Van Susteren: Honor Service Member Killed In Syria On Thanksgiving Day


As media outlets hailed Cuban dictator Fidel Castro as a “charismatic icon” on the day after his death, former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren pleaded with all Americans to honor a man who died for all the things Castro opposed.

“This is very sad and he and his family deserve our attention and gratitude. I know that Castro is on every news organization’s radar today….but my PLEA TO THE MEDIA… please don’t forget Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton,” she posted on her Facebook page.

“Please make sure you report about him, about his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his family. Please let his family know we are all mourning his death,” she added.

“Dayton was killed on Thanksgiving Day. He is the first U.S. combat casualty against Islamic State in Syria,” she added, noting that this American hero’s sacrifice could have been missed by the media because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

“… it needs to be repeated today that his life was important and that we grieve for him and his family,” she added.

Van Susteren’s Facebook page was filled with comments thanking her for reminding Americans of what truly matters.

“You’re right Greta, lost and forgotten, that is not the way it should be!! This is a life that was dedicated to protecting our freedom — should be plastered on the news!!” posted Barbara Lee.

“My thoughts and prayers are for this Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Cooper Dayton, and for all his family, close friends in the military and at home. God bless him for his dedication to his country, and the cause that he was fighting for (peace) and against EVIL. May all those that loved him so much be at peace knowing that he sacrificed so much for so many. God’s blessings,” posted Kathy Robinson Anderson.

Dayton, 42, who was based in Virginia Beach, Va., and lived in Woodbridge, Va., was killed by an IED in Syria. His death took place in Ayn Issa, near Raqqa.

Dayton had been serving with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve. He was a member of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two.

“We offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott Dayton, who made the ultimate sacrifice on a day we set aside time to give thanks for our freedom and to recognize the men and women who defend that right,” Rear Adm. Brian Brakke, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command,

The Navy noted that Dayton had served for 23 years and was honored with 19 awards including the Bronze Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, seven Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy “E” Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Iraq Campaign Medals, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

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