Brian Robert BILL

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BILL, Chief Petty Officer Brian Robert, 31, of Virginia Beach, Va., was killed in action August 6, 2011, in Wardak province, eastern Afghani-stan. Born August 23, 1979, in Stamford, Conn., he was the son of Dr. Michael and Patricia Parry of Stamford and Scott Bill of Sarasota, Fla. Chief Special Warfare Operator Bill was an Eagle Scout, graduated from Trinity Catholic High School and Stamford and Norwich University, Norwich, Vt., with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. In June 2001, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL. After Basic Training in Great Lakes, Ill., he attended Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif. In 2003, he was designated as a SEAL and assigned to an east coast SEAL Team based in Virginia Beach, Va. During his career, he was decorated with the following personal awards, three Bronze Stars with Valor, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals. Brian was a skilled fly-fisherman, skier and skydiver. He was an accomplished mountaineer with successful summits of Aconcagua in Argentina and Mount Elbrus in Russia. He had completed several marathons and obtained his commercial pilot's license. He independently studied Russian and became fluent in French. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother, Betty Hardiman; brother, Christian Bill; sister, Amy Kutney and her husband, Chad, and their daughter, Ryder; sister, Andrea Sholes and her husband, Christopher, and their daughter, Kyra; sister, Kerry Welch; sister, Tessa Bill; brother, Morgan Bill; aunt, Anne Goebel and her husband, James; aunt, Sharon Davis; uncle, Thomas Davis and his wife, Joanne; aunt, Maureen Corcoran; aunt, Mary Sikes and her husband, John; uncle, Jeffrey Davis; 12 cousins, Jay Goebel, Kate Noell and her husband, Hunter, Martha Goebel, Molly Goebel, Gregory Davis, Julia Davis, Sophia Davis, Johnny Sikes, Bennett Sikes and Kitt Sikes; uncle, Stephen and his wife, Sue Parry; great-uncle, Monsignor William Nagle; and great-uncle, Dr. and Mrs. John Nagle, and their children, John, Jeffrey, Brian, Kathleen, Kerry, and their families. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint Cecilia Church, 1184 Newfield Ave., Stamford, Conn., with funeral arrangements to be announced. Leo P. Gallagher & Sons Funeral Home will handle the arrangements. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Navy SEAL Foundation at navysealfoundation.org or to Norwich University in his name for a scholarship to be named later. To leave an online condolence please visit www.leop gallagherstamford.com

Published in TBO.com from Aug. 11 to Aug. 12, 2011
Brian R. Bill
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