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Connecticut Navy SEAL Among Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Connecticut man was among 30 American troops who died in Afghanistan over the weekend in what officials described as the deadliest single day for U.S. forces in the nearly 10-year-old war.

The Department of Defense released the names of the troops on Thursday.

Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill, 31, a Navy SEAL, grew up in Stamford, Conn., and was based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He and other service members were killed when their transport helicopter was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.

Bill graduated from a Catholic high school in Stamford and attended a private military academy in Vermont before joining the Navy. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Funeral details have not yet been finalized, but friends set up a memorial Facebook page and have organized a candlelight vigil in Stamford in his honor on Saturday.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy ordered the Connecticut and U.S. flags to fly at half staff.

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