SOCS Thomas John Valentine “Tommy V” served 18 ½ years as a US Navy SEAL. On February 13, 2008, he died during HAHO training in Arizona, while preparing for his 10th deployment in support of OEF and OIF.
In June 1998, Tom screened for and passed the demanding and intense six-month training program at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). He served with distinction during a demanding 10 year tour at NSWDG, where he excelled as both an operator and a leader. His performance across the full spectrum of SEAL operations was marked with incredible enthusiasm for the job, the highest degree of commitment to the SEAL Teams, and a sense of duty to be emulated by all. Tom was a brilliant leader who inspired everyone around him.
During his service, Tom was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with “V” for valor, two Joint Service Commendations Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Combat Action Ribbons, and numerous other medals and awards.