Remembering the Life and Memory of...
Petty Officer 1st Class David M. Tapper
David screened for, and passed, the difficult and demanding seven-month training program at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). He served with distinction during a magnificent tour at NSWDG where he excelled as an operator and Lead Navigator.
The Department of Defence announced today that Petty Officer First Class David M. Tapper, 32, of Camden County, New Jersey, died of wounds received in action August 20, 2003 in Afghanistan.
Often called upon to conduct the most harrowing missions, Tapper took part in the April rescue of wounded POW Jessica Lynch, then helped recover the bodies of nine American soldiers buried near the Iraqi hospital where she was held, according to friends and the Tapper family.
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