Navy Seal Dies In Training: 31-Year-Old William Blake Marston From NH Dies In Tragic Accident

January 16, 2015 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Navy SEAL dies at the age of 31, prompting many to take to social networking sites to honor and thank him for his service to this great country. Last week, William Blake Marston, a Navy SEAL died during a skydiving training accident in Florida. It is believed that a part of the Navy SEAL’s parachute detached before he plummeted more than 60 feet to his death.

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Navy SEAL dies as he trained in Florida with other members of the United States Navy. On Saturday, January 10th, at the age of 31, William Blake Marston also known as Blake Marston passed away.

Mr Marston was taking part in a military parachute training exercise in DeLand, Florida when the fatal accident took place. According to a statement issued by Lieutenant David Lloyd, a U.S. Navy spokesman, Marston was teaching other Navy personnel how to skydive.

A man named Jose Camacho, who witnessed the accident, claimed that something flew off the Navy SEAL’s parachute moments before he jumped off the plane. He told the authorities:

“I saw something fly off Marston’s parachute as he was in free fall between 40 to 60 feet above ground.”

Marston, a petty officer 1st Class SEAL, who was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team and had served in the Navy for six years, fell more than 60 feet. Paramedics found Martson unconscious with a broken leg and rapidly took him to Florida Hospital DeLand where he was pronounced dead.

Lloyd of Naval Special Warfare also presented his condolences to the Navy SEAL’s family and friends. The SEAL said:

“The entire Naval Special Warfare community extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of our teammate, Blake. He will be missed by all who knew him.”

Bill Marston, the father of the U.S. Navy SEAL, spoke to local media, where he explained that his son died doing what he loved. Marston added:

“He was very competitive. He expected a lot of himself.”

Marston attended the Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire and graduated in 2001. In 2007, he graduated from Stonehill College in Easton, where he studied criminology, studio arts, and played on the school’s baseball team.

He completed the SEAL training in 2009. Since 2005, there has been a total of 8 skydivers, who have lost their lives in DeLand.

The Navy SEAL will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Hundreds of people have taken to Twitter and Facebook to thank him for his service. The group Navy SEALs Fund wrote:

“RIP Warrior. Please keep Navy SEAL William “Blake” Marston’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers….”

Senator Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire stated:

“I join all NH citizens in mourning loss of William “Blake” Marston & honoring his distinguished service to our nation.”

Governor Maggie Hassan took to Facebook where she shared some positive thoughts with the family:

“Blake Marston represented the very best of New Hampshire’s long tradition of service, dedicating himself to protecting his fellow citizens and defending the enduring concept of freedom that is our very core. Tom and I join all Granite Staters in mourning, and we send our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.”

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  1. bob says:

    that’s sad

  2. Bill Marslender says:

    I have know two Seals killed in skydiving training but did not
    know Blake. Wonder how many have died in actual combat skydiving.

    Training seem more dangerous than diving in an actual situation.

    Good people have lost their lives and leaves a hug void in there

    RIP Blake, We thank you for your service.

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