VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Department of Defense has confirmed that Navy Photographer's Mate 1st Class (SEAL) David M. Tapper, 32, was fatally wounded Aug. 20 after his convoy made contact with enemy forces in the vicinity of Orgun, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan. He was transported to Bagram Air Base hospital in Afghanistan where he died of his wounds.
Tapper, assigned to a Virginia Beach-based SEAL (SEa, Air, Land) team, was conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
A 13-year Navy and SEAL veteran, Tapper is survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.
Originally from Camden County, N.J., Tapper enlisted in the Navy in November 1989 and entered Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in San Diego and graduated in 1991, Class 172. His awards and decorations include Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), Good Conduct Medal (4 awards) and Meritorious Unit Commendation.
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