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Chief Petty Officer From Coronado Unit Dies of Afghanistan Injuries

Christian M. Pike died in Germany while undergoing treatment three days after being struck down in combat.

Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, 31, of Peoria, Ariz., died Wednesday in Germany, three days after he was injured in combat in Afghanistan.

Pike died in Landstuhl, Germany, “as a result of combat-related injuries sustained on March 10,” according to a Thursday news release from the Department of Defense.

He was participating in stability operations in Maiwand District, Afghanistan, the DOD said.  

Pike was part of a Coronado-based Naval Special Warfare team. According to the Los Angeles Times, he was a cryptologic technician, who had been in the Navy since December 2001.

On the SEAL of Honor Facebook page, Pike was wished “fair winds and following seas.”

The @War_Casualties Twitter account posted Pike's photo, while Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tweeted that her state should join her “in prayer” for Pike, his loved ones and Navy peers. 

 

This story has been amended to reflect Pike's correct status in the Navy.

John Galt March 15, 2013 at 07:14 AM
RIP
Ed Sorrels March 15, 2013 at 09:20 PM
Lord, make me fast and accurate. Let my aim be true and my hand faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be “If only I had my gun”; and Lord if today is truly the day that You call me home, let me die in a pile of brass. emper Fi Brother, RIP !
Mike G March 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM
The 2014 withdrawal can't get here soon enough. According to the UT article this shipmate was a stand-up guy through and through. My condolences to his family and comrades. RIP shipmate. You stand relieved.
Ed Sorrels March 16, 2013 at 01:04 AM
We need to get our people out of this sewer pipe, They don't want us there their troops are killing our people and now even their idiot president is now saying leave, Give the stupid bastard what he want's bring our troolps home NOW !
Miriam Iosupovici March 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
May his family and loved ones find comfort in time. Ditto to getting out, but for now...

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