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Services held in Cary for fallen Marine

Posted November 4, 2009
Updated November 5, 2009

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— Funeral services were held for Capt. David “Seth” Mitchell on Wednesday afternoon in Cary.

Mitchell, 30, was one of four Marines killed when two U.S. Marine helicopters – one UH-1 and an AH-1 Cobra – collided in flight over the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan last week, military officials said.

Seth's father, Steve Mitchell, said he wanted to "start the healing process" and focus on good memories and fun times had with his son.

“We are going to miss him dearly and we are very proud of the man he had become,” Steve Mitchell said during the services at the Colonial Baptist Church, 6051 Tryon Road.

Captain David Seth Mitchell Friends, family remember Marine

Seth Mitchell will be buried Friday in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was born in Charlotte and graduated from Loveland High School in Loveland, Ohio, in 1997.

Seth Mitchell’s family said he died doing what he loved.

“He loved being a Marine and he absolutely loved flying that helicopter. He told me on more than one occasion, ‘Mom, I can’t believe I get paid for what I do,’” his mother, Connie Mitchell, said.


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  • loyalgirl1111 Nov 4, 2009

    Thank you Capt for the ultimate sacrifice.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of a hero.

  • grenlyn1 Nov 4, 2009

    My only regret is...that I am not there to welcome you home Captain Mitchell.

    God Bless you for the greatest sacrafice a soldier can give. God Bless your family for their unwavering support, love, and encouragement.

    "All give some and some give All"

    Sleep in Peace

  • dcec48 Nov 4, 2009

    God Bless you Capt.

    To the family -- Thank you for allowing him to be placed in Arlington next to all of our Heroes!

  • this is my Screen Name Nov 4, 2009

    Thank you, Capt. Mitchell for not only doing what you felt you had to do, but for enjoying it as well. You are an honor to our country and to our hearts.

  • Adelinthe Nov 4, 2009

    "Seth Mitchell’s family said he died doing what he loved."

    Unless you've served, you can't understand that.

    Thanks for your service Seth, and SEMPER FI GOOD BUDDY!!!

    God bless.


    USMC Sergeant


  • 3stoogesfan Nov 4, 2009

    Thank you Capt. Mitchell for your brave service. My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

  • avidreader Nov 4, 2009

    Thank you for your sacrifice. We all owe you a debt of gratitude.

  • RaleighGator Nov 4, 2009

    Ut Prosim

  • thinkb4speak Nov 4, 2009

    To his family....I am soooooo sorry for your loss. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for your country.

  • 10-39 Nov 4, 2009

    Thank you Capt. Mitchell for your service.