Douangdara, John, MA1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MA-2005-Dog Handler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
2008-2011, MA-2005, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)
Service Years
2003 - 2011
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Two Hash Marks

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
South Sioux City
Last Address
Wardak province, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Aug 06, 2011
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 60 Site 9926

 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms

 Unofficial Badges 

Gold Star

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 Ribbon Bar
Enlisted Expeditionary Warfare Specialist Badge
Naval Parachutist Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2003, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US NavyNAS SigonellaNaval Submarine Support Center/Command (NSSC)Naval Special Warfare  Group 1 (NSWG-1), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)
  2003-2003, MA-0000, NAS Hampton Roads
  2003-2006, MA-0000, Command Administrative Department, NAS Sigonella
  2006-2008, MA-0000, NSSC New London, Naval Submarine Support Center/Command (NSSC)
  2008-2011, MA-2005, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 (NSWG-1), Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2010-2010 OEF - Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
  2011-2011 OEF - Afghanistan/Transition I (2011-14)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His 1st Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as a Combat Assault Dog Handler for a Joint Task Force in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 26 October 2008 to 10 February 2009. During this period, Petty Officer Second Class Douangdara displayed great courage and leadership while conducting direct action missions. He was always at the front of the patrol, exposing himself and his dog to enemy threats. On the night of 25 November 2008, Petty Officer Second Class Douangdara played a key and heroic role while conducting the infiltration into an objective compound. His assault element came under heavy direct small arms fire from a determined enemy force. Continuing to maneuver under heavy enemy small arms fire, Petty Officer Second Class Douangdara and his combat assault dog positioned themselves to assist with entry into the enemy held compound. When the call came that there was a barricaded shooter situation unfolding internal to the compound buildings, he moved again under direct and heavy enemy fire to the threshold of the building. Petty Officer Second Class Douangdara subsequently engaged the enemy combatant with small arms fire, effectively ending the engagement. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Petty Officer Second Class Douangdara reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
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