VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WBAY) – The U.S. Military has identified the sailor who was killed by an improvised explosive device in Syria.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Va., died on Nov. 24, which was Thanksgiving Day.
“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, said in a statement.
Dayton died from wounds he sustained in an improvised explosive device blast near Ayn Issa in northern Syria. His death marked the first time a U.S. service member had been killed in Syria in the current conflict.
The Department of Defense says he was assigned to an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit based in Virginia Beach.
Dayton entered the U.S. Navy in 1993 and during his service received 19 awards.