David John Warsen
Special Warfare Operator Second Class
Class of 2004
David graduated from East Kentwood High School in Kentwood, Michigan in May of 2004. While attending East Kentwood, he focused all of his athletic career on soccer. He made the varsity team as a junior and earned a top spot as defender on the back line. He was part of a special group of guys that were very skilled and successful. Their success helped East Kentwood soccer become the power house it is today. He went on to continue his education and play soccer at Davenport University and Aquinas College. David was always very athletic, and he thrived at any sport he tried. He loved playing pick-up basketball with close friends and family. He enjoyed camping, lifting, and fishing on his uncle John's boat. He was a beast of a man with a loving heart and whatever he set his mind to, he accomplished it with ease.
David enlisted in the United States Navy on March 10, 2009. He graduated form Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois on May 8 2009. He then graduated from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL School in Coronado, California on March 26, 2010 with Class 279. David was assigned to a West Coast based SEAL team in October 2010. This is where he met his wonderful fianc'ee Karlyn Deveau, who he planned to marry on December 8th 2012. In December 2011, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
David's awards and decorations include Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service, Deployment Ribbon, the NATO Service Medal, Expert Rifle Marksmanship Medal and the Expert Pistol Marksmanship Medal.
Petty Officer Second Class David John Warsen was killed on a mission when his helicopter was tragically shot down, northeast of Kandarhar, Afghanistan on August 16, 2012. He was one of 11 whom lost their lives that day.