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Hundreds Pay Tribute To Navy SEAL



    You could call San Diego Jon Tumilson's second hometown. 

    The Iowa native lived in San Diego for about eight years before moving back East to become a member of SEAL Team 6.  The same team that hunted down and killed 9/11 terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

    "We're immensely proud of him, and we just couldn't say how much he's done for us,"said friend Orlanda Vance.

    On Tuesday, hundreds of friends gathered at Mission Bay for a special tribute to the Navy SEAL by running around Fiesta Island.

    Locals Run to Honor Fallen Navy SEAL

    [DGO] Locals Run to Honor Fallen Navy SEAL
    San Diego was Jon Tumilson's second hometown. The Iowa native lived here for many years as a member of the Navy SEALs. Tumilson was one of 17 SEALs who lost their lives in a chopper crash in Afghanistan. Tony Shin shows a local tribute to a U.S. hero.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011)

    "He loved to run," said friend Kimmie Rouse.

    On August 6, Tumilson, 35, was killed with 21 other Navy SEALs when their Chinook helicopter was brought down by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

    "Several of us have talked about the fact that if you told him you don't go on that helicopter and you can live another 30 or 40 years, he'd have jumped on it anyway,"said friend Mike Rouse.

    Runners Honor Fallen SEAL

    [DGO] Runners Honor Fallen SEAL
    From runners, to walkers and bikers, a couple hundred people gathered on mission bay Tuesday evening in memory of Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson, who passed away in the Afghanistan helicopter crash along with 33 others.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011)

    Tumilson will be buried in his hometown of Rockford, Iowa this Friday.