Stephen Matthew Mills

Stephen Matthew Mills

Age: 35
Branch: USN
Rank(s): OS2, OS1, SOC
Unit(s): ST3, NSWDG
Station: Oceana, VA

Fallen on: 06 August 2011
Location: Afghanistan
Era: Global War on Terror

Medals & Commendations: Two Bronze Star Medals with ‘V’ device for valor; Joint Service Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor; Joint Service Achievement Medal; four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals (one with “V” device for valor); Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation with “O” device; four Good Conduct Medals; National Defense Service Medal; two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals; three Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; seven Sea Service Deployment Ribbons; Rifle Marksmanship Medal; and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Hometown: Arlington, TX

SOC Mills was killed on August 6, 2011 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan when insurgents shot down a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, callsign Extortion 17. The greatest single-incident loss in Naval Special Warfare history, Extortion 17 is remembered for the 30 American lives lost, including SOC Mills.