Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian R Bill

The morning of August 6th 2011 changed my life forever. It was the day my little brother, Brian, was killed in Afghanistan. On that day, not only did I lose one of my best friends, but our nation lost a truly incredible American Hero.

Brian was a remarkably gifted, thoughtful, and compassionate young man. He loved life; he loved a challenge; and he was passionate about being a SEAL. Brian was incredibly brave and determined, and through hard work, developed skills and talents that offered him amazing opportunities. He was an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot, and triathlete, amongst a wide variety of other interests. Brian was also gifted with a fierce sense of humor, compassion and loyalty.

Brian loved and respected his SEAL teammates. He loved his country, the people who live in it and the freedoms we all share. He was truly special, not only to our family, but to our country.

Brian not only inspired me – he inspired anyone who ever met him. It is our goal to pass this inspiration along  to others – especially to the “Little Warriors” who live among us.  We believe Brian’s legacy will motivate these children to achieve greatness in whatever they pursue and honor Brian for years to come.

Here are a few photo’s of Brian doing the things he loved.

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Bio:  Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian R Bill

Brian was born on August 23, 1979 in Stamford, CT. He graduated from Trinity Catholic High School and then attended Norwich University.  He graduated in May 2001 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL.

In December 2001, he entered BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training, one of the most grueling and demanding training programs in the world. Upon graduation from BUDS, Brian continued on to Advanced SEAL Qualification Training where he excelled.

Brian was assigned to his first permanent duty station, a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach, VA, from June 2003 to July 2007. As a US Navy SEAL, Brian completed numerous deployments around the world in support of the Global War on Terrorism. In July 2007, he began a rigorous selection and training course with Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). Nine months after successfully completing this rigorous process, Brian was assigned to one of the Development Group teams – one of our nation’s most elite fighting forces. 

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Brian Bill was a highly decorated combat veteran with numerous awards, including the Bronze Star Medal with Valor (4), including one for extraordinary heroism, Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (2), Presidential Unit Citation (2), Navy Unit Commendation, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and numerous other personal and unit decorations.

On 6 August 2011, a Chinook helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan taking the lives of 38 people on board. Brian was one of 17 SEALs aboard that helicopter. He was 31 years old. Brian rests in Arlington National Cemetery alongside many of his teammates who also perished in action on that day.