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Body of fallen sailor killed in Iraq returns home

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The body of a Navy explosives expert killed in northern Iraq returned to San Diego early Friday morning.

Coronado-based Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan's body arrived at Lindbergh Field and was led by the California Highway Patrol in a procession to  the Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary in Hillcrest.
Finan, 34, suffered fatal wounds from the blast of an improvised explosive device Oct. 20, according to a Navy statement. The Anaheim native was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3 in Coronado.
"The entire Navy Expeditionary Combat Command family offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and loved ones of the sailor we lost,'' said Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command/NECC Pacific.
Finan's death is the fourth since U.S. forces began helping the Iraqi Army fight ISIS. The toll includes Marine Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin of Temecula, who died in March; Coronado-based Navy SEAL Charlie Keating IV, a petty officer first class killed in May; and Army Delta Force Master Sgt. Josh Wheeler, who died last year in a raid that freed around 70 hostages.

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A private funeral service for Finan is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sacred Heart Church in Coronado. A procession will follow to Miramar National Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest.

Finan entered the U.S. Navy Aug. 26, 2003, and during his service received 18 awards, which included: Navy Marine Corps Commendation with Combat V, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon (two), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal Rifle Expert Medal and Pistol Expert Medal.

He obtained the following qualifications during his military career: Master explosive ordnance disposal, expeditionary warfare specialist, naval parachutist, enlisted surface warfare specialist and diver.

He leaves behind a wife and a seven-year-old son.


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