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Petty Officer 1st Class Tyler Stimson Died July 16, 2010, while parachuting off a cellphone tower in Suffolk.
Tyler S. Stimson NORFOLK - Born Feb. 22, 1980, son of C. Thomas and Linda (Sevigny) Stimson, Tyler Sevigny Stimson died accidently on July 16, 2010. Tyler, a 1998 Kingswood High School and a 2002 magna cum laude graduate of the University of New Hampshire, enlisted in the Navy and entered the SEAL program. During college, Tyler was a Marine Reservist who graduated OCS at Quantico, Va. As a SEAL, Tyler served several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was when he enlisted in the Navy that he met the love of his life and future wife, Chelsey Joanne Sjolseth. Married Nov. 10, 2007 (U.S. Marine Corps birthday), they and their three dogs made their home in Norfolk.
“Tyler was an exceptional SEAL, teammate, husband, son and brother,” said a senior officer in Stimson’s unit. “His loss will be felt throughout the unit. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stimson family.”

Stimson’s awards and decorations included the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat “V” distinguishing device; two Combat Action Ribbons; the National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; NATO Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Marksmanship medals for both rifle and pistol, and a multitude of personal, unit and campaign decorations.
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