and Patricia Parry, father, Scott Bill, grandmother, Betty Hardiman, brothers, Christian and Morgan, sisters, Amy Kutney and Andrea Sholes and their husbands, sisters, Kerry Welch and Tessa Bill, and aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Brian was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT and Norwich University in Norwich, VT with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Brian was a skilled fly-fisherman, skier and skydiver. He was an accomplished mountaineer with successful summits of Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia. He had completed several marathons and obtained his commercial pilot’s license. He independently studied Russian and became fluent in French. SOC Bill was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including SOC Bill.

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