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Navy Veteran Killed In Thousand Oaks Shooting Had Survived Las Vegas Shooting
Navy veteran Telemachus Orfanos survived last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people, but on Wednesday night he was gunned down in another shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks, California.
Orfanos served as a sonar technician surface seaman from June 2011 until December 2013, according to his official Navy record. After completing his training in anti-submarine warfare, he served aboard the Military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Able from April until December 2013.
He left the Navy as an E-3 and his awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, and Pistol Marksmanship Ribbon.
His father Marc told the Washington Post that the younger Orfanos enjoyed going to shooting ranges while in the Navy. When his son moved back with his parents afterward, he asked if he could keep a gun in the house but they said no, Marc Orfanos told the newspaper.
“My take is that if there’s a gun in the house, there’s always a possibility of an accident, or of suicide,” Marc Orfanos said. “It increases the odds.”
Telemachus Orfanos also loved country music, and that is why he was attending the Oct. 1, 2017 Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire at the crowd, his father told National Public Radio.
Marc Orfanos said his son was traumatized by the shooting, during which he helped carry severely wounded people out of the kill zone, the Washington Post reported.
Susan Orfanos has made an emotional appeal for gun control legislation in the aftermath of her son’s death.
“My son was in Las Vegas with a lot of his friends and he come home,” she told ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate. “He didn’t come home last night, and I don’t want prayers; I don’t want thoughts; I want gun control and I hope to God nobody else sends me any more prayers. I want gun control. No more guns.”
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.
ROCKFORD — Delta Force sniper Sgt. First Class James P. McMahon's face was so badly battered and cut, "he looked like he was wearing a fright mask" as he stood atop a downed Black Hawk helicopter and pulled free the body of a fellow soldier from the wreckage.
That's the first description of McMahon in the book by journalist Mark Bowden called "Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War." It is a detailed account of the horrific Battle of the Black Sea fought in the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. It claimed the lives of 18 elite American soldiers.
Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher will retire as a chief petty officer now that President Donald Trump has restored his rank.
"Before the prosecution of Special Warfare Operator First Class Edward Gallagher, he had been selected for promotion to Senior Chief, awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor, and assigned to an important position in the Navy as an instructor," a White House statement said.
"Though ultimately acquitted on all of the most serious charges, he was stripped of these honors as he awaited his trial and its outcome. Given his service to our Nation, a promotion back to the rank and pay grade of Chief Petty Officer is justified."
The announcement that Gallagher is once again an E-7 effectively nullifies the Navy's entire effort to prosecute Gallagher for allegedly committing war crimes. It is also the culmination of Trump's support for the SEAL throughout the legal process.
On July 2, military jurors found Gallagher not guilty of premeditated murder and attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a wounded ISIS fighter to death and opening fire at an old man and a young girl on separate occasions during his 2017 deployment to Iraq.