Hundreds Line 4th Street for Farewell to Fallen SEAL

The hearse containing the body of Navy SEAL Darrik Benson passes on Fourth Street Monday morning. He died Aug. 6 in an Afghanistan helicopter crash.

The first of two local funeral processions this week to honor Navy SEALs who were killed in an Aug. 6 helicopter crash in Afghanistan took place Monday morning.

Virginia resident Darrik Benson, 28, was one of 30 SEALS and other servicemen who died in the crash, caused by a Taliban insurgent. Benson will be laid to rest at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Pt. Loma.

The procession made its way from North Island Naval Air Station along Fourth Street, where classes from Coronado schools lined the blocks leading up to Orange Avenue.

The procession for another SEAL killed in the attack, Jesse Pittman, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday. He’ll also be interred at Fort Rosecrans. In recent days, services have been taking place throughout the country for those who died.

Benson and Pittman were native Northern Californians. They trained in Coronado as part of their preparation as SEALs.