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WJLA, August 08, 2011

Photos of the Fallen: Americans shot down in Afghanistan

Insurgents shot down a U.S. military helicopter during fighting in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 Americans, most of them belonging to the same elite Navy SEALs unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Matt Mason, 37, was member of Seal Team Six from Kearney, Mo., KMBC-TV reports. He was a married father of two, with a third child on the way. “Badly wounded in the infamous Battle of Fallujah, Mason had worked his way back into the sort of elite shape required by the elite military unit,” The Omaha World-Herald reports. The Kearney Courier newspaper adds Mason graduated from his local high school in 1992 and from Northwest Missouri State University in 1998.