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US Service Member Killed in Syria Was Navy EOD Tech | Military.com

US Service Member Killed in Syria Was Navy EOD Tech | Military.com

The first American service member to die fighting the Islamic State in Syria was a decorated and highly experienced Navy explosive ordnance disposal specialist.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, died Nov. 24, killed by wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast in northern Syria, Navy officials said in a news release. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The blast occurred in the vicinity of Ayn Issa, near the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, where U.S. troops are working with local forces to retake the city.

Source: US Service Member Killed in Syria Was Navy EOD Tech | Military.com