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.