2 SEALs killed in Iraq by small-arms fire


By Andrew Scutro – Staff writer
Posted : Friday Feb 8, 2008 8:00:05 EST

NORFOLK, Va.—Two Navy SEALs based in Hampton Roads were killed Monday by small-arms fire in Iraq, according to an announcement from the Defense Department.

Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Nathan H. Hardy, 29, of Durham, N.H., and Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Michael E. Koch, 29, of State College, Pa., were remembered by their commanding officer as “great Americans” in a statement released Tuesday by Naval Special Warfare Group 2 in Little Creek.

Both served in East Coast-based teams during their careers. Both wore Bronze Stars in addition to numerous awards and decorations. Koch was engaged to be married. Hardy leaves a wife and son