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.

Comments (6)
  1. Lieut Dan's Aunt says:

    sadly, another of new england’s sons & daughters has given the last full measure in the service of his country. thank you kevin houston for your bravery and sacrifice. to his family and friends, i mourn your loss. dad was a navy vet ww2, and a nephew served 2 tours in iraq. we are all the poorer for not having kevin with us. mission accomplished brave young man. you and your comrades may stand down. salute and tears from a grateful nation. too many angels in heaven

  2. lynne says:

    i extent my condolences…god bless.

  3. Maverick says:

    As a former Marine, I salute you, sir. May you rest in peace and forever watch over us at the right hand of God. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

  4. P. Adams says:

    This is a huge loss. I remember camping in the White Mountains with Kevin as part of the BBBS and I remember him being in a small handful of kids that wanted to go to the to of Mount Adams or Mount Jefferson (I can’t recall which one) on one of the hikes when most of the party stopped at the foothills for the day. I also recall him wearing the olive army jacket and other camouflage fatigues as an early teen and always being a great kid. The Armed Forces wasn’t a job or a career but a calling for him and I am sure like as a young teen he was good at it and a great role model and leader. What a great loss this is and not just for his family and friends but for the whole world.

  5. Danny says:

    As a retired master Chief Petty Officer, I salute your sacrifice and honor. Fair winds and following seas, my brother. God has one of the most elite men in his presence now. To his family, thank you for giving us such a great man.

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