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The Department of Defense on Tuesday identified the two SEALs whose bodies were recovered in Afghanistan earlier this week, days after they went missing.

The men were part of a four-person, Navy Special Forces unit that came under attack in the Kunar province on June 28 and lost contact with U.S. forces. A MH-47 helicopter sent into the area later that day to search for the unit was shot down by a rocket-propelled grenade, killing all 16 servicemembers aboard.

The SEALs were Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo., and Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.

Dietz was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two out of Virginia, while Murphy was assigned to SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One out of Hawaii.

Navy officials said their bodies were recovered during a search and rescue mission following the helicopter crash.

A third sailor from the Special Forces unit has been found alive and reunited with U.S. forces. The fourth sailor’s whereabouts are still unknown, defense officials said.

On Tuesday, Pentagon officials said they would not release further details of the search for the final missing sailor, citing security concerns about ongoing operations in the area.


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