VIDEO: Crowds Gather for Slain Coronado-Based Sailor

The public was invited to pay their respects to Finan along this procession route which traveled from 6th Street towards North Island, right on Alameda, right on 4th Street and continued east to the bridge. 

The City of Coronado ordered flags in front of municipal buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Finan.

A San Diego-based U.S. sailor, killed in Iraq, was honored Tuesday by members of the public as his funeral procession traveled from Coronado to Miramar National Cemetery.

Chief Petty Officer Jason Finan, 34, was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack near Ba'shiqah, Iraq on Oct. 20, according to the U.S. Navy.

He was the first U.S. service member to die in combat since the launch of a massive operation to free the city of Mosul from ISIS.

A private service was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Then, the funeral procession traveled from the church to Miramar National Cemetery for a private burial.

The public was invited to pay their respects to Finan along this procession route which traveled from 6th Street towards North Island, right on Alameda, right on 4th Street and continued east to the bridge. 

The City of Coronado ordered flags in front of municipal buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Finan.

Locals told NBC 7 that the Coronado community always comes together to honor fallen service members because the military is so much a part of their community.

Officials with the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command said Finan served 13 years on active duty – entering the U.S. Navy on Aug. 26, 2003.

During his career, Finan received 18 awards, including Navy Marine Corps Commendation with Combat V, Army Commendation Medal and two Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, to name a few.

He was qualified in master explosive ordnance disposal, official said, and was an expeditionary warfare specialist, naval parachutist, enlisted surface warfare specialist and a diver.

Finan lived with his family in Imperial Beach. He is survived by his wife and 7-year old son. 

An online fundraising account has been created to help the family.

 

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