Navy SEAL Michael Strange Killed In Afghanistan Honored At Softball Game In Fishtown

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A memorial softball game was played in the Fishtown section of the city Friday night to honor Michael Strange, one of the Navy SEALs killed when a helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan one week ago.

The game pitted a team named SEAL Team 6 versus a group of North Catholic Alumni, where Michael Strange had graduated high school in 2004, just two months before starting his military career.

His family was escorted to the game by an Honor Guard in addition to members of the Warriors Watch. Upon arrival, a moment of silence was observed, before Strange’s father threw out a ceremonial first pitch.

Father Jack, a teacher at North Catholic thought the ceremony would help the community to heal.

“Its helps in their healing, but also it helps them to make sense of this crazy time we live in. That young men and women continue to serve their country, fight for freedom, and ultimately give their lives.”

A Facebook page set up in memory of Michael Strange had reached over 9,000 friends within a few days of being set up.

Reported By Dan Wing, KYW Newsradio; CBS 3

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  • Ghost61

    Why does the local Philadelphia media continue to report Michael Strange as a Navy SEAL? Michael Strange was not a Navy SEAL. He was a Cryptologist Technician assigned to SEAL Team 6. Please see the Official DOD Press Release at:

    In this release Navy SEALS are clearly identified with the job description of “Special Warfare Operator” and (SEAL). See example below.
    Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
    Michael Strange was support not a SEAL.
    Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.
    All Special Operations units need support personnel. Their operators (like SEALs) need them to conduct their missions. Cooks, supply clerks, vehicle mechanics and other support personnel can be assigned to Special Operations units but that does not make them Special Forces or SEALs. Michael Strange was a support person assigned to the Navy SEALs. This is a very important distinction and it is unfair to actual Navy SEALS to identify someone that did not earn the Trident and was not a SEAL as a SEAL. This does not minimize the sacrifice that Michael Strange made for his Country but it should be clarified that Michael was not a SEAL. He was support personnel assigned to a SEAL Team.

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