The naval community is in mourning following the passing of former Senior Chief, Douglas “Mike” Day, who was awarded the Silver Star after he sustained 27 gunshots during his deployment to Iraq in 2007.
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A Naval Special Warfare Command spokesperson released a statement saying: “His courage and grit formed the standard we uphold in the community today, and we will always remember his service to the special operations community.”
Task & Purpose first reported on the passing of Day, who was serving as assault force commander for Naval Special Warfare Task Unit-Fallujah when he and his team were tasked with capturing a high-ranking member of al-Qaida.
Day was the first of his team to enter the room where enemy insurgents were located and engaged in heavy automatic weapons fire. Despite sustaining multiple gunshot wounds, Day continued to engage the enemy, eliminating three enemy personnel without injury to the women and children present. His leadership and mental clarity in the face of his injuries ensured the success of the mission, which resulted in the destruction of four enemy personnel, and the recovery of sensitive United States military equipment and valuable intelligence concerning enemy activity in the area.
Day was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart in addition to the Silver Star for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action.” His military awards and decorations demonstrate his incredible bravery, and his contribution to the Navy is held in the highest regard.
Day’s memoir, “Perfectly Wounded,” sheds light on his journey with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury due to his military service. Despite the challenges he faced, he continued to advocate for wounded warriors as a testament to his character and service.
Day’s legacy will continue to inspire future generations of servicemen and women, and his unwavering commitment to his country will always be remembered.