Killed Des Moines Sailor Sean Carson was ‘A Wonderful Son’

Des Moines resident Sean P. Carson, killed in Afghanistan last week.

The mother of a sailor from Des Moines who was killed last week in Afghanistan told Portland television station KATU that her son’s dream was to be in the Navy.

“He knew probably his entire life that he wanted to be in the military,” Fran Carson told KATU.

Petty Officer 1st Class Sean P. Carson enlisted in 1999 and was assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit.

Fran Carson said her son worried about her worrying when he was deployed, so he didn’t tell her the details of what he did each day.

“I’ve found out so many wonderful things about my son the last three days,” she said. “It’s incredible for a mother to hear all those wonderful things. How brave he was. They said he was a warrior.”

Sean Carson was one of seven Americans killed when a U.S. military helicopter crashed Aug. 16 during a firefight with insurgents in a remote area of southern Afghanistan.

Fran Carson said her son had a great sense of humor and always had a smile when he came home to visit while he was on leave.

“He was a wonderful son,” Fran Carson said. “He was a wonderful father to his daughter.”

His commanding officer said Carson left his unit with a “lasting legacy.”

“Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Carson was humble, talented and a dedicated combat-proven sailor,” said Commander Charles Andrews, commanding officer of the mobile unit. “His commitment to his team and the mission was on full display every day. He has left a lasting legacy here at Mobile Unit 3.”

Carson enlisted in the Navy in 1999 and graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. His other military assignments include Fleet Readiness Center Southwest Detachment in Point Mugu, Calif.; Patrol Squadron 4 in Kaneohe, Hawaii; Naval explosive disposal ordinance school at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; and Training and Evaluation Unit 1 in San Diego.

He has been with his unit since March 2009.

“Carson loved his job and was at peace with himself when helping other people,” said Andrews. “He enjoyed being able to assist with the stabilization of Afghanistan while at the same time providing security for America. Carson was a true warrior and an American hero. We have lost a real shipmate, and our prayers go out to his family.”

Carson is survived by his wife, one daughter, and his parents.


4 Responses to “Killed Des Moines Sailor Sean Carson was ‘A Wonderful Son’”
  1. Mike E says:

    Rest easy Petty Officer Carson.

  2. Jerry Rivera says:

    Wow. I had the honor of working with him when we were stationed together at VP4 in Hawaii. Always smiling, always helping his fellow shipmates. You will be missed. R.I.P. brother. Your fellow Parachute Riggers will miss you.

    • Bev says:

      Amen, I echo the thoughts of Jerry. From a fellow PR and LPO of the VP-4 Pr shop, on behalf of the VP-4 Pr shop, May God bless you and your family. Thank you for your honorable service.

  3. Pat Nardo says:

    Wearing the uniform of our country, state, county, or city places the burden of a bulls eye on our being. It is not just war that kills or maims but even here at home one police traffic stop can end in the tragedy of a fallen forever policeman. We, as soldiers, go to foreign lands and know the inherent risks, but it is always ‘the other guy” who gets it so we do according to our staions in life. One thing, I think we all feel is a strong sense of mourning for each loss because,ultimately we wear a uniform of brotherhood like no other fraternity. May God bless Petty Officer Sean Carson and bring solace to all of his friends and family during this terrible time. May he join “the other guys”in a heavenly place of honorand today 28 August at 0800 my flag was raised to full and then lowered to half in his memory.

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