Michael “Tatanka” Delane Bearden, Jr

Michael “Tatanka” Delane Bearden, Jr

Age: 27
Branch: USN
Rank(s): PRAN, PR3
Unit: ST5
Station: Coronado, CA

Fallen on: 12 Jul 2000
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Era: Global War on Terror
Campaign: Training

Medals & Commendations: Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, Expert Pistol Medal.

Hometown: Justin, TX

Details:
PR3 Bearden died while challenging the freefall course at Lake Elsinore. After his parachute malfunctioned, he cut away his main chute, but deployed his reserve too quickly, which became tangled in his main.