BOSTON (CBS) – One of the Navy SEALs killed in the military helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan was a Cape Cod native.
Kevin Houston’s mother said her son was born to be a U.S. Navy SEAL and cherished serving his country. Jan Brown said her son hit the ground running when he was born and never stopped.
“He cared for the underdog, the little guy. He was a leader. He would get people to do anything that came into his mind to do, whether it was right or wrong. He just loved his family,” Brown told WBZ NewsRadio 1030. “You had to be a unique type of personality to be in the group he was in to begin with, and he had that, plus some.”
WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.
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The 36-year-old Houston graduated from Barnstable High School in 1994. He was captain of his football team and also played basketball.
Houston joined the Navy in 1995, soon after graduating. Friends describe him as hard-working, happy-go-lucky, a loyal friend with a big heart and a strong, steady personality.
Houston lived in Virginia with his wife and three children. Friends are hoping to hold a memorial service for Houston on Cape Cod.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.
Friends said that while Houston was a member of SEAL Team 6, he was not among those who raided Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan earlier this year.
Houston’s mother said he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.