According to the San Diego Union Tribune, Chief Petty Officer Christian Michael Pike, assigned to a Coronado-based Navy unit, died of his injuries from a fire fight in Afghanistan. He was being treated for those injuries after he was evacuated to Landstuhl Hospital in Germany.
His mother, Diana Pike, posted on Facebook that Pike was shot in the head during a firefight, suffering immediate brain death. She wrote that he was part of a five-man team fighting 16 to 18 enemy troops. Despite a 10-hour battle, Pike received life-saving measures from teammate Ben Pitassi, and was evacuated by helicopter to Germany. About half of the combatants who attacked U.S. forces were killed in the battle, Pike wrote.
“Christian was so proud to be a Navy Chief with the SW Special Ops group and he was living honorably a life he chose. He wouldn’t have it any other way and neither would I,” Diana Pike wrote. “Christian lived every day, fully and with joy in his heart. He was beautiful, compassionate, honorable, happy and he loved his friends, family, and Navy brothers and sisters with all his heart.”
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